7 Tips for Buying a Used Truck

Buying a used truck requires some knowledge of trucks in general, as well as the confidence to haggle and to deal with the sellers. It helps if you know what you want out of the vehicle and have a good idea of your budget before you go into any negotiations. Here are seven tips to help you get a good deal on a used truck from your friends at Chesaco used trucks Baltimore.

1 – Always Check the History of the Vehicle

Before you waste any time doing test drives or get too invested in the idea of a specific truck, look at the vehicles history. You need to check the accident history (a truck that has been in a severe accident could have faults that would make it a death trap to drive), and you should look for information about recent upgrades, as well as check whether the truck has been involved in any incidents that would generate police reports – whether that’s bad driving or being reported stolen. You should also ask for maintenance and oil change histories, to give you an idea of how well looked after the vehicle has been. If there are any red flags here, then walk away.

2 – Find Out Why It’s Being Sold

You should ask why the vehicle is being sold in the first place. Now, there’s no guarantee that you will get a truthful answer here – after all if the seller is trying to get rid of a dodgy vehicle then they’re not going to tell a prospective buyer that their truck is falling to bits. You should trust your intuition here. If the seller says that they’re upgrading to something bigger or newer, then that’s fine. If they’re evasive, then you should start to worry.

3 – Do Your Own Inspection

You don’t have to be a qualified mechanic to do a quick visual inspection. Walk around the vehicle and look for rust on the exterior surfaces, and in particular around the door frames. Raised spots of paint are a likely sign that there’s rust under the paint. A vehicle with a lot of rust may not have been particularly well looked after. Buyer beware.

Another thing to look at is the oil. Pop the hood and check the oil levels on the dip stick. If you think that there’s anything wrong, then ask when the oil was last changed.

4 – Check the Mileage

The mileage of the truck will give you a good idea of what condition it’s in. If you’re planning on doing a lot of long distance driving yourself then look for a truck with an overall lower mileage. Don’t dismiss a vehicle with a high mileage out of hand – if it’s in good condition and has had only one or two owners that have clearly taken good care of it, then that’s a sign that it’s going to be OK to drive.

5 – Look at The Tires

One part that often gets overlooked when people are shopping for new trucks is the tires. The health of the tires will give you an idea of the health of the truck. If the wear is uneven, that’s cause for concern. If they’re very worn, then what else has the driver overlooked?

6 – Plan Ahead

If you like the look of a specific vehicle, then you should consider how well you will be able to look after it. There’s not much point in buying something that is going to cost you a fortune to take care of. Find out what normally breaks on the truck that you’re interested in, and then find out how expensive that stuff will be to replace.

7 – Ask for Help

If you aren’t comfortable in deciding whether a car is a good buy yourself, then get someone to come with you – a mechanic will have more knowledge than you and will be better able to assess the condition of the truck, as well as give you an insight into what it is really worth. Use their knowledge to protect yourself from scams and make sure that you get something that you will be able to use for your business for many years to come.

John is the owner of Chesaco Car Co, Inc of Baltimore, MD. He loves trucks and has always had a passion for anything with four wheels.