The idea of buying a used car or pickup is not at all foreign to most people and while it is a bigger purchase, buying a used semi truck so not be either. The search for the truck will be in different places than for a car, but working with a dealer to buy a used truck is not all that different. Consider the following when you start looking for a used Mack truck for your business.
Defining Your Needs
When you are ready to buy a new car, you go to the dealer and tell them what you want and they show you cars, right? The same is true of buying a large truck. Take a little time and put together a list of things you need in your truck and include the things you would like to have if they are available. Because you are shopping for a used truck, you might have to be a little more flexible with the wants but you never know what you might find on the lot when you start looking.
Locating The Perfect Truck
When you start looking at trucks, the dealer may not have what you need but in some cases, they may be able to locate the truck you want or need and have it brought to the dealership for you to look at. Larger dealers are more likely to offer you locating services, but any dealer that has multiple locations or is affiliated with other dealers may be able to do the same. If you are having a dealer locate a truck for you, the list of must haves that you made is going to be a key part of the search. Remember, if the truck doesn't fit your needs, transporting it to you won't change that. Don't sacrifice needs just to get into a truck or you may regret it down the line.
Financing Your Truck
Buying a semi truck is expensive and they are very often financed the same way cars are. The payments are bigger, the terms shorter, and the interest can change based on the market and the buyer's credit. You may want to consider financing through your own bank or use a finance company that specialized in semi trucks. Shop around and see who can offer you the best deal and work with your credit, work history, or business model.
Maintaining Your New Truck
With ownership comes maintenance and upkeep of your new truck. The dealer you are working with may offer maintenance packages or have a service center you want to use if you had a good experience with them. Talk to the service department and see what they offer, and who knows, maybe you can get them to throw in an oil change or two with your purchase.