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Should You Buy Your Next Pickup Truck Used or New?

Benefits of Buying a Used Truck vs a New Truck 

Buying a truck is full of options to consider, but before you do anything else, you’ll want to decide on whether you should purchase a new pickup or a used model. We realize we are a used truck dealer, so you may see us as being a bit biased. No worries… we understand that. The truth is, there are benefits to both new and used models when buying a pickup truck. Each has their own advantages, but there are some things about buying used that you absolutely must consider before you decide to buy new. 

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Advantages of Buying a Used Pickup 

  1. rear view of a line of pickup trucksIt’s cheaper: This is obvious, but when you go out to look at new trucks, you may be surprised just how expensive new models can be. And if you’re just looking at new trucks, you’ll struggle to find prices any lower. When shopping the used market, you’ll have a variety of price ranges available to you. 
  2. Avoid initial depreciation: On top of getting a truck for a cheaper price, buying used allows you to avoid that initial depreciation every new vehicle goes through when first sold. If you wait a couple years to buy it used, you’ll be surprised just how much money gets knocked off the price. Unfortunately, you’ll likely have the same surprise if you buy a new truck and then turn around to sell it… 
  3. Variety: Just as you have variety in prices, you’ll also find more variety in the models available to you. Don’t like the look, capability or reliability of some of the newer models out there? Well, when buying pre-owned you can explore numerous model years. 
  4. Wear and tear: Because of their unique capabilities, pickup trucks are going to endure additional wear and tear that you won’t tend to find with a sedan. Therefore, many new truck buyers find that they spend a lot of money for a pristine pickup only to, shortly thereafter, realize that that pristine condition doesn’t last long. Therefore, it can be seen as a wasted cost, unless you want to spend all your years of ownership worrying every time you load a tool box into the bed or haul lumber. When buying used, you can still get a vehicle in near-new condition, but you avoid the stress caused by worrying about maintaining that brand new condition you shelled out decent chunks of change for. 

What Are You Missing Out On If You Don’t Buy a New Truck? 

Of course, we want to be honest here. There are some things you will miss out on if you buy a used truck vs a new one. For example, buying a brand new vehicle is the only way to ensure you’re getting the latest technologies and upgrades for the model, even though you’ll find a pre-owned vehicle often delivers the technologies you’re looking for. In addition, there can be some peace of mind that comes with buying new, knowing that nobody else has driven the vehicle. But these days, with CARFAX vehicle history reports, you can feel just as confident buying used. 

As you can see, there are few reasons to consider a brand new truck compared to a pre-owned pickup. Of course, all buyers will have their own desires when it comes to buying a truck, but if you’re ready to start shopping the huge inventory of trucks we have available here at Trucks Only, click here to start browsing or feel free to contact us to get behind the wheel.