Thursday, December 22, 2011

What car have you seen with the lowest miles in relation to its age?

People often talk about high-mileage vehicles—cars with 300,000+ miles on them. What makes theses stories even more impressive is when the car isn't that old, such as the driver who racked up 354,000+ miles on his 2007 Yaris (likely many more by now). However, every now and then you run into the opposite: A car with amazingly low miles on the odometer.

Case in point, I took my elderly neighbor's car in for an oil change then washed it. It's a 2007 Hyundai Accent with 6,379 miles on it. No, I didn't forget a digit. That's basically what the guy at the oil change place asked. My neighbor is in her 70s and rarely ever drives. In fact, she probably wouldn't have this car if her '86 Chevrolet Sprint hadn't been totaled in a fender bender. That car, she says, only had 45,000 miles on it in 2007!

In the same vein, my co-worker inherited his mother's '78 Ford Fairmont with just 27,000 miles on it. I've racked up those miles in as little as nine months! The car is, of course, in mint condition, and looks as if it rolled off the assembly line last year.  

What car have you seen with amazingly low miles for its age?
 

6 comments:

Draw2much said...

My husband bought a car off an elderly couple in 1999. It was a Reliant K '85 and had only 35,000 miles on it. And no rust. (Unusual for a car that old in FL apparently.)

Daryl Cobranchi said...

This past September I bought a 2008 MINI Cooper w/ 8800 miles on it. I'm the 3rd owner.

Kenny said...

In 2009, I bought a 1991 miata with 13k...

Unknown said...

I bought a 1988 Lincoln Towncar when it was 15 years old and it only had 46,000 miles on it. It belonged to the wife of a couple who only wintered in Florida, so it never got driven. The interior was in really good shape, but the exterior looked rough. I loved that car.

Car Dealers Minneapolis said...

My own when I was self employed because I barely left the house. I think I averaged like less than five thousand miles a year. Working from home really cuts the mileage in half/

Anonymous said...

My grandmother's 1983 Lincoln Mark VI had 38,000 miles on it when it was it was sold in 1997.

Andy, that guy with the Yaris now has over 400,000 miles. He has a few videos on YouTube.

- Mitch (from the 2010 Ford Ride & Drive)