Anyone who has a truck knows that purchasing your truck is more than just buying a hunk of metal. Your truck means a lot to you because it is part of your livelihood and if you one of those working in the long haul, your truck is your home away from home. It is a relationship that many may not understand but is so integral to so many people and their lives. So like many individuals who need to buy a heavy duty truck tractor, especially a used truck. So it’s a good idea to bring a mechanic or a trusted friend like I did when I went to buy my first truck tractor. You need someone who can tell the difference between a truck that has been properly maintained or if it’s a truck you need to avoid altogether. Here are some things you need to look out for when I went to buy my first truck.
Check The Engine of the Heavy Duty Truck Tractor
The engine is the heart of your truck, and you can tell a lot about the truck you are trying to buy by its engine. One of the first things I did was check the engine for leaks. A leak means there is a problem with that truck, and it is in need of repair which can either be an easy fix or a costly one. For me, a leak is enough to turn me away altogether.
Start up the engine and let it run for a few minutes. While it runs, check for smoke from the exhaust. Smoke is a sign that the engine is burning oil. Listen for any weird sounds from the engine, if it makes knocking sounds or other strange noises. If it does that means that engine needs to be looked at more carefully and be in need of other serious repairs. I also checked the latest emission standards on the truck. You can check the engine sticker and determined if the standards are met in that truck.
Check The Axle Configuration, Horsepower, & Capacity.
You want a heavy-duty truck that can handle work and put in work as well. Check out the axles of your truck and see if that truck can handle the kind of work you need it to do. Check if has the horsepower you need for the kinds of tasks and trip you’ll be hauling. You don’t want to spend money on a truck, only to realize later, it can’t handle the work that needs to be done. While you are at it, check out the maintenance log on your truck. See if the truck underwent proper maintenance and had been taken care of by its previous owner. At the truck company I went too, Tom Nehl provided me the logs needed and other information about the truck I wanted to purchase.
Check The Brake Pads
Safety should always be the first thing you think about when you are buying a vehicle but especially in trucks. Brake pads aren’t just for your safety but also the safety of everyone on the road. Check out the brake pads and determine how much of life it has left or of these brakes are worn out. Now, just because a truck has worn brakes doesn’t automatically disqualify it because brakes are relatively inexpensive repair. Plus replacing the brakes in your new car should be something you keep in mind and do as soon as possible especially if you are buying a used heavy duty truck like I was at Tom Nehl Truck Company.
I am happy with my truck and with a trusted friend, we purchase the truck of my dreams, perfect for handling all the work I needed it to do. You can check out the Tom Nehl inventory of trucks right here.