Tips for Buying a Used Semi Truck When Starting Your Trucking Business

15 November 2019
 Categories: Automotive, Blog

If you are a professional driver, thinking about starting your trucking company, you may not have the budget to invest in a new truck, but buying a used semi-truck could be the solution for you. 

Finding the Right Truck

When you start looking for used semi-trucks, a good place to start is with a local truck dealer. Look for a dealer that that specializes in used equipment and take some time to look at what they have available to you. If you have a specific model in mind, ask the dealer if they have any trucks that match your needs on the lot. In some cases, the dealer will be able to find you a truck at an auction or through another dealer if they don't have the one you need or want in stock. If you can't get the exact model you want, the dealer may have something comparable that you may want to consider if it can do the job you need.

Working with Your Budget

It is also important that you set a budget that will allow you to get the truck you want without spending more than you can afford. Some trucks are going to be more expensive, but if it has more features or a larger engine in it, the extra cost may be worth considering. Newer trucks are going to cost a little more as well unless they have a lot of miles on the truck than an older comparable model. They may have fewer amenities, but sometimes the age difference is enough to drive the price up, but it can also mean the truck is more dependable and will last longer. 

Checking the Condition of the Tuck

Take some time to look over any truck that you are considering before you buy it. The suspension, engine, transmission, and brake are all critical components and if there is something wrong with them, they can be very expensive to repair. 

As the dealer if you can have an independent mechanic look the truck over for you before you agree to buy it. If they decline to allow that, you may want to walk away from the sale and look for another dealer to work with. If you do take the truck to your mechanic, make sure you have them check every component that could be a problem so that you can go back to the dealer with a list of things that require repair or ask them to reduce the price so that you can have your mechanic fix the issues for you.

For more information or tips, contact local auto dealers who have used semi trucks for sale.