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What Do You Consider Low Miles In A Classic Car? Or Low Mileage On Any Car For That Matter?

What Do You Consider Low Miles In A Classic Car? Or Low Mileage On Any Car For That Matter?

Last week I posted up a 1972 Camaro that had 88,879 miles showing on the odometer that had been purchased from the original owner, cleaned and prepped for sale, and was referred to as low mileage in part of the ad. That apparently pissed a few people off, and made others think those that were pissed off were stupid for being pissed off. So what do you think? What constitutes low mileage? I happen to own a 1969 Camaro that has around 50,000 miles on it. That’s low mileage to me. But I also think that a 1994 Chevy truck with anything less than 125,000 miles is pretty low mileage.

It’s all relative I suppose, but I want you to chime in and let me know what you think. Once you tell me what you think I’ll tell you all what I think and point out if you are wrong or right…in my opinion. This is one of those types of things that may be more relative than we think. Like rust. After all, there are tons of people in this country who think a car with little or no rust is a far different thing than those of us who live, or have lived, in dry areas where truly rust free cars exist. In fact, maybe that’s another BANGshift Question of the Day for next week. Hmmmm.

Until then, what constitutes LOW MILEAGE in a vehicle you see for sale? Is it less than 50k? Less than 100k? Or is there no real number? Let me know what you think!

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4 thoughts on “What Do You Consider Low Miles In A Classic Car? Or Low Mileage On Any Car For That Matter?

  1. Weasel1

    Anything under 100,000 i consider low mileage. I lived thru the era that it was remarkable if a vehicle was still running after 100,000. Today, with better technology, materials and information 100, 000 is the norm and 200,000 is not remarkable. If I am looking at a muscle car era vehicle mileage does not apply unless it is investment grade. Then I will have a professional investigate.

  2. Brett

    Once upon a time, Mom said to avoid anything with over 100,000. In adulthood, I’ve purchased a few vehicles in the 200,000 range, and some approaching 300k. Just the other day I saw an ad for a late model Town Car in AZ showing 445k, looked like new.
    The conclusion I’ve come to, is that a vehicle’s past will play a bigger role in it’s future than where it’s manufactured, or the number on the odometer.
    A meticulously maintained car with 200,000? So what, keep up the maintenance and it’s probably got another 200k in it. A filthy something showing 75,000 that was paid for by the owner’s parents? Not a chance.

  3. Wayne Giguere

    I think you can go by the decade it was built. A 1950\’s car is under 50K, a 1960\’s is under 60K, etc.

  4. loufermi223

    I wouldn’t give mileage any consideration in a pre-70’s car. Disconnecting the odometer is a 10 second task.

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