Fuel Efficiency: What Clues to Look for in Used Cars

July 21st, 2020 by

Mileage is a big consideration when you are looking at used cars. You want to spend as little as possible on gas, but mileage isn’t something that you can know just by looking at the vehicle. When you buy a used car, you can check your mileage with some easy calculations after your first full tank. But before you buy it, you’ll have to look at other clues.

Size of Car and Engine

The bigger the size of the vehicle, the lower the mileage it will get. This is almost always the case. However, if you have two vehicles of the same size but two different engine sizes, the one with the larger engine will have the worst mileage. For this reason, it is a good idea to look at newer models if you want a larger vehicle.

Fuel Type

You might assume that all used cars are going to take plain regular unleaded gasoline, but hybrids and flex fuel cars have actually been around for a long time. If a vehicle takes premium gasoline, it is likely to get better mileage, although you won’t really be saving money. Hybrids get the best mileage, but you can also get a lot of miles out of a tank in flex fuel vehicles as well.

Check Average Mileage

You can easily check the average mileage of a vehicle you are interested in by going to the federal website fuelefficiency.gov. You can input the year, make, and model of the vehicle and discover what the average miles per gallon might be. You will, of course, want to make sure that you make allowances for the condition of the vehicle. 

If you are looking for a low mileage used car, we can assist you with a variety of makes and models. Contact us today for an appointment or come by our lot to check out our inventory.

Our main location is at 3923 E. Hillsborough Ave., you can also visit one of our other three locations in Pasco, Ruskin or West Hillsborough Ave. Or feel free to call us at (888) 314-4469 www.carcredittampa.com

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