Owning and operating your own semi truck can be a great way to free yourself of the restrictions of the modern workplace and allow you to strike out boldly on your own, but getting started can be a daunting task. Many people turn to purchasing used semi trucks in order to keep their costs down, but without the right knowledge, you can find yourself stuck with a truck that could nearly bleed you dry.
Below, you'll find a guide to some crucial components to examine when purchasing a used semi truck. Keeping these suggestions in mind can help guarantee satisfaction with your purchase and confidence that the truck you settle on will help you make your living for many years to come.
Check the Oil
Many people skip an oil check when they examine a used semi under the assumption that they'll certainly be changing it once they purchase the truck regardless. While this is certainly good practice, the existing oil may still provide clues as to the broader well being of the truck in question.
A truck with a low oil level or with obviously present particulate matter in its oil is likely one that hasn't been properly maintained. If a seller doesn't take such a simple step to promote a sale, it's unlikely that they've given the truck the care and protection that it needs to remain running well into the future.
Look For Rust
As with the oil, the presence of surface rust is easily correctable but also often reveals an underlying ambivalence about the state of the truck. Beyond the surface, however, serious rust problems can create structural concerns which precede major repairs.
Bringing along a second set of trained eyes to scour the vehicle for rust spots is a great way to make sure you don't miss any concerns and aren't stuck with a structurally weak truck. Keep in mind that a true rust inspection may require you to climb both in and under the truck, and be prepared to conduct such a thorough investigation.
Verify Replacement Parts
Purchasing a used truck and finding it in need of a replacement part is a fairly standard process, but being suddenly unable to source that part can be incredibly frustrating. Before you purchase a used semi truck, make sure that you can find legitimate replacement parts from a variety of sources in order to have both options and guaranteed service. This will allow you to avoid the frustration of owning a truck that you can't keep on the road.
For more information, contact Arrow Truck Sales or a similar company.
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