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How Does Mileage Affect The Value Of My Car? 

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If you have a car you want to sell, you need to know all of the factors that can affect the price you can ask for. Of course, age and condition can impact your pricing, but one of the factors that can have the most drastic effect is mileage. Keep reading to learn more about how mileage affects the value of your car. 

How is Value Calculated?

When you’re looking to buy or sell a used vehicle, keep in mind the several factors that help you calculate the price. The make, model, year, mileage, engine size, and fuel type are the most common factors that will have the biggest impact on pricing. 

How Mileage Affects Value

A car with fewer miles on it will have a higher value than a high-mileage vehicle. The more miles on the odometer, the larger you can expect repair and maintenance bills to be. Even if the car isn’t very old, more miles means more wear to the engine, tires, and body. 

The average American driver puts around 13,500 miles on the odometer every year. If your car is five years old and has around 27,000 miles on it, you’re right on track. However, if you drive much more than that and have double the miles, your car will be worth less. 

Let’s look at some examples. If we were to compare two cars with the exact same specs – make, model, year, etc. – they should fetch the same price. However, let’s say one car has 40,000 miles and the other has 32,000. With 20% more miles, that vehicle will have a value around 20% less than its low-mileage counterpart. 

Other Factors To Watch Out For

Mileage isn’t the only factor that determines the value of your car. Here are a few more things to watch out for when buying or selling a used car. 

  • Wear and tear. Normal wear and tear from daily driving is expected, but if the condition of the car seems a lot older than its actual age, the price will drop. 
  • Broken parts. Even if the car drives well and has low mileage, broken parts will drop the value. For instance, the air conditioning doesn’t cool properly, or the electric windows don’t work.
  • Lack of maintenance. Not keeping up with oil changes and other regular maintenance can age a vehicle, despite low mileage. Make sure to have your car regularly serviced to keep its value up. 
  • Several previous owners. The more owners the car has had, the lower its value. 

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Should I Buy A Car Battery From A Used Car?

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You may be faced with the dilemma of choosing between a used car battery or a new one. This decision may be borne out of financial constraints or others. Whatever the case, is buying a used car battery something you shouldn’t even consider? This article discusses the eye-opening information you probably never knew about used car batteries. Read through!

 

Why consider it?

Environmental Benefits

Discarding used batteries may cause pollution to the environment. When improperly disposed of, used batteries release toxic chemicals into the air, contributing to air pollution. Natural water bodies also get polluted by these poisonous chemicals when they get trapped in the atmosphere and come back down in the rain. Reusing used batteries is an effective way to reduce environmental pollution.

Cost Benefits

Used car batteries are likely to cost cheaper than brand new batteries. So is you are on a budget or trying to save money without losing out on quality, a used battery is a good idea. 

Quality and control test

Many dealers usually ensure that the batteries they buy have been tested thoroughly to ensure their stability and fitness for their purpose. 

Also, many used car batteries have been barely used if the car it was used in broke down for other reasons. So even though you are buying a used battery, it’s almost like buying a brand new one sometimes.

 

What to look out for?

Warranty 

Reputable dealers in the business of reselling used car batteries usually offer a warranty. They guarantee that the car battery will work for some exact amount of time. Be sure to ask for a warranty when purchasing a used car battery. If no assurances are offered, it is best to check some other dealer.

Corrosion

Always examine the used battery thoroughly for corrosion. Dust or dirt is okay, but any orange or green corrosion anywhere around the battery means that the battery has little life left. It is usually found around the battery terminals, and the cable ends. Be sure to check these places thoroughly before purchasing the battery.

Battery Age

Always make sure to check the date stamp of the used car battery. The date is usually a letter and a number which tells you the year. Letters A through L stands for the month. So if the stamp date reads C19 or C9, it means the date of manufacture was March 2017. Since the average life expectancy of a car battery is between three and six years, knowing the manufacture date can help you make an informed decision.

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If you’re looking for a company to tow away your junk car for you, contact Boston Junk Car! We offer cash for all old junk vehicles.  You can learn more about Boston Junk Car and our offerings by giving us a call at 617-719-6436 and we’d be happy to answer all your questions about buying, selling, and towing.

What to Do If Your Car Fails to Start

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Several reasons could be behind your car failing to start after putting the key in the ignition. Think of a car as a web of interconnected components, where an issue with one component could start a chain reaction and impact other components as well. When your car fails to start, you may not have many options, if any at all, and that could leave you finding another option to take you around town or to work. What actions can you take if your car fails to start? Here are a few things to consider.

Investigate Why Car Won’t Start

Among the list of things that can cause your car to fail, it’s not easy to simply look at your car and tell what’s wrong. Some common issues that may be related to your car failing includes:

  • Dead battery is a fixable problem, which can be caused by a drained battery that needs to be recharged, or it reaches the end of its lifespan. It is possible for loose cables to also be the source of your battery issues.
  • Broken starter causes a rapid clicking noise when the key is in the ignition, but the car won’t start and could be related to either a dead battery or a degraded starter motor.
  • Blocked fuel filter stops fuel from making its way to the engine, which can be due to a blocked fuel filter, preventing the car from starting. 
  • Damaged engine can be caused by a failure to change the engine oil, damaged timing belts or spark plugs, and an incompatible fuel-gas combo.

 

Fix the Car if Possible

After determining the problem that’s preventing your car from starting, you may decide if it’s worth fixing. Factors that may impact your decision are the budget and your particular situation. Weigh the cost of repairing your car against buying or leasing a  new one. Whichever is more cost-effective is the better option. Also, take into account the value of the non-starting car and ask yourself if it’s worth repairing. 

 

Decide on Selling Your Non-starting Car

As it stands, your non-starting car may be worth some cash. How much cash is up to you to find out. Maybe you want to sell it as is or make some repairs then sell. The value of the car will be significantly impacted by its non-starting status among other factors, such as mileage, color, service history, and sales location. The more damage or wear on the car, the lower the value of that car will be. The better shape the car is in, the more value a buyer will see in the car. 

Selling a car that won’t start could be tough, but a few places may be willing to help you part ways with it, including junk and salvage yards. Additionally, private individuals and some car dealerships also purchase damaged vehicles. 

 

Contact Boston Junk Car

If you are looking to get your non-starting car off your hands, Boston Junk Car buys vehicles in less than prime condition for cash! We offer reliable, quality service that you can depend on.  You can learn more about Boston Junk Car and our offerings by giving us a call at 617-719-6436 and we’d be happy to answer all your questions about buying, selling, and towing.

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