How Fair Mileage Works

Figuring driving distances can be tough.

Waze says your trip is 9.2 miles, but clearly isn’t accounting for you bailing on the three death-defying intersection crossings it put in your way. Your car’s analog navigation thinks the trip is 15 miles, but is oblivious to the highway extension they put in three years ago that should cut that in half. And don’t even bother with those big, green highway signs. That’s just how far “they” want you to think you have to drive.

Fortunately, figuring the mileage that comes with your Fair car is easy. Here’s how it works.

Using The Fair Mileage Slider

As one of the final steps in selecting your perfect Fair car, you’ll be asked to select the mileage you want included in your monthly payment by moving the conveniently supplied slider to your desired number. Sounds fun, is fun. See above for what this looks like.

The vast majority of Fair cars is set to 10,000, while some larger SUVs and sports cars have a base mileage allowance of 7,500 per year. High-end baller rides you’re probably not taking on a cross-country trip any time soon, like Aston Martins, Ferraris, Lambos and even the elusive Jeep TrackHawk, are set at 5,000 per year.

But since everyone’s driving habits are different, you can add extra miles prior to signing and see precisely the impact it would make on your monthly payment. This mileage can’t be adjusted in the app after you’ve signed for your car so make sure you’re not undershooting, which would leave you paying for any overage when you hand in your car. An added benefit of bumping things up at this stage is that any extra miles you get come at a discounted rate and are refunded to you if you don’t use them. And how do you figure out how many miles you would need for your Fair ride? Math!

Calculating Your Mileage

To figure a ballpark annual mileage amount for your Fair car, start with what’s likely to be your biggest source of road miles: your job. If you live 7 miles from work and go to the office five days a week, you’ll end up with roughly 3,600 miles a year just for your commute.

Next, account for all your weekend chores, nights out, road trips and the like. Chances are, you’ll end up somewhere in the ballpark of the 9,960 vehicle miles that the University of Wisconsin estimates are driven each year by the average American. But if your commute is 90 minutes each way, you’ll probably want to pump up your mileage a bit—and download a true-crime podcast or two.

What If You Guess Too High/Low?

If you go over your allotted miles, there will be fees for excess miles due when you turn in your car based on how far over you went. Again, you can buy extra miles upfront at a discounted rate.

Please note miles per year are pro-rated and calculated for the time you drive your Fair car. To get your total mileage limit, just take your mileage allowance number, divide it by 365, and then multiply by the total number of days you had your Fair car. When you turn in your vehicle, we’ll run the numbers and refund you for any unused extra miles on your account. Note that there is no refund for unused base miles which, again, are set at 10,000 miles per year for most cars. So if you want to avoid the possibility of excess mileage fees, it’s going to be better to overestimate the miles for your Fair car, and then get that money back when you turn your car in.

Just don’t calculate your miles by the “as the crow flies” method. That just never works out for anyone.

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