I’m sure this question has been asked, answered, and beaten to death. But, I haven’t found it with (very little) searching :p So:

Assuming same car model, and pretty much all other things equal, would you buy the 2014 with ~10,000mi or the 2017 with ~30,000 mi? Why?

Also assume you’re buying from a dealership so you don’t really know what type of owner came before you...

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Now, to my mind, it would seem that the newer car was driven as a commuter which would be relatively safe for 30,000 miles. However, I would want to make sure the 30,000 mi checkup was done prior to purchase. I like low miles, and I bought my current car a year old with 9K, but my car before that started at 40k so I’m not opposed to some patina.

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On the other hand, the older car with low miles was probably garaged, maybe tracked, and maybe sat for winters. I feel like the track/winter stuff could be bad... but it was still likely taken care of to a high degree. I’m leaning towards the newer car with higher miles.

Thoughts?