Tips for Buying a Used Truck

Tips for Buying a Used Truck

get your used truckDetermine Your Needs for Your Used Truck

Before you run out to buy that used truck you have been needing or wanting, you really need to give a bit of thought as to how, where and how often you will be using it. This guide will assist you in deciding what type of truck will best suit your needs. By deciding up front what requirements you have, as well as what you don’t need, you will be in a better position to get a used truck that will give you many years of use without overspending.

Where Will You Use Your Truck?

One of the first things to consider is where your truck will be used. Are you primarily going to use it around town as your main transportation? If so, you probably will be somewhat concerned with how it looks in addition to how it functions. A nice paint job, custom wheels or a high end stereo might be important to you in this case.older used truck

On the other hand, if you will use it mainly for running in the woods and mud, or on a construction job site, you may want to pass on extra chrome or fancy rims so you don’t spend so much time worrying about scratches or dings.

Where you drive your truck also will largely determine the conditions in which you will drive. If you drive in mud or snow frequently, you will want to consider a 4 wheel drive truck. However, if it will be primarily used to get around town on paved roads, you may not need that extra expense and reduced gas mileage of a 4 wheel drive.

Who Will Be In the Truck?

If you are going to generally be the only one in the truck, or possibly one other passenger, then a standard cab will probably suit your needs. However, if this used truck is also going to double as a family vehicle, you will need to look at an extended cab or crew cab with 4 doors. While many of us grew up riding around in the bed of a truck, that is really not acceptable today!

An extended cab pickup generally has a smaller second row seat, or even fold-down jump seats, and has “half doors,” rather than true four doors. These smaller seats are fine for kids, but can be a bit cramped for adults, especially on longer drives.

A crew cab has 4 doors and a larger back seat, and can seat adults comfortably, even for extended periods. If you plan to carry adults with you, or if this is going to be a family vehicle, a crew cab is probably your best choice.

Even if you are not going to be carrying passengers, you may want to consider an extended or crew cab truck simply for the extra cabin space. That back seat can be very handy for carrying items that you may not want to put in an uncovered truck bed.

Will You Be Towing Anything?

Pickup trucks are great for pulling your boat, utility trailer or travel trailer. If you plan to tow, be sure to know how much weight you will be pulling so you will be sure the ruck you buy has the capacity to do that. Below is an excellent overview of towing from Consumer Reports:

A typical compact pickup truck can tow between 3,000 and 7,000 lbs., and most full-size 1500-class trucks can tow between 5,000 and 10,000 lbs. Heavy-duty pickups can be configured to tow as much as 31,000 lbs. If you are buying a pickup truck for towing, it is vital to carefully check the specifications of the truck you are considering. Engine, gearing, frame length, cab and bed style, drive axles, and installed towing packages all affect a truck’s towing capacity, and the differences are drastic, even within the same model range. A properly-configured Ram 3500 can tow 30,000 lbs., but without the right features and options, towing capacity drops by more than half to 11,900 lbs. Never assume that just because a pickup truck looks big, it can tow big. And explore the tow-related options; today’s trucks offer many features to make towing easier and safer.

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Full Size or Compact?

Trucks vary in size from small compacts to huge “3500” models. Again, the way you plan to use your pre-owned truck will help determine what size vehicle you need.

If you plan to run to the home improvement store occasionally to pick up new plants for the garden, or just need to haul trash off to the dump once a week, a compact truck may be what you need. These are generally equipped with smaller 4-cylinder or V6 engines, and can save you on purchase price as well as gas. Of course, their towing capacities will be lower, the cabins are tighter (even 4 door models) and the beds are smaller. Examples include the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon as well as models from Nissan and Toyota;.

If you plan to use your truck more frequently for hauling larger items, or would like a roomier 4 door cabin, or will be towing heavier loads, you probably want a full size. These are by far the top sellers, and include models such as the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and the Ford F-150. These are bigger, roomier and more powerful than the compacts, but you will spend a bit more and generally have lower gas mileage. (Actually, many of the later model engines are very efficient.)

We Can Help You Decide

The questions above are some of the things you should consider when purchasing a used truck in Savannah and the surrounding area. Our truck experts can help you with your choice by listening to your needs and showing you the best options available.

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