10 Things to Look for When Buying a Used Pickup Truck

Military truck

Military truck | Micah Wright/Autos Cheat Sheet

All those trucks we saw at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show were pretty badass, weren’t they? All glistening and decked-out with every bolt-on imaginable, looking like freedom on four wheels, and making us want to stand up and salute because those diesel fumes aren’t toxic, they’re addicting.

To us, there’s nothing better than tailgating in a classic pickup; last we heard, it was getting penciled into the Constitution or something like that. And with such a demand out there for new haulers, there are plenty of people on the hunt for used and classic trucks too.

Chevy Apache fleetside

Chevy Apache fleetside | Micah Wright/Autos Cheat Sheet

Trucks may not be for everyone, but there really is a truck out there for everyone. If you’re looking for anything from an itty-bitty 1980s Toyota to an all-terrain Ram 3500 Cummins dually, you’re focused on getting one of the coolest and most practical creations ever concocted, and we want to help.

Of course, due diligence like checking the engine for usual signs of abuse, and that it doesn’t belch white smoke from the tailpipe, is a must. But trucks have their own little quirks, and after speaking to off-road experts All-Terrain Outfitters, we came up with 10 cheats to keep you from picking up a POS pickup.

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