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Kaelen Felix illustrates truck article for 360 Magazine

How to Buy a Truck You’ll Cherish for Years

If you’re ready to finally pull the trigger and buy a new truck, it can be difficult to know where to start. On the one hand, buying a new vehicle is always exciting. However, you also need to be conscious of your budget and long-term satisfaction with the vehicle. 

Buying a new car is a big investment. Don’t rush your decision and end up making a mistake you’ll regret for years to come. We want to help.

Keep reading for our top tips on how to buy a truck you’ll love now and in the future. 

Figure Out Your Finances

One of the most important things to do before making a big investment is to take an objective look at your finances. How much can you afford to make on monthly truck payments?

Your budget needs to include other costs associated with buying a new truck. For example:

  • Sales tax
  • Auto insurance
  • Registration fees
  • Fuel costs
  • Regular maintenance and repairs

We also recommend getting pre-approved for an auto loan to make sure you’re eligible for the price range you’re shopping under. If your pre-approval comes up short, you may want to spend a few months improving your credit score.

Save for a Down Payment

One of the best ways to get approved for a larger loan with lower interest rates is by putting money down on your new truck. This is one of the most important steps of learning how to buy a truck the right way. The difference of a single percentile on your interest can account for thousands of dollars over the life of the loan.

Determine the Type of Truck You Want

When buying a new truck, you also need to take a little time to figure out what types of trucks are best for your lifestyle. For example, if you’re planning on using the truck as your primary means of transportation to and from work in the city, you’ll want something with excellent fuel efficiency. 

Alternatively, if you’re planning on using the truck for outdoor recreation activities like hunting, fishing, hiking, and camping, you’ll want something a little more rugged. You will undoubtedly need a four-wheel-drive vehicle. 

Finally, consider hauling and towing capacities. Will the truck be towing a camper, boat, or trailer?

Decide What Features Are Important to You

Learning how to buy a truck that’s perfect for you means prioritizing your wants and needs. For example, do you want all the bells and whistles of high-end luxury models? These include things like smart entertainment systems, top-notch speakers, heated and cooled seats, advanced driver features, and more.

These models are more expensive but provide much more comfort, luxury, and convenience. 

Do Your Homework

Before buying a new truck, it’s vital to do a little digging. Lookup vehicle ratings and reviews.

Look at professional safety ratings from certified organizations. However, you should also see what other drivers have to say about the vehicle. Find customer reviews and testimonials from people who have the same truck you’re considering buying. 

For reference, check out this review on the Chevy Silverado.

Decide if You Want to Buy New or Used

Another important step in the truck buying guide is deciding if you want to buy a new or used pickup. There are pros and cons to both sides of the argument. 

New

Buying a brand new pickup means you’re getting a vehicle with no previous owners. It also comes with manufacturer warranties that will last up to 60,000 miles or five years. However, brand new trucks are much more expensive and can lose as much as 30% of their value in the first year.

Used

Alternatively, buying a used truck most likely means forgoing any warranties. Additionally, you’ll need to make sure you’re buying from a credible seller to avoid buying a truck with pre-existing issues. However, buying used may save you thousands of dollars and grant you access to high-end models you may not have been able to afford new.

Certified Pre-Owned

Finally, there’s a happy medium between the two options. CPOs are slightly used vehicles that have been refurbished to like-new condition. They’re more expensive than traditional used vehicles but are given new warranties. 

Get the Vehicle History Report

Learning how to buy a truck used means getting your hands on the vehicle history report. This is especially important when buying from a private seller. The vehicle history report records vital information about the truck’s past, such as:

  • Number of previous owners
  • Locations of registration
  • Accident/repair history
  • Maintenance history
  • Factory recalls
  • Commercial history (used in a commercial fleet for rent or lease)

Technology has made tracking a vehicle’s history easier than ever. As such, it’s now virtually risk-free to buy a vehicle with s solid history report.

Take the Truck on a Test Drive

Last but not least, when buying a new truck, make sure you test drive it before you make any final decisions. For all you know, you may not even enjoy driving the model you’ve picked out. Make sure the truck feels intuitive, responsive, and easy to handle. 

