By Hanna Nilson
When buying or selling any
used vehicle, obviously everyone what to makes sure that they get the
best deal possible, right? While buying or selling used trucks is
indeed similar to buying or selling
used cars, with used trucks;
pickups or SUVs, there are a
few extra things to consider.
Trucks are most commonly used
to handle extra work loads. This means that when you buy or sell any
used truck, you may want to consider a few issues and make some small
repairs in order to insure its maximum capacity. If youíre looking to
buy a used truck, knowing what to look for is empowering. By having
the knowledge to determine the difference between a quality used truck
and a scam; you can save yourself from a lot of trouble. Nobody wants
to walk away from a sale thinking they got a good deal only to later
find themselves stuck on the side of the highway with a broken down
piece of junk. Furthermore, even if you are able to find a great used
truck that is in good condition, chances are that youíll still need to
make at least some minimal repairs. So, set a budget that will allow
some extra spending on your used truck.
On the other hand, if youíre
selling a used truck, these tips will help give you a better idea of
how your used truck should be cared for and treated before sale.
Remember, even the smallest maintenance procedures may justify a
larger sale price.
First of all, donít forget the
basics. Double check all the obvious truck buying and selling
procedures such as; making sure the mileage is good and that the
asking price is fair based on the make, model and year. You can use
sites such as KBB.com
for a reference on used car
values. Also, check that all the vehicle paper work and
are in order; including the
the bill of sale
release of liability. Once these are taken care of, you may
want to take into account the following tips and tricks about used
- Tires: Checking the
condition of the tires can tell a lot about how the used truck has
been driven and cared for. If the tires are not all the same age or
if there is a lot of and uneven tire ware, this may suggest that the
used truck has had problems with its alignment. It could also
signify alignment issues and even a problem with the frame. In the
future, these can all cause serious problems for the used truck. So,
if you notice anything questionable about the tires, be sure to
bring it up.
- Under the Hood:
Check the motor oil. If you notice that the oil looks extra milky or
watery this could mean that the head gasket is broken. You can also
remove the oil cap to see if there is any build-up. If so, the used
truck might be overdue for its regular oil changes. Also, keep an
eye out for any warn or frayed wiring and/or low fluids. Such cases
will suggest that the used truck may have had a history of neglect
- Trailer Hitch: Even
if you may not have the intention to use the hitch for toeing, itís
always good to make sure that the used truck hasnít been strained.
Sometimes people tend to pull too much weight even on used truck
with smaller engines. If this is the case, the used truck may not be
in the best of condition. Consider talking to the buyer or seller
about how the truck will be used.
These are only a few small
pointers. Trust me, thereís a lot more out there for you to learn.
is yet another great resource for anyone in the market for new or used
trucks, pickups or SUVs.
For starters, ConsumerReports suggests the GMC Sierra 1500 and the
Chevrolet Silverado as some of the top rated Diesel trucks. So, keep
an eye out for those good bargains but donít forget to shop smart.
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