Used cars offer a lot of options for drivers in terms of make, model, year, mileage, and much more. With so many used car options available at Thompson Toyota, you may need a little help trying to figure out what to look for and what you value when it comes to your used car search.

Below, we'll provide some tips on things to look for when you're buying a used car around Edgewood, Clayton, Bel Air, and Baltimore, Maryland.

Choose Your Vehicle & Test Drive It

The first thing you'll want to do is to look through our used car inventory in person or on our website to decide which vehicle would be a good fit. You'll want to factor in its MPG, cargo space, performance, and technology, among other things.

After that, schedule a test drive to make sure you feel good and comfortable in the vehicle when you're out on the road. This might be the most important part of your search, as you'll be driving this vehicle for years to come.

Vehicle Condition

When choosing your used vehicle-regardless of whether it's a sedan, an SUV, or something else-it needs to be in good condition from an appearance and a performance perspective. It's normal to see some cosmetic blemishes, like scratches, small paint chips, etc. However, major scratches or dents signal that there may have been incidents in its past.

This is something you can read up on, as our used car dealership provides a free CARFAX® Vehicle History Report™ on all the used cars we sell. If you're buying from us, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing that we take the time to thoroughly clean and inspect each used car to make sure it's in the best shape possible.

Get a Great Finance Plan

After you've chosen your used vehicle, you'll work with our finance team to come up with a payment plan that meshes with your lifestyle and your driving needs. We'll work with local lenders to make sure that you get a great deal.

Did you know that you can streamline the process and save some time by using the financial tools on our website? You can fill out the finance application to receive a quick decision. Once you receive approval, our team will be notified and can start working on your plan right away.

Find out what you'll be paying monthly for your used car with the payment calculator, which factors in down payment, credit score, etc. If you've got a vehicle you want to trade in to our used car dealership, you can use the Value Your Trade tool to find out what it's worth.

Find Your Future Used Car at Thompson Toyota

After reading these tips, Thompson Toyota hopes that you have a better idea as to what to look for when you're buying a used car. Our used car dealership offers tons of amazing used cars that are in pristine condition and are ready to find great homes around Edgewood, Clayton, Bel Air, and Baltimore, MD.

Contact us today to set up a test drive!


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Thompson Toyota

1101 Business Center Way
Directions Edgewood, MD 21040

  • Sales: (410) 679-1500
  • Service: 866 371-6773
  • Parts: (410) 679-1500


  • Monday 9:00AM - 8:00PM
  • Tuesday 9:00AM - 8:00PM
  • Wednesday 9:00AM - 8:00PM
  • Thursday 9:00AM - 8:00PM
  • Friday 9:00AM - 8:00PM
  • Saturday 9:00AM - 5:00PM
  • Sunday Closed