If you’ve found yourself searching for “used cars Thousand Oaks” recently, you’re in luck. At Ourisman Chrysler Dodge Jeep® RAM-Bowie, we have a wide inventory of pre-owned vehicles on offer in Bowie, MD.

You may be wondering, though, how the process of shopping for a used car differs from shopping for a new vehicle. There are a few things to look out for when you’re shopping used. Here are some good tips for buying a pre-owned car.

Do Your Research

As with any big financial decision, it’s important to do your research beforehand. If you’re interested in a specific make or model, look up the car ahead of time. Make sure there are no active recalls or known issues for the model years you’re interested in driving. 

Always Check Vehicle History

A good vehicle history is essential when purchasing a used car. Proper routine maintenance throughout a car’s lifetime can significantly extend its lifespan, so it’s helpful to see records for this. They will also tell you whether the car has been in an accident or had serious work done in the past.

Don’t Skimp on Inspections

When considering a used car, you want to inspect the vehicle even more thoroughly than you would a new car. Make sure there are no hidden signs of wear, that the interior and exterior are in good shape, 

Explore CPO Options

If you’re still wary of purchasing used, fear not—our Certified Pre-Owned program may be the perfect option for you. CPO cars undergo rigorous inspections by the manufacturer, adhere to strict requirements and quality standards, and often come with additional warranties to give you that extra bit of security.

Thorough Test Drives

Just like the inspection, you’ll want to take your time test-driving a pre-owned car. Take it on the highway to feel the acceleration, on bumpier roads to test the suspension, and into traffic to see how it brakes and idles.

Ready to schedule a test drive? Head on down to our Maryland Jeep dealership to get started!