Puyallup, Washington
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Puyallup, WA 98372
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What to Look For When Buying a Used Truck February 8, 2018

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What to Look For When Buying a Used Truck, Puyallup, Washington

Whether you need it for work or pleasure, a used truck is a smart investment. They’re more affordable than new vehicles and will hold their value longer as well. To get the most out of your purchase, however, you need to do your homework and learn how to make the best choice.

The next time you shop for a pre-owned truck, make sure it has these qualities:

  • Safety Features: Look for used trucks with good safety features, such as electronic stability control and traction control, which will help keep your vehicle steady during suboptimal driving conditions. Also, while many older trucks only have lap belts, most newer models have lap-and-shoulder belts, which are much safer than the alternative.

  • No Fluid Leaks: If you’re interested in a used truck, take it out for a test drive, then look underneath to check for any oil or fluid leaks. Doing this after the test drive is important, as it will make the presence of leaks more obvious.

  • used trucksNo Signs of Water Damage: Avoid buying vehicles that have been previously flooded. These will be more likely to have unhealthy mold growth and corrosion, and their life span will likely be limited. Signs that a used truck may have been flooded include bubbling paint, dark upholstery stains, and visible rust.

  • Clear Background Check: When buying a pre-owned vehicle, get a background check to see all recorded accidents, repair work, and servicing it has undergone. Additionally, find out whether the model has had any recalls in the last few years, and whether the issue has been addressed or not.

  • Warranties: Parts of your used truck might still be under original warranty, such as the drivetrain or engine. If you’re buying from a truck dealer, they may also offer their own warranties based on independent inspections and refurbishing.


If you need a quality used truck at a great price, be sure to stop by Puyallup Car and Truck. The friendly and knowledgeable truck dealers will be glad to help you navigate their wide vehicle selection and find one that best suits your needs. Call (253) 750-9888 for questions, or visit the Puyallup, WA-based car dealership online for more information.

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