What is the best place to buy a quality used truck?

August 10th, 2021 by

It used to be that the only place you could buy a used truck was from a used truck dealer, but in today’s day and age, there are many other options. With all of these choices, it can be difficult to know what the best option is for your needs. This blog post will help break down your options so you can narrow down which one is right for you!

Buying used trucks can be an overwhelming process. There are many factors to consider when trying to decide what type of used vehicle you should buy. One of the first things that people typically think about is where they should purchase their used truck. Purchasing your used truck from a dealership will give you more options, but it may cost more than going through private sale channels. In this blog post, we will discuss some of the benefits and detriments of both private sales vs dealership purchases so that you can make an informed decision!

Here are 3 things to consider in a private sale versus with a dealership

  1. To purchase a used car, you have the option to go through dealers or private sellers. The main benefits of going with a dealership are that they will check on your behalf for any recalls and may offer better customer service than if you buy from an individual seller who is not as reputable. On the other hand, there may be a more limited selection when buying from a dealer because they may carry only their brands; it also can cost 10-20% more expensive at times depending upon what type of vehicle you’re looking for (SUVs typically sell higher).
  2. Buying from a private seller comes with less security since most don’t require proof before selling so anyone could potentially be selling you a vehicle that has issues. The good news is, in Alberta, there is a body that ensures lawful and ethical car sales in dealerships and it is called AMVIC. AMVIC requires that any used vehicle must pass a mandatory inspection which accounts for any parts that affect your safety on the road. This inspection is quite thorough and the technician checking the vehicle needs to be licensed by AMVIC. The technician will always ensure parts get fixed or replaced that affect road safety, such as brakes or tires. If a technician tries to pass over an issue without fixing it, this might result in them losing their AMVIC licensing. So because of this, you can expect your vehicle to have been properly inspected and road-ready from any Alberta dealership. Even with laws and regulations in place, you can’t always be sure that the private seller you’re working with is trustworthy.
  3. When you are searching for used trucks in St. Albert, there are some huge benefits of purchasing a late model year off-lease vehicle at the dealerships including warranty coverage (which might not be available with other sources), lower resale values in general due to limited supply (since we’re talking about trucks which were leased only once by the manufacturer before being sold here at our store), better financing options offered through dealerships vs private party sales.

There are several things to consider when it comes to the best place to buy a used truck. Another advantage of choosing a dealer in St. Albert is that we might be able to track down the truck you are looking for that may not be available elsewhere.

Happy truck hunting!

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