Every year, you try to give yourself different reasons to keep your old truck. Of course, trucks are not inexpensive vehicles that you can keep changing frequently. However, with every turn of the odometer, you keep getting closer to big repair and maintenance bills.
Thus, at some point, it costs so much to keep your old truck on the road that you’d be better off investing all of the money you’re spending at the garage on a new truck. There’s no magical mileage threshold or an indicator that notifies you to ditch your old truck and start looking for a new one. In fact, many of today’s vehicles routinely exceed 100,000 miles without experiencing major mechanical problems.
But if you’re being hit with one repair bill after another, ensure you consider replacing your old truck with a new one as the best option. Before reaching any conclusion or decision, follow these steps:
Get it Inspected
It’s crucial for you to know what’s wrong with your truck’s machinery. If you have a fair amount of experience and knowledge on inspecting the truck by yourself, then you should first thoroughly check if everything is performing well. However, we’d suggest you take your truck to a professional mechanic, who can easily identify any sort of malfunctioning. The professional mechanic will jot down everything, small or big, that is causing your truck to under-perform.
If there are any problems identified, first consider rectifying those problems before attempting to sell it. You can do this by either asking the professional to do it for you. Or research for the best mechanic in your locality who won’t charge you a bomb for the repairs.
Give Your Truck ‘Curb Appeal’
When selling your old truck, interested buyers will probably make up their minds to buy it or not within the first few minutes. This is based on their first look at the truck. So you want this first look to be positive. Before you advertise your truck for sale, make sure it looks clean and attractive. This goes beyond just taking it to the wash, as you should also ensure that it’s well serviced and maintained.
A clean and serviced truck has chances that it may sell faster and for more money. Clean the truck nicely not only from its interiors but also from its exterior. Replace the seat covers if they show signs of wear and tear. Check the carpets and get a steam cleaning done if you smoke in your truck.
Know How Much Your Truck is Worth
In order to take an informed decision, you need to find out how much your truck is worth in today’s market. You can visit various websites that help you evaluate and compare the costs of different trucks. Initially, start your research online. Check out the best deals and offers that you can benefit from.
Once you get an estimation of the resale value of your truck, you can simply hit the road and seek for dealers to get the best deal. You can also approach those dealers who buy second-hand trucks and also sell new or used trucks. This way, most of your difficulties will get sorted saving your time. And, depending on the type of deal (selling your truck for a new one), there are chances that you might even save some money.
Cut the Cord
When you’re quite sure to sell off your old truck, don’t leave room for any second thoughts. You know that the truck served you well all these years, and it can no longer serve the same because of its age. So before your truck starts hindering your work, be sure to just make a call to sell it off before it’s too late.
Keep in mind that a new truck will definitely perform better than your 10 or more years old truck. But it’s equally important to not sell it off simply because it has become too old. If your truck has minor performance issues, you can always get it checked from a professional and get an opinion on whether you should sell it or not.
Heavy Duty Direct professionals are always ready to help you make your decision, and can offer you the best deals, if you’re looking to buy a new truck or sell your old one.