How to Find a Used Pickup Truck

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The compact pickup truck, known simply as a pickup, is the most popular pickup in the world. However you can also find mid-size and full-size pickups in the used vehicle market. A used pickup is a good investment. These vehicles are built to last. A new vehicle loses around 15 percent of its market value in the first year so if you choose a pickup that is a couple of years old you will be getting a good return on your dollar.

  • Set the amount that you are will to pay for the vehicle and decide how you are going to pay it. A dealership may offer financing, but a bank may offer a loan at a cheaper interest rate. By obtaining a bank loan, you won't be tied into buying from one specific place.

  • Look in trade magazines, the classified sections of newspapers or at online vehicle sale sites for the vehicle that matches your needs and budget.

  • Take the vehicle you are thinking of buying for a test drive in highway and urban environment driving conditions. Listen for any unusual engine noises. Check if the transmission shifts smoothly and if the truck shudders when driving at speed.

  • Hire an independent mechanic to run a diagnostic test on the vehicle before you buy it.

Tips & Warnings

  • Check for a used pickup auction being held in your area. Auctions can be a good place to buy trucks at knock-down prices. But only do this if you are confident that you know exactly what it is that you are buying.
  • Look on the Internet for a comprehensive checklist of what to look for during a test drive.
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