When buying a used truck from its owner, consider the condition of the vehicle compared to its make and model, as well as the repair history. Owners are not required to provide proof of maintenance or condition before sale, which means there can be hidden issues.
The biggest difference between buying a used truck from an owner compared to a dealer is that the dealer offers more assurance of the condition of the truck than the owner, but at a higher price. As such, it is important to perform the proper amount of research on a used truck before committing to a purchase to avoid paying hidden costs in the future. The first step is to review the repair history to see the type of issues it has had in the past. If the owner does not have this information available, it may be necessary to have it inspected by a mechanic.
If the truck needs excessive repair work, it may end up costing the buyer more than if he purchases another truck new. If the truck is a particular make or model that is rare or difficult to find, the amount of work required may not be an issue.