Trouble With Low Mileage

My Grandma, bless her heart, drives approximately 2,000 miles per year. No joke. When she decided it was time for her to sell her 10 year old car it had a grand total of 24,000 miles on it. Yep. There was no need to wonder if the odometer had simply rolled over. The seats still had their original poof, the floors were spotless and the pedals were barely scuffed. It was pretty obvious the car was in near showroom condition.

Care to guess how many people were jumping up and down to buy her low mileage car? She couldn’t even talk my sister or myself into taking it for free. The car’s lack of mileage turned out to be a huge problem. People were leery to take on a car that hadn’t been in action all that much. Cars parked in a garage deteriorate in ways that aren’t so obvious. Motors, tubing and such benefit from use. Cars in pristine condition can be just as problematic as those run into the ground. Most buyers, when dealing with something that isn’t new, like to see evidence of use coupled with timely attention to maintenance.

I bring up my Grandma’s car because it was part of a discussion in one of my job seeker groups today. See what you miss by not coming? Kidding. A participant made the point, if he were in a hiring manager’s position, he’d be hesitant to consider someone who hasn’t been keeping busy since losing his job. I agree with his take. Just like the concerns buyers can have of a car that’s been sitting in a garage, those who haven’t used their skills or left their home since losing their jobs leave potential hiring managers wondering what may have deteriorated over that time.

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