Depending on the type of truck and what you’ll be using it for, you may want one that produces minimal engine noise and road noise. If the vehicle is used, make sure all the instrument panels, driver features, entertainment equipment, and other electronics work properly. 

Regardless of the temperature outside, ensure both the heating and the air conditioning work, as well. Have someone stand outside and check the brake lights, headlights, brights, turn signals, etc.

If you feel it necessary, consider taking the truck to a trusted mechanic for a full inspection. 

Looking for More Tips on How to Buy a Truck?

We hope our list helps you find the best pickup truck you’ll cherish for years to come. And remember, if you can’t afford the truck you want now, save up for a few months to make your dream a reality. Patience pays off. 

And if you’re looking for more tips on how to buy a truck and other auto-related news, be sure to check out some of our other articles before you go. We have an entire section dedicated to the auto industry for people just like you.

Mina Tocalini illustrates Rolls-Royce for 360 MAGAZINE

Car Buying Tips & Tricks

Buying a car is exciting. It’s the perfect example of out with the old and in with the new! You’ve already begun looking at different vehicles and narrowing down the type of vehicle you want based on the make and model.

As exciting as it is to purchase a new car, you should keep a few car buying tips in mind throughout the process. If you’ve never purchased a car before or haven’t done it many times, then it’s important to know that there are people out there looking to scam you.

Unfortunately, getting scammed when buying a car is quite common. Don’t let it happen to you. Continue reading below for a list of car buying tips and tricks!

  1. Compare Prices

Your first step, after figuring out what type of vehicle you want, should be to start comparing prices. Look up the vehicle you want based on the make and model. Look at several different sites and see what dealers are listing it for.

Keep in mind that private sellers will have theirs listed for a cheaper price than the dealer, but there might be more risk involved buying from a private seller.

You can do a check online on car value sites to get an idea of what a fair value is as well. Once you’ve compared prices, you can get a good idea of what you should pay for that vehicle.

  1. Visit Your Bank

If you’ve found a specific vehicle you think you want to go look at, then your next step should be to visit your bank. Credit unions are a great choice for taking out loans. If you don’t bank with one, you can still take out a loan with them by opening a savings account.

When you visit the bank, have information on the vehicle with you. The VIN number is most important. Your bank will be able to tell you what a fair price for the vehicle is. If the vehicle you want isn’t listed for a fair price, the bank won’t give you a draft for what the dealer is asking.

Instead, they’ll give you a draft for a fair price, and you can use this as a negotiation tool.

  1. Run a VIN Number Check

If you decide to take a loan out with the bank, the bank will run its own VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) check. If you don’t, then you’ll want to run a VIN check yourself. You might have to pay a fee to do this, but it’s worth it and can save you from being scammed.

A VIN check will tell you how many owners the vehicle has had, all different states the vehicle has been owned in, any accidents, and maintenance reports. This information is crucial. If the vehicle comes back as a rebuilt title, then this means the vehicle was totaled and you should avoid making the purchase.

  1. Take It for a Test Drive

Always take the vehicle out for a test drive. When taking it out for the test drive, you should be sure to take the vehicle on a road where you can go over 55 mph. This will give you a good idea of how the car reacts to higher speeds.

Some issues might not appear until the vehicle goes over a certain speed. When testing driving, be very attentive. Listen for all sorts of noises.

You can turn the radio and AC on to ensure they both work, but then lower them so they don’t drown out different sounds that could signal problems.

  1. Have Your Mechanic Inspect It

Have a mechanic come out and inspect the vehicle. If you’re buying a used truck, then there are certain things you want to ensure it has and ensure are in working order. These things might be different if you’re buying a car.

Your mechanic will know what to look for and what to check. Cars that come from up North or if you’re buying in a state where it snows, then look out for rust under the vehicle.

If the mechanic says it passes the test, then you’re good to go. If the mechanic finds any issues, then you can discuss these with the dealer and ask about lowering the price or fixing the issues before selling it to you.

  1. Ask the Dealer About Discounts

Don’t hesitate to ask the dealer about discounts as well. Some dealers will give discounts on certain vehicles. There are also deals and specials that dealers give out during certain times of the year.

