The Benefits of Buying a Used Truck and a Few Things to Consider
It might seem strange, but you get a lot more bang for your buck when you buy a pre-owned truck versus a new one. Trucks lose up to 20% of their resale value when they are driven off the lot. This means that a used truck that’s a few years old is going to be much more affordable than a brand-new model.
It’s also true that you’re less likely to run into manufacturing problems when buying a used truck. When you buy pre-owned, some kinks will have been worked out, and some problem parts will have been replaced.
1. Towing Capacity
Are you planning on towing a mobile home or other vehicle with your truck? If so, you’ll want to check out the tow capacity on every vehicle you’re looking at. It’s easy to find a solid used truck with an excellent tow capacity, and it’s a good thing to look into, even if you aren’t currently planning on towing. You never know what the future will bring.
The outside of a truck can be washed and waxed to perfection, making it look brand new. However, the inside is often where the wear and tear begins to show, especially if the truck was owned by someone with a labor-intensive job. When looking at used trucks, be sure to give the interior a thorough inspection.
A vehicle’s performance won’t change much in years after it’s manufactured. Researching engine and performance should therefore be pretty easy. You can find out a lot by simply looking the truck’s make and model online. Every vehicle is slightly different and comes with its own quirks, so be sure to take your desired truck on a test drive before you take it home.
4. Proper Maintenance
It’s a good idea to buy a used truck that’s been maintained, and checking a Carfax report is important before making a purchase. Did it only have one previous owner? Did it change ownership multiple times? Was it ever a rental vehicle? All of this information should help you gauge the amount of wear and tear that might have taken place.
Always take a look at the safety features when examining a used truck. You’re probably a safe driver, so this might not cross your mind, but it’s very important. Check safety ratings and make sure the truck comes with all basic safety features, including airbags.
If you’re ready to start shopping for a used car or truck in the Austin/Cedar Park area, visit Greg Chapman Motors today.