2016 Car with only 11,000 miles?

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2016 Car with only 11,000 miles?

Post by Myopic squirrel » Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:31 pm

Have a dealer appointment this weekend to look at a 1 owner 2016 compact car with only 11,000 miles. Hopefully learn more owner details but am concerned with the low mileage. Without knowing how these miles were put on - e.g. average @ year, any drawbacks come to mind as to the low mileage? Thank you in advance.

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Re: 2016 Car with only 11,000 miles?

Post by livesoft » Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:37 pm

That could be a driver like me. The drawbacks I can think of: They will want too much for the car because of its low mileage.

The car could have been built in 2015 or later in 2016, so find that out from the VIN. That might suggest that it has lower miles per year or higher miles per year.

My car is 1 year old with 8,000 miles on it. 5,000 miles are from 2 trips of mostly highway driving.
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Post by Jack FFR1846 » Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:38 pm

Why are you concerned? My mom's Subaru will be a year old a month from now. Has less than 1,000 miles on it.
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Re: 2016 Car with only 11,000 miles?

Post by MathWizard » Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:47 pm

Make sure you check CarFax in case it was in a flood, and look through the car to see if it has been repainted (in the top of the trunk under the
back deck you can sometimes tell.) which can indicated that it had been in an accident (assuming you haven't been told that it has.)

Look at the hood to see if it fits well within the space, not having the spacing change a lot. That can show a fender that was dented and pulled out.

We bought a 2 year old car in 2017 that had less than 10K on it, and
an 8 year old car with 30K back in 2009, both from dealers and both great cars (and we still have them.)
(Wife has the 2015, some had the 2001 gifted to him.)

In a private sale I did get stuck with a bad car that I did not check out well enough. It was in a wreck, and had been fixed up and not reported.
The people were like a kindly old grandma and grandpa, and I did not look close enough. My bad.

I only paid $3K, but spent $8K in repairs over 7 years before the engine went.

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Re: 2016 Car with only 11,000 miles?

Post by runner3081 » Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:51 pm

Not unusual at all.

Heck, my wife averages less than 4.5K per year in her car.

If there was a drawback, the tires need to be replaced in 2-3 years, regardless of miles. Once they get to be 6-years old, it is time to start thinking about replacing them.

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Re: 2016 Car with only 11,000 miles?

Post by Smoke » Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:52 pm

I have a 2017 vehicle with 5k on it. I don't see an issue.
I gave my son my last car a 2004 with 30k on it.
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Re: 2016 Car with only 11,000 miles?

Post by jabberwockOG » Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:58 pm

We drive about 3-5k per year per car max so low mileage cars are definitely out there. Nothing to worry about with a low mileage car, unless it was stored and not driven for several years, and then it depends on how it was prepped for storage and ow it was stored. A well prepped car and stored car would be absolutely fine after storage. Badly prepped and then being stored in a bad/harsh environment can damage a car in multiple ways.

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Re: 2016 Car with only 11,000 miles?

Post by ResearchMed » Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:01 pm

Smoke wrote:
Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:52 pm
I have a 2017 vehicle with 5k on it. I don't see an issue.
I gave my son my last car a 2004 with 30k on it.
It happens :sharebeer
Oh drat. I was going to post about one of our cars, the 2004 that is slowly approaching 50k miles.
You win! :D

It's a Volvo XC90, and looks almost new; never had children or pets in it, and doesn't have a scratch or stain inside. Outside, a couple of tiny dings from parking lots, hard to avoid those entirely.
We still love it.
And the XC60T we got in 2015 (2014 model) with 10k miles? We've added about 14k miles in 4 years.
We REALLY love this one!

They are out there...just check records, including maintenance.

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Re: 2016 Car with only 11,000 miles?

Post by 7eight9 » Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:06 pm

My mother-in-law has a 2009 car with approximately 25,000 miles on it. The mileage on that 2016 sounds kind of high. :happy
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Re: 2016 Car with only 11,000 miles?

