Things to Look For When Buying a Used Semi Truck

Welcome to WordPress. This is yoBuying a used semi truck is very different than buying a used car. There are a few things they have in common but commercial trucks are purpose-built machines designed to run for a very, very long time. Not knowing what to look for when in the market for a used semi truck could lead you to the wrong decision.

So what should you be looking for?

Truck Layout & Axles

The most important aspect of buying a truck is buying the one that fits your needs. Not all trucks are created equal so making a decision will depend on what you will be using it for. For example, if you’re a farmer or rancher looking for a way to move crops or livestock from the field to storage, or vica versa, you most likely want a large tandem axle truck with a sleeper cab. These types of trucks are best suited for long distance highway cruising. On the opposite side of the spectrum, if you’re an owner operator who is hoping to break into the long haul biz, a single-axle cab truck won’t fit your needs. It will be less expensive, but it can’t haul as much weight or be comfortable for long drives.


The engine is another factor when deciding on a truck. You want to make sure you choose a truck with the right amount of horsepower and towing capacity to move your loads. For example, if you’re hauling smaller things, you won’t need as much horsepower as drivers hauling 40-ton trailers.

The engine you choose will have big fuel economy implications as well. Trucks will never get the same fuel economy as a smaller car, but the MPG still does vary. This is an important factor if you’re looking to travel longer distances.

Lastly, be sure to inspect the engine. Make sure you’re comfortable with the engine before buying, you could even have an independent party come and check it out for you.


Automatic transmissions are becoming more popular. Most drivers are comfortable with a manual truck, though a growing number of truck drivers prefer the ease and convenience of an automatic. Make sure you’re comfortable with manual or automatic.


Nowadays, trucks are able to surpass 500,000 miles on its original engine with ease. Before buying however, make sure you are aware of the amount of miles on a specific truck. The total number of miles a truck has driven indicates how much wear and tear the truck has seen and what condition you can expect the engine, transmission, and drivetrain to be in. If you’re looking to drive longer distance routes you will probably want to shoot for the one with lower miles.

Maintenance History

You can bet that a truck that has been to its regularly scheduled services will usually longer because of how well it was maintained. Be sure to ask for the trucks history report.
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