Whatever type of used truck you are looking at buying there are some essential safety checks that you will need to consider when buying used trucks , and for the most parts, these will be the same for every truck type. If you are looking for vehicles such as hook loaders, then make sure you do some research into that type or truck, look at the different models and makes that are out there and the features that they have that might be important to you. The internet can be a good place to start your research and will give you a good indication of the types of prices the used truck you are considering sell for.
Before you start buying used trucks, there are a few things you should do:
- Make a list of the requirements you want from your truck
- Set your budget, or price range depending on your finances
- Make a shortlist of potential trucks
- Consider financing options if necessary
- Look at the history of the truck and its current condition
Find a reputable dealer
Used trucks will still be expensive, so you want to be confident in your purchase. Look for dealers with a good reputation when considering buying used trucks. Check out any feedback that they have; this will give you the confidence to commit to a purchase.
Before you look at the current condition of the truck, you want to know its background. It is really important from a safety aspect to see the bigger picture. A reputable dealer will be more than happy to share the information with you. You may also want to check why the vehicle is being sold.
A good look at the maintenance history of the vehicle will tell you a lot. Has it been getting regular tune-ups? Has it had parts replaced? If it has had the same part replaced frequently you need to consider of this might be a simple case of wear and tear or if it points to something bigger being wrong with the truck. If it’s the former think about the costs involved in making a regular repair. This will also give you an indication of anything you might need to replace soon.
Oil change records
If the truck has not received regular oil changes, then this may mean that you could face possible engine problems in the future. If there are no records or they are somewhat sporadic then be cautious; poor maintenance may mean that there are hidden issues
If the truck has been involved in an accident, you want to know what type it was, how much damage was caused to the truck and what parts needed replacing due to this damage. If you understand the accident history and it is fully disclosed this doesn’t necessarily need to put you off your purchase, but it will prepare you for possible issues later.
Once you have asked all the questions above, you will know if you want to look closer at the vehicle in question.
Things to look at include:
- Check the oil – this can be a good indication of the condition of the truck
- Look for rust – look for any rust on the exterior of the truck and within its structure, including door frames. Don’t forget to look for raised patches in the paint which may indicate the presence of rust underneath
- Check for body damage
- Look at the mileage – knowing the model of engine will give you an indication of when you may need an engine rebuild
- Inspect the tyres – how many miles have the current ones done?
Whether you’re purchasing at auction, or through a trusted supplier, knowing what to look for will allow you to get a vehicle that meets your needs.