Getting a truck is a pretty hefty investment, and it can be a split decision of whether to buy new or used. There are definitely pros and cons to both options, so here are a few things to consider to help you decide what will work best for you.
Of course, one of the biggest draws to buying a used truck is that it costs much less than a new one. But will you end up paying more in the long run with maintenance and repairs? There are a couple things you can check to limit that risk. First, avoid any used trucks that have six-hundred thousand miles on them or more. You can also ask the seller when the last time the truck was serviced and what kind of repairs it has needed. But another thing to think about is fuel economy. New trucks tend to be more energy efficient, which is better for the environment and your wallet. Buying new might cost more upfront but it is likely that you will be saving money on several fronts.
There are a lot of new trucks that come with more advanced technology that adds safety features, a more advanced GPS, and more. Again, it depends on what you like. Added features are really helpful to some people but for others it can be a lot of bells and whistles that distract from focusing on the road. The better technology in new truck can be a big help. But if you don’t need it then you’re not really missing out if you go with a used model.
The best determining factor for buying a new or used truck is how much road time you plan on giving it. There’s no reason to spend a lot of money on a new truck if you only take it out one season a year. Likewise, you’ll wear down a used truck a lot faster if you plan on using it on a daily basis.
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