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What should you look for when buying a used 4x4 truck?

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Buyers in the market for a used 4x4 truck should look for a model with a clean vehicle history, a well-maintained engine, and tires that are free of damage or extensive wear. The buyer should also know the overall mileage on the car to gauge its actual worth.

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What should you look for when buying a used 4x4 truck?
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A truck or other vehicle with 4x4 in its name typically indicates that it has four-wheel drive, which means that the engine sends power to all four wheels when in use instead of two, as with most passenger cars. The added power and traction of a four-wheel drives means the driver is able to take the vehicle off-road and drive it through bumpy or otherwise unpaved road, such as through deserts or mildly forested areas. This type of driving has the potential to cause significant damage to the vehicle, which means that the buyer needs to know how the previous owner used the car to understand its condition.

One important aspect the buyer should examine is the condition of the tires and suspension, as they are likely to receive the most wear in off-road driving. If the tires have low tread depth or holes, the buyer may want to pass on the vehicle or negotiate a lower rate, as the tires likely need to be replaced.

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