Shopping for a used pickup truck is not rocket science, but it’s easy to get lost in the process if you are not well informed. There are many factors to consider, including the size, color, engine, and hauling capacity. Rather than being bogged down by all these considerations, look at it as an adventure.
Here’s a list of things you need to consider when looking for used pickup trucks for sale in your location:
The Real Purpose
Pickup trucks or Utes are true workhorses in the automobile world. In fact, it would be impossible to hit road without seeing one that is transporting heavy loads or hauling a boat or trailer home. Pickup trucks these days are not the same as our grandfather’s utility vehicles back in the day (although having one in restored condition would certainly turn heads on the road).
Today’s Utes are loaded with comfort features that would rival that of a sedan, with a few bonuses. With that in mind, list down where you would most likely use your truck. Are you going to haul your boat every weekend, or are you in the contracting business where you would put a Ute’s bed to full use? Is seating a major factor?
If so, there are models that offer comfortable seating for three to six persons. Having a clear idea where you would regularly use your pickup truck will ensure that you get exactly what you need.
Budget and Features
This is extremely important, as it determines your contentment for the next few months. Having a clear budget in mind will ensure that all your needs and wants are satisfied and you are getting the best value for your money.
We cannot stress this enough, as what you want is a used pickup truck, not a fixer-upper. A devoted owner would have kept strict records of vehicle maintenance history—oil changes, repairs, parts replaced, and accident records (if any). Perform a body check. Are there rusted areas, especially in places rarely seen? Be sure to check the body in broad daylight, and outdoors.
It’s important as well to ask the seller about his reason for selling. This is a clear indication of how meticulous a previous owner is. If he’s looking to buy a new one because he’s outgrown the one being sold, it’s a good bet that he’s a serious hauler, and he has shown his old Ute tender loving care.
Used Vehicle Dealers
If you’re buying from a dealership, only go to those with a proven track record. They can guarantee that the used pickup trucks from their dealership will perform as expected. Remember that your new pickup truck should be a helper, not an inherited headache. Dealerships are very meticulous when it comes to the vehicles they sell, as this is their core business.
The important test drive must not be overlooked. This will give you an idea of the pickup truck’s engine condition. If you’re not comfortable doing the assessment yourself, bring along a trusted mechanic.
Buying a used vehicle is an adventure. You just need sufficient knowledge of what to look for and what to avoid. This will ensure that your used pickup truck will take you a long way.