How To Find A Good Used Semi Truck

Isaiah Chambers

When it comes to buying a semi truck, you can often find the best values when shopping at a dealership that offers used models. A semi-truck can easily stay on the road for a million miles or more, so even a model with a relatively high mileage count can last you for years while saving you the extra money you would have invested in a brand new model. Before you buy a used model, however, you need to thoroughly inspect the truck.

Paper Work

When you are serious about buying a truck, ask to see its service records and really look them over. Also, ask to see the receipts for any work that was done on the truck. You will be able to determine if the truck has been reliable and if any problems are likely to arise with the vehicle. Check to make certain that the records contain information that identifies the truck you are considering to avoid confusion and misunderstandings.


Surface rust is not much of a problem except it may reflect how the machine has been maintained. However, structural rust on the frame can indicate serious damage. If you have to repair the basic underpinnings of the vehicle, the cost could be enormous. Any rust beyond the surface is cause for concern. 


Unless you are a mechanic yourself, consider bringing along a professional to help you inspect the truck. The engine is, of course, the most important part of any inspection. You need to check for any leaks. Then you need to start the engine and look for any white or blue smoke emissions, which are signs of an oil problem. Listen for any sounds such as knocks coming from the vehicle. Also, take the time to look at the emissions standards sticker on the engine to make certain the truck meets current regulations. Taking your mechanic along for a test drive is also an excellent idea. You must know how the truck handles on the road. 

You can further protect yourself by going to a reputable dealer to buy your used vehicle. You are more likely to find quality trucks, and you will have the backing of a good company if something goes wrong. Most dealerships will offer at least a limited warranty on their used vehicles, so you will enjoy some protection from unexpected problems. Buying a used semi is often the best route to take when you are investing in your trucking career. For more information, contact a company like Arrow Truck Sales.