Buying a Pre-Owned Chevy Silverado
Buying a pre-owned item is now more popular than ever. Last year, the online consignment clothing industry began to boom. Thrift shops have been popular for even longer. However, there is still some hesitation when it comes to buying cars pre-owned, even if the sale of pre-owned vehicles in the United States was more popular than the purchase of new vehicles. Consumers are wary of buying used cars because they are a considerable investment.
Unlike clothing, books, and home goods, it is hard (if not impossible) to return a pre-owned car if you find you don’t like it. Therefore, each pre-owned vehicle purchase made is, in essence, a gamble. However, it doesn’t always need to be one. The first step toward buying a reliable pre-owned vehicle is looking for something dependable, like the Chevy Silverado. Next, you should work with someone who you can trust or a secondhand dealership with high ratings – like Zeck Auto.
Zeck Auto is confident that when you buy a pre-owned Chevy Silverado at one of our dealerships, you will always be satisfied with your purchase.
Here’s our comprehensive guide to buying a pre-owned truck like the Chevrolet Silverado.
1) Work out your budget before deciding on your next truck purchase.
Before purchasing any car or truck, including the Chevy Silverado, you will always need to figure out your monthly and yearly budget. A budget is always a good idea even if you are not intent on buying a car because it will help you save money and keep better track of your finances over the long run.
For car purchase-specific budgeting, you should start first with how much take-home money you get after taxes for the year. Then, take that number and subtract all your yearly expenses, such as annual subscriptions, property taxes, estimated taxes, and other commitments. Divide the remaining amount by twelve, and that will leave you with how much monthly money you have. Subtract your monthly obligations, such as average grocery bills, internet bills, monthly insurance premiums, and more from that number.
What you will be left with is a number indicating just how much extra spending money you have each month. Next, estimate how much of that number you are willing to spend on gas, car insurance premiums, and monthly car payments. This will show you a realistic monthly budget for your car payments.
With your budget determined, you can now consider what cars you’d potentially like to own – one of the most fun parts of the whole process! But before you write down the exact make and model of the car you want, consider taking a more flexible route. When you instead start with a list of what you want in a vehicle (for instance, whether you want an SUV vs. truck or whether you want an automatic vs. a manual), you can then research based on those descriptions.
Typically, if you are looking for a reasonably priced pre-owned pickup truck, the Chevrolet Silverado will almost always make the list. It is dependable and versatile, as well as being popular enough that it is not hard to find them at used or pre-owned car lots like Zeck Auto.
3) Research the different trims, class sizes, and generations of the cars in which you are interested.
When you get your list narrowed down, go a little more in-depth regarding what you might be interested in. Each Silverado trim, class size, and generation has a different look, feel, and use than its counterparts. Understanding the differences between these will help you make a good choice regarding the type of used Chevy Silverado you purchase.
4) Decide whether or not you will need financial assistance.
Not all of us can afford to purchase a used car or truck outright. Most pre-owned models of the Chevy Silverado will run consumers at least a few thousand dollars, so it is essential to consider whether financing is an option.
If you purchase a pre-owned Silverado at one of our Zeck Auto locations (we serve Norman, Moore, Purcell, and the Oklahoma City area), you have the option of applying for financing on-site. This makes the process of obtaining funding simpler. You won’t need to worry about finding outside funding because we do your financing homework for you.
5) Test drive the cars in which you are interested.
Always be sure to test drive the cars in which you are interested. Even if you start them up, look under the hood, and trust the organization or person from whom you are buying, there is no guarantee that you will like the truck. Silverados are usually reasonably versatile, so most people do like them, but jump in behind the wheel anyway. It might be that you like one year or trim better than another, and testing them out will be the only way to ensure you get what you want.
6) Take the truck for a second opinion, or make sure that it has had an inspection before its sales listing.
So, maybe you think you’ve found the Silverado you want. It might even be in a color or trim you’re excited about, and you’re ready to pounce on it! Even if you trust the dealer or seller, you should always get a second opinion about the car before you purchase it. If you’re buying from a private seller, take it to a trusted mechanic for an inspection. If you’re buying from a certified pre-owned dealership like Zeck Auto, you can ask about our 120-point inspection. Each car we sell must pass our rigorous 120-point inspection before the sale, which means that both the salesperson and a mechanic are confident that our trucks are road-worthy at the time of purchase.
7) Sign the paperwork and make your down payment.
Once you’re confident you’ve taken care of the above considerations, it’s time to get your new vehicle! Sign the paperwork, make your payment or down-payment, and drive away confident that the pre-owned Silverado you found will be a sound investment for years to come.
Browse Zeck Auto’s selection of pre-owned Chevy Silverados here.