Generally speaking, this usually happens between the ages of 3 and 7.However, a car that is 7 years old has already reached a much lower point. So, should you buy a twenty-year-old car? A twenty-year-old car will need repairs and, unless it is maintained well over its lifespan, it could require a lot of repair work. That's why when it comes to old vehicles, their condition and a large maintenance file full of service records are extremely important. Just because a 15-year-old vehicle is only about 40,000 km long doesn't mean it's better than a five-year-old car that's been on the road for 100,000 km.
When it turns out that an older car has less mileage, you might start to wonder why it hasn't been used as often. That said, the car is less likely to have been serviced regularly. In addition, some rubber components in a car do not age properly when they are not used more frequently. So, start asking the owner why the car hasn't been used so often and look up the vehicle's maintenance records as well.
When a car has been previously submerged in flood water or when it has been hit in a previous accident, no amount of repairs, good mileage, or age could compensate for the damage caused. But no matter how old or how long the car has been driven, another important factor that many buyers tend to overlook is the way the previous owner used and maintained the car. This means that the value of these cars has stopped falling and is stabilizing or, better yet, it has started to rise. By the end of this post, you'll have a better idea of what it means to own and use a twenty-year-old car.
Personally, I would rather have a car with a high and well-maintained mileage than one with a lower mileage, but with a poor history of oil changes, etc. It took the painful experience of my first car, an old and annoying Alfa, for the penny to finally fall. It's better to buy a good car at a fair price than a fair one at a great price. I am a Red Seal qualified auto service technician with more than twenty-five years of experience working on classic and modern cars.
Twenty-year-old cars are likely to be in very good condition, as long as the car has spent its life salt-free and has been maintained and stored in a garage. The cars of this time have ABS, stability control, some also had brake assist, so they were quite sophisticated. To be sure of what you're buying, get the used vehicle identification number and check it with the PPSR. You can drive your car at a relatively constant speed and use other vehicle systems less frequently.