Buying A Used Truck

By: Brenda Williams

Buying a used truck is something that is very easy to do. With the price of gas being extremely high you can get a great deal on just about any truck you want. However, you should not let yourself be taken advantage of by someone. Make smart decisions by following the recommendations below.

One of the best things you can do when you buy a truck is to examine it. You should always examine the vehicle in clear, daytime weather. Check the mileage on the car and always verify it is correct by using previous service invoices and mileage information recorded under the hood or on the door jam. Also, make sure you look very closely at the dashboards around the gauges and question any scratches, screws, or otherwise spotty workmanship around that area. If you do spot this, you might be looking at a car that has an odometer that has been tampered with.

Check the engine and make sure that all fluids are the correct colors and do not look/smell suspicious. Also, do not be afraid to ask the salesperson any questions you might have. You are making them money and they should be ready and willing to assist in any way they can make the sale. If they seem nervous or otherwise distracted really put the pressure on them, or you might be getting sold a car that is less than it appears.

Make sure you always run a check on the title and get an auto history report before buying any vehicle. Trucks especially can be made to appear more than they are. Experian, the credit report company, is one of the best resources for finding out what accidents a car has been in. Also, when you check the title of the vehicle, look at how many owners the vehicle has had in the past few years. If your truck has had three owners in three years. You might be getting scammed out of something!

You should always insist on an independent inspection if you are buying the car from a private party. If it is a dealership and it is a certified used car, then you should not have much to worry about. However, be sure to take a close look at the car as even dealerships can use methods to scam you. Once you are ready to buy the car, bring a check for a few hundred dollars under the price that the salesperson quoted you as the "best" price. If they want the sale, they will sell you the car. Also, do not be afraid to ask about getting a warranty. On many dealership "certified used" cars warranties will be included, however, that does not mean that they will be. If you are in doubt on any thing during the sale, question it and you should get an exact response. If you are given a flip-flop answer, you probably do not want to do your business at this location. Make your used truck buying experience a positive one.

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