Post by Watty » Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:22 pm

Myopic squirrel wrote:
Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:31 pm
2016 compact car ...any drawbacks come to mind as to the low mileage?
One drawback is that many manufactures have added a lot of advanced safety features in the last few years so even if there has not been a major model update a 2016 car is much different than a 2019 car. The audio systems on a current model will also be a lot better integrated with your cell phone which is important to some people. For example I have a 2018 Corolla that has these features that a 2016 probably does not have;

backup Camera
automatic braking if I am about to hit something.
lane departure warning/correction
dynamic cruise control that will let me "pace" the car ahead of me(I really like this)

and probably other features too.

The differences in specifications do not make the 2016 a bad car, but it should sell for a LOT less than an equivalent 2019 because it has fewer features and does not have the full manufactures warranty.
runner3081 wrote:
Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:51 pm
If there was a drawback, the tires need to be replaced in 2-3 years, regardless of miles. Once they get to be 6-years old, it is time to start thinking about replacing them.
One other potential problem with the tires is that if the car was not driven for a long time then the tires can develop flat spots.

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Re: 2016 Car with only 11,000 miles?

Post by stoptothink » Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:22 pm

I bought my first car off my grandfather in '99, an '86 Toyota Corolla with 23k miles. He gave me the grandson discount, think I paid him $1500. Drove it for 4yrs (and another ~50k miles) without any issues and then gave it to my mom when her car was totaled by a hit and run driver. She let my sister borrow it literally 2 weeks later and she totaled it driving home from a party drunk. Should have kept that car.

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Re: 2016 Car with only 11,000 miles?

Post by Grt2bOutdoors » Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:40 pm

Myopic squirrel wrote:
Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:31 pm
Have a dealer appointment this weekend to look at a 1 owner 2016 compact car with only 11,000 miles. Hopefully learn more owner details but am concerned with the low mileage. Without knowing how these miles were put on - e.g. average @ year, any drawbacks come to mind as to the low mileage? Thank you in advance.
All you should care about is - was the car properly maintained according to manufacturer suggestions (change the oil, etc.) and was it ever involved in any car accidents?

That's it.

I have a train station car - meaning I just drive it from home to station and back, maybe some local trips. The car is over 20 years old with only 65K on it. So what, I maintained it through out, including changing timing belt, etc. There is nothing wrong with car.
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Re: 2016 Car with only 11,000 miles?

Post by btenny » Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:42 pm

I bet it is just a low use owner. There are lots of older owners who lease or buy a new car every few years because they want a new car. But they really do not drive much.

I know I bought a 2016 Lincoln MKX in January that only had 19K miles. The first owner just did not drive much. I think I got a good deal for a nice used car. When I bought my car there were several 2016 models available at various dealers to choose from.

Good Luck.

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Re: 2016 Car with only 11,000 miles?

Post by Grt2bOutdoors » Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:42 pm

stoptothink wrote:
Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:22 pm
I bought my first car off my grandfather in '99, an '86 Toyota Corolla with 23k miles. He gave me the grandson discount, think I paid him $1500. Drove it for 4yrs (and another ~50k miles) without any issues and then gave it to my mom when her car was totaled by a hit and run driver. She let my sister borrow it literally 2 weeks later and she totaled it driving home from a party drunk. Should have kept that car.
Grandson discount? Eh, no - you paid a fair market value. An '86 corolla sold for about $8K back then, brand new.
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Re: 2016 Car with only 11,000 miles?

Post by Wilderness Librarian » Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:54 pm

I have 2005 Subaru Outback and just passed 32K. And that includes driving it down from Alaska where I bought it new & retired a couple of years back. Walked to work & where I am now walk & bicycle most places in town. I bought it for Alaska roads & lower 48 winter & backcountry including potential to sleep in back end which I have done several times (including naps when I am road fatigued). Other than that it is too big and awkward for my tastes. I am keeping it because of my backcountry preferences. If not for that I would seriously consider trading it for smaller easier it handle and more fun to drive car. Much preferred driving my little VW Rabbit. So I am suggesting owners may have decided it simply didn't match their preferences or those preferences or personal circumstances changed.

