what are problems with cars with very low mileage?


Asked by Nov 02, 2015 at 07:35 AM about the 2008 Acura RDX AWD w/ Tech Pkg

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I found a 2008 Acura RDX with less than 6,000 miles.   this seems
unreasonable even for light driving.  what problems could non-driving have on
a car?  What should I be cautious of?

5 Answers


If a car sits out in the driveway with little use it will rot the under side of the car, brake lines, fuel lines and floor panels, but if a car sits in a garage with a cement floor and is usualy high and dry you might of found a gem, take a peak underneath and you will know. As far as the drive train will not hurt that at all

Bob Beaman

I agree, I would have it put on a lift and take a close look underneath. Also I would run a CarFax on it and if possible try to get the original owners name and contact them about it (today's privacy laws make this difficult now days).

Bob Beaman

One additional suggestion is check the date codes on the tires to see if the tires were made somewhere near the time the Acura was built. If the tires have been replaced that might be a red flag, if the tires are original the mileage could be correct. Also if the tires are original, they will need to be replaced no mater the condition of the tread. Tires that are over 6 or 7 years old may not be safe. Get the VIN number and go to an Acura Dealership service department and have them run a service history on the vehicle. You are looking for the mileage to be correct. If it all checks out, buy it! Keep us posted.

Bob Beaman

Go here for learning about tire date codes.....http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tiretech/techpage.jsp? techid=11&s_kwcid=AL!3756!3!72454655173!e!!g!!tire%20date%2 0codes&ef_id=Umz7twAABZ32JiwO:20151102131714:s


Watch out for cars that have had the odometer rolled back or replaced. A Carfax can reveal this but it is no guarantee. Cars that have truly sat unused for years can have issues with brakes, rust and engine seals going bad. Gas can go bad in the fuel system which can be a real pain to deal with. Try and match up wear on the tires and interior to see if they support the low mile claim. You can also take it to a mechanic for inspection.

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