About Us

About Us

Why shop with McCarthy’s?


Since 1979, McCarthy’s has delivered  on efficient, easy, and honest car buying and selling.  Our reputation for outstanding customer service and satisfaction is built on over 30,000 successful transactions with customers like you in San Luis Obispo County. When you drive your car off the lot at McCarthy’s it is not the ‘end of a deal’, we consider it a ‘welcome to the family’. We know we cannot grow without you, we thrive because of your ‘word of mouth’ recommendations, and our thousands of repeat customers. McCarthy’s stands by each vehicle we sell, offering a 90-day full-coverage warranty on most vehicles, with optional extended warranties up to 5 years/ 100,000 miles.


McCarthy’s  goes above and beyond to find the vehicle that meets your precise specifications. Our inventory of high-quality used vehicles is carefully selected, sourced from reputable sellers from around the state. Each vehicle then goes through our extensive evaluation and reconditioning program by ASC Certified Mechanics. 


We understand a large part of car buying is securing financing options. Our strong relationships with a variety of local and national banks and credit unions ensures that you receive competitive financing options regardless of credit scores. We can usually complete the entire lending process quickly onsite, allowing you to drive your car home the same day you find it. Check out our Financing page for more information. 


We will work with you to arrange test drives on potential vehicles and our no-pressure environment means you can remain at ease throughout the car-buying process. We work hard to make sure you get the car, truck or SUV that fits your budget, goals, and needs. When you come to McCarthy’s, we give you "your BEST automotive buying experience." That is our mission and commitment to every person that chooses to work with us. We know you could go elsewhere, so we'll do everything in our power to keep you coming back. 


We consider ourselves lucky to be a part of such a great community. We take pride in providing each individual with great value, peace of mind and impeccable quality. We understand the importance of our success being built on our community’s success and actively work to support local causes and charities.


We have the highest sales volume of any independent dealership on the Central Coast and have been named Top Used Car Dealership by a New Times consumer poll for 11 years. We invite you to visit our lot or give us a call and find out why we are the most trusted used car dealership in San Luis Obispo County.


Great Deals on Quality Used Cars

We have San Luis Obispo used cars with great fuel economy! We can offer a great price compared to Kelley Blue Book and low car payments! With a wide variety of cars, trucks, SUVs and fuel efficient hybrids to choose from and an experienced sales team, we are confident that we can find the vehicle that’s just right for you. On our San Luis Obispo used car lot we feature vehicles by many of today’s top manufacturers, including fuel efficient San Luis Obispo used cars. We often offer for sale cars from Honda, Toyota, Ford, Chevy, Hyundai, Audi, BMW, Dodge, and many more reliable San Luis Obispo used cars! Each and every one of our San Luis Obispo used cars has been through a detailed inspection by our auto mechanics so you can be sure that we only stock the highest quality used vehicles. And each used car comes with a CarFax report! Want to sell your car? Give McCarthy’s the opportunity to make a free quote for your trade-in! You can sell your car to McCarthy’s with no obligation to buy!
More Than Just Used Cars

McCarthy’s offers used cars and trucks for sale on the Central Coast of California, including San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Santa Maria, Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, and beyond! We can often offer financing to provide bad credit car loans and no credit auto loans. Apply to get approved today.

If you have poor credit or have recently had your credit score lowered, and don’t know if you’ll qualify for a loan to purchase a used car, come talk to us about buying a used car here at McCarthy’s.

McCarthy’s offers affordable, quality used cars. We also can buy your car if you looking to sell your car. Whether you want cash for your car, or your looking to consign your car, or even trade in your car for a different car, we have a program for you.

Come visit McCarthy’s at 43 Higuera Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 for great used cars at great prices!
We have the original vehicle consignment program in SLO County as well as our growing “Cash for Cars” program. Our professional finance department and zero pressure sales team are second to none. While other dealers sell a few used cars, our focus is simple. We do one thing and we do it better than anyone…Used Cars! The next time you or someone you care about needs to buy, sell or consign a high quality used vehicle make sure you come in and talk with us.
We’re still located at our original location at 43 Higuera Street in San Luis Obispo and would love for you to stop by or call us anytime at 805-544-1900. We’re open Monday through Friday from 9am-7pm, Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday 11am-4pm.
McCarthy’s offers used cars and trucks for sale on the Central Coast of California, including San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Santa Maria, Pismo Beach, Morro Bay, Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, and more! We can often offer financing to provide bad credit car loans and no credit auto loans. Apply to get approved today. If you have poor credit or have recently had your credit score lowered, and don’t know if you’ll quality for a loan to purchase a used car, come talk to us about buying a used car here at McCarthy’s. McCarthy’s offers affordable, quality used cars. We also can buy your car if you looking to sell your car. Whether you want cash for your car, or your looking to consign your car, or even trade in your car for a different car, we have a program for you. Come visit McCarthy’s in San Luis Obipso for great used cars at great prices.