Classifieds sites, such as Craigslist, offer many used pickup trucks for sale by owner. Talk to local auto part dealers or repair shop owners to discover people who intend to sell their trucks.
Check the reliability of a truck by reviewing third-party user ratings on sites like Consumer Reports and J.D. Power and Associates. Once you find a suitable truck, use a site like Edmunds.com to determine the truck’s worth based on make, model and mileage. Have a reliable mechanic inspect the truck to determine whether it is a good deal, and run a title check to make sure the purchase is legitimate.