Buying a Truck? 4 Things to Do Before You Commit to That Sale
The truck industry has shown an increase in used commercial truck sales the last few years. If you’ve been thinking about buying a used commercial truck for your business, there’s no better time than now. Don’t know where to start? Here are a few helpful reminders for you:
Know what you need
Determine what your company needs from a commercial truck, says the DMV. Do you need a lot of space? Do you need more than two trucks—a fleet or can you make do with one for your deliveries? Given the rise in used commercial truck sales, adding more than one truck could be a good move at this point. But ask yourself first if you need the extra wheels. These questions should help you figure out the kind of truck that fits your business.
Find the right dealership
Dishonest dealers keep you from finding the best possible deal there is. Be extra cautious when you choose a supplier. If you don’t want to end up buying a truck that’s entirely wrong for your company, then shop around for at least 3 to 7 dealerships. This way, you can compare those dealerships and find the one that scores the highest when it comes to credibility and reliability.
Check the truck
Don’t make the mistake of doing a cursory visual check. Be thorough about it. Know which parts to check and what signs to look for to tell you if the truck is a good bet or not. Don’t know how to perform a thorough inspection on your own? Bring along a mechanic to take care of it for you. That way, you’ll have someone to look over the truck to make sure everything is in order. This is particularly important if you go with an old rig. It can be a gamble to buy a used one so a thorough inspection is wise and can keep you from spending cash on a bad one.
Consider the costs
When you’re buying a used truck, you aren’t just paying for the truck’s price. You also need to worry about insurance and maintenance costs. Don’t fail to think about repairs and maintenance expenses in the long run. Evaluate your company’s budget and check if it’s ready for all that. Otherwise, you could end up making the wrong financial move.
It is possible to fix your logistics problems by owning your own commercial truck. Use these tips to make sure you get a good deal on one.