Used commercial vehicles are the bedrock to many businesses in the US from the service industry to the construction industry and everything in between.
If you are looking to upgrade your existing fleet or simply looking to add one to help with your demanding needs then you’re going to want to read this article.
In this article we are going to share secrets to buying a preowned commercial vehicle. What you need to look for as well as what you need to avoid.
First question is whether to purchase a new commercial truck or buy a used one because there are pluses and minuses to both but after reading this article you’ll see why I personally favor the used commercial van option.
For one thing buying a new truck or van comes with a premium charge but for that premium charge you’ll know exactly what you are getting. Buying new can be extremely expensive but that is definitely an option.
An option that I favor would be buying used because unlike traditional vehicles, commercial vehicles are built to withstand thousands and thousands of miles. They are also built with the company in mind that will be using these trucks day in and day out.
Many companies report getting a million miles or more on commercial trucks or vans with minimal service less the minimum maintenance that is required such as oil changes and rotating tires.
Something else to factor into your decision is who you are going to buy your truck from because you have a couple of options.
Some businesses don’t even know that there is a whole industry of preowned commercial truck dealers that do nothing but specialize in the used commercial arena.
You could also buy a used commercial vehicle from a person or an independent car dealer but that isn’t always the best option because you don’t necessarily know what you are buying. An individual or an independent one off dealer may be just looking to sell and have done nothing with the vehicle.
Whereas if you were to purchase from used commercial truck dealers, they have the ability to inspect and update any issues that may be present on the vehicle. They also have a service department that will provide you with an inspection of the truck before you drive van off the lot.
Plus, many will have gone over the vehicle and inspected the truck and made any necessary repairs before they listed the vehicle on their lot or website.
Something else to factor into your buying decision is exactly what are you looking to use the truck for on your daily schedule. Will this be a vehicle that will drive great distances daily or one that will be used locally for short trips? Will you need an open cab to haul your equipment or a closed in cab to protect your tools?
These are just a few of the questions you’ll want to have answered and if you forget these questions a used commercial truck dealer’s sales team will be there to assist you in your purchase even if you don’t buy from them. They know that by giving you an honest comparison of what is available on their lot and what your needs are will provide a better user experience and will be remembered the next time they are in the market for a vehicle.
We’ll follow up tomorrow with some more insights to buying a used commercial truck.