How many songs can you name that reference a Chevy truck? Whether you immediately thought of Don McClean’s “American Pie,” Snoop Dogg rapping to “Ridin’ in My Chevy,” or Taylor Swift singing about a boy in a Chevy truck in “Tim McGraw,” there’s no question that Chevy trucks like the Silverado hold a revered place in American culture. That’s part of what makes us proud to be your pre-owned Silverado dealer because we get to share the Chevy legacy with our customers.
Part of sharing Chevy’s legacy is helping customers like you find the perfect Silverado. This starts by getting to know more about how you plan to use the truck and your budget. More often than not, our customers are surprised to discover the many benefits that shopping for a pre-owned Silverado has to offer. So, what are these benefits, and what should you know before you start your search for a Silverado? From Chevy’s warranty coverage to the money you’ll save on the sticker price, here’s everything you need to know about shopping for a pre-owned Silverado!
Instant Savings on the Sticker Price
While that new car smell can be hard to pass up, you might think twice when you compare the price of a new Silverado with a pre-owned model. Newer models come with a higher sticker price as well as a rapid rate of depreciation that cuts the value of the truck significantly during its first few years on the road. The truck actually starts losing its value or depreciating the moment you drive it off the lot. When you shop for a pre-owned model, you’re paying far less for the truck, and you’re avoiding this initial decline in value by letting the first owner take the biggest hit. This means more money in your wallet and a better value truck.
Certified Pre-Owned vs Used
Another area where you’ll notice a difference in pricing is when you compare a used Silverado with a certified pre-owned model. Chevy’s CPO sticker is designed to give you confidence in your purchase and reflects the stringent certification process that the Silverado had to pass to become certified. This means that you can worry less about the quality of the truck and focus more on the adventures ahead. So, what are Chevy’s CPO requirements?
For a Silverado to become certified, it must be less than six years old and have fewer than 75,000 miles. It must also have a clean title and pass Chevy’s comprehensive 172-point vehicle inspection. Once it passes inspection, it’s added to our CPO inventory, where it comes with extensive warranty coverage and a vehicle history report that gives you a clearer picture of the truck’s owner and maintenance history. Chevy’s warranty coverage is one of the best in the CPO industry and includes a 6-year or 100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty and a 12-month or 12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty.
The powertrain limited warranty includes roadside assistance and courtesy transportation, both of which reflect Chevy’s efforts to minimize any inconvenience should your Silverado break down or need immediate repair. The warranty also covers various engine, transmission, transfer case, and drive system components, all of which can be expensive to replace or repair without a warranty. Like the powertrain warranty, the bumper-to-bumper warranty has no deductible and covers nearly every part of your vehicle with a few exceptions, such as damage caused by improper maintenance or misuse.
Chevy’s warranty coverage gives you confidence in your purchase, but the American automaker takes that confidence even further by offering a 3-day or 150-mile exchange policy. This allows you to return the truck within the set parameters if you aren’t 100 percent satisfied with your purchase. If you decide to keep the truck, you’ll have access to Chevy’s extensive suite of services, including trials to OnStar and SiriusXM and a scheduled maintenance program. The maintenance program makes owning a pre-owned Silverado stress-free by taking the guesswork out of scheduling routine maintenance like oil and filter changes, tire rotations, and multi-inspections, all of which are vital to keeping your Silverado running smoothly.
Another great benefit to buying a CPO Silverado is access to the My GM Rewards program. GM, which is Chevy’s parent company, rewards loyal customers who purchase new and CPO models. With no cost to join, there’s nothing to lose since GM gives you 5,000 points when you purchase a CPO Silverado. You’ll also earn points on eligible certified services and can use your points to pay for those services or for accessories for your Silverado. It’s a win-win!
So, Why the Silverado?
Chevy is one of the most reputable truck brands in America, and that’s because of trucks like the Silverado. Although the Silverado was initially an available trim on models like the Suburban and Tahoe, it earned its place in the Chevy lineup when it was introduced as a light-duty truck in 1999. The first generation model gave drivers a choice between a two-door standard cab, a four-door extended cab, and an extended cab with a short, standard, or long bed. Also offering three available powertrains, the first generation Silverado proved it could handle every demand, whether that meant cruising the highway, navigating a trail, or hauling a heavy load.
The Silverado’s capability made it one of the best-selling trucks in America, and as time passed, it proved its reliability as well. Earning above-average reliability ratings from JD Power since the mid-2010s, the Silverado is capable of logging thousands of miles without breaking a sweat. This makes shopping for a pre-owned Silverado even more attractive since it means getting behind the wheel of a capable truck with plenty of life left in it at a much lower price.
Another great advantage to shopping for a pre-owned Silverado is that you have plenty of options and loads of features to choose from. Since 1999, Chevy has equipped the Silverado with the most innovative tech, convenience, and comfort features available. This means that you can easily find a pre-owned Silverado that’s loaded with luxury and tools that extends its capability without paying full price. Considering the advancements in technology over the last decade alone, most Silverados on the pre-owned lot are loaded with innovative tech like a center touchscreen display and infotainment system, smartphone connectivity, an available Wi-Fi hotspot, and a variety of driver-assist tools that make your time in the driver’s seat even more enjoyable!
Shop With These Years in Mind
Now that you know the benefits of shopping for a pre-owned Silverado, you’re probably wondering, “What Silverado year models are the best?” While you can’t go wrong with any Silverado, there are a few that stand out, especially when it comes to redesigns and capability. The 2014 Silverado is especially notable since Chevy gave the truck a facelift and upgraded the interior and the powertrain to deliver more comfort and capability. Snagging a 2016 Silverado is also a great buy since Chevy once again upgraded the truck with LED lighting, a new grille, and a host of technology, including a 7-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This makes the 2016 Silverado a great starting point in your search if you’re looking for newer technology and connectivity features.
The Choice Is Yours
At the end of the day, you can’t go wrong by purchasing a pre-owned Silverado. The iconic American truck speaks for itself thanks to its reputation for reliability and capability that started over two decades ago. Today, that reputation continues and makes any Silverado, new or pre-owned, an outstanding choice for drivers looking for one of the best workhorses on the road.