How Old Is Too Old When Buying A Used Car?

August 9th, 2018 by
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Purchasing a used car can be a tricky thing, especially when the vehicle is significantly older. Consumers may worry about how far back they can go in order to find a reliable vehicle with minimal issues. Fortunately, we’re here to help! There are several different options that depend on reliability, safety, and/or equipment, so we’ve covered all three topics to assist consumers who may be thinking about buying a used vehicle.


In terms of safety, there are two general rules consumers should keep in mind. For one, if the price tag was originally expensive, the car has a higher chance of being better. Secondly, the newer the car, the better it will be. When considering those two rules, there are also a few guidelines to follow. Any vehicle older than 1998 won’t include dual airbags because they weren’t federally mandated until that year. While anti-lock brakes and side airbags have never been federally mandated, they became more common in the late 1990’s and early 2000s. Additionally, all cars made after 2007 must have stability control – thanks to a federal mandate. So what year should you pick? If safety is of utmost importance, we believe the early 2000s is a good place to start; it really depends on the car.


If reliability is a top priority, consumers shouldn purchase a vehicle that’s not excessively old. After all, the older the vehicle is, the more likely its reliability may be at risk, even if the vehicle is well-maintained. Similar to safety, reliability depends on the vehicle and how many miles it’s covered. Additionally, when it comes to vehicles developed prior to the mid-to-late 1990s, specific parts become increasingly difficult to find and can put a serious dent in your wallet. For those vehicles with more than 150,000 miles on the odometer, research the particular model and how much maintenance is required to keep it running smoothly. That should narrow down your selection, and help find the vehicle that fits your needs.


Buying a used vehicle at a great price doesn’t mean you should limit the amount of luxury features and up-to-date technology included. For obvious reasons, newer-used vehicles typically include more tech and luxury features than an older model. For instance, 10 years ago, consumers could only find heated back seats in higher-end vehicles, and today, this feature is an available feature in both luxury and economy vehicle segments. Additionally, for vehicles that are less than five years old, consumers can find automatic climate control, an iPod interface, adaptive cruise control, and ventilated seats included in most family sedans and some compact vehicles as well.

All-in-all, there are numerous factors to consider when deciding how old is too old for a used car. Please take the time to consider the factors listed above, and look into the vehicle’s carfax and recall status. At Driver’s Auto Mart, we take pride in providing our customers will reliable and low priced vehicles. Stop by our location in Davie, FL to check out our entire used car inventory selection. For more information visit our website or stay updated on social media.

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