Dale Wickell, the About.com Guide to Pickup Trucks, has a great article on How To Buy a Used Pickup Truck. I like Dale's piece and wanted to share it because of his expertise with pickups. Of course, as a guide to used cars, I have one or two points to add to Dale's perspective.
Here's the best piece of advice he offers in his article: "Once you buy a truck, stop looking ... Don't second guess yourself with the what-ifs. If you've done your homework, shopped around and made a careful decision, enjoy your truck and don't worry about the trucks that "got away.'"
How many of us experienced buyer remorse after buying a used car because we see a better deal a week later? Dale's got the right idea. You got the best deal at the time. Don't focus on what came after.
Among other good advice:
- Don't buy more truck than you want or need
- Ask yourself what you're really going to use the truck for - dump runs or hauling a ton of gravel?
- How many passengers will you carry? Don't buy a full-size quad pickup if it's just going to be you and your significant other.
- Don't be distracted by shiny add-ons.
I would also add that you should Google or Bing the prospective buyer to see if they have sold a lot of used trucks recently. Search for their name or phone number. If either pops up a lot in reference to a used truck, you're probably dealing with a dealer posing as a private seller.
Also, I can't stress either a CarFax or AutoCheck report enough. Both will at least protect you from the dreaded salvage title. My inbox continues to fill up with people who have been victims of used cars with salvage titles.