The fact is that we are all really trying to save as much as possible on our financial commitments. The next pickup truck for yourself or your business is also one of these areas to save potentially thousands. You can easily do this. How? Buy used trucks!
There are loads of places to look for quality trucks that will cost you a mere fraction of a new model with still many, many years of mileage left. Apart from the traditional spots such as the classifieds and used car dealers, you may also want to consider attending a few auctions. Government and private auctions are renowned for the quality trucks at very, very low prices.
Often I have noticed how easily someone can buy a piece of second hand auto junk. Now I know that everyone simply is not an expert on vehicles and sometimes even the most experienced mechanics get it wrong. However don’t let this get you down. Here’s a checklist of things that you may want to keep in mind before buying that used truck from your dealer or at the auction. There are countless things to keep in mind, but I’m going to try and keep it short.
Questions you should ask for the body & exterior
o Do you have any trouble closing the car doors?
o Are there any rusty spots on the body works?
o How’s the car’s paint job – any slight mismatch in the paint?
A few things that may indicate mechanical problems
o Look out for any oil leaks from the engine
o Check if the car’s engine is very dirty and oily
o Very dark oil on the dipstick may just indicate problems with the engine
Once these things have been confirmed, look for a number of miscellaneous things. This includes to ensure that the car’s title is clean with no outstanding liens (particularly with auctioned cars), running a report based on the vehicle’s registration number to see if it was involved in an accidents, etc. Also check basic things such as the lights, seats and the general interior.
The importance of this checklist cannot be overstated. The worst thing in the world is walking away from the auction thinking that you struck a big bargain, when in fact your truck will break down within just a few miles on the road. The above things will provide you with a good overview before you buy the used truck and ultimately save you a lot of grief and frustration.