What To Inspect When Purchasing A Used Truck

If you have chosen to purchase a used truck, you want to be sure that you get the best quality one possible so that you don't have to spend a ton of money on repairs. Here are some factors that you should inspect when you are choosing a used truck to purchase. Try to make sure that you inspect all trucks in daylight because even a lot that has good lighting will not provide the same sort of visibility as sunlight.

1. Check for Raised Spots on the Roof

The first thing that you want to look for is raised spots on the roof. If you either see the raised areas or run your hand on top of the roof of the truck and feel bumps, then that means that there is rust underneath the vehicle that needs to be taken care of. This can be frustrating because a truck that looks perfectly decent in every other regard has some issues lurking beneath its surface. Do not purchase the truck unless you are willing to pay the repair fees needed to repair the roof and remove the rust.

2. Check the Fluid and the Filter

Next, check the coolant fluid. You want the fluid to look slightly green in color. If the color is not a dark green or there appears to be flecks of rust in the coolant itself, then that means that the engine has an overheating problem that has the potential to leave the truck useless. You don't want this to occur. While you are checking the fluid, also pull out the engine filter. If the filter is full of dust and dirt, then that's a good sign that the person who owned the truck before you didn't take great care of it and that there might be issues that aren't going to be visible to you that might come to light later. Try to find truck that have greenish coolant fluid and a clean filter.

3. Check the Engine

Turn on the engine and wait to see if it starts smoothly and that you don't hear any unusual noises. Then, drive the truck between 5 and 20 miles. Turn the engine off and wait a few seconds while it cools down slightly. Then, turn the truck back on. If the engine hesitates and does not immediately start running, then there is a good chance that you will have engine trouble in the future if you purchase the truck. 

For more information, talk to a company that specializes in used truck sales such as Arrow Truck Sales.