Hello friends, looking to buy a used mini and trying to determine if the age of the car is as important as the mileage?

Asked by Jun 12, 2017 at 10:30 AM

Question type: Shopping & Pricing

Hello,
I want to buy a used Mini, and I don't plan on driving it much.  My primary
vehicle is a motorcycle.  I've read forums on this but I can't seem to find a best
advice...Shall I be more concerned about the age of the car or the mileage?  
Thank you

4 Answers

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More about how it was maintained and how many owners is what I focus on. Lower mileage helps, but age would be dependent on what features you want, because the newer models usually have more or better ones. Used Mini's can be a handful with little issues cropping up. They are not very reliable in general. But since your not using it as a primary vehicle, you might be fine.

Better to buy newer with updated technology and higher mileage , than low mileage older model as a general rule . Especially where you will be driving less .

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Watch out for turbos. They can be costly to replace. I agree with earlier maintenance comment. Older properly maintenance Vehicle does not scare me away always. Insist on a qualified mechanic check if your really interested. It's worth the $100.

485

Be concerned about Minis in general; They are high maintenance even when babied. No car is going to compare in visceral excitement to a motorcycle, so why not get something more reliable and comfortable for additional variety?

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