There is no denying how expensive a new pickup can be. That is why buying a used truck is such a smart choice. And thanks to the ever-improving reliability of trucks, you don’t have to worry that the model won’t last very long.
Before you start your truck search, however, you do need to do a little bit of work. Write down the top priorities you need in a truck and the features you’d like it to have. Establish your budget for a truck and do a basic search for financing options, so you know if you qualify for a loan. Lastly, narrow down your top models and years of pickup trucks.
Follow these five strategies to help ensure that you pick a great truck to suit your budget and needs.
Check its history. Get a vehicle history report for the truck. Most dealerships will provide this for free. Look for previous owners, any accidents reports, and its service history. If anything bothers you, you can count that truck out.
Do an inspection. Look over as much as the truck as you can checking for signs of rust and damage. Check under the hood as well and look at the fluid levels and conditions. Bring a trusted mechanic if you want an expert’s opinion.
Ask about its capabilities. If you plan on using your truck for towing, be sure you ask what its towing capacity is. Most trucks offer multiple engines with varying abilities.
Think long term. Consider future truck expenses, like repairs. If the truck you like has a lot of upgraded parts, make sure you can afford to repair them if they break. In addition, some truck models cost more to insure than others.
Consider a warranty. If the truck’s original warranty has expired, ask the dealer about an extended warranty. This can help alleviate some future repair expenses.
Stop by High Point Mitsubishi to browse our current inventory of used pickup trucks. We’ll help you find a vehicle that meets your preferences and stays within your price range.