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Post by 260chrisb » Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:56 pm

I wouldn't have any concerns and would complete my due diligence the same as if it had 21,000 miles in it. This happens all the time. Nice find. I have a 1986 MY car that was built in 1985 and has just 34,000 miles in it.

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Post by ladycat » Thu Jul 11, 2019 6:42 pm

ResearchMed wrote:
Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:01 pm
Smoke wrote:
Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:52 pm
I have a 2017 vehicle with 5k on it. I don't see an issue.
I gave my son my last car a 2004 with 30k on it.
It happens :sharebeer
Oh drat. I was going to post about one of our cars, the 2004 that is slowly approaching 50k miles.
You win! :D

It's a Volvo XC90, and looks almost new; never had children or pets in it, and doesn't have a scratch or stain inside. Outside, a couple of tiny dings from parking lots, hard to avoid those entirely.
We still love it.
If it makes you feel any better, you beat my 2004 Lexus RX with 54,000 miles. It was my Golden Retriever's chariot, but you can't tell because we used a cargo liner to catch all that wonderful fur. Like yours, one or two minor dings. And I still love it.

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Re: 2016 Car with only 11,000 miles?

Post by Kenkat » Thu Jul 11, 2019 7:01 pm

Some people just don’t drive a lot. My mom gave us a 2004 Monte Carlo in 2015 and it only had 28,000 miles on it! It’s still only got a little more than 50k on it.

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Post by OnTrack2020 » Thu Jul 11, 2019 10:26 pm

We have a 2016 with a little over 11k miles. We purchased it new in 2017 with only 20 miles on it. It just never sold from the dealers' lot. It doesn't get driven a tremendous amount, and we don't expect it to in the future either.

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Post by GoldenFinch » Thu Jul 11, 2019 10:36 pm

When I was in grad school I put about 3000 miles a year on my new car. I hardly needed to drive because I lived steps from the University. When I went to sell the car it had low mileage and was in great shape. The first guy who was interested became suspicious of the low mileage and accused me of fraud! I was shocked. Anyway, the next person to see it bought it even though she had never driven a stick shift and was very happy.

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Re: 2016 Car with only 11,000 miles?

Post by chevca » Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:48 am

Myopic squirrel wrote:
Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:31 pm
Without knowing how these miles were put on - e.g. average @ year, any drawbacks come to mind as to the low mileage? Thank you in advance.
None at all. Sounds like a sweet deal, basically 4 year old car that's barely got any miles on it. If you like the car, go for it.

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Re: 2016 Car with only 11,000 miles?

Post by Myopic squirrel » Fri Jul 12, 2019 2:53 pm

Thank you all for your interest & input. Carfax was clean & no un-repaired recalls, but decided not to buy for the following:
- in over 3 years car was never serviced. In spite of free dealership O/Cs, person never changed the oil. They did, however, take advantage of the free PA state inspections by dealer.
- more importantly, the car (a lease) was originally from the dealer now selling it, and yet with its 1 owner status and extremely low mileage - 10,078 - not selling it as a CPO car.
The search continues....

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Post by chevca » Fri Jul 12, 2019 3:01 pm

Sounds like a good call to pass on that one.

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Re: 2016 Car with only 11,000 miles?

Post by Stinky » Fri Jul 12, 2019 3:26 pm

Myopic squirrel wrote:
Fri Jul 12, 2019 2:53 pm
Thank you all for your interest & input. Carfax was clean & no un-repaired recalls, but decided not to buy for the following:
- in over 3 years car was never serviced. In spite of free dealership O/Cs, person never changed the oil. They did, however, take advantage of the free PA state inspections by dealer.
- more importantly, the car (a lease) was originally from the dealer now selling it, and yet with its 1 owner status and extremely low mileage - 10,078 - not selling it as a CPO car.
The search continues....
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Re: 2016 Car with only 11,000 miles?

