New or Used Truck? Here's What You Need to Know Before You Buy

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If you’re in the market for a truck, buying new or used might be a question you’re mulling around in your head.

As an owner operator, that new, shiny truck can be tempting, but the price- not so much.

Depending on what you’re looking for, and your budget, our tips can help you decide if new or used is the best way to go.

The benefits of buying new

Daydreaming about that pristine truck? There’s no doubt that if we had a choice between a new or used truck, new would win out! After all, it’s mainly the cost factor that impacts the big decision.

But, if we set cost aside, what are the top benefits to buy new?

  • You don’t have to worry about the truck’s history. Used trucks may be cheaper, but you might end up making up for it with costly maintenance repairs. A new truck means peace of mind with an incredible machine that is reliable and long lasting.

  • Warranty. Buying a new truck means a lengthy warranty that will cover any damages or repairs.

The benefits of buying used

A used truck doesn’t mean you’ll be dealing with frustration. In fact, you can find slick deals if you do your research and remain patient while searching for your rig. Plus, buying a used truck is common among owner operators.

As a truck ages, the price steadily decreases- even after just a few years. Here are some other reasons why buying used can be beneficial for your unique situation.

  • When looking at trucks, make sure to inquire about past ownership. In fact, do an entire history check. This will give you insight into maintenance such as oil changes, accident history and upgraded parts.

  • Look for body rust. Sure, you definitely want to spend ample time looking under the hood, but a truck’s exterior can tell a lot about a rig, too. Walk around and study the paint, door frames and other areas of the body that can harbor structural rust. It can look like lumps under the paint or cracked metal. Either way, rust is a sign of a truck in poor condition.


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