Researching and buying a commercial truck can be a complicated task. When purchasing trucks and vans, the most important factor is getting as much information as possible about the vehicle. Inspections are essential for commercial vehicles because they help keep you and other drivers safe and because any violations found can lead to fines, the loss of your driver’s license, or the vehicle being decommissioned. Here are some things to look for when buying a commercial truck.
Engine Size and Condition
The size of the engine will determine the usage of the truck. Deciding the size of the engine is a vital decision that truckers need to make when purchasing a commercial vehicle. For instance, for a commercial truck that will be used for everyday commuting, a 4-cylinder engine should be adequate. This size is more cost-efficient as it helps save money on fuel. However, full-sized trucks with more cylinders will be more durable and powerful for moving any larger objects. When inspecting the truck, be sure to look for any warning lights, leaks, smoke, or odd sounds.
Since most of your time will be spent in the cab of the truck, you must make sure it is an adequate size. A 2 doors cabin can seat 2 or 3 adults, while those with 4 full-sized doors can fit 5 to 6 passengers. Inspect the cabin to ensure it is comfortable enough for you and that all mechanisms are properly functioning.
Inspect the Safety Features
Almost all commercial trucks have essential safety features such as front airbags and seatbelts. It is important that you carefully inspect the necessary safety elements before buying the vehicle. Be sure that all components are functioning correctly to provide proper protection in case of an accident. Also, make sure that the truck is in regulatory compliance with safety standard guidelines.
Test Drive the Vehicle
Before buying anything, it is a good idea to test drive the truck first. You won’t be able to know all about a truck until you get behind the wheel. This will allow you to examine the commercial vehicle’s gears, brakes, wheels, and speed. Also, inspect its maneuverability by driving it through curves and turns to ensure there won’t be any surprises on the road.
Inspecting all critical components of commercial trucks is vital to the shopping and purchasing process. We here at Baltimore Freightliner are happy to help with all your commercial truck needs. Reach out today