5 THINGS TO LOOK FOR WHILE BUYING SECONDHAND TRUCK
Finding a used truck can be an exciting venture but only if you know what you’re looking for. Below are five important things to remember when buying secondhand trucks.
- Run a history check
Even before you dive right into the nitty-gritty of a truck’s current condition, you first have to look at the overall picture and that means looking at its background. Ask for records of maintenance and oil changes, accident history, and any upgrades done recently. Knowing these beforehand will potentially save you time and money down the road.
Once you’ve deemed that there are no obvious problems with the truck being up for sale, inspect its maintenance records. Did it receive tune-ups regularly? Did any of its parts been replaced? Does it come with a vehicle tracking device? Look into oil change history as the lack of oil changes in its lifetime can be a tell-tale sign of engine issues in the future.
- Do a quality inspection
Next, you’ll want to perform quality inspection checks on the truck. This involves checking the current oil level as well as the condition. Inspect the quality of the vehicle by looking for rust on the exterior as well as within the structure of the truck. Check that the door frames and other parts don’t show any signs of corrosion.
You should also look for damage to the body. It can help if you inspect the truck during the day. The mileage of the truck is also a good indicator of its overall quality. Consider how you’re going to be using the truck. If you plan a lot of driving with it, you might want to go for a vehicle with lower mileage.
- Checking mechanical operation
After a thorough inspection of the exterior and interior condition of the truck, proceed to check how it stands mechanically and operationally. First, you will need to know your main use for the truck in order to narrow down your choices. Are you going to use it for hauling items over long distances and in difficult terrain? Or are you going to use it as a daily commute vehicle on short but frequent trips?
Knowing your purpose for the vehicle will give you an idea of the type of axle layout you’ll want as well as the vehicle’s horsepower and towing capacity. It might be helpful to ask the help of an expert in this regard. A certified truck mechanic might be able to point out important things you might have overlooked.
- Planning the future
If you’ve found a suitable truck that fits your needs, you need to start thinking about the future. This means looking through the ongoing cost of maintenance, insurance, as well as sourcing for parts for that particular model. And as you got closer to making your purchase, you might also want to explore options for financing.
- Choosing a seller
Buying a used truck can be an ordeal, especially with all the things you have to consider like financing, service history, operating status, etc. A reputable and accommodating seller can really ease some of that burden. They can be of great help in looking over the vehicle’s history, background checks, and service operation. They might even offer advice when it comes to financing.
This post is from Guest Blogger Lily Brooks.