How to Buy a Used Work Truck That Won’t Fail

Posted Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Tips and Tricks for Buying a Used Work Truck


With the ever-increasing prices of new work trucks, it may be worth spending your money on a used work truck. Like any other used car, you will want to make sure to do your due diligence to verify the work truck’s quality.


We’ve made six essential trips to help you select a quality work truck.

Take Stock of Your Options

Leading dealerships like Marciano Auto Group provide you with the widest selection of trucks to choose from. Although it may not be possible to personally inspect each truck, used car dealerships try to provide high-quality photos and comprehensive descriptions for each work truck. When choosing a work truck, look for reliable brands known for producing high-quality work trucks. Consider factors like maintenance costs, engine reliability, and availability of parts.

Create a List of Must-Haves

It can be intimidating to narrow down your list of favorite work trucks. A better option may be to narrow down your search by creating a list of must-haves you want from the work truck.


For example, if you're buying a work truck for commercial reasons, consider various factors like payload capacity, bed size, fuel efficiency, towing capacity, and any other specialized features required in your line of work.

Set a Budget

When thinking about your budget for a work truck, keep in mind that the upfront price you spend on purchasing it is just one part of the expense. To make sure you can easily afford the work truck, you should account for your take-home income and any existing debt. Your take-home pay is the income you earn after paying off taxes.


In general, you should spend no more than 10 to 15% of your monthly on expenses related to transportation, including payment, fuel, and insurance.


If you have any existing debt, such as credit card balances and medical bills, then your monthly payments may take up a significant portion of your income. Too much debt will eat up the budget you have for your work truck.


You can also choose to have your work truck financed with a loan. Marciano Auto Group maintains a network of lenders who will give you favorable interest rates. In most cases, the interest rate depends on your credit score.


The interest rate will affect the total money you spend on the lifetime of the loan as well as your monthly payment; a lower rate means you will be spending less.

Check the Vehicle History

Like regular cars, work trucks also have a vehicle history. And for obvious reasons, you should pay more attention to the work truck’s past because these vehicles tend to be used for commercial purposes - which are often more strenuous on the vehicles.


The vehicle history report for the work truck will reveal a lot of information, such as:


  • Odometer readings
  • Service hour
  • Recall notice
  • Title information
  • Accident history
  • Damage history


The report will also reveal the number of past owners that the work truck has had in the past. If there were multiple owners, the work truck may have been through the wringer. You should also know if the car has been used for personal reasons or business purposes. Did the work truck go through wear and tear?

Get a Professional Inspection

It is a good idea to hire a qualified mechanic to conduct a comprehensive inspection of the work truck. This cannot be stressed enough because, unlike a personal car, work trucks are often subject to harsher use because of the nature of their jobs. Worst still, repairing a work truck can be extremely expensive. The last thing you want is to buy a work truck that may require expensive repairs in the future.


A professional inspection will help you identify any hidden issues that may require expensive repairs in the future. Depending on whether you plan on using the work truck for commercial reasons, a repair could also put you out of business while the vehicle undergoes repairs.


Alternatively, you can trust a reputable used car dealership like Marciano Auto Group, who will do all the homework for you. This will ensure that your work truck operates reliably for several years down the road until you are ready to upgrade.

Test Drive the Work Truck

In general, 20 minutes should be sufficient to help you learn about work trucks and uncover any potential issues that may require an inspection. During the test drive, your eyes and ears should be fully alert to look and listen for any signs of a problem. Test all of the trucks’ fans, features, and windows. Pop up the hood and trunk to see what the truck’s engines look like.


Don't be afraid of getting your hands dirty and touching the vehicle. Just be careful not to damage the truck because it's not yours yet!


When deriving the work truck, you should drive it over various driving road surfaces and driving conditions.


During the test drive, you should pay attention to the following issues:


  • Check to see if the brakes work properly (this is a behemoth of a machine, and you will need powerful brakes to bring it to a stop
  • Check to see if the transmission works and listen for gear noises, a good transmission should be quiet throughout the test drive
  • Check that the steering wheel is working as it should
  • Is it easy to get in and out of the vehicle without banging your head
  • Are the seats comfortable?
  • Does the window rattle when you turn the sound system up
  • Does the air conditioner work adequately?
  • If the work truck has a heads-up display, does it provide information such as turn-by-turn directions?

Wrapping Up

When buying a work truck, there are several factors to take into account. You'll be led in the appropriate way by the aforementioned action. In general, when it comes to work trucks, you should pay more attention to the vehicle's history and ensure that it hasn't had any major issues, including accidents and recalls.


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