Buying a used big rig is a gamble. But, it is possible to get a good deal on a decent used truck if you do your research. I’ve only bought used trucks a few times.
Before you invest your hard-earned money here are things to consider when buying a used big rig.
Make sure that it has been well-maintained and has the engine and driveline specs suitable for your needs.
Know the engine history and look at a list of its scheduled maintenance. Over 700,000 miles turned? Be prepared for an engine rebuild soon.
Unless you know the original owner and the maintenance history, I recommend dealing with a reputable used truck dealer, rather than a private individual.
Extra warranty through a dealership is often an option and certainly worth researching. Sometimes that can save a lot of grief.
Research the availability of the particular make and model, including the specs of the vehicle you’re considering purchasing in the used truck sales market.