How to Pick Up a Great Used Pickup Truck

How to Pick Up a Great Used Pickup Truck

10 essential and comprehensive tips for getting the most out of your purchase.

There are few vehicles more useful than a pickup truck. You can use pickups for off-roading, moving passengers, working on a farm or ranch, or as a small business owner's work vehicle. Trucks, in general, are quite flexible and valuable.

Unfortunately, though, brand new vehicles are also pricey - that’s why many individuals choose to purchase a secondhand truck.

When buying a used truck, though, you must be certain of what you're getting before signing on the dotted line. Trucks are frequently used for difficult tasks. Even though they're made for it, if they're not properly maintained, they could cause problems in the future.

Here are ten tips to make sure you get the best deal.

1. Know your spending limits

First and foremost, you must determine your budget. How much can you afford and how much do you want to spend on a second hand truck? Keep in mind that just because you're okay with spending a certain amount doesn't mean you should spend it.

Before you start looking for a used truck, we recommend getting pre-approved so you know what to look for. You don't want to fall in love with a truck just to discover it's out of your price range.

2. Have a deposit ready

It's always a good idea to put some money down on a vehicle if you want to keep your interest rate low. If your interest rate is high, your bargain deal on a used truck could become a lot more expensive over time. If it requires putting money aside for a while before you start purchasing, perhaps you should do so.

3. Know what you want

Knowing exactly what you want is one of the most critical aspects of buying a used truck.

What are you planning to do with the truck? Do you require a certain amount of towing and hauling capacity? What size cab, bed, and wheels do you need?

Before you go shopping, ask yourself these important questions. Narrow your search so you don't waste time looking at trucks that aren't right for you.

4. Prepare to make some trade-offs

You can begin shopping once you've chosen your budget and needs. Make sure, though, that you are willing to compromise if required. It's fine to splurge a little if you didn't want to spend more than $25,000 but got the perfect truck for $25,999.

You must, however, know when to walk away. Don't be fooled into buying something else if the dealership doesn't have what you need, regardless of how amazing the 2019 Mustang looks! That could be something to look into at a later date.

5. Look around

Next, you want to make sure you're getting the best bargain possible. Buying a secondhand truck is a little trickier because there are so many variables that go into establishing its worth. The value is determined by factors such as mileage, damages, accident history, and condition.

Shop around, but stick with reliable dealers. These dealerships employ well-trained and trustworthy employees whose primary purpose is to assist you in finding the best used truck for your needs and budget. 

6. Read the vehicle history report

A vehicle history report should be included with any second hand truck. This is crucial in establishing whether the truck has ever been in an accident or sustained significant damage.

A vehicle history report will also reveal how many owners the used truck has had, as well as whether it was ever leased.

7. Have it inspected by a mechanic

When considering a used truck, get it inspected by a mechanic if at all possible. Most dealerships use in-house mechanics who inspect vehicles thoroughly before releasing them onto the lot.

Sticking with a reputed dealership will also help you avoid any unpleasant surprises when purchasing a secondhand truck.

8. Check the tires and know the mileage 

The mileage of a used truck is one of the most crucial aspects that influences its pricing. Keep in mind, however, that diesel engines differ from gasoline engines, particularly in terms of mileage.

Also, a well-maintained truck with 150,000 miles on it may be more dependable than one with 80,000 miles on it.

You should also inspect the tires before signing on the dotted line. Tires that are worn out are unlikely to be sent off the lot by a good dealership. It never hurts to look, and you might be able to negotiate new tires or a lesser price.

9. Look for rust

Vehicles may be more prone to rusting depending on where you stay. The majority of current trucks are made of rust-resistant metals and come with warranties. Rust, on the other hand, is contagious and will spread.

The frame is the most crucial spot to inspect for rust. There's also the body and the underbelly.

10. Consider “other” expenses

Finally, while purchasing a used truck, you must consider all of the additional costs that come with it- Liability and comprehensive insurance, as well as registration fees.

The cost of registering and insuring newer vehicles can be rather high. Make sure there's room in your budget for it!