The best selling vehicle in the United States is a pickup truck. Since the 80s pickup trucks have been popular not just for people who require them for their job everyday, but also the weekend warrior who makes a lot of trips to Home Depot, or has a boat to tow. As compact trucks show, the utility of an all weather bed is a popular thing. Once you have a truck, get ready for all of your friends to start asking favors.
But are there different things to look for in a used truck? First, most people appreciate a truck is not like a car. Trucks are designed for much harder conditions, and people tend to use them for such, so a scuff that would make someone reconsider a car is usually over looked on a truck. That said, you still don’t want something that will completely fall apart on you, and so here are some things to look for specifically on a truck.
First, determine your primary reason for buying a truck. If the answer is towing, make sure the trucks you are looking for are rated to tow the weight you anticipate. If you are looking to tow 15,000 pounds, you probably don’t want a truck that is rated to tow 16,000 pounds because it will be at it’s max the whole time. I always look for something with a little buffer in towing capacity. If the truck already has a hitch on it, check to make sure the wiring is ready and correct.
Truck beds rust a lot more easily then typical car parts because they are exposed to all elements. Modern truck bed liners prevent this from happening, but you’ll always want to do a thorough inspection of the bed. If there is a liner that was put in (as opposed to sprayed in) see if it lifts up. Often rust can be under the old style of bed liners. Look under the truck and check for rust there as well.
Most people want four wheel drive in there trucks. Always be sure to test this, and have the owner show you how to engage it. Some trucks are as easy as pushing a button and some have complicated levers and wheel locks.
Check maintenance records and ask what the truck has been used for. Full-time work trucks should have regular fluid changes, while commuter trucks it’s probably ok if they were a little behind on some things.
Enjoy your truck! Trucks tend to sell well even when they are 20 years old due to the utility. Make sure you follow these steps and find a good one.