Be on the lookout for these deals and discounts. You can call the dealer ahead of time and ask if they have any current deals or when their next big sale will be. Those are the best times to shop.

  1. Prepare to Negotiate

At last, it’s time to make the purchase. Prepare to negotiate the price before settling with the price the dealer listed. If you have a draft from your bank, then you can use this to negotiate.

The dealer should be willing to sell you the vehicle for the price the bank offers in the draft. If you’re not good at negotiating, then consider bringing a friend or someone with you who is. Don’t feel bad about it either.

Dealers are expecting buyers to try to bring the price down and in reality, they price the cars higher than fair price for this reason. It’s up to you to get them to come down to a fair price.

Don’t Forget These Car Buying Tips

If you’re ready to buy a car, then don’t forget these car buying tips! Knowing a few tips for buying a used car is the best way to ensure you get a good deal and avoid being scammed.

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VALEO x CES 2019

At CES in Las Vegas for the sixth consecutive year, Valeo is unveiling its latest technological innovations at the epicenter of the revolutions shaping mobility, i.e., the advent of autonomous vehicles, powertrain electrification and digital mobility. These three disruptions transforming the automotive industry are also driving profound change in society.

Valeo develops new technologies to make this transformation a reality. One example that can be seen and tested in the streets of Las Vegas during CES 2019 is Valeo Drive4U®, the Group’s first autonomous car, which is unique in that it can perform all operations using only Valeo sensors that are already series-produced (ultrasound, cameras, lasers, radars and LiDARS) and artificial intelligence. The vehicle is essentially equipped with a full-fledged digital brain that can process the inputs and learn from the scenarios it encounters in the city.

One of the key challenges in autonomous driving is safety. Road accidents are a global epidemic and most often the result of human error. Valeo’s goal is for its systems to significantly reduce accidents, setting the target of less than one major incident for every billion kilometers driven, which would represent a higher level of safety than in the aeronautics industry. To achieve this result, Valeo is presenting two major innovations in Las Vegas: Valeo Drive4U® Remote to operate autonomous vehicles remotely when assistance is required or even vital, and Valeo Voyage XR, which is able to simulate the virtual presence of a person – based in a fixed location – on board the autonomous vehicle during the journey. This means that the car could potentially be controlled externally by somebody who is aware of what is happening within the vehicle. Based on this innovation, Valeo has designed a new form of communication that allows a “stationary” passenger wearing a virtual reality headset to teleport into a moving vehicle.

Also with a view to increasing safety, Valeo will be showcasing Valeo XtraVue Trailer and Valeo PictureBeam Monolithic. The first of these two innovations causes a trailer or caravan to appear invisible in the rearview mirror of the vehicle towing it, making all maneuvers easier and safer for the driver. The second is a high definition lighting system developed in partnership with CREE, the US market leader in the manufacture of LEDs. The solution generates a high definition beam of light on the road without ever blinding other road users and projects information and images onto the pavement.

Lastly, since usage patterns are changing, with digital tools giving access to new ways of getting around, Valeo is developing technologies to promote their widespread take-up. Examples include the Valeo Clean Road app, which generates customized routes to avoid peak pollution areas, and Valeo Oxy’Zen, which can be used to activate air purification systems inside the vehicle cabin.

With these innovations, Valeo is once again demonstrating its capacity to imagine, design and develop technologies conducive to new forms of mobility that are widely accessible yet adapted to individual needs.

2019 GMC Sierra Denali

From a distinct grill and smooth ride, the all new 2019GMC Sierra Denali is elegantly appointed and design to make you live like a pro. Simply put, this is more than a work truck. Luxury goes to work to ease your burdens. The multi-pro liftgate makes lifting any load a breeze. It is your time to step up to state-of-the-art design. My recent drive of this amazing vehicle through the beautiful terrain of Newfoundland Canadareaffirmed the strong market presence of this truck in the market place. This automotive genius is  not just a truck it is a lifestyle. Get to know the GMC Sierra Denali it is worth a test drive!