Steps to Follow When You Plan to Buy Used Trucks


January 26, 2021
Automotive
Mnea Minogue


  • Used Trucks

Trucks are the workhorses of modern America. They’re essential for many tradespeople and self-employed contractors. They’re the family car in many cases, too, since you can carry your kids, your groceries and your gear in them. That’s why you can’t afford to make the wrong choice when you’re shopping for a pre-owned truck. Here are the steps to follow when you plan on buying a used truck.

Determine What You Can Afford

Many people choose to buy a used vehicle because they can’t afford a new one. In other cases, they choose to buy a pre-owned truck because they don’t want to feel bad about dents, dings and dirt on a new truck. You could also afford more power or amenities in a used truck, because you’re paying less than you would for a new vehicle. That said, you should determine how much you can afford. How much can you pay cash for the truck or put down as a down payment? Establishing a ceiling before you start shopping for a new vehicle will also give you the ability to reject extras on a vehicle contract like an extended warranty or satellite radio contract.

Identify Your Must-Haves

Car owners may have requirements such as being able to put two car seats in the back seat and having four doors, so it is easy to reach the kids. Truck owners may need to be able to carry all 4 to 6 members of the family and have the ability to install a car seat. However, they’re much more likely to have higher performance standards such as the ability to carry a minimum load or pull a trailer with a certain capacity. How much space do you need in the truck bed? How much weight does your truck need to pull? And if you’re going to pull a trailer, the truck obviously needs a trailer hitch.

List Features You Want Out of a Vehicle

Knowing your must-haves allows you to limit your search to vehicles that truly meet your needs. Having a list of features you want and prioritizing them makes it easier to pick and choose between trucks on the lot. Do you want reclining seats or fold out beds so you can sleep in it when camping or take a nap on the work site? Do you want a built-in locking toolbox in the truck bed to simplify logistics and keep your gear safe? Do you want heated seats or a high-end sound system? You obviously can’t have everything, but you can make a list of what you do want and how important it is to you. Then you can choose between several potential options on the lot rather quickly.

Find the Right Dealership

The dealership to visit to buy used trucks has a large inventory of pre-certified vehicles.

Once you identify the right dealership, you can use the lists you’ve created containing essential and desirable features to identify potential vehicles in your price range. You might even give this information to the salesperson to find the best possible matches in their inventory.