4 Things to Consider Before Buying A Truck Rig

2 years ago
Gary B
4 Things to Consider Before Buying A Truck Rig

So, finally, you’re buying a truck rig to start a trucking career. Indeed, it’s such an excellent idea since big rigs have been playing a very important role in societies, primarily for the delivery of goods and supplies as well as for the hauling of machineries and equipment, and even waste materials. But wait, let’s be clear first about the description of such a vehicle.

Well, for those who are clueless, a trucking rig has two parts – the tractor and the trailer attached together. The trailer having no front wheels is being supported by the towing vehicle – the tractor which is the front part.

When you search for big rigs for sale, bear in mind that you don’t make a purchase after just a day of shopping. It would be impossible to find immediately the exact unit that fits your needs and budget as there are a plethora of truck dealers all over the country that are claiming to offer the best deals.

Of course, it would be a tad confusing and therefore you have to consider all factors before you finally make a purchase. Review and compare prices beforehand, do research and thorough planning then prepare your budget. Here are the things you should take into consideration prior to purchasing a truck rig.

What You Should Consider Before You Buy a Truck Rig

1. Truck history 

Running a history check means knowing if the vehicle has been involved in some accidents in the past, if there were upgrades done, if oil changes had been made on time and other essential information. Likewise, a serious review of its history will give you a holistic ‘picture’ and by then you can think about saving some money for repairs when the time comes. Repair costs should be considered when computing the total cost of the unit.

2. Used truck versus brand new 

We all know that brand new vehicles are so expensive but then there are also used ones that are as good as new but cost much lower. If you opt for use, you should inspect carefully its overall condition – inside and out, top to bottom, front and back. If not satisfied with the dealer’s mechanic, you can ask to bring your own expert to do an assessment and see if he can detect any damage on a used vehicle.

3. Engine and maintenance history 

If you’re convinced that a used truck rig is the one for you, don’t be quickly attracted to its cheap price. Rather, choose the one that’s suited to the type of work you’re going to do with the vehicle, for instance, if it’s capable of hauling heavy loads, and so on.

Most importantly, take a good look at the engine and see if the driveline specifications fit your purpose. Both engine and maintenance history are crucial for prospective truck owners because you could be buying a supposedly ‘good deal’ but later on, find yourself bringing your unit to the shop for a constant fix. Take note if the previous owner has taken good care of his unit in the past so you won’t need to do an engine rebuild soon after your purchase.

4. Quick test drive 

Once you have made a good assessment on the truck rig’s existing condition, take time to drive it around and experience how the ride feels.

For used vehicles, it’s important to deal with a reputable dealer rather than a private individual for your own safety.