May-26-2016

What You Should Know Before Buying a Used Commercial Truck

What you should know before purchasing used commercial trucks

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Are you thinking of buying a used commercial truck for your business? Here are some tips that will guide you through the process to ensure that you get the best deal.

  1. Oil condition

Beyond oil levels, oil condition determines whether the vehicle has been well-maintained by its previous owner. Both engine and transmission oil should analyzed for signs of contamination, metal traces or antifreeze. It would be good to look into past records as well.

  1. Rust check

Check for structural rust specifically, surface rust is usually fixable.

  1. Service records

Make sure to review legitimate service records of the used vehicle, showing the vehicle’s exact VIN. Check for recurring patterns of breakdown and be wary of used trucks that don’t have service records available.

  1. Suspension check

The suspension should be in good working order and ensure that you can easily avail of parts. Suspension repairs can be costly.

  1. Mechanic inspection and verification

It would be wise to bring the used vehicle to a reliable and trained mechanic, to ensure that all major parts are working properly: brakes, transmission, steering, hydraulic lines, A/C.

  1. Parts suppliers

Make sure to always have access to parts for the used truck. It would be best to look into at least two suppliers so there would be no delays, in case a part would need replacing.

  1. Financing

Most financing companies require a DOT inspection of the vehicle.

  1. Insurance

Make sure that the auto insurance you’ll get for the truck will be cost-effective.

  1. Reasons for selling

Don’t be afraid to ask the previous owner why they’re selling the vehicle and make sure that you’re getting a truthful answer.

  1. Hire a professional broker/dealer

When in doubt and if you’re willing to invest a huge amount of money on a used vehicle, it would be best to hire a professional truck dealer, who can help you source an excellent deal.

If you're looking for a used commercial truck that's reliable, come visit us at McPeek Dodge of Anaheim. We're located at 1221 S. Auto Center Dr. Anaheim, Ca 92806. We're here to get you into the vehicle you want. check out our online inventory and give us a call at (877) 271-7417 if you need any additional information.


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