There are always going to be things that you need to know when you are trying to buy a used vehicle, and those same things can be applied to buying used trucks. You don’t just want to know the towing capacity and things like that. Here are a few things that we put together that should help you on your journey to buying a worthwhile vehicle.
CarFax Is Great! CarFax is a way to find out a vehicles history without having to take the dealerships word on it. It might cost you a few bucks to get a CarFax, but it is going to be well worth it. It will be able to tell you the accident history of the car, if it is stolen, and even if it has any liens against it.
Kelly Blue Book Is Your Friend No one wants to pay more than a car is worth, and that is why it is vital that you check the vehicle’s worth on Kelly Blue Book, or kbb.com. You can find the value of trucks that are similar or trucks that are in the same kind of shape, and that will give you a good starting point of price to move forward with.
Checkout the Odometer Things should match up when you are looking at the age of the truck and the odometer reading. If they don’t, that is probably a sure sign that something is wrong with the person that you are buying the truck from, unless they have a very good reason for never using the truck.
Inspection Time! If you are not someone that knows how to inspect a truck, find a mechanic that will agree to come with you for a small fee or something like that. There are plenty of them out there that are willing to sacrifice a little time for potential business.
The Test Drive Last but not least, you have to be able to take the truck for a test drive. Anyone that refuses to let you take the truck for a test drive is a red flag that you should stay far away from. The test drive is crucial, and try and drive it for a decent amount of time, that way you can get a feel for the truck and see what kind of condition it is in.