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Hi there, i have the option between two cars to buy. One is an 03 Pontiac bonneville with 117,835 miles, no accidents, drives well. Or i could purchase an 08 ford fusion with 169,873 miles with 2 minor accidents. Im just not sure an older car with less miles or an newer car with high mileage, which one will last me longer. What should i chooses?

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Jessica Howe, Automotive Expert & Coach at


Most of the time I would suggest that you choose the vehicle with fewer miles and no accidents. If you want the newer vehicle due to its updated features, you will want to get a pre-purchase inspection performed by a trained technician. They will look over the entire vehicle top to bottom and check for any signs of potential issues in the near future. We always recommend a pre-purchase inspection before any car purchase, but in your case it may be even more necessary in helping you make the right choice. Check out our list of Certified Female Friendly service centers in your area for a list of shops we trust near you. 

Amy Mattinat, Owner and Author at Auto Craftsmen Ltd

I recommend you pick the one you like the best and take it to a Certified AskPatty facility or a AAA Repai Facility or an ASE Blue Seal facility and have a pre-buy inspection done. Then you will know if it’s a good purchase or not. 

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