Which car will have good mileage?

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Good afternoon i'm a used cars. And as such a real savings idea. You know: in the first three to four years, a new car loses a good half of its value, depending on the make and model. So if you want to save, I'm a great idea, especially since I'm with you three or four years I'm not really old yet - but much cheaper.

One question is sure to concern you: What should you pay attention to? Mileage or Construction year? What is more important in Used car purchase? I want to explain that to you.

Buying a used car: mileage or age?

Imagine the following situation: You have a choice between a three year old Used with 120,000 km or a six old car with only 50,000 km? What's going on Mileage? Age? Both options admittedly contain a certain crux. As Used with high mileage - that is, with many kilometers on the "clock" - I tend to wear out a lot. Sure, you can fix a lot. Brakes, tires or new lamps don't cost the world. Sometimes it can get expensive: A new exhaust and catalytic converter, for example, is not cheap and a new gearbox is even less expensive.

On the other hand, I am also called "AgeUsed with little Kilometers not free from errors. Maybe I have literally "stood broken“Or my first owner only drove me for short distances. You know, short distances are not particularly beneficial for engines. There is a risk of so-called “clogging” and thus expensive damage. So what is the right decision?



DEKRA: Why mileage is more important

DEKRA provides the answer: Mileage beats Vehicle age. The testing organization relies on its own data from 15 (!) Million main inspections in two years. DEKRA's finding: The Mileage is for defects more decisive than the year of construction. Means: the more kilometre I have on the clock, the more vulnerable I am. A more or less old age, on the other hand, is less bad.

Of course, DEKRA underpins its statement with figures. For this purpose, DEKRA divides the vehicles into four Mileage. Up to 50,000 km, 50,001 to 100,000 km, 100,001 to 150,000 km and (since 2018) also 151,001 to 200,000 km. Defects were mainly taken into account in typical use - for example oil loss or worn tie rod bearings. Lack of maintenance such as worn tires or worn windshield wiper blades, on the other hand, are left out.

Buying a used car: why age is not so important

Accordingly, DEKRA only takes into account wear and tear use. Why do you ask? Because this wear and tear is significantly higher and therefore more decisive. The only thing I don't get knocked out camps is by “standing around”. Well, certain seals can work with the Age fail already. The risk of such defects but at use - i.e. when actually driving - are ultimately significantly higher, especially since many defects such as worn out bearings only arise from driving and the corresponding wear and tear.

The conclusion is clear: If you want to buy me, better pay attention to my speedometer or mileage instead of my age, because defects especially through the use occur. Mind you, we're talking about the really nasty flaws here. Whether the blades of the windshield wipers are worn or the tires are worn out doesn't matter to you when you buy. Because these defects are not serious errors and can usually be remedied cheaply. A new set of tires costs you 300 euros if you treat yourself to a branded product. Repairing a defective engine gasket again takes eight hours. In new, modern cars, even ten to twelve hours. So it's no wonder that you can quickly find a thousand on the bill.

Buying a used car: why premium models are worthwhile

Speaking of which: In DEKRA's 2018 used car report, the Audi A6 in particular shone. With a DEKRA defect index (DMI) of 94.6, the 2011 A6 was even "Best of all classes". Who else is in top shape? Take a look at the DEKRA ranking including the year of construction, the respective DMI in brackets:

• Small car: Audi A1 2010 (82.6)
• Compact class: Audi A3 2012 (91.0)
• Middle class: Audi A4 2008 (87.7)
• Upper middle class / luxury class: Audi A6 2011 (94.6)
• Sports car & convertible: Audi TT 2006 (81.0)
• Off-road vehicle & SUV: Mercedes ML-Class / GLE 2011 (92.4)
• Van: Mercedes B-Class 2011 (91.4)
• Small van: VW Amarok 2010 (71.0)
• Transporter: Mercedes Sprinter 2006 (62.5)

Do you notice something? Correct: The winners belong to all age groups. The TT as the winner of the sports car is even a proud twelve years old. That being said, premium cars are ahead.