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    2015 vehicles with 15K - 20K miles?

    Been sort of looking for a new car. I found a few 2015 vehicles with 15K - 20K miles. Price is marked at $5K or more less than new.

    Seems like a lot of miles for a 2015. But I am guessing they would be mostly highway miles/


    Should I be worried about the high mileage for a 2015?
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    Quote Originally Posted by spinnaker View Post
    Been sort of looking for a new car. I found a few 2015 vehicles with 15K - 20K miles. Price is marked at $5K or more less than new.

    Seems like a lot of miles for a 2015. But I am guessing they would be mostly highway miles/


    Should I be worried about the high mileage for a 2015?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikebuddha View Post
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    So you would go with an older vehicle with as many miles or more?
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    Was probably some sort of rental car. The miles are likely hard driving miles
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    Quote Originally Posted by ModoVincere View Post
    Was probably some sort of rental car. The miles are likely hard driving miles
    Yeah your right. Rentals. There was a AutoCheck link on the site. Should have checked it.

    I can't believe how expensive cars are today. I am looking at spending $8K- $10K more than I spent 15 years ago. And I bought new then.
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    It all depends upon what you're looking for in a vehicle....... there are plenty of under $20K cars out there. On the other hand, my idiot son just plopped down over $60K for a pickup truck.
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    I work for Enterprise Holdings (Enterprise, National, Alamo). We've had 2015 models of some vehicles since March, and quite a few of them are already being culled from the fleet. 15K-20K is generally where we start letting certain models go, obviously for reasons of profit.

    Buying a rental vehicle is a hit or miss thing. You could end up with a great vehicle that's never been abused or had problems, or you could end up with something entirely different. Based on what I've seen here in our shop, if it's anything that's remotely sporty, the risk of it being thrashed on goes way up. Sub-compacts and the lower-end vehicles are generally treated better. SUVs and minivans are generally not thrashed mechanically, however the interiors take a beating.

    That being said, both of our vans were rental vehicles. Our 2010 Town & Country was formerly an Avis vehicle, and we're picking up a 2014 to replace my truck tomorrow. It was one of ours, and of course I cheated and looked up it's service history and to see if there had ever been a damage claim on it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by apclassic9 View Post
    On the other hand, my idiot son just plopped down over $60K for a pickup truck.
    I'd be afraid to put stuff in the bed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ModoVincere View Post
    Was probably some sort of rental car. The miles are likely hard driving miles
    I would bet this is the case... 2015 cars came out (for some models) about 6 months ago... 20,000 miles already? The question is how the car was maintained. Ask for records and check them carefully... I think i made a good choice... I brought my new car in 2012... Ford Escape has everything... dealers were blowing them out because the new remodeled 2013s were coming out. Out the door I paid $24,000 and am happy with the car. My friends are looking and bottom line really hard to find anything save a tin box for less than $30K unless you buy used. Look for an older model, say 2011 or 2012 with 40 - 50K miles on it... better value.
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    If you go this route, get a Toyota or Honda. They can handle the abuse.

    We got a 2008 Highlander in late 2009 with 40,000 miles on it. Definitely a rental car. Well over $30K new, got it for 21K. It's now 5 years later, sitting at 110,000 miles and has needed basically nothing. 260HP V6 and roomy interior is a joy to drive, AWD is awesome in the snow and I like the looks. Hoping to get 5-7 more years out of it. I would suggest against compromising on a car you don't really enjoy driving.

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    Just got a Toyota station wagon for $8000 New Zealand dollars. 2005, 45,000km. Great condition. Cars are a money pit. I'd never buy one new.

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    FWIW I bought a 2014 Hyundai Elantra GT (hatchback) new in August '14 and traded it in one year later for a 2014 Ford Focus ST. The Hyundai had 20K on it. It was an excellent car and whoever ended up with it got a solid "high miles" car that was one year old. I am retired but just drive around a lot. As much as I liked the Hyundai the Focus ST suspension and motor is just so much better. Both cars easily took two road bikes with seat down. I love hatchbacks.

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    OP, not sure what your vehicles needs are but here are some additional comments regarding my most recent vehicles. A 2003 Audi A4 Avant was the most utilitarian of the bunch. It was AWD of course and got around 23-24 mpg overall. The Hyundai was underpowered on the highway but lack of power wasn't really noticeable around town. It was the higher gears (all of these vehicles are manual tranny) that brought out the obvious power deficiency. It also had "sport tuned" suspension that was really just stiff and crude. The Focus ST gets 24-25 mpg overall, has really nice suspension and lots of power/torque. You might not like the torque steer. If it was RWD it would be the PERFECT car for me.

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    I've been looking at used cars also...need to replace our 2000 Toyota Sienna. I've been told that used vehicles are currently over-valued but they still look like bargains compared to new. We only put about 6k miles on our cars each year so buying "high" mileage for a recent year makes a lot of sense.

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