Advantages of Buying a Used 4x4 Diesel Truck

January 27, 2012

For buyers in the market for a used 4x4 diesel truck, the options are not very plentiful. In fact, the only 4x4 diesel trucks currently sold in the United States are produced by domestic manufacturers: the Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty, the Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD, and the Dodge Ram 2500 and 3500. Buyers with serious towing and hauling needs typically purchase diesel trucks. Due to the high amount of torque produced by the engine, diesel trucks are able to pull heavier loads than their gasoline-powered counterparts. On average, diesel trucks also get better gas mileage than those running on gas. 

Especially during times of economic distress, purchasing a used vehicle makes sense for many buyers. The following are some advantages of purchasing a used 4x4 diesel truck:

Used Truck Pricing

Used trucks cost less than new trucks. Oftentimes, purchasing used allows buyers to save a significant amount of money without skimping on quality or reliability. As the American population continues to tighten their economic belts, the used vehicle market will become even more important.

New Truck Depreciation Avoidance

Every new vehicle begins depreciating in value the moment it is driven off the dealership's lot. Historically, this depreciation has a greater effect on domestic manufacturers than foreign. Additionally, trucks and large SUVs oftentimes depreciate at a faster rate than cars and smaller SUVs. For buyers of brand new Ford, Chevrolet, and Dodge full-size diesel trucks (as mentioned above, currently the only diesel trucks sold in the United States), this could be problematic. Purchasing a used truck allows the buyer to avoid the drastic depreciation associated with most new trucks. 

Similar Reliability

With the recent advancements in automotive technology, used trucks tend to have similar reliability as compared to new trucks. This is especially true for diesel trucks, which generally have longer lifespans and less durability issues than gasoline-powered trucks. It is not uncommon to see used diesel trucks for sale with over 200,000 miles on them. With routine maintenance, diesel trucks can have many years of reliability extending well beyond 200,000 miles.

Certified Used Trucks

Many auto manufacturers offer a certified used vehicle program. These programs allow buyers to purchase used vehicles that have been reconditioned to "like new" status. Additionally, most certified used vehicles are backed by a manufacturer's warranty and qualify for new vehicle financing rates. Buyers looking to purchase a certified used 4x4 diesel truck will pay more for it than if they were to purchase a non-certified used 4x4 diesel truck. However, the total vehicle cost should still be less than a comparable new truck.

Cheaper Insurance Rates

Auto insurance companies typically charge less for a policy on a used vehicle than a policy on a new one. This holds true for diesel 4x4 trucks, as well. Purchasing used will not only save buyers money on the truck, but will also allow savings on their insurance. Since every driver is required to purchase auto insurance, saving money on this unavoidable expense could sway buyers to purchase used.

Buyers searching for a used 4x4 diesel truck have a relatively limited range of truck options to choose from. However, purchasing a used truck among those options can save buyers a great deal of money.   

Related Questions and Answers

How Does the 4x4 Diesel Truck MPG Compare to other Trucks?

The diesel truck MPG of a 4x4 truck compares favorably to other 4x4 trucks. While both gasoline and diesel two-wheel drive trucks may get better fuel economy as a result of two-wheel drive systems requiring less fuel to operate. However, while diesel truck MPG may be higher than comparable gas-engined trucks, (regardless of whether a two- or four-wheel drive system is used,) the true cost of owning a diesel truck is typically higher than owning a gas model. This is because diesel trucks often sell for thousands more than their gasoline counterparts. With the diesel engine option alone usually adding at least $6,000 to the price of a new truck.

Can You Convert Used 4x4 Truck from Gasoline to Diesel with the Same Engine?

No, it is not possible to convert a used 4x4 truck from gasoline to diesel power using the engine that is already in the truck. The conversion from a gasoline to diesel engine is not possible because of some key mechanical differences in operation between the two engine types. The compression ratio on diesel engines for used 4x4 truck models is much higher than comparable gas ones. This is because gas engines use spark plugs to ignite fuel and create power, while compressed air alone is used in diesel engines. Additionally, the pressure created by diesel engines is much higher than gas ones, so the excess pressure will blow gaskets and cause leaks in your used 4x4 truck.

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