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    What is the most miles a new car should have off the lot?

    What is the highest mileage you believe is acceptable for a car to have and still be "new" when you buy it?

    Just curious what others have to say about it.

    I think it should be under 30 miles or I wanna see a discount.
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    Not more than double digits. (<100)

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    Less than 100 like Matrix said sounds about right.

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    Doesn't matter how many miles ~ new = title hasn't been issued.
    I talk down cars to invoice/dealer cost anyways, so miles aren't going to matter.




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    I'd say less than 50.

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    Mine had 4 when I drove her off the lot.

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    A new car should have less than 500 miles on it. Should not matter though since there will be a warranty on the vehicle. It also takes around 50,000 miles to really break in the engine. So I personally would not care if it had 5,000 miles on it. As long as it is mint and the newest model, that is all that would matter to me.

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    Less then 40. No reason for a brand new car to have that many miles.

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    You can put 500 miles on a vehicle in under 8hrs. I think 8hrs of driving a car is still considered "new".

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    Yeah, you should talk them down to dealer invoice regardless of miles TBH, most dealers will do it. If they refuse, go to another dealership. Even if you talk them down to even with the invoice they still get the hold back, they are making money.
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    i wouldn't know as i would never ever buy a brand new car.
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    For new, I’d say I’d prefer less than 50, wouldn’t settle for more than 100, unless the dealer said it was a demo, in which case, I’d be looking for a discount, starting from $500 over invoice at the most.

    It’s not so much the mileage itself, but what could have been done during those miles. The more miles, the more opportunity for someone to have run the p*** out of it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lethal_NFS View Post
    It also takes around 50,000 miles to really break in the engine.
    Nah, even most manufacturers who are going to be very conservative with the break-in period are usually in the 500-1000 miles. Some folks even say the whole concept of a break in period (to seat rings, etc.) isn’t needed. I know people who drove-it-like-they-stole-it from mile one, and their cars ran +perfect+, never leaked a drop of oil, etc.

    I do agree that engines tend not to “loosen up” till a few thousand miles.
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    I wouldnt know also as i would not buy a brand new car. waste of mney imo
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    Mine had 4 when I drove her off the lot.
    my new 2012 tacoma had 7, Feb 14th. hehe... 1425 now. I luvs my truck.




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    This is a tad bit off topic, but you should never buy a brand new car, unless you don't mind throwing bejamins out the window. It's going to lose value so fast that it will make your head spin.

    One more thing, a good way to bargain with a dealer or even a private seller is flash em cash! Most people have a hard time turning down cash money!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tven View Post
    I wouldnt know also as i would not buy a brand new car. waste of mney imo



    Hooray for generalizations/blanket statements.

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    Hooray for generalizations/blanket statements.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Black Wolf View Post
    This is a tad bit off topic, but you should never buy a brand new car, unless you don't mind throwing bejamins out the window. It's going to lose value so fast that it will make your head spin.

    One more thing, a good way to bargain with a dealer or even a private seller is flash em cash! Most people have a hard time turning down cash money!
    The first year depreciation can be 5k or more depending on manufacturer and model.
    Ford Focus new 2012 base model is 14k second hand 2011 9k

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    Quote Originally Posted by [DT] View Post
    Nah, even most manufacturers who are going to be very conservative with the break-in period are usually in the 500-1000 miles. Some folks even say the whole concept of a break in period (to seat rings, etc.) isn’t needed. I know people who drove-it-like-they-stole-it from mile one, and their cars ran +perfect+, never leaked a drop of oil, etc.

    I do agree that engines tend not to “loosen up” till a few thousand miles.
    Yes. It takes 25k-50k to break in the engine. This is to completely break it in. Sure you can get the pistons to break in at around the 5k-10k area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by keefy View Post
    The first year depreciation can be 5k or more depending on manufacturer and model.
    Ford Focus new 2012 base model is 14k second hand 2011 9k
    yep exactly that.

    i can see why people do buy new though.
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    If you have the money then why not ? Also new cars tend to have pretty decent finance options that a lot of second hand dealers cant offer you.
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    I wouldn't care too much about the miles on a new car, if I saw 4000 miles on the clock it wouldn't deter me but I would most likely use it to knock the price down.
    When I bought my car 2 years ago it was second hand (2006 plate) and had about 40,000 miles on the clock which I thought was alright but I still used that to show disinterest and get money knocked off. In the end I had front and rear bumpers re-sprayed for free (they had stone chips), new free tyres, free service and MOT and £250 knocked off the price.

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