Are you buying a used truck in Marietta, GA? There are a few key things to consider before making your purchase. The experts at Steve Rayman Chevrolet want to ensure that you're always putting your best foot forward. Making a car purchase is a lengthy commitment and we want to help you get the most out of your next ride. Together, we are going to lay out the main things that Atlanta drivers should focus on when they're looking to buy a pre-owned pickup truck.
You'll want to ensure that your vehicle is running correctly when you buy it. Every car owner's worst nightmare is purchasing a lemon. Ensure that your used truck is working well, with a 12-point inspection checklist! Follow these instructions, and you should be just fine:
Make sure that you do a walk-around in a well-lit area. Visiting the truck during the day is essential. You want to check for defects.
Run your hand along the body to check for hardened edges. Plastic body repairs do not attract magnets so you can simply run one along the vehicle to check.
Look at the tires for leaks or tread wear and tear.
Raise the alarm for raised roof spots! If you see this, know that there is a possibility of rust.
Check under the hood. Remove the radiator cap and check out the coolant fluid, look at the air filter, and the oil as well. We are trying to spot transmission trouble ahead, so do so carefully.
Start the engine and see what happens. We want a clear murmur with no thuds or other strange sounds. If you hear strange thuds or knocks, this might be an indication of a bad crankshaft or connecting-rod bearing. You don't want to deal with these costly repairs so steer clear if you hear these noises. Trucks do have a high idle setting, so pay attention. If something seems off – it probably is!
After the truck comes off fast idle, put it in drive and set the emergency brake. If the brake doesn't hold, we have an issue.
Check out every switch and look for car lights, air conditioning, etc.
Shut the motor off and pop the trunk. Look for rust after you raise the metal mat. Minor rust is no big deal, but major corrosion is.
Drive the truck at least ten miles and shut the engine off. If you go to turn it back on after letting it cool and it hesitates, you should have a mechanic check it out before purchasing it.
Try out a panic stop to ensure that the brakes work (in a safe place of course).
Odometer. Buyers constantly have to deal with people tampering with the odometer so beware. If it seems like the vehicle is too good to be true, it might be. If you're looking at an old 1987 Chevrolet pickup with 25,000 miles, do some research. If you see excessive wear on components like brake pedals, chances are the odometer has been tampered with.
When you're considering purchasing a vehicle, ensure that you're looking at the value on NADA. You want to ensure that the model you are financing is fairly priced based off of its year, make, model, mileage, and VIN. It is very common for vehicles to be priced at a value that might be higher than what they are worth. Why does this matter if you're financing? While you might still be able to finance your model at a higher value, it will be costly in the long run. You want to ensure that you won't have any issues with being "upside down" on a loan payment in the future. Being "upside down" means that you owe more on the car than what it is worth. This phenomenon occurs when you're unable to assess the proper value of a model, and becomes problematic during a total loss or trade-in situation. Having negative equity is never good. Do your homework!
Hopefully these tips and tricks can help you make the right pre-owned truck purchase in the Atlanta, GA, area. You can always check out the used inventory at Steve Rayman Chevrolet as well. We offer an extensive lineup of pre-owned trucks for sale in Marietta, GA. Contact us today for any questions.