When inspecting a used heavy truck, the exterior is what first catches the eye. Take your time to inspect the body of the truck. Run your hand along the surface to check for rust, defects, or signs of damage. Check for any major repair work, and don’t forget to inspect the tires for any leakage or alignment problem.
Once you are done with the body, come to the frame rails of the truck. If you find any sag or bend in the frame rails, it means a problem of overloading. Make sure to check for signs of damage or decay, and examine the axles to determine how comfortable the truck is to drive and operate.
Interior and Operation
The interior of the truck is another important part to examine. Get inside the truck and check if the interiors are in good condition, and if there’s any sign of damage or recent repair. Drive the truck for a while to see if all parts function properly. Check the brakes, lights, and the lifting rods and cylinder for smooth functioning.
When starting the truck, notice if you hear any unusual noise, thudding, or knocks. All these are symptoms of issues with the engine. If you don’t have the expertise required to examine the engine, take a qualified mechanic along to assist in examining the vehicle.