I was just wondering if a 2007 Nissan Altima with 238000 miles on it for $1000 a bad deal? I wanted an explanation about whether the mileage is a bad thing or not; I know that's it's high but should that sway my decision to buy the car itself if that is the only issue?
My car has 238000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.
If the engine has good compression, oil pressure is good, there are no huge leaks, no unusual noises and the rest of the vehicle is still serviceable (tires, brakes, suspension), it’s a fantastic deal. However, if the engine needs to be rebuilt, or the transmission shifts poorly, the suspension is worn, the fuel and brake lines are rusted, and so forth, it’s an "average" to potentially very "poor" deal depending on just how bad the defects are and how numerous they are. If the engine and/or transmission needs to be rebuilt, the car might be worth $500 to $1,000 as is but that depends on the condition of the rest of the vehicle. If more than the engine /transmission needs to be rebuilt in the worst case scenario, the value of the car is basically no more than the scrap value of steel which is around 3 to 7 cents per pound.
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