When you need a truck for your fleet or as an independent contractor, it can sometimes seem like many of the fresh off the lot trucks on the market are out of your budget. Fortunately, you’ve got another option: shop the used truck market instead! Used trucks hold their value well, which makes them a great option for small businesses, independent contractors, and fleet managers who need to add more trucks to their roster on a budget. With the partnership of a dedicated and experienced service shop, a Used Truck can hold up just as well as brand new. Here are some things to think about when shopping for a used truck.
Doing Research Online
Before you go anywhere, hop online and start doing some research on used trucks near you. You can investigate various brands and specific truck models that interest you to get an idea of the features they offer. A nice thing about researching used trucks online is that there should be a wealth of information available to you, including reviews left by current and previous owners and reviews performed by professional trucking organizations. You can get a very good sense for which truck models are going to be worth your time and which ones you should pass up.
When you locate a used truck that interests you, it’s important to perform a thorough inspection of it, inside and out. You’re looking for signs of damage, such as serious dents, corrosion, worn tires, dirty oil, shabby upholstery, mysterious stains, and malfunctioning locks or latches. You want to make sure that the used truck you’re buying isn’t so damaged that you’re going to end up spending thousands of dollars to repair it.
Obtaining Vehicle History
Anyone who’s trying to sell a used truck should be able to furnish you with the full vehicle history, and it’s something you need to ask them for. Getting the vehicle history means that you can determine how often and how well the truck was maintained, what repairs may have been performed, what parts were replaced, and how much the truck was driven.
Service From a Reliable Shop
While you can certainly purchase a used truck from a private seller, there is an amount of risk, since a private seller doesn’t have much impetus to provide you with a thorough and accurate history. If you really want to make sure you’re getting a good deal on a high-quality used truck, it’s always best to work with a dedicated service centre like Truck Zone, because we build our reputation on providing our customers with thorough inspections and maintenance programs so our customers trucks will serve them well for years to come!
Stop by one of our Alberta service locations in Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Bonnyville, or Lloydminster to book your new or used truck for an inspection or service.