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Shopping For A Pre-Owned Pickup Truck? How To Evaluate

Pickup trucks have changed quite a bit since NYE Automotive Group first started selling them in 1968. Over the years, models have been produced that range from spartan (though sturdy) work trucks to luxurious, refined vehicles that can provide a comfortable ride around town just as easily as they can haul a load or pull a trailer.

When shopping for a pre-owned pickup truck, this whole range of options is available to you. As with any pre-owned vehicle, though, you will want to carefully evaluate your options. Here are some of the important factors to look at when considering a pre-owned pickup truck:

  • Does it have the right cargo capacity? Pickups with higher cargo capacities are given tougher suspensions, so buying one that has more capacity than you need will result in a rougher ride, while choosing one that is not heavy-duty enough could lead to breakdowns.
  • Can it handle my towing needs? This includes having the right kind of hitch for your trailer and having enough power and rated towing capacity to tow your trailer safely.
  • Will it be comfortable for passengers? If you’ll be hauling people as well as cargo, you can opt for an extended cab with a back seat. But the back seats in some pickups are much more comfortable than others, with more leg room and more convenient back doors.
  • What is the condition of the tires? Tire replacement is a considerably bigger financial factor for pickups than for cars. This is both because of their larger size and because you will need a higher ply rating if you are hauling heavy loads.
  • How hard has it been used? Compared to pre-owned cars, there can be much more variation in the condition of pre-owned pickup trucks of a certain age or mileage. Those 50,000 miles on the odometer might have been all highway driving — or the truck may have never seen a paved road. You’ll definitely want to check it for wear and tear.

At NYE Automotive, we have pre-owned pickup trucks available to handle any type of job. Check out our online inventory or visit our location to see them in person.

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