Top Five Easy Tips for Buying a Used Truck

By Sunrise Chevrolet | April 15th, 2016

2015 Chevrolet ColoradoThere are many drivers in the Glendale Heights and Bloomingdale area looking for a solid, reliable used truck that’s affordable, but won’t break down right away. A used truck can be a great investment, but it’s important to do your research first. Check out this list of the top five tips for picking your next used truck. After that, make your way to Sunrise Chevrolet to see our impressive selection of used Chevrolet pickups for yourself.

1. Be Honest About Why You’re Choosing a Pickup

This goes for any kind of car you’re going to buy, and it helps set the parameters for everything else that follows. Are you buying a pickup for work? Is it just a fun purchase you’ve always wanted and decided to finally go for it? Maybe you’re planning on doing some off-roading. Whatever the reason, be honest with yourself from the start. If you’re not going to need to tow 20,000 pounds, you can really save some money.

2. Set Your Budget

It’s also important to set your budget going into any purchase. Depending on what kind of pickup you decide to go with, pricing can vary by tens of thousands of dollars. Look at your monthly budget and decide what kind of monthly payments you can afford. If you need any help, use our payment calculator.

3. Decide on a Size and Type

Now it’s time to get to the fun part. There are a lot of different kinds of pickups out there, from small and midsize pickups like the Chevrolet Colorado to full-size pickups and heavy-duty work trucks like the Silverado. Small and midsize models are best for those who want an affordable and fuel-efficient pickup that can get them around with ease and handle small jobs.

Full-size pickups are the traditional choice of many pickup shoppers who want a truck that can handle heavier jobs but still be small enough for practical purposes. Heavy duty work trucks are for those who plan on doing big jobs at a work site on a daily basis. You can also get a pickup with small, medium, or large beds, as well as regular, extended, or crew cabs.

4. How Much Power Do You Need?

You’ll find that pickup truck capabilities vary greatly in terms of what kind of jobs they can handle. Naturally, a smaller pickup truck can’t handle the kind of job as a heavy-duty pickup, but will get better gas mileage.

However, there are big differences within each segment depending on what you opt for. Consider the payload and towing capacities of each model, the engine and transmission type, and whether it has rear-wheel or four-wheel drive. If you need help in the process, feel free to contact our experts for some assistance.

5. Find a Good Deal

Now that you’ve narrowed down your search based on your individual budget, needs, and desires, it’s time to find a great deal on your used pickup truck. Take a look at websites like Kelley Blue Book to find what a fair price is for the model you’re looking for. After that, we’re confident you’ll be happy with the selection and prices at Sunrise Chevrolet. We have great deals on used Chevy Silverado and Colorado pickups. Stop in and see us for a test drive at 414 North Ave in Glendale Heights, IL.

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