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Buying a Used Truck: 10 Things to Keep in Mind

Jan 11, 2023 | Trucks For Sale, Used Trucks For Sale | 0 comments

Used trucks are becoming increasingly popular, and if you are shopping for one, here are ten things to keep in mind:

1.Used pickup trucks for sale are generally available in two sizes. 

This includes mid-size models and full-size models. Some drivers prefer the added size and capability of a full-size model, while others like the increased manoeuvrability and fuel economy common in mid-size pickups. 

2. Focus on reliability. 

When shopping for used pickup trucks for sale, you need to focus on reliability and buy one that has been consistently cared for by its previous owner. As trucks age, their durability will depend largely on proper and timely maintenance, which is why you must check service records to confirm whether or not past owners have treated the vehicle properly. 

3. Check if any recalls apply to the used pickup truck you want to buy. 

Recall work is always performed free of charge in a dealer setting to make a vehicle safer, and some pickups are affected by one or more recalls while others are not, and you must check on this aspect. 

4. Avoid the lift kit.

 Always proceed with caution when approaching a modified pickup. While modifications are usually done to increase capability, performance and style, some can cause engine wear and damage or void remaining warranty coverage.

5. Avoid air suspension. 

Some pickup truck models are equipped with optional hardware that allows the vehicle’s suspension to lift and lower on demand. Still, many owners report problems with the dependability of air suspension systems, which is why it is recommended that you avoid buying a used truck with an air suspension system. 

6. Make sure the battery is as healthy as possible. 

This will prevent headaches, and the best way to do this is to clean the battery terminals of any buildup and have the battery tested. You can do this on your own or with the help of a technician, and if your test does not pass, you should install a new one in its place. A weak battery can lead to many problems, but installing a fresh one will instantly improve the reliability of a used pickup truck.

7. Check for signs of water leaks. 

This problem will not only reduce your truck’s resale value, but it will also damage its interior and electronics. Press your hand into all carpeted surfaces on the interior floor, and pay close attention to the corners of the truck’s floor. You should also look for signs of water staining, and if you notice any dampness or standing water, reconsider your purchase.

8. Look at how much life is left in the suspension, tires and brakes. 

It is essential to check the life left in the parts before you buy a used pickup truck for sale. Listen closely during your test drive for odd sounds from beneath the truck, and if you hear clunking, popping or banging and smashing sounds, attention must be paid to one or more suspension components. 

9. Check for lot rot. 

This can occur whenever a vehicle sits parked for extended periods, and symptoms include a weakened battery, flat-spotted tires, flat tires, rusty brakes, dings, scrapes and more. Lot rot can cause unwanted noises and sensations along with degraded ride quality, fuel economy and handling. 

10.Complete a pre-purchase inspection. 

This is the most important step you can take when shopping for used trucks for sale. Do this before you make an offer and sign a cheque. Ask the dealer if the vehicle can be taken to a technician or if they can meet you at a shop of your choice for an inspection. Results will indicate any concerns regarding the health and condition of the used truck for sale, and this information can save you thousands of dollars on upcoming repairs or confirm that the used truck is reliable.

If you are looking for used trucks for sale in Winnipeg, Aspen Truck Sales can help. Whether you want a semi-truck, heavy truck, pre-owned truckCascadia Freightliner or a Volvo, we’ve got you covered. 

Contact us today to learn more about our truck leasing options!