Written by Lee Wyatt (last updated February 21, 2009)
Buying a truck is often like purchasing a car, and as such there are just a few things that the potential truck buyer must do in order to be certain to purchase the best possible truck that they can get. As when you are purchasing an new or used car, when you are in the market for a used truck you are going to need to do a little research.
Finances: The very first step that you are going to need to do is determine what you can afford. It is going to do absolutely no good whatsoever to go and purchase any vehicle without knowing what you can afford. Is it really going to do any good to get a vehicle that you cannot afford to keep, considering the rising cost of gas, insurance, and the new payments that you are going to have to make? Make sure that you know what you can spare prior to actually looking. Knowing this, you are going to be able to stay firm on your price.
Compare Brands: When doing your research, be sure that you compare the various brands, or makes, of vehicles. There are times when you are going to be able to find something similar to what you want, for less than what you were expecting to originally pay. The only thing is that you are going to need to be willing to be flexible in your purchase.
Research Cost: After you have narrowed down what you are looking for and the amount of money that you are going to be able to spend, you need to look up what the vehicle is actually worth. You can do this by looking at such sources as the Kelly Blue Book, and the N.A.D.A. Such sources are going to tell you the statistical resale value of the vehicle is, and this is going to be an immeasurable help in your negotiations. If you have actually picked out a vehicle that you want already, then you should also get one of those CarFax history reports, or have a mechanic check out the vehicle so that you are going to know if the truck is actually worth buying.
Find a Dealer: The last step that you are going to need to do is to find a dealer that you can trust. There are several different ways that you can do this. You can go and ask the local Better Business Bureau, your friends, and local mechanics. While all of these are wonderful sources, there is still another way that you can make sure any dealer is a good one. When the lot is closed, like on a Sunday night, go and look to see how the cars appear. If they are clean and well kept, appear to be well maintained, then the dealer is one that takes pride in what they are selling. While it may not be 100% accurate, this does give you a good idea.
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