Tips for Buying Used Commercial Trucks

Tips for Buying Used Commercial Trucks

Tips for Buying Used Commercial Trucks

New trucks are very hard to come by right now. With the chip shortage and supply chain issues, commercial truck orders continue to be pushed out. The short-term solution, buy used and buy well. Here are some tips for making the most of that purchase.

Buying a Used Commercial Truck

The starting point should be a clear understanding of the important features that truck needs to have.

  • What is the intended job for this truck?
  • What size engine does it need? Will it be transporting large, heavy items?
  • What configuration is needed? Does it need to seat just the driver or have room for additional team members (extended cab)?
  • Will it be transporting temperature sensitive items? Does it need a reefer unit?
  • Does it need any special racking, liftgates, etc.?

The next most important consideration is cost.

  • What can your business afford?
  • Is there a budget?
  • Will you need financing for your purchase?
  • How much of a down payment will you make?
  • What length of financing term will you need to make the payments affordable?

The next question to consider is how urgent the truck purchase is. Once you have decided the level of importance, you can decide how much time you have to shop around.

  • Is this truck essential to your business?
  • Are you behind on deliveries?
  • Is this truck needed for your growth?

Finally, and most importantly, is assurances that what you are buying has been well cared for. A history check on accidents, maintenance, upgrades, etc. will give you a sense of the truck’s overall condition.

A great way to purchase a sound commercial truck is to work with a reputable dealer who can acquire the right truck for you, check out all aspects of the truck, make any necessary repairs, add those important accessories, and support you for the life of the vehicle.

Why C&M Motors

C&M Motors is a locally owned and operated family business serving the greater San Diego area since 1982. With 2 locations to serve you (National City and Vista), we offer a more personalized experience and customized services to meet your business needs. Contact us if you are looking for a used commercial truck. Have all your truck buying details in hand and let us do the leg work. We will make sure you get a great workhorse that will last you for many years.

Give us a call to learn more.

C&M Motors Inc

(800) 736-3443

Used Truck Purchase Checklist | C&M Motors

Used Truck Purchase Checklist | C&M Motors

When it comes to buying a used commercial truck, there’s lots to be prepared for. You’ll likely need to spend several hours researching what’s available, comparing prices and features, and determining which truck will meet your specific needs. In order to further narrow down your search, you’ll also need to factor in the inevitable costs that come with purchasing a used vehicle so you can budget accordingly and receive the most value.

Things to Remember When Purchasing a Used Commercial Truck

Here is a used truck purchase checklist along with some important tips for buying used commercial trucks that will help guide you through the process.

As you go through the process of purchasing your next used truck, follow this checklist as a used truck buyer guide:

  • Make a list of your trucking requirements
  • Know your budget or price range you feel comfortable with
  • Narrow down your search to a few potential options
  • Investigate and assess the truck’s history and current condition
  • Determine appropriate financing and insurance options

By following this simple used truck purchase checklist, you can better prepare yourself to find the right one and make a smarter investment.

1. Review the maintenance history

If you’ve determined there are no glaring problems with why the truck has come onto the market in the first place, then you’ll want to do your due diligence. Check out the truck’s maintenance records. Has the truck received regular service and maintenance? Having a better idea of the overall history of the truck can help prepare you for what’s to come should you purchase it.

2. Research the models track record

Another important factor in buying used commercial trucks is the model in question. Certain engine models have a known history of chronic problems. Some trucks are also known to wear out after a certain period of time or mileage reached. Do your research online about the best engine models before committing to your next used truck.

3. Select the best engine, transmission, and axle layout

Consider the type of axle layouts and configurations that are available. Depending on the load you’re carrying, power requirements, transmission options and axle configurations can make all the difference. There are different layouts that are more appropriate for each scenario:

  • Are you hauling goods long distances throughout difficult terrain?
  • Or are you making shorter more frequent trips?

4. Explore financing

As you get closer to narrowing down your next used truck, it’s important to research the available financing options. Certain lenders operate on different criteria when it comes to providing financing plans. Certain types of used commercial trucks may not be eligible for financing with certain lenders. Sometimes financing approval is subject to official inspection. If the truck doesn’t meet certain requirements, then financing may not be an option.

