Japanese car manufacturers like Toyota have changed our expectations about car quality. In the 60s any car with over 50,000 kms was considered over the hill but now it is commonplace for vehicles with 100,000 kms to be at their quarter age. To cite an example, a 2005 Toyota Pickup truck like Toyota Hilux Vigo may have mileage well in excess of 100,000 kms but buyers are still lining up to buy it. These days cars, pickup trucks, Sport utility vehicles and minibuses are built to last. Minibus vans as Toyota Hiace are well known for their endurance. They are used and abused in cities all over Asia and Africa with passengers piling up to the roof and they rake in up to 300,0000 kms and yet their resale value remains strong.
All things being equal, it is certainly better to buy a lower mileage car is certainly better to buy but all things are not equal. A vehicle with some miles on it is certainly a lot cheaper to purchase. All you have to decide is whether it is worth the risk. You can turn the odds in your favour by considering the following.
Buying the best vehicle
Here are certain things to consider before you take the plunge and purchase a great kilo car, pickup truck, SUV or van:
- If you are planning to use it as a workhorse piling thousands of miles then better go for low mileage vehicles. A lot of miles added on an already overused vehicle will eventually do it in
- If this car is going to be your bread and butter vehicle and any downtime will hurt your pocketbook, then better shun vehicles with a lot of kilometers
- If you are planning to use it as your corporate vehicle then shun battered vehicle
Guidelines on purchasing a bad mileage car
An important rule when shopping for any vehicle new or used is: “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” Almost everyday we hear from customers who have received this fantastic offer for a vehicle that is half the market price and very few who resist the temptation only to rue the decision later. This is equally true of used pickup trucks or vans that have seen a lot of driving.
Here are some guidelines:
- How many owners did the vehicle have? Was it owned by a company or a government institution? One owner vehicles are in very good condition followed by vehicles kept by government institutions and companies
- Stay away from rental company vehicles as they are used and abused by so many drivers on very long journeys
- Find out what parts have been replaced
- Find out why the van was sold, perhaps it was giving trouble or getting there
Buying a used vehicle at the right price
Make sure that you are getting a premium of lower price when you do go ahead with a pickup truck or van that has added a few kilometers too many.