Buying Used Trucks for Sale from Private Sellers

March 28, 2012

Private sellers with used trucks for sale have less accountability than dealerships. The following research tips will help you avoid buyer's remorse.

Used Truck For Sale

Used trucks for sale are available online, through dealers or from a private seller. Buying a used truck from a private seller means that you can purchase the truck at a cheaper price and you can save on taxes as well. If you want to pick up a used truck from a private seller you should follow the guidelines mentioned in this article, to ensure that you buy a used truck that is of sound quality and that you aren't a victim of a scam.

  • Find a value guide. Consult a used truck value guide such as the Kelley Blue Book so that you can estimate what price you should pay for a used truck and what models you can afford. This knowledge can help you when you negotiate with the seller. You should try to narrow your choice of models down to one or two and try to drive these models so that it becomes easy for you to evaluate the condition of the truck you want to buy.
  • Get a history report. It's essential to check the truck's history record to ensure that the truck has a clean title, has no outstanding liens on it and that it hasn't been salvaged or damaged in an accident or flood. The history record will also inform you if the odometer has been rolled back, if the truck was sold previously at an auction or if it was ever rented or leased in the past. You can get a vehicle history report by supplying the Vehicle Identification Number to the car history check company before you buy the vehicle.
  • Get an inspection. Have the truck inspected by a qualified mechanic to confirm the condition of the vehicle. If a lot of expensive repairs are required, it might be best not to buy it. You should also check out the condition of the tires and whether the exterior has any scratches, dents or rust. The engine and brakes should also be inspected. The owner's driveway should be checked for any leaks. Before buying the used truck, you must test drive it.
  • Scrutinize the paperwork. The owner of the truck should be able to provide all documentation of the truck. You should confirm that the registration documents have the name and address of the person who is selling the truck to you. It's best to confirm that there are no registered liens on the truck and that the Bill of Sale is signed by the owner of the truck. The vehicle registration authorities will be able to advise you whether the truck is a stolen one or not. You should also ask to see the service records of the truck, to determine whether it has been maintained well.

Buying a used truck is practical and you must make sure you do the required research to ensure that you get good value for your money.

The 3 Most Popular Used Trucks for Sale

You have many choices when searching for a used truck. Here are the top choices.

Ford F-250 Super Duty

One of America's most popular trucks is the Ford F-250 Super Duty. The 2008 model features new design inside and out. They also upgraded the suspension to offer a smoother ride. The 2008 also brought an improved turbodiesel engine.

Between 1999 to 2007, the Super Duty changed very little. The Super Duty differs from the F-150 in terms of styling. The F-250 has a massive grille while the F-150 offers softer contours. The engine choices included the standard 5.4 liter V8 as well as the upgraded 6.8 liter V10 and 7.3 liter Power Stroke turbodiesel V8. A 5-speed manual was the standard transmission with a 4-speed automatic transmission available.

In 2001, Ford included standard 4-wheel ABS for all trims and an option of a reverse parking sensor. 2002 brought a 6-speed manual, new seats and available power-adjustable pedals. The FX4 off-road package debuted in 2003, as well a smaller 6.0 Power Stroke motor to replace the 7.3 version. For 2005, big changes occurred, with a 5-speed automatic tranny, upgraded front suspension, a new grill and headlight design and increased towing capabilities.

Dodge Ram 1500

Dodge took a risk in 1994, when they came out with the bold, high style truck and started a new trend. Trucks became more than just work trucks. Dodge ensured comfort and style infused with the traditional work truck. The truck is arguably one of the most handsome trucks on the market. The Dodge Ram 1500 is refined and the cab offers the passengers a comfortable ride; one of the roomiest in its class. This model offers a quad cab which is convenient for hauling friends, family, and groceries, but the regular cab is roomy too.

The Ram was redesigned for 2006, with a new frame, new suspension and body mounts that improve ride, handling and quietness. The 2008 model offers a 4.7-liter V8, with horsepower up 31 percent to 310 hp. The torque has been improved as well. In 2008, Dodge Ram 1500 trailer sway control was added to the optional stability system, an option of tire pressure monitors, and perhaps most exciting, sunburst orange and detonator yellow brought back from the Mopar muscle car era.

Toyota Tundra

When Toyota introduced its Tundra, they officially entered the full-size truck class. It was ranked amongst the likes of Ford, Dodge and Chevy. In 2008, Toyota offered the Double Cab and CrewMax models. A Tundra Grande trim package that substantially lowered the standard features offered, which in turn lowered the price of the truck. However, high trim Tundras offered even more features, thus appealing to the masses. The 2008 Tundra offers a 4.0-liter V6 engine and a 5.7-liter V8. The Toyota Tundra has the reputation of being one of the smoothest, most comfortable full size pickups available.

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