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At Koons Tysons Toyota, we understand that there are several factors to consider when purchasing a used vehicle, especially a truck. Trucks serve many purposes and have a lot of diversity, so drivers should spend time researching what's available. If you want a used truck or are considering one, check out our guide to make sure you are making the most informed decision possible.

What Are the Different Types of Trucks?

Consider what you want from a used truck before you begin looking for one, since it's easy to mistakenly buy, as drivers put it, "too much truck." Everybody can recognize a pickup truck, but the uninitiated may have difficulty distinguishing between the two size categories (mid size and full size) and the three general classes (light duty, heavy duty, and super duty).

Mid-size trucks include vehicles like the Toyota Tacoma. While mid-size trucks have smaller cabins and cargo beds and can't pull as much as full-size pickups, their smaller dimensions make them easier to drive in tight locations like parking lots and denser off-road trails. They're also simpler to get into and out of than larger vehicles, and they're often more fuel efficient.

Full-size trucks, like the Toyota Tundra, are generally larger and more diversified than mid-size trucks. These are available in both light-duty and heavy-duty configurations, if not super duty.

The heavier the classification, the stronger the engines available and the better the vehicle is for extreme towing and hauling. Heavier models will also be heftier and not quite as practical in some situations, but depending on the model and engine chosen, the added size and power may also improve the truck's driving behavior and ride comfort. Light-duty full-size trucks like the Tundra are especially popular for their balance of adaptability and rugged capability.

Why Buy a Used Truck?

Buying a used automobile is a great way to save money if you identify the correct truck and work with a trustworthy dealership. Here are the most compelling reasons to buy used:

  • Lower depreciation: Typically, a brand-new car loses around 10% of its value the moment you drive it off the dealership lot, and up to 30% at the end of its first year. That means a new $20,000 truck may be worth roughly $14,000 if you want to trade it in a year later. Meanwhile, a vehicle that is around one to three years old has a much more stable, slowly depreciating value.
  • Save on auto insurance: The value of a vehicle is a crucial element in determining the cost of auto insurance. Because a used automobile is worth less than a new one, it can considerably reduce your car insurance costs.
  • Make the most of your budget: Naturally, you can afford a higher standard of automobile if you buy something pre-owned. The depreciated value means you are paying mainly for what's inside the vehicle, not for the newness factor. You might not be able to afford that new luxury truck you've always wanted with your current budget. However, you'll be able to buy a truck of comparable features and specs, only a few years behind the latest models, if not less than one year.

All in all, buying used is a great way to save money. Thanks to vehicle history reports and the internet's effect on auto sales, it's easier than ever to research a legitimate deal from a business you can trust.

Tips for Buying a Used Truck 

Generally, once you decide to buy used, you are opening your options up from just the latest model year of a truck you like to the last generation or the last few model years. Here are some of the most crucial pointers to keep in mind as you start your search for the perfect used truck. 

  • Use the internet: Many dealerships today have businesses in different locations and can ship cars between them. This is a great way to ensure you get the best value on a pre-owned heavy-duty truck, mid-size pickup, or anything else. Furthermore, the internet makes it incredibly easy to compare prices and check the validity of the information.
  • Consider your financing options: As you get closer to settling on your next used truck, it's vital to look into your financing options. Various lenders have different requirements for issuing financing programs. Specific lenders may refuse to finance certain types of used trucks.
  • Inquire about extended warranties: Ask about the warranty given by the specific dealership. If available, extended warranty coverage can help alleviate some of the financial burdens that come with purchasing a secondhand truck.
  • Ask why they are selling: This mainly applies when buying a car from another driver. When buying a used vehicle from a random person you met, you have to take into account the potential motivations to sell the vehicle to you instead of a dealer. Was there an issue with the vehicle that caused them not to want it? Does the driver even know all the potential issues that might affect its value? By contrast, a trustworthy dealership is only trying to sell a used vehicle to make room for the new ones coming in; it's that simple.
  • Take a ride in the vehicle: Always take a truck for a test drive before you buy it. For consumer-to-consumer, we recommend meeting in person if possible, and you should also consult a mechanic, who can tell you whether the automobile has any significant flaws.

Look for more choices, including who you buy from. At the end of it all, that one piece of advice encapsulates all the rest. It is hard to trust a deal's validity if you can't account for the seller. Because trucks are designed to tow, carry, winch, and perform other functions, being able to trust the condition and quality of the engine, gearbox, and overall life span is paramount.

Koons Tysons Toyota offers a huge selection of excellent new and pre-owned Toyota cars, SUVs, and trucks. Take advantage of our tempting certified pre-owned Toyota truck specials and our perks, including a seven-day exchange policy and CARFAX vehicle history checks.