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Is it better to buy a 5 year old car with 100k on it, or a 10 year old car with 50k on it?
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Old 10.08.2015, 11:34
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Is it better to buy a 5 year old car with 100k on it, or a 10 year old car with 50k on it?

Cars not same as girlfriends.....
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Is it better to buy a 5 year old car with 100k on it, or a 10 year old car with 50k on it?

I would generally avoid low mileage cars, often used for short journeys & sold for a premium. Repair costs may be higher exhausts rusting etc

My Porsche 911 was the exception, 14 years old & 29000 km
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I would generally avoid low mileage cars, often used for short journeys & sold for a premium. Repair costs may be higher exhausts rusting etc

My Porsche 911 was the exception, 14 years old & 29000 km

Fatbloke, we are all aware, you are an exception
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Cars not same as girlfriends.....
yeah, they are much cheaper and having 3 at the same time is much less hassle!
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Is it better to buy a 5 year old car with 100k on it, or a 10 year old car with 50k on it?
100K in 5 years is still not a lot of milage. 20K a year can still be done with a lot of city miles. I bought my high milage cars in a country without any mountains and lots of highways (Netherlands). You can buy young with a lot of miles on it and you trust the engine cannot have suffered
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100K in 5 years is still not a lot of milage. 20K a year can still be done with a lot of city miles. I bought my high milage cars in a country without any mountains and lots of highways (Netherlands). You can buy young with a lot of miles on it and you trust the engine cannot have suffered
20k = 400km a week - or 60km a day - or 30km a day each way through a city. Possible? Yes. Likely? No.

Generally an average of 8k or less on a "normal" car would be considered low KM, anything 20k or over is considered high (in Switzerland per annum basis).

Clock a 50km commute each way (sizeable by Swiss standards) and you'll only get to 22,000km (based on 220 working days).

In Germany KM figures can be vastly different - and hence why there is a strong export market for Swiss cars between 100-180k km.
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100K in 5 years is still not a lot of milage. 20K a year can still be done with a lot of city miles. I bought my high milage cars in a country without any mountains and lots of highways (Netherlands). You can buy young with a lot of miles on it and you trust the engine cannot have suffered
Given the fact that Netherlands is full of roundabouts and speed bumps, I would avoid buying a car from there.
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Given the fact that Netherlands is full of the dutch - who all tow caravans full of potatoes and chocolate sprinkles.
Fixed that for you
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Fixed that for you
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Fixed that for you

I happen to like the Dutch and do business with them. A lot easier than Swiss IMO. I also think Dutch women are the most beautiful women on earth. And yes I am Dutch..
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I happen to like the Dutch and do business with them. A lot easier than Swiss IMO. I also think Dutch women are the most beautiful women on earth. And yes I am Dutch..
I also think dutch women are very beautiful, perhaps one of the most beautiful in Europe, but they are far being the most beautiful on earth.

Anyway, let's talk about high mileage cars:

Is it a typo?

2'203'071 km

http://www.autoscout24.ch/it/d/audi-...3256&vehtyp=10
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Re: Buying cars with high mileage?

You should see some of the mileages on cars here in Aus, 100k is just about run in and probably only a couple of years old, but we do use them and not just look at them.
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You should see some of the mileages on cars here in Aus, 100k is just about run in and probably only a couple of years old, but we do use them and not just look at them.
That is because, to get anywhere in Aus - e.g. go grocery shopping, you have to:

First say goodbye to your loved ones, make sure your will, etc... are in order, acquire a priestly blessing and then go on an epic journey which at some point involves crocodiles, great whites or at least a terminal assembly of box jellyfish. If you are lucky enough to return after decades in the wasteland, you find your children all grown up and having families of their own.
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I also think dutch women are very beautiful, perhaps one of the most beautiful in Europe, but they are far being the most beautiful on earth.

Anyway, let's talk about high mileage cars:

Is it a typo?

2'203'071 km

http://www.autoscout24.ch/it/d/audi-...3256&vehtyp=10

picture 13 shows the real number 203K. The car looks as if it has done 2 mio though...
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Re: Buying cars with high mileage?

Like others have said, it's down to previous owner's care, driving style, brand/model particulars and some degree of luck... Just make sure you check the model for big parts that tend to fail at or around the km. count you are purchasing at (the timing belts of some Audis at ~120k km come to mind).
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Re: Buying cars with high mileage?

I agree with previous opinions. You shouldn't necessarily look at the mileage, rather on the overall condition of a car. If you're not a car enthusiast who can spot "red flags" right away, it would be good to take a friend who knows something about cars for first meeting.

I decided to import a semi-sports car from Germany. It was a 2006 VW Golf GTI with 130k on the clock. I was hesitating cause it was offered by a car seller and I thought that he will do anything for the money, so I could end up with a trash in the garage. But then my friend told me "Germans don't want to waste time selling their cars so they give it to a professional car seller so they don't have to worry. And the car seller must give the buyer a 2-year guarantee on the car" (if car kept in Germany). So I made some research and trusted the "Auto Haus". It was the best car purchase I've made so far. Although I did only 30k with the car before I sold it 2 weeks ago, I didn't have to repair anything in there (apart from regular maintenanace). Previous 2 owners really well took care of the car and so did I - interior in perfect condition for almost a 10-year old ride, and mechanics just pure pleasure to drive.

Then I decided to buy a BMW series 1 for my wife (also from Germany). I asked my colleague, who was regularly purchasing German cars for other people, to go and check one BMW for me near Berlin. The car had 110.000km and actually had a poor interior. The car was really dirty inside and outside, I mean not just dirty... It was poorly maintained in general. But the seller showed the full history of BMW check-ups, repairs etc, so I thought "ok, maybe not ideal look but technically should be in a good shape" and we bought it. That was the worst purchase ever. Even though I went for a check to official BMW dealer (and they confirmed all is good with the car) I felt something was wrong. Not going into details, we invested thousands in mechanical stuff since we've bought the car. Many things should have been replaced a long time ago by previous owner, but weren't. Till now (130k on the clock) the car doesn't behave as it should: strange sounds during drive, not fluent gears change, rapid shudders while starting from low gears etc... (all after proper repairs in auto garage).

So, you never know what you will buy but at least you can mitigate the likelihood of buying a trash, if you properly analyse the car with someone who is a car passionate + visit in a car dealership/garage for mechanical checkup (although not in my last case). Ideally, buy a car from someone who already is a car enthusiast and doesn't just treat a car as a "thing that goes from A to B". I know, easy to say...
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