Old, unfashionable, dated and tired. That’s a pretty good description of me and the cars I love. I’ve spent a professional lifetime telling anyone who will listen that instead of enduring that showroom-fresh feel, buyers could save a heap of depreciation by buying very used. Recently Glass’s Guide agreed. They say high-mileage, high-quality vehicles have a huge appeal to buyers who want value and a prestige badge.
As recently as a month ago, I spoke to dealer Bradley Mitchell, who runs Hunters Lodge Cars in Birmingham. “My advice is quite simple: buy carefully and only go for cars with a full history. Completely ignore the mileage, because once you get over that hurdle, you can buy some brilliant cars for peanuts.”
He is right, but non-Autocar readers who don’t enjoy buying old cars still don’t trust them, especially as dealers can’t put a warranty on high-milers.
Personally, I haven’t bought a car with less than 100,000 miles on the clock for a couple of decades, and I don’t see any reason to drop my average. The simple fact is that mileage isn’t everything. Admittedly, more can go wrong later in life, but if the car has been looked after and, most important, done a decent mileage at a proper working temperature, you’ll have a more reliable car anyway.