What to look for when buying a used transport truck

After much thinking, you've decided that it's time to buy your own truck. You've decided you've had enough of using a company vehicle, or leasing, and want something that has all of your wants and needs. While buying a brand new truck might be fairly straightforward, buying a used rig does require a bit more groundwork. Since this is the first time you buy a rig, here's what *we* think you need to know!


The history of the vehicle you wish to purchase is important. Has it been in accidents? Any parts replaced? Also, ask to see oil change and maintenance records. Be sure to ask the seller why the rig is being sold. If there are issues with it, you want to know about it before you make any decision.


One of the beautiful things about the internet is the amount of information that's available to us at a moment's notice. Research the rig you're looking at to find out the track record of its engine. While bodywork is bound to happen, your biggest issues with anything mechanical will be in the engine.


It goes without saying, but a vehicle'ss mileage is normally a good indicator of how much longer the engine will last. Take into account the quality of care, the history of that engine type, and the mileage altogether to help inform your decision.


Something to keep in mind with the purchase of ANY vehicle, but especially a used one, is the price of parts. Keep an eye out for vehicles with less expensive parts, but also parts that are easily available.

Do you have more questions about buying a used rig? Or are you looking for advice to start your career in trucking? Reach out! We'd love to help!

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