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Is low mileage good on a used car?

My wife insists on low mileage, but I consider average, say 10 to 12,000 per year, is best. Who's right and why?

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You are because low mileage usually implies a life of short runs from cold starts during which the engine never gets to full running temperature and condensation is not evaporated off, leading to oil contamination.

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