Buick and Chevrolet have long been considered two of the most dependable brands on the road today. Buick and Chevrolet trucks are built tough and built to last. There are many benefits to buying them used. Let’s take a look at them below.
One of the main reasons to get your hands on a Buick or Chevy truck involves sheer lifespan. The average running life for a used car extends to 150,000 miles. The average running life for a used sport utility vehicle is a bit longer, at 200,000 miles. When you go with a used truck, you’re investing in a vehicle that can run up to 300,000 miles on average.
When you choose Buick or Chevy used trucks, you’re probably doubling the time it will take before you require a new vehicle when used car lifespans are taken into account. In JD Power’s 2022 Vehicle Dependability Survey, Buicks beat out all but one brand, ranking second. Kia ranked first, but that is due to their very small engines and low range of capabilities. A vehicle that can’t do much isn’t pushed much, so it lasts a bit longer.
When you hit a used Buick or Chevy lot, you’re likely to see a lot more model, trim level, and general loadout variety than on the new lot due to the sheer prevalence of trade-ins. You could very well end up finding exactly the kind of loadout you would want in a pickup at just a few years shy of new.
Even if your preferred used Buick or Chevy truck doesn’t come with all of the options you want, it can be cheaper to add one or two to a used truck than to go with a new truck that starts loaded out that way. The differences between a used and new vehicle turn to your advantage on the used side in package content too. If you want that premium sound system, top-tier infotainment system, or set of high-tech safety features, you can find them cheaper in a used truck.
You may have heard that new vehicles lose a large chunk of their value as soon as they are driven off of the lot. This is true, and they lose up to 20% of their value within the first year on average. Turns out, used cars have already left the lot and gone through that drop, so when you purchase them, you’re on the advantageous end of the depreciation: gaining savings instead of losing value.
Every year beyond the first, used vehicles lose between 10% and 15% of their value, so going with a used Buick or Chevy truck from a few years back will save you more than choosing one from one or two years back. That said, many of the most high-tech features available are only on the newest couple of years of vehicles, so it is a tradeoff. Still, it isn’t hard to have a dealership’s shop install upgrades for very reasonable prices.
One of the main issues voiced by consumers in relation to used cars is the lack of warranty coverage. By choosing a certified pre-owned Buick or Chevy used truck, you’re making an end-run around that issue. Certified pre-owned trucks go through rigorous inspection checks to ensure that they are running in an optimal fashion. As a result of these careful inspections, warranty providers are more willing to cover them than other forms of used trucks.
This kind of truck most commonly gains a limited powertrain warranty for its core components, including the engine, drivetrain, and transmission. CPO trucks also generally get bumper-to-bumper coverage alongside that. Bumper-to-bumper coverage covers your truck’s tech, like the climate control systems, infotainment system, gauges, and cruise control system.
When you are in the market for a used Buick or Chevy truck, try to focus only on the versions that come with complete vehicle history reports. This tactic can save you a ridiculous amount of money in the long run. If a vehicle history report reads in a nearly pristine way, with minimal accidents and wear issues, it is a safe bet that that vehicle will last a long, long time. If it reads like the stunt script of an action movie, it’ll probably fail long before its luckier counterparts.
Respectable and honorable dealerships almost always offer these reports to customers when they’re considering obtaining a used truck. Small dealers sometimes will not. If a dealer flatly refuses to give you access to vehicle history reports on any of their vehicles despite the incredible ease of processing and obtaining them, you should probably head to a better dealership.
You’ll be surprised by just how many advantages there are to getting your hands on a used Buick or Chevy truck from a reputable and legally licensed dealership. On top of the substantial benefits of detailed vehicle history reports and useful warranties, Buick and Chevy dealerships are more than happy to take your trade-in vehicle off of your hands. In exchange for it, they’ll cut a chunk out of the ticket price of the used truck you intend to buy.
Vehicle trade-in values recently reached an all-time high, so there is no better time than now to get your hands on a used Buick or Chevy truck. Between 2020 and 2021, the trade-in value of used vehicles increased by $2,920 on average. Given the increased dependability of used trucks when compared to used cars and used SUVs, they’re likely to be on the greater end of the scale where that average increase is concerned.
As you can see, there is a grand range of benefits related to choosing a used Buick or Chevy truck. When the time comes to explore used truck possibilities, head over to Dan Cummins Chevrolet Buick of Georgetown, Kentucky. Our seasoned and respectful professionals are glad to answer all of your questions and help you find the used truck that most closely fits the loadout you desire.