What to Look for When Buying a Used Car

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Many Manchester drivers dread the process of shopping for a used car. The automotive experts at Tulley BMW of Nashua certainly understand, which is why we are committed to making it a stress-free experience. Wondering what to look for when buying a used car? Our used car buying tips can help to streamline the process so that you can find a new-to-you vehicle that exceeds your expectations but not your budget. We have the largest pre-owned BMW inventory in the country, so you are sure to find a used car that checks all of the boxes on your wishlist. 

Used Car Buying Tips 

What makes a pre-owned vehicle worthy of that coveted spot in your Lowell, MA garage? Used cars are priced more affordably, cost less to insure, and have already experienced the steep depreciation associated with a brand new model. This is just the start! If you have decided on a pre-owned vehicle, the used car buying tips below can help you find your perfect match in no time. 

  • Set a Budget: Before you start shopping, you will want to create a budget that works for you. Be sure to stick to that budget as you shop. You do not want to stretch yourself thin by choosing a vehicle with more than what you actually need. We recommend keeping your monthly payment at no more than 10% of your monthly income. Try our payment calculator for additional assistance. 
  • Find the Right Used Car: Make a list of vehicles that meet your needs, and start doing your research. Explore reviews from industry experts like Kelley Blue Book,, and Edmunds. Keep in mind that a vehicle that needs a bit of TLC can still be an excellent investment, but the cost of maintenance should be factored into your budget. 
  • Test Drive and Inspect the Models: We always recommend test driving any car you are considering before you sign on the dotted line. 
  • Used Car Financing and Other Fees: Explore your financing options so that you can feel confident you are getting a great deal on your preferred model. 

What to Ask When Buying a Used Car

Not sure what to ask when buying a used car? The questions listed below can be a great starting point for you. 

  • Is there a history of maintenance?
  • Is the vehicle history report available?
  • Do the amenities and features work like they’re supposed to?
  • What is the ownership history?
  • What is the vehicle’s mileage?
  • 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?
  • Does this vehicle affect your insurance premiums?

Start Your Shopping Journey Today

Now that you know what to look for when buying a used car near Westford, you can start shopping. Contact Tulley BMW of Nashua for more information. 


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