Buying a used commercial truck is a big investment. However, if you have never purchased one before, you may not be aware of all of the factors you need to consider when you are looking to purchase one. While it is always important to consider the age of the vehicle, number of miles and price, there are other, lesser known factors that you need to keep in mind as well. Here are a few of the things you want to keep in mind and pay attention to before you decide to go ahead and buy a used commercial truck from a dealership like Arrow Truck Sales.
If There is Body Rust Present
Small amounts of surface body rust on a used commercial truck are nothing to be to concerned about. The rust can be removed and no damage has been done. However, if there is a large amount of rust, or if the rust affects more than just the surface level of the truck, you may want to walk away from the truck. Rust can be damaging to the metal in any type of automobile. It can eat away at it and weaken it. This can weaken the integrity of the body and offer you less protection if your car is in an accident. If there are substantial amounts of rust, you may have to pay a lot to fix it and/or may be unable to pass safety inspections. If you are unsure if the amount of rust on a used commercial truck is excessive or beyond surface level, have a professional examine it before making a purchase.
Look at the Service Records
When you are shopping for a used commercial truck, ask the owner or dealer for a copy of the truck's service records. This includes maintenance and repair records. This will give you a good idea as to whether the previous owner kept current with the maintenance needs of the vehicle. Putting off maintenance can negatively affect parts in the vehicle and affect their lifespan. So if you notice oil changes were frequently late or the brakes were not maintained, you may want to look for a different truck to buy. However, if the service records show the vehicle was properly maintained, you have peace of mind that the vehicle was properly cared for.
Determine How Easy it Will Be to Get Parts for the Truck
If you have found what appears to be the perfect used commercial truck for you, there is another factor you need to keep in mind before sealing the deal. Take a bit of time to call local truck repair shops or parts stores and see if they carry parts for the truck you are interested in buying. You may find that parts for the truck you are considering buying need to be special ordered or are hard to come by. The last thing you want is to buy a truck and then find out that your truck will sit idle for a week or longer each time it needs repairs because no one locally stocks the parts you need. Taking the time to do this ensures you know what to expect if your truck dies and you aren't surprised if the parts are hard to find.
Price Out Commercial Truck Insurance
The last thing you want to do before you sign on the dotted line to purchase your used commercial truck is to call a couple of insurance companies and price out commercial truck insurance for the truck you are thinking about buying. Just like with automobiles, some trucks cost more to insure. If you are on a tight budget, you need to ensure that you can afford both the truck payment and the insurance payment and you aren't blindsided with an insurance payment that is higher than you anticipated.
If you are looking to purchase a used commercial truck, there are many things you need to keep in mind as you shop for the truck. Learning what you need to keep in mind and then paying attention to these factors before you buy the truck will help you find and purchase the used commercial truck that is perfect for you.