When you decide to take a closer look at a particular used truck, be assertive in letting the seller know you would like to conduct your analysis without their input or interruption. Preferably, ask him to walk away, but if he must remain present, request that he remains completely silent.
First determine if all lines on the auto body are flush and straight. Slight deviations can indicate body work or potential problems. Make sure all hood and door gaps are even and symmetrical.
Look over all the tires. When inspecting a used vehicle, you should expect used tires. And all the tires should match. If you find new tires or different aged tires anywhere, the seller is probably trying to hide something from the buyer. It is a poor investment for a seller to buy new tires for a used truck they're selling.
An alignment should have been done if you find new tires on the used vehicle. Demand to view the alignment specifications, and if the seller cannot produce this data for you, you need to be proceed with great care.
Used tires should exhibit nice even wear. If it they are uneven, the previous owner wasn't responsible in their care by not rotating his or her tires and not keeping the truck properly aligned. This represents a strong indication of a poorly maintained vehicle that may cause you headaches over the long term.
When examining the engine, in addition to checking the oil color, consistency and level, make sure you examine the transmission fluid. If it is dark and gives off a burnt smell, then the truck likely has a costly transmission job in its near future.
As you look closely for leaks, remember not all leaks are a bad sign. Some are just the normal signs of regular age and use. Instead of being expensive or troublesome, they're just a chance for you to obtain the truck for a little less money.
Make sure you know the difference between serious leaks and less serious leaks before you evaluate any used trucks. Getting the best deal on jacked up trucks can sometimes requiring finding relatively insignificant problems with a truck and then exploiting those problems to drive the price down.
One of the most difficult and expensive issues you can have with 4WD trucks is front end trouble. So before you commit to buying a particular truck, make sure you have a specialist evaluate the front end alignment.