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Buying Used Pickup Trucks What To Look For

Buying Used Pickup Trucks: What Should You Look For?

Buying a used pickup truck is a lot harder than buying a used car. Used pickup trucks have often lived a harder workhorse-style life, which means there’s more to consider when you’re buying a truck than when you’re buying a normal family sedan or minivan. So just what should you look for? We have some answers that can help you when you’re checking out a used truck.

Towing and Hauling

One thing you’ll have to consider when buying a used truck is just how much towing and hauling the previous owner has done. Obviously, this isn’t something you’ll need to think about if you’re buying a hatchback or a convertible, but trucks are different. If a truck has spent 50,000 miles hooked up to a trailer, it may have caused more than normal wear on the truck’s mechanical components.

Of course, one way to find out just how much towing and hauling a truck has done is to simply ask the owner. But since you can’t always count on the truth from someone selling a used car — and since you can’t always count on a dealer to know the whole story — we recommend taking the truck for a mechanical inspection before you buy it. We especially recommend this if you see evidence of a lot of towing, such as a well-worn tow hitch, a severely bent rear license plate or a cable for wiring a trailer’s brake lights.

Off-Road Use 

Another thing you’ll need to consider when buying a truck is exactly how it’s been used. Many used pickup trucks lead pampered in-town lives, but some are used in fields, on farms or on ranches — exactly as they were intended to be. The problem with this sort of use, however, is that it can cause a lot of wear to a truck’s suspension, chassis and other components.
To check for off-road use, get under the truck and take a look around. If you see a lot of scratches, scrapes and bent parts on the truck’s underside, it may have had a rough life off-road. While this isn’t necessarily a reason to avoid a truck, it’s certainly a red flag that may warrant a mechanical inspection by a professional.

Many trucks are bought by businesses and used as workhorses in a wide variety of applications, including shuttling around the foreman and hauling serious debris and heavy goods. Because so many trucks are used by businesses, we wouldn’t tell you to avoid a truck that’s had commercial use, but we do suggest paying a mechanic to check it over before you buy it. Businesses aren’t always as careful with maintenance as private owners, and you’ll want to be sure that no important services were skipped.
Buying a used pickup truck is hard, since used trucks have often had a rough life. But if you follow our suggestions and thoroughly check out any truck before you buy it, you’ll probably end up with a used pickup that serves you well for years to come.

This article by Doug Demuro was originally published on AutoTrader.com

Top-Rated 2017 Trucks in Quality

Top-Rated 2017 Trucks in Quality  

Each year, the J.D. Power Initial Quality StudySM (IQS) measures owner satisfaction with the quality of new vehicles during the first 90 days of ownership. Conducted since 1987, the IQS is a benchmark of new-vehicle quality, and this year more than 77,000 verified original car, truck, SUV, and van owners reported design- and defect-related problems to J.D. Power.
From this research, J.D. Power derives its Power Circle Ratings. The ratings serve as visual summaries of the study’s overall findings, intended for use by consumers while they research and shop for their next new vehicle.
This buyer’s guide highlights the top-rated trucks for 2017. Each model earns a Power Circle Rating of 5 out of a possible 5 for initial quality.

2017 Chevrolet Silverado HD 

Chevrolet’s heavy-duty pickup truck returns for 2017 with a new Duramax turbodiesel engine making 445 horsepower and 910 lb.-ft. of torque. New digital steering assist technology also debuts, and new Teen Driver safety technology is standard equipment. Maximum towing capacity measures 23,300 lbs. when the truck is properly equipped.
The 2017 Chevrolet Silverado HD receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5 and is the award recipient in the Large Heavy Duty Pickup segment.

2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500  

Chevrolet’s light-duty pickup truck, the Silverado 1500, receives for the 2017 model year a minor increase in its maximum tow rating to 12,500 lbs., depending upon the configuration. Teen Driver safety technology is standard, and a capless fuel-filler system helps to save time at gas pumps, according to Chevy. A new option for 2017 is an automatic emergency braking system that works at lower vehicle speeds.
The 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5 and is the award recipient in the Large Light Duty Pickup segment.

2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty  

Ford redesigns the Super Duty lineup for 2017. Equipped with a substantially stronger high-strength steel frame and aluminum body work, the new F-Series Super Duty features improved towing and payload capacities, stronger and more efficient engines, and a long list of safety, infotainment, and convenience technologies that make this heavy-duty pickup truck easier to live with.
The 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5.

2017 Ram 1500  

Aside from rolling out a few special-edition versions of the Ram 1500 and equipping some trim levels with extra standard equipment for 2017, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles makes no changes to its full-size, light-duty Ram 1500 pickup truck. The Ram is overdue for a redesign, which is expected for the 2019 model year.

The 2017 Toyota Tundra receives an initial quality Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5. 

Welcome to WORKTRUX Knoxville

Here at All About Trucks in Knoxville, AL, we are your Commercial Truck Dealer, we cater to your needs in commercial vehicles of various kinds and brands, an treat your needs with paramount concern. We know that you have high expectations, and as a truck dealer we enjoy the challenge of meeting and exceeding those standards each and every time. Allow us to demonstrate our commitment to excellence!
We offer selections of quality used trucks such as Chevrolet Silverado and Silverado HD Trucks, Ford F Series and Super Duty Trucks, Isuzu NPR, NPR HD Cab Over Box Trucks, International 4300 / 4700 Series Box Trucks, also used cargo vans such as Chevrolet Express Cargo Vans and Wagons, Ford E Series Cargo Vans and Wagons, , just to name a few of the brands we deal with.
Our experienced sales staff is eager to share its knowledge and enthusiasm with you. We encourage you to browse our online inventory, review our variety of vehicles, and schedule a test drive . You can also request more information about a vehicle by calling 205/252-4200.

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