Must Check Factors When Buying A Used Heavy Duty Truck

by | Apr 27, 2016 | Automotive 

Looking around any medium or heavy duty truck dealership in Texas will make it evident that used trucks are definitely a hot ticket item. Many businesses and trucking companies choose to buy used over new, saving money while still getting a vehicle with low mileage and in like-new condition.

For anyone looking for a used heavy duty truck in the state, there are some important buying factors that need to be considered. Even the best price on a truck may not be a deal if these factors are not in place, and it makes the purchase less of a good idea and more of a risky transaction for the buyer.

Service Record Available

It is only common sense to request to see the full maintenance and repair record for any heavy duty commercial vehicle. By ensuring the preventative maintenance was kept up on the truck you have a good idea of the level of care that was taken to keep the truck in top operating condition. Gaps in oil changes, lack of current inspection and other factors should be red flags for any potential buyer.

In addition to the service record and current inspection, when buying a used heavy duty truck always be sure to check the following as well. Buying from a reputable, established dealer is always the best option, and this also provides the best in financing and service options as well.

Bring a Mechanic

Unless you are buying from a reputable dealer that allows you to have the vehicle inspected by your own mechanic; bring one with you. The exception would be if you were comfortable with checking the engine, transmission, suspension, brakes and hydraulics as well as the electronics systems in the vehicle before a purchase.

Find Out the Insurance Cost

There can be considerable differences in the insurance cost of different makes, models and sizes of commercial vehicles. Before making a purchase of a truck that appears to be a great deal, be sure to talk to your insurance agent.

It is also essential to make sure the vehicle can pass any required tests to be insured. This can be a problem for vehicles from outside of the state or vehicles that may not be currently inspected and insured in the state of Texas.

Buying from a dealership that offers sales from their own rental and lease fleet is a good option for getting a used heavy duty truck at a great price. If the truck is sold by a reputable dealer, you have the benefit of also being sure that routine maintenance has always been maintained on the truck, a big factor when making the decision to buy.

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