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
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