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What to Look for When Buying a Used Car

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Have you ever wondered what to ask for when buying a used car near Sandwich, but felt too daunted to ask? At O'Hara Motors, we have compiled a simple and easy-to-understand guide to walk you through the process. 

Whether you have extensive experience or are a first-time buyer, you’ll be able to enter our Mashpee dealership with confidence knowing that you’re equipped with the most relevant information and knowledge. If you are ready to learn about the used car buying process, contact us today and check out our used inventory.

How to Buy a Used Car From a Dealer

The more obvious benefit for used car buyers is the fact that you are getting more accessible technology at a lower price. You can also check out some of our used vehicles under 10k, our certified pre-owned vehicles, and more at our Bourne area dealership. Here are some things to consider before entering O'Hara Motors: 

  • Set a Budget: Set a budget by factoring in elements such as wear and tear, new tires, routine maintenance, and potential car loans. Generally, you shouldn’t pay more than 10% of your monthly income per monthly payment. Consult the finance calculator for more details.
  • Find the Right Used Car: There are several things to consider when deciding if a used car is a good idea. You should have it fit your budget, meet mileage expectations, and pass vehicle history reports. Then consult sites like Edmunds or KelleyBlueBooks for potential red flags and for added peace of mind. 
  • Test Drive and Inspect the Models: Make sure to test drive the car and thoroughly inspect the vehicle with a trusted mechanic to see if everything works properly. 
  • Used Car Financing and Other Fees: Once you’ve found a vehicle that works for you, you should make sure to consider aspects such as registration fees, trade-in values, sales tax, and more. You’ll also want to consider previous owners as well as whether there are applicable warranties and car insurance plans. 

What to Ask When Buying a Used Car

When buying a new car, you should go into our Bourne dealership with the appropriate questions such as:

  • What is the ownership history?
  • What is the vehicle’s mileage?
  • Does this vehicle affect your insurance premiums?
  • Is there a history of maintenance?
  • Is the vehicle history report available?
  • Do the amenities and features work like they’re supposed to?
  • Are there any current recalls on the vehicle?
  • How was the vehicle priced?
  • Can I take the car to a mechanic for an inspection?
  • Do you have the title in hand?
  • Is the car as is, or is it under warranty?

Visit us at O'Hara Motors for Used Vehicles

We at O'Hara Motors are here to make the car buying process as easy and as fun as possible, paired with higher reliability than with private parties and private sellers. Visit our finance department to learn more about the used car buying process with us!


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