5. Extended warranty

Ask about the dealership’s warranty. Often dealerships offer extended warranties on trucks. If available, extended warranty coverage can alleviate some of the financial burden associated with purchasing a used truck and offer some piece of mind. But be aware that depending on the plan, the cost of extended warranties may not be worth it.

Contact C&M Motors Today!

At C&M Motors, we want you to have the best new or used truck buying experience. We offer financing and extended warranties all designed to make ownership easy and affordable. Contact us to learn more.

C&M Motors Inc

(800) 736-3443

5 Tips When Purchasing a Used Commercial Truck

5 Tips When Purchasing a Used Commercial Truck

When you’re in the market to purchase a pre-owned commercial truck, there are a million things to consider. While it’s an exciting process, knowing what factors that make the biggest difference will help you make the right choice for your business.

Age and Mileage

Always start here. At the very least, you want to consider the age of the used truck along with its mileage, which can be a good indicator of the truck’s condition. Although you might find a relatively new truck, it could have higher mileage and thus as less attractive purchase than a slightly older truck with less mileage. An older, used commercial truck that has been well maintained can be a smart buy.

Consider Your Application

You will want to ask yourself, is the right vehicle for my application? For example, if your business operates cross-country routes and racking up a lot of miles, you will need a rig that supports delivers higher fuel economy. If local deliveries are your core, you might need a truck with higher capacity axles and suspensions to support your loads.


This is a major consideration when buying a used truck. Is the truck still under factory warranty? If so, for how long? If not, what type of used truck warranty can you purchase? A used commercial truck is a complex piece of machinery and can be expensive to repair, so you’ll want to be sure that you are covered for any unexpected events, at least for a year. These are all factors to consider when looking at your used truck warranty options. Comprehensive warranty coverage may seem like a large upfront cost, but it can save your company from costly setbacks and down-time in the future. C&M Motors has warranty plans that offers you piece of mind when purchasing a used commercial truck.

Previous Owner and Maintenance History

Used commercial trucks have a history. They belonged to someone else for a period of time, so it is important to find out how well they were cared for. The last thing you want to do is inherit maintenance issues due to improper care by the previous owner. Ideally, you’ll purchase a vehicle that came from a well-known fleet with a reputation for good truck maintenance. Without insight into the past, the future is unpredictable, and that isn’t a chance you want to take on your vehicle.

Finding the Right Dealer

Purchasing pre-owned commercial trucks from a reputable dealer is vital. This is because reputable dealers put their vehicles through rigorous inspections to ensure nothing drives off of their lot with issues that could have been detected before the purchase. Reputable dealers also have more comprehensive warranties, better financing and used truck leasing options. Finally, offering solid aftersales support really differentiates the best used truck dealers from others. Purchasing your truck is hopefully, the first transaction in a mutually beneficial relationship between you and your used truck dealer. Look for a used truck salesperson that can be like a business partner to you, offering critical guidance, expertise, and support as you start your new trucking business. C&M Motors fully inspects every used truck we offer to ensure you get the best value and years of service from your truck.

C&M Motors Has the Commercial Used Trucks You Need

Contact us to learn more about our used commercial trucks and how they can be customized to fit your business needs.


C&M Motors Inc

(800) 736-3443

Great Used Trucks at C&M Motors

Great Used Trucks at C&M Motors

At C&M Motors, we are working hard to bring you a great selection of used Hino trucks as well as other brands to keep your business on the move.

Dry Box Vans

We have two Dry Box Vans currently available. The first is a 2016 Hino 268A 26’ Dry Box. This exceptionally clean commercial truck has only 135K miles and is in great condition. It has been safety checked and thoroughly inspected. It includes a roll-up door and a tuck-away 2,500 lb. lift gate. We have a gallery of images on our Used Truck page so you can see the details for yourself.

The second Dry Box Van currently available is a 2018 Hino 195. This is 16’ Dry Box with roll-up door and tuck-away 3,000 lb. lift gate. This truck is nearly new with only 54K miles. Again, the vehicle has been thoroughly inspected, cleaned, and ready to roll. It is a great addition to any commercial truck fleet.

Reefer Bodies

We have two 2009 Kidron Reefer Bodies for sale. These are 24’ refrigerator bodies only; they do not include the reefer unit. They currently are equipped with swing doors but can be upgraded to include a roll-up. The body measures 98” high by 96” wide. One includes a Maxon 2,500 lb. lift gate. Our team can help you add a refrigeration unit to these reefer bodies. Our fabrication department is available to assist with custom shelves, kick plates, lift gates, and more. Our goal is to provide you with the right modifications to meet your business needs.

2022 Hino L6 Cab & Chassis Coming Soon

This great new Hino truck sports a 230 HP Diesel Engine and 25,950 GVWR.  Features include 2200 Allison Automatic, air conditioning, CD player, exhaust brake, power windows and door locks, heated mirrors, and cruise control. This 2022 Hino is designed for a 26’ box will be available soon. This great truck is sure to be in demand, so please contact us right away with your interest.

Hino Extended Warranty

Many of our used trucks are eligible for a Hino extended warranty. Take the risk out of your used truck purchase and work with a Hino certified dealer. Contact us if you have any questions regarding our current and upcoming used trucks or our warranty options. We offer financing and maintenance options. Serving the greater San Diego area for 39 years and looking forward to helping you build out your fleet!


C&M Motors Inc

(800) 736-3443

Expanded Used Truck Inventory

Expanded Used Truck Inventory

We are expanding our used truck inventory at C&M Motors, with the local business owners in mind. The climate of the country during COVID has meant businesses operate on thinner margins, which includes purchasing new vehicles. Acquiring a quality used commercial truck makes sense. Many can be eligible for extended warranties from Hino, which only enhances the used truck prospect.

Now available at C&M Motors, an exceptionally clean 2016 Hino 268A 26″ dry box van. This truck has only 135,635 miles and is in great condition. Also just in is a 2018 Hino 195 16′ dry box van with only 54,453 miles. We have completed a thorough inspection of these trucks to ensure they are safe and sound vehicles. Both include a lift gate and rear roll-up door. C&M also has a complete custom truck fabrication department that can add custom boxes or other components tailored to your business requirements. We have other used commercial trucks as well as truck bodies on our used trucks page.

C&M Motors is a locally owned and operated family business serving the greater San Diego area since 1982. With 2 locations to serve you (National City and Vista), we offer a more personalized experience and customized services to meet your business needs. Sales, service, rentals, maintenance, collision, fabrication, parts, and 24/7 emergency roadside assistance are all available at C&M Motors. Contact us if you have any questions regarding used trucks, new trucks or our service department. We look forward to hearing from you!



C&M Motors Inc

(800) 736-3443

Used Commercial Trucks at C&M Motors

Used Commercial trucksThe greater San Diego area generates an enormous need for delivery trucks and C&M Motors can satisfy that need. We have a excellent selection of trucks… both new and used.

When you are looking for a quality used truck, you want to trust the people you are dealing with. C&M Motors has been providing quality new and used commercial trucks and service since 1982. Family owned with a friendly and qualified staff to serve you. We have two locations, National City and Vista to add convenience to your search.

Whether you are in the market for a dry van, refrigerated truck, flatbed, or anything in between, we can make it happen for you.

We have recently added a few of the used commercial trucks to our inventory:

  • 2012 Nissan UD 23LP Stake Bed
  • Two 2012 UD 2600 Reefer Trucks
  • Two 2013 Hino 268A Reefer

These trucks, like all our used inventory, have been inspected by our trained technicians to help ensure a good value for our clients and make sure the vehicles deliver years of service. We make the whole buying process as easy as possible for you when you are buying one of our quality used trucks. After the sale we can even customize your truck for a specific need in our fully equipped fabrication department.

C&M also offers a comprehensive fleet maintenance program designed to keep your trucks on the road and running at peak efficiency and performance.

We invite you to check out all our used commercial trucks, and if you do not see the right truck for your business, give us a call or complete a request for a vehicle and we will locate one for you. We look forward to hearing from you.


C&M Motors – San Diego’s premiere Hino dealership!

(800) 736-3443

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