Post by Traveler » Fri Jul 12, 2019 7:27 pm

I bought my 2014 Maxima new in August of that year and it only has ~25K on it now. Very short commute.

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Post by Ruger » Fri Jul 12, 2019 7:47 pm

I bought a used Ram 2016 truck that had 6,000 miles on it. I've only put another 3500 on it since. So low miles may not indicate problems, but just people like me who don't drive a particular vehicle a lot (my car is another story!). But definitely get a past vehicle history report.

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Post by Momus » Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:21 pm

When people buy "new" vehicles and they aren't using it, it makes me sad a bit since they gonna get crap deal when they sell it, less than $5k for 10 yr old car with 40k mileage lol. Model Yr > total mileage. They might as well buy a high mileage car and get a big discount if they know they aren't driving much, why waste all that money in unnecessary depreciation buying low mileage and "new". Most people don't think about the cost saving that can be had anticipating their vehicle use, and just buy buy buy. /smh

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Post by evblazer » Sat Jul 13, 2019 8:30 am

Myopic squirrel wrote:
Fri Jul 12, 2019 2:53 pm
Thank you all for your interest & input. Carfax was clean & no un-repaired recalls, but decided not to buy for the following:
- in over 3 years car was never serviced. In spite of free dealership O/Cs, person never changed the oil. They did, however, take advantage of the free PA state inspections by dealer.
- more importantly, the car (a lease) was originally from the dealer now selling it, and yet with its 1 owner status and extremely low mileage - 10,078 - not selling it as a CPO car.
The search continues....
Good to continue to search. Did they say why they didn’t CPO it? Not sure I’d ever believe a salesman anyhow.
The maintenance on such a new car may not be that bad. My wife’s 2014 Jeep just went over 10k and if the dealer had its way probably wouldn’t have any maintenance. They don’t want to change it because the light wasn’t on and it had an oil sensor. They seem personally insulted I question the light. Some owners have mentioned they don’t eat the sensor for more than 10k miles so it is possible it would have never gone off.
I had it changed at around 1k and then each year with the state inspection and I pay for both there so not sure why they get so mad about it.

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Re: 2016 Car with only 11,000 miles?

Post by Capsu78 » Sat Jul 13, 2019 2:57 pm

We came across a similar situation- a 3 year old Infiniti with 4,400 miles on it. It had been bought through the Chicago dealership but delivered to Scottsdale AZ. Then traded back in at the dealership. It was showroom new.
Figured out that it had been delivered to Scottsdale likely by someone who owned a condo and just needed a "get around" car to go to restaurants and groceries when they were in town. Spoke to a number of Scottsdale type people who told me I wouldn't believe the number of high end cars parked in garages down there that only get used a couple weeks/months a year.
Good car, never gave me a problem- only traded it in as it had the "California" package of tinted windows but only 2 wheel drive. My wife wanted to move into something with AWD. Got a decent trade in and the dealer said it still had way low miles.

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Re: 2016 Car with only 11,000 miles?

Post by dm200 » Sat Jul 13, 2019 3:08 pm

That's about 4,000 - 5,000 miles per year.

Lots of folks drive like that. DW and I do that now on each of our cars.

Maybe the car was purchased "new" - but maybe as late as the Spring of 2017.

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Re: 2016 Car with only 11,000 miles?

Post by neilpilot » Sat Jul 13, 2019 4:48 pm

Last July bought a 2016 GLC300 with about 11k miles. After a year I’m almost to 16k. However I recently sold my airplane so I expect a few longer mileage trips are in my future.

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Re: 2016 Car with only 11,000 miles?

Post by mtmingus » Sat Jul 13, 2019 4:53 pm

That's my car. I drive 3k/yr, I have a 2012 with less than 30k miles.

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Re: 2016 Car with only 11,000 miles?

Post by Crisium » Sat Jul 13, 2019 4:57 pm

My 2013 car only has 23k miles. Taking public transportation to work does wonders.

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