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Our guide to knowing when to get rid of your pickup truck

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Since their arrival on the scene in the early 1900s, pickup trucks have maintained their role as the most popular mode of transportation in the United States of America. Outside of hauling, towing, and off-roading capabilities, there are many reasons American drivers are attracted to pickup trucks, with specific models still ranking high on America’s best-selling vehicles.

However, there comes a time when you must turn those pickup truck keys over to someone else. We understand that many of you would feel reluctant to that old pickup truck go, but it’s in your best interest. Especially when it comes to the safety of you and your bank account!

There are several tell-tale signs that indicate it might be time to say goodbye to your beloved pickup truck. , with the following being the most commonplace…

Noticeable signs of wear and tear immerge

Whether it’s gained a few scratches and dings from off-roading, or your bushings have all begun to deteriorate due to heavy loads and bumpy roads, wear and tear is a common cause for trading in a pickup truck.

Granted, your truck’s functionality matters, but so too does your bank account. And while duct tape might keep that bumper on for a few more miles, the soaring costs of replacement parts give just reason to trade that pickup in.

Fortunately, if your pickup is missing parts or covered in duct tape, you don’t need to worry about this affecting your ability to sell, as car-buying sites like CarBrain will gladly pay you to take it off your hands. Depending on the parts that are missing and the overall condition of the pickup truck, their team can still make you an offer and organize to collect it free of charge within two days of the offer’s acceptance. For more on this, be sure to check out their website to see how you can cash in on that clunker.

The mechanic is on speed dial

Your vehicle will have to go to a mechanic for repairs at some point. However, if that pickup truck never seems to leave the mechanic, then you might have to rethink whether it’s worth fixing. Lately, the average cost of an auto repair bill in the United States hovers between $300-$500, but this fluctuates depending on the repairs needed, as well as the make, model, and age of the vehicle.

If your pickup truck regularly breaks down, there’s a good chance that you’ll be paying more than it is worth in repair bills, which is a significant indicator that it’s time to say goodbye to that ride.

Even if your pickup isn’t constantly breaking down, another thing you’ll need to consider is its age. The older a vehicle gets, the harder it will become to source replacement parts So, if your mechanic warns you that they’re finding it difficult to source replacement parts, you might want to quit while you’re ahead and start looking at car-buying sites.

Your truck is covered in rust

Seeing a spot of rust on your pickup truck might not cause alarm bells to go off in your head. But if your pickup truck is starting to look like a clone of Mater from Disney’s “Cars” media franchise, then you’ve likely got some serious underlying issues, depending on where the rust is of course.

Heavy corrosion on fueling and brake components can cause severe problems with the performance and safety of your truck. A patch of rust on the frame can become dangerous down the line, with structural and body issues being top concerns. Aesthetics is another concern here, especially when it comes to evaluating resale value.

It doesn’t match your lifestyle anymore

Finally, there’s the “It doesn’t suit my needs anymore…” portion of the pickup truck puzzle. Even if there is nothing physically wrong with your pickup truck, it must remain pertinent to your lifestyle.

Married, with two kids and a dog means ditching that single-cab pickup truck for a multi-row machine. If it is no longer of much practical use to you, then maybe it is time to bite the bullet and trade that rig in… for a more spacious, brand-new 4×4 pickup truck.

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