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Top Tips for Buying a Work Truck

If you are shopping for a work truck for sale, here are some useful tips that can help you get the best work truck at best the possible value.


Where To Shop?

There are a few options for where to shop when you begin looking for a work truck for sale. Starting your search online is a great way to begin. Online you can get initial information, look at details of different makes and models and get an idea of a work truck for sale that might work best. You can also compare makes and models, research prices, and sometimes even find out what inventory is available at specific dealerships.


Choosing The Right Dealership

After your initial online search, you may want to go to a dealership in your area in person. When you are choosing a dealership there are several important points to consider.

First, take note of the sales staff. Are they friendly and ready to answer your questions without seeming annoyed or rushed? Do they seem confident in their knowledge when they are answering your questions?

Next, check out the available stock of work trucks for sale they have available. If they do not have a lot of models in stock or there is a specific model that you are interested in, and it is not in their inventory, talk to the dealer. The dealership may be able to get their hands on a specific make and model for you.

Finally, ask about the dealerships available financing options. Most dealers offer traditional bank financing. However, some dealerships may also offer buy here, pay here, sometimes also referred to as in-house financing. This is a good option to consider if you have poor credit as it can help get you into the work truck you need.


Certified Pre-Owned?

When you begin shopping for a truck, you’ll almost certainly notice that there are two kinds of vehicles that you see most; “used” and “certified pre-owned.”  So what’s the difference and is one better than the other? That all depends on what your needs are. Certified pre-owned vehicles have undergone an extensive inspection, and any parts that were not up to par were replaced or refurbished. A CPO truck is also backed by a (usually) extensive warranty. Be sure to check with your dealer about when a warranty starts. Some begin at the time of the original vehicle purchase, which can leave you, the new owner, with not very much of the warranty left. Other warranties start when you purchase the vehicle. Another thing to check with certified pre-owned vehicles is that the dealership’s certified pre-owned program is backed by the manufacturer of the particular brand of truck you are purchasing.


Research Market Value

When you began your initial online searches for a work truck for sale, price comparisons were probably one of the things you checked. When you are comparing prices and values of specific trucks, be sure to look into the market value of each make and model you are interested in. Knowing the blue book value not only gives you a better idea of what price range a vehicle should be in and what you can afford, but it also helps you get a better deal at a dealership. When you come to a dealership knowing what certain makes and models are worth, you let the dealer know that you have done your homework and are serious about getting the best deal possible on a work truck.


Needs vs. Available Models

As you narrow down the kind of truck you think you are interested in buying, you will want to start to look at what makes, and models are available in your price range, in your area, with the right financing options. This is pretty much the trifecta of truck searches, and once you find the right combination of the make and model you want, at a price you can afford, that is available at a dealership near you, you are in the work truck purchase final steps.


Have Your Own Inspection Checklist

Once you choose a work truck for sale that you are interested in, you’ll want to look it over very carefully. To help with this, having an inspection checklist is very useful. A few things you will want to check are:

On the exterior of the vehicle you’ll want to look closely at the paint, the door alignment, the tires, check for any rust, and make sure you do not see any fluids leaking from underneath the car.

In the interior of the truck, you’ll want to check out the seats, both the condition of the fabric, as well as how the adjustments function. Look at and use window wipers, roll windows up and down, check compartments for space and function.

Under the hood, check fluids, and look for any excess oil or dirt that can signal a truck that has not been well-maintained in the past. Turn on the engine and listen for any unusual noises. Finally, take the truck for a test drive. Notice the way it handles, brakes, shifts, and again listen for any unusual noises. After the test drive, park on a flat surface and check for any fluid leakage a final time.

When you are searching for a work truck for sale, you want to find the best truck at the best value. Keep these tips in mind while you shop, and you will be certain to be driving the vehicle you need in no time!