Buying used trucks comes with risks, but it can save you money compared with buying a new one. Before you go looking for high-quality, used trucks for sale in Arizona or other metropolitan areas, there are some things you should keep in mind. Here are some awesome tips for buying used trucks that are sure to help you make the best decision:

Take a mechanic with you

If you don’t know anything about trucks, take a professional mechanic or a trusted car-enthusiast friend with you to the dealership or car lot. Even if you don’t know what to do, they can help you choose a good rig

Include repair costs in the final price tag

When making comparisons of different options, include the costs for repair on top of the final price tag. This way, you can pinpoint which is a better bargain and which truck will cost you more in repairs.

Ask for a history check

Ask the dealership or owner for the truck’s history, particularly its oil change records, repair history, accident history (if any), and recent upgrades that may affect the price of the car. If you are dealing with a direct seller, it also helps to ask why they are selling the truck. This may uncover any underlying or potential issues that you may run into.

Identify what needs repair or replacing

Have the truck examined (or examine it yourself) for parts that need to be repaired or replaced. It’s an excellent way to tell if the truck is worth buying or if you are better off buying a brand new model.

Look underneath the truck

Don’t hesitate to get under the truck to look for any issues. Check for leaks and damage, rusting on the metal, and problems with the brakes, U-joints, steering components, and driveshaft. If you aren’t experienced with trucks at all, a technician can examine it for you for a small fee.

Check the mileage

driving a truck

The mileage of any vehicle can be a reliable indicator of its quality and price. If you are buying a truck for everyday use, look for trucks that have lower mileage. On the other hand, trucks that have higher mileage can still be good options if they are well-maintained.

Take it for a test drive

Get a good feel of the truck by taking it out for a test drive. The longer the test drive, the better you will be able to determine the quality of the vehicle and the smoothness of the ride. Don’t forget to feel for the truck’s braking, acceleration, cornering, and the control.

Check for recalls

Unfortunately, not all used cars which have recalls placed upon them are taken back to be fixed. Minimize the risk of getting a faulty truck by checking the vehicle’s identification number against the manufacturer’s list of open recalls.

Buying a used truck requires careful consideration and vigilance. Some experts recommend that you check out dealerships before considering direct sellers. Because unlike direct sellers, a dealership can give you a warranty and various financing options.