The Used Truck Buyer’s Checklist

The Used Truck Buyer’s Checklist
10 May 2018

Buying a used vehicle is always a slightly apprehensive experience. There’s a lot that you need to be prepared for, so it will help you enormously to know what to look out for before you start your search. Once you have worked out exactly what type of truck you need, what your budget is, and any additional features you require, you can start to look through used vehicle listings.

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Once you have found a few potential candidates, the following checklist will help you to ensure that you choose the best vehicle for your needs.

Why is it Being Sold?

When you are presented with a listing for a used truck, you need to consider why the owner is selling it. In many cases, the owner will tell you this in the listing, but you shouldn’t be afraid to ask. If you see a truck on offer at a particularly low price, remember the old adage – ‘if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.’ It may be that the vehicle has sustained damage and requires repairs, but sellers are usually clear about it if this is the case.

Check the Maintenance History

If the previous owner has any official documentation from previous maintenance work, you should ask to have a look through it. Be sure to also ask about any maintenance work that has been done on the truck, as well as whether it has ever shown any other intermittent problems which have not been pinned down and resolved.

Oil Change Records

As well as the maintenance history, you should ask specifically about any records of oil changes. If a truck hasn’t had consistent oil changes throughout its life, this makes it more likely that it will suffer from engine problems in the future. If these records aren’t available, proceed with caution. There might be a perfectly innocent explanation but be aware that there is an unknown quantity involved.

Check the Oil

As part of your own due diligence, you should check the current oil situation. This means checking the current level of the oil, as well as its quality and consistency. You should check both the transmission oil and the engine oil. If you are uncertain how to check the oil then check out this guide.

Check the Seller

There is a plethora of options for the used car buyer today. Finding used trucks is perhaps ever so slightly more difficult than finding used cars, but there are still plenty of places to buy from. Many buyers prefer to buy through a registered business, rather than through individuals. For example,Satellite VacuumXpress offer both new and used trucks through their website. However, if you have no qualms about buying from an individual, have a look at eBay and other similar auction sites.

Buying a used vehicle is an excellent way of saving money. If you need a truck for your job, it can be disastrous when it breaks down unexpectedly. If you need a new vehicle in a hurry, you might not have time to raise the money for a brand-new vehicle. A used vehicle can solve this problem neatly.

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Elliot Young

Elliot Young has been an active automotive journalist in the most recent years, but well before that Elliot was well involved with a major corporate automaker in North America. He spent majority of his youth fixing vehicles with his grandfather, which lead him down the path as an automotive engineer.