For a used Kia Soul purchase, is it better to buy a newer car (1-2 yrs) with higher mileage (~40,000) or an older car (3-4 yrs) with lower mileage (<20k)?

Asked by Jun 12, 2017 at 09:53 AM about the 2016 Kia Soul +

Question type: Shopping & Pricing

I'm trying to assess whether it makes sense to go for a more recent model
(e.g. 2015-2016) with higher mileage or an older model (2014) with lower
mileage. Since Kia has a 5yr/50K mile warranty I'd like to be able to
maximize the life of it. Obviously it will depend on how many miles I drive in
a year, but assuming average ~5-7K miles a year. Trying to gage if there are
known maintenance issues or other considerations for the Soul.

5 Answers

98,435

Kia is another one of those vehicles that you never buy used.

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this is not a helpful answer nor is it consistent with what i've seen written on the site. i'm talking about a car no older than 2014 here.

98,435

If they haven't taken t down there is a list of used cars not to buy on the internet. Check it out I think you will be surprised at the ones that are listed. A mechanic friend of mine was aware of the list but both a Kia Amante that showed only 43000 miles so he bought it thinking it will be alright, 2 months later he's looking for an engine. Turns out after he torn the thing apart that they had never serviced it properly and used an engine flush to just mask the fact that the maintenance was shoddy. He didn't keep the car much after that, traded it in on a new truck. So do your research, carfax, maintenance records, DMV reports, etc.

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1,240

Kias are ok, manufacturers warranties are voided when there is no service documentation

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What you should look for is a certified used one. Those are very close to the manufactures warrr and then just find the best deal by looking into the future. How long to you keep a car in the past? You already know your annual mileage so just divide up the cost of the car and how long your keeping it and then you will have your price per mile. Hope it helps.

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