5 tips when running a history check on your truck

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, updated on November 25th, 2021       

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Purchasing a used truck is no child’s play, especially when it comes to the finance end of things. Getting a used truck is one of the ways you can shoulder the initial costs, but without doing a history check you could end coughing out more. These are five handy tips that you can use to make sure that you are not purchasing a lemon.

1. Check the maintenance history

A well-kept truck is a good sign that you are about to make an investment. If you are buying it privately, you can ask the owner to see its maintenance book. A truck that hasn’t been maintained well can cost you thousands of dollars later on. Therefore, it is vital to look at the neat exterior and delve deep into the truck's records

2. Doing a VIN check

Doing a VIN check on a truck can offer you essential information on a vehicle's history. You can run a VIN check on sites such as PPSR or Carhistory to find out information such as:

  • Past ownership
  • Title & accident history
  • If it has finance owning
  • If it has been stolen
  • Odometer readings

3. Do a physical check

A used truck purchased from a dealer or at an Auction should be functional, but if you are purchasing through a private sale it is vital to check if there are any physical issues that come with it. The maintenance history should be able to tell you what has been replaced which can give you a good idea of what could possibly cause issues later on or will need upgrading soon. If a truck comes with parts that are wearing and need replacement over a short space of time you could be investing in a lemon that can cost you.

4. Run a safety check

A truck can form an integral part of your business. Therefore, the safety of the truck is essential. Check that the safety features of the truck are fully functional such as the brakes and lights. Thankfully, there are latest model trucks that come with updated features that you can purchase at a less price.

5. Research the engines model track record

Checking the durability of an engine model is essential when purchasing a used truck. This will require some research on your end to look into the type of engine that the truck has as some are known for having a history of problems that cost owners tons of money. Some engines are also known to wear out after a certain period of time or when you reach a certain mileage. Researching trucks that come with the best engine model can be a good investment in the long run.

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