How Can You Tell How Many Miles a Car Has Gone?

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To determine how many miles a car has gone, one can read the odometer on the dashboard of the car. A way to determine miles driven during a specific period is by noting the odometer reading, and then subtracting the new number after driving a set distance.

An odometer reads the miles that a car has driven. There are some instances where a car has low mileage, but looks like it has more. The condition of the brakes and the tires of the vehicle can then be used to determine if the odometer reading is correct. Excessive wear on either of these indicates that the odometer is incorrect. Most cars are driven between 10,000 and 15,000 miles each year.