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  • avatar Stever@Edmunds 08/17/09 11:52 pm PST

    Edmunds.com's proprietary pricing system takes into account all market variables and gives you the bottom line price. A vehicle's mileage suggests the amount of wear and tear the vehicle has experienced. The TMV Used Vehicle Appraiser adds or deducts the appropriate amount if the vehicle's mileage is below or above the normal range for a vehicle of that age.

    Keep in mind that cars typically have accumulated about 12,000 to 15,000 miles per year. Anything over this mileage reduces the value of the car; anything less increases the car's value.

    How to Get a Used Car Bargain

    For calculating True Cost to Own, Edmunds uses 15,000 miles a year as the baseline.

    So, I think it's safe to say that "normal" annual miles is between 12,000 and 15,000 miles a year. I don't have access to the proprietary formula to peg it any closer than that.

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  • jb_turner 08/17/09 10:36 pm PST

    Normal would be an average of what others drive.

  • myrrh 08/17/09 10:49 pm PST

    What is that number - 10,000 per year - 12,000 per year???

  • yuppers213 08/17/09 11:01 pm PST

    When I was car insurance shopping, the number that kept popping up was 12,000, so I'm assuming that is probably average.  For the life of me though, I can't figure out how anyone does that.  I put 20,000 a year on my car pretty easily.

  • Stever@Edmunds 08/17/09 11:52 pm PST

    Edmunds.com's proprietary pricing system takes into account all market variables and gives you the bottom line price. A vehicle's mileage suggests the amount of wear and tear the vehicle has experienced. The TMV Used Vehicle Appraiser adds or deducts the appropriate amount if the vehicle's mileage is below or above the normal range for a vehicle of that age.

    Keep in mind that cars typically have accumulated about 12,000 to 15,000 miles per year. Anything over this mileage reduces the value of the car; anything less increases the car's value.

    How to Get a Used Car Bargain

    For calculating True Cost to Own, Edmunds uses 15,000 miles a year as the baseline.

    So, I think it's safe to say that "normal" annual miles is between 12,000 and 15,000 miles a year. I don't have access to the proprietary formula to peg it any closer than that.

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