Pickup trucks routinely rank among the most popular vehicles in America—but for as popular as they are, some buyers are put off by the high price tags. The good news is that you can typically find good, reliable used pickups for a fraction of that initial price—but when buying a used pickup truck, there are a few special considerations to keep in mind.
Was it Used Commercially?
You might assume that all the vehicles on a used car lot were formerly used by private owners—but pickups are often purchased by business owners, and as such they undergo a high level of daily wear and tear. What’s more, the owner of a business might not be as diligent in vehicle maintenance as they ought to be.
You won’t always be able to tell whether the truck in question was formerly used commercially, but you can hire an independent mechanic to give it a quick inspection and confirm that it’s been well cared-for—a good way to protect your purchase.
Was it Used to Haul and Tow?
Even private owners can put their pickup through its paces. After all, one of the main benefits of owning a pickup truck is to use it to haul and to tow. But if the truck has been worked too hard, it may not be in optimal condition any longer.
There are some telltale signs of heavy towing you can look for: A bent back license plate; a well-worn towing hitch; and cable used to wire the brake lights. If you see any of those signs, you might interpret them as minor red flags.
Was it Taken Off-Road?
The ability to go off-roading is another big reason to own a pickup truck—and here again, it can sometimes leave used pickups in less than ideal condition. Wear to the suspension and chassis are especially common.
The best way to tell whether a truck was used for off-roading is to look underneath it for scrapes and scratches; if a pickup has spent a lot of time in rough terrain, it’s usually pretty easy to tell.
What’s the Cost?
Of course, you’ll always want to consider the price for any vehicle you buy—new or used, car or truck. What buyers should know about used pickups is that they are in high demand, and as such, the price can sometimes be more than you anticipate.
With that said, you can find great deals when you go to the right dealerships. For that, we invite you to contact Get My Auto. A big part of what we do is to help buyers connect with reputable sellers—and we’d love to help you find a good used car dealership in your area today.
Start the process right now. Contact Get My Auto and ask about finding an affordable used pickup truck near you!