Useful Tips for Buying Secondhand Heavy Duty Trucks and Replacement Parts
When you’re in the market for a used heavy duty truck or any secondhand equipment, it is important to be on the top of the situation if you want to land the best deal possible. You want the best possible outcome for your investment, regardless of whether you’re investing in brand new or secondhand equipment.
The market for used heavy equipment; tractors, trailers, big rigs, or any other heavy duty machinery is rather large. Believe it or not, construction companies and contractors don’t always buy brand new equipment. There is money to be saved when you buy secondhand, as long as you know how to find the best value for your investment.
So how do you make sure that you get decent secondhand equipment at a great price? What should you be looking out for when inspecting used trucks and heavy machinery? And how do you make sure that you get the best deal possible, without regrets?
Useful Tips for Buying Secondhand Trucks and Trailers
1. Always remember to check the oil.
This is not about checking oil levels. That is not the point here. You need to understand that oil is the blood of any machinery. It’s the life-giving fluid that ensures every moving component of the machine is working properly. So checking the oil is not about levels, but the condition of the equipment. The oil condition often tells you a lot about the overall health of the truck.
If the previous owner has the truck regularly maintained, its oil, both transmission and engine oil, should be free of contaminants like antifreeze, metal traces, and dirt. Ask to see the maintenance logs to determine whether or not the original owner has the engine oil and transmission oil regularly analyzed.
2. Check for internal and external signs of corrosion.
Sounds simple enough, right? Rust is pretty easy to spot, especially on a huge rig. Not really. Rust on the outside of the truck can often be missed during inspection, especially when it’s still not very pronounced. If you see bubbles forming on the painted surface, that could be a sign of corrosion growing underneath. Rust on the interior components of the truck is even harder to detect. So it’s very important that you have it checked very closely, as rust can render your investment worthless later on.
3. Check the truck’s suspension system.
The suspension system is one of the key components in any vehicle that gets a lot of beating during its lifetime. It’s the part that usually bears the weight of the truck and whatever cargo it is hauling. Because of the crucial nature of suspension systems and its custom design, repairing it can be quite expensive. So to make sure that your investment doesn’t turn into a recurring headache, be sure to inspect the suspension to see if it’s in good working order. You should also consider the availability of spare parts for the suspension.
4. Verify the major components of the truck.
If you’re not familiar with some of the major components of a big rig, you might want to consider bringing an experienced truck mechanic with you when visiting the dealership or private lot, if you’re buying from an individual seller. The inner workings of a truck can be very complex, whether it’s the brake lines, transmission, hydraulics, suspension, steering components, engine, or even the air conditioning system. The last thing you want to do is buy new, and expensive, replacement parts for a major component almost immediately after you purchased the truck.
Tips for Buying Truck Spare Parts in the Philippines and Getting the Best Value for Your Money
1. Make time to do some research.
When you first bought your truck, whether it’s brand new or secondhand, you should already have done your research and tried to source at least a couple of replacement part suppliers. There are plenty of retailers for truck spare parts in the Philippines, and you can find pretty much any spare part for virtually any make and model for a reasonable price. You just have to know where to get them. This is why research is very important.
2. Always remember to verify the replacement part.
If you’re in the process of making phone calls to your local replacement part suppliers, or doing a search online for spare part retailers, always verify the part you want to buy. If you have experienced buying an auto replacement part before, then you know that some parts are unique to a specific make or model. Some truck components are custom-built and will only fit a specific engine and transmission combination. Be sure to talk to someone at the dealership or to an online retailer representative before finalizing any transaction.
3. Haggle as best you can, but always be polite.
Haggling is not a taboo in the retail business, especially when you’re dealing with used replacement parts. Trying to bring down the price of an item is encouraged; just be sure to do it politely and with honesty. Retailers are willing to shave off a few bucks on an item as long as it’s within reason. Don’t expect them to drop the price on a spare part to match the other retailer when the part that they have is in much better condition. Don’t ask the dealer to match the price of their 20,000-mile engine with another that has already ticked 200,000 miles.
4. Purchase rare, custom parts in person.
Even heavy duty trucks can have specific parts that are unique and hard to find. Once you’ve done your research and found a likely dealer, make sure to inspect the part in person if it’s within your locale. Making the time to visit the seller and inspect the component is worth it, especially when you consider the alternative where you buy the item without checking it closely and finding out too late that it’s the wrong part.