Buying a Used Truck

You may think that purchasing a used truck would be no different from purchasing a used car, right? Well, there are differences that you may not consider, that can save you time in finding the truck you want, and the deal that suits you. We’re here to share some simple considerations that will simplify the start of your search.

Step 1: Know What Size is Right for You

When it comes to trucks there are many different customization options regarding the size of the cab and that of the bed. It can be intimidating and confusing trying to pick from the multitude of options even when they’re lined up in front of you. The most important thing you need to figure out is what you are trying to achieve with the truck you are wanting to purchase. Are you wanting to be able to haul equipment for your business or wanting to be able to move big items? Then a full size truck with a large bed is the correct option for you. If you simply like the idea of driving a truck and don’t plan on hauling anything major, then a midsize truck would be the best option. In regards to the cab, do you need room for children or full-size adults? This may seem obvious, but a lot of people buy far more truck than they really need and end up not as happy with their purchase over the long term. 

Step 2: Light, Medium, Or Heavy?

The towing capacity of a truck is important if you’re planning to haul anything from a boat to a work or even travel trailer. Trucks are commonly divided into three different categories; light-duty, medium-duty, and heavy-duty. These three categories are then given numerical labels such as 1500, 2500, and 3500 (or 150, 250, and 350.)  

It’s important that you get the proper size truck for your needs. If you go with less power you may not be able to haul what you need to unless you like replacing parts. On the other hand, if you get a truck that is too big you’ll have to spend more money purchasing it, and filling it up at the gas station. Additionally, if this is for everyday use, you also probably don’t want to struggle with maneuverability in every parking lot.

Step 3: The Test Drive

So you’ve figured out which size of truck you want, and you’ve made it to the point where you’re giving the truck a test drive. This step is similar to buying a regular car. You really want to test the limits of the truck you’re driving. Accelerate hard, give the brakes some work, and get the engine and transmission up to operating temperatures. A 20-minute drive should be enough time to reveal any apparent issues. Does the truck drift to the side? Is there play in the steering wheel? Does it brake well? Are there any quirks in acceleration? Does the truck shift smoothly? Pay close attention to your gut feelings, and don’t get too attached to the truck. If something doesn’t seem right don’t buy it. 

We hope that this list can help you get started in making the right decision for your future truck. If you have any further questions about purchasing a used truck, feel free to come speak to our friendly and knowledgeable staff. We would love to help you out and make sure you get the best deal for you.