If you are interested in purchasing a used semi-truck for your business, there are a few different things you need to pay attention to in order to help ensure that you walk away with a truck that meets and serves your needs.
1. Age and Mileage
You are going to want to consider the age and mileage of the truck. You need to consider these figures together, as the age and mileage will tell you how hard the truck was driven and what type of usage it was put through daily. A truck that is only a few years old with really high mileage means that the truck was putting on serious mileage on a daily basis. An older truck with higher mileage may have gradually accrued those miles over time.
What is important is how the truck was taken care of. The age and mileage will let you know what to look for in the maintenance records.
With a commercial truck, the truck owner is obligated by federal and state laws to keep accurate maintenance records, so they should have no issue with sharing those maintenance records with you. Those records will let you know what has been repaired on the vehicle. You will be able to see if they kept up with regular maintenance and what significant issues the truck has experienced over time. This is one of the best ways to determine if the truck was well taken care of or if it has issues you need to be wary of.
Even when you are purchasing a used truck, you should still get a warranty. Find out if the truck is still under a factory warranty or if the factory warranty has expired. If the factory warranty has expired, find out if there is an additional warranty that you can purchase. Many used truck dealers will offer used truck warranties. Used truck warranties can vary from selected limited warranties to more comprehensive warranties. Find out what the warranty covers and if the warranty has a deductible. Getting a warranty on your new semi-truck can mean the difference between thousands of dollars of repairs you have to cover or covered by the warranty.
When shopping for a used semi-truck, pay attention to the age and mileage and the maintenance records of how the vehicle was taken care of. You are going to want to look for a used semi-truck dealer that offers a comprehensive and affordable warranty that will provide extra protection and support to take care of the vehicle.
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