Quality Checks When Buying A Used Truck

Buying a used truck can be scary because you are not sure of the quality of the vehicle. However, you can change this by performing a quality check of the vehicle. Here are some of the things to focus on during the quality check.

Service Records

Service and maintenance records can tell you a lot about the present condition of a used car. Every car needs regular service to keep it in good condition. Oil changes, belt replacements, brake replacements, and similar things all need to be done at certain points in a truck's life. Scrutinize the service and maintenance records to confirm that the truck in which you are interested has been well taken care of.

Accident History

You should not automatically dismiss a truck that has been involved in an accident. However, you should at least know about the accidents to help you make an informed decision. You should also know about the accidents to help you assess the impact they had on the quality of a truck. For example, a body dent might not be as big a deal as transmission damage.


Don't conclude your quality check without examining the truck for rust. For one, rust can be a sign of hidden or past structural damage because vehicles rust easily if scratched or banged up. Rust can also cause electrical malfunctions if it affects the electrical part of a car. Rust can also mean that a truck has suffered water damage in the past. It can also mean that the truck was carelessly packed and has not been taken care of as well as it should. Therefore, you should know the genesis of the rust before purchase.


Mileage is also a good indicator of a truck's condition. First, a truck's wear and tear increases with mileage, so a high mileage car might be more worn-out than a low mileage car. Secondly, you should look at the mileage vis a vis the visual condition of the car. For example, you should be worried if the car looks almost brand new but the odometer reads low mileage – that might mean the truck has been abused.

As you can see, there is a lot to investigate when buying a used truck. The good news is that if you go about the purchase the right way, you are likely to end up with a good vehicle at a bargain price.

To learn more about buying used trucks, contact a dealer that sells cars such as used Hondas.