Driving a truck can define your lifestyle. Plenty of Americans couldn’t get by in their day-to-day life without one, whether they need it for hauling, towing, off-roading, or just moving objects. For this investment, buying brand new isn’t always an option. Buying pre-owned makes more financial sense. There are plenty of used trucks, in great condition, available at a fraction of the price of their new counterparts. There’s a stigma associated with buying pre-owned, but buying used doesn’t have to be a gamble if you know what to look for in a vehicle. Below are a few key points to look for when looking at vehicles.
Try to find out how the previous owner used the vehicle. If it was used for hauling, heavy towing, or off-roading, it might have taken a beating and be in worse shape. If the information is not readily available, try to look at its physical condition. How’s the paint around the bed? How’s the bed itself? Plenty of information about a used trucks’ past can be found through careful observation. If the one you like looks pretty rough, it might have done a good amount of heavy hauling.
While lower mileage is more promising than high mileage, the trick is to look at how the mileage accumulated. Fewer miles with heavy loads are harder on a vehicle than more miles with lighter loads. You also want to try to find out if most mileage was done on highways and freeways or done in stop-and-go traffic. This answer might not be readily available, but you may be able to tell by paying attention to the condition of the truck’s body and tires.
Today, most vehicle history reports can be found on the internet. A quick search will let you know about previous accidents, repairs, and specific mechanic information. Severe damage or irresponsible repairs can significantly lower a truck’s price, but can also signify that the truck will require more work in the future. For buyers who enjoy doing their own automotive repairs and feel comfortable working on their own vehicles, this might not be a deciding factor. Many people, though, want a vehicle they can start using comfortably right after buying.
What are you planning on doing with the truck? If you need it for heavy hauling or towing, you want to look into a diesel engine, which will both be stronger and have a better lifespan than gasoline engines. If you only need it for daily errands or commuting to and from work, a gasoline engine will save you money on fuel.
If you know what to look for, looking at used trucks can both save money and find a great vehicle that will serve you, your work, and your family for years to come.