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What are some tips for buying used pickup trucks?

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Some tips for buying used pickup trucks are to determine and buy according to how the truck will be used and to have the truck inspected by an expert. In pickup trucks used for work some dents are to be expected.

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Pickup trucks for hauling or towing work should have a larger engine at the expense of fuel mileage, while a personal truck can have a small size and decent fuel economy. For difficult roads and winter conditions, a four-wheel drive truck is a good option. Taking the turck to a mechanic for inspection can help discover hidden faults such as frame damage and structural rust. Using websites such as Kelley Blue Book and Edmonds.com to determine the real market value in the buyer’s area can help in price negotiations. Towing power might seem like a good thing to have, but it can be an unnecessary expense if it is not needed on a daily basis.

Inspecting the truck’s history report will show any accidents the truck has been involved in, what damage it sustained, the number of past owners and information on warranties. One aspect to consider is that a certified pre-owned truck for work purposes might use up the mileage allotment warranty coverage faster than the calendar period. If buying from a private seller, performing the sale transaction at a bank using a certified check and having a bank employee witness the exchange creates a safer transaction.

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