It’s important for you to know that buying a used semi-truck is not the same as buying a used car. Of course, they have many things in common, but commercial trucks are purpose-built machines that run of millions of miles. You may easily end up with a bad deal or a truck that doesn’t fit your needs, if you don’t know what to look for when you’re buying a used semi-truck.
Those who are looking to make an incursion into the transportation industry as owner operators instead of driving for somebody else, buying a used semi-truck is perhaps a good option. Also, ensure that you approach a reputable truck dealer when buying a used semi-truck, if you’re not too sure about inspecting the vehicle by yourself.
To move your loads around, you may want to choose a semi-truck having the right amount of horsepower and towing capacity. Drivers hauling 40-ton trailers for thousands of miles certainly require high horsepower, than contractors towing small excavators or equipment. Your choice of engine also plays a big role in the fuel economy you can expect. Obviously, a semi-truck will never get the same kind of fuel mileage as a compact car, however the numbers can still vary widely from truck to truck. It’s ideal to inspect the engine itself when you’re buying the truck. You should familiarize yourself with the truck as much as possible, especially if you’re buying as a private owner. Take a look at the engine’s condition and ensure you’re comfortable with the engine, before you buy.
A truck that reached 500,000 miles on its original engine was ready for either a full rebuild or was dumped in the olden days. Many modern trucks can reach that number easily today, and can still operate properly for years. How much wear and tear the truck has seen or gone through is indicated by the total number of miles the truck has been driven. Depending on that you can expect the engine, transmission and drivetrain to be in.
History And Maintenance Logs:
This is true that sometimes it can be tough to know what the actual condition of the semi-truck is before you put some miles on it. Thus, before buying the truck make sure you check the truck’s recent maintenance logs, as these records can be an indicator of how the truck was treated by its previous owner. Maintenance logs that are up-to-date and well-maintained might show that a truck is well-cared and regularly maintained. However, a truck lacking records isn’t necessarily a bad deal. Try to know about the truck’s origin or past owners from the dealer or from vehicle history reports. Most importantly, you should try to learn about accidents or major repairs the truck underwent in its entire lifetime.
It’s important to check the truck’s axle configuration and transportation regulations for your area. Be sure to buy the right axle configuration (4×2, 4×4, 6×4, etc.) for what you’ll be carrying. Also, consider the type of driving you’ll be doing with the truck, and the terrain on which you’ll be driving. Will you be hauling loads over hilly terrain for long distances or making short trips within the city to deliver goods?
Many people bring a trusted mechanic or colleague to do inspection for them. An experienced truck owner or driver can recognize the signs of a well-maintained truck and one that has been driven long and hard without any proper maintenance. We have a huge selection of used semi-trucks, tractors, and commercial trucks at Heavy Duty Direct that you can choose from, and our professionals are always happy to help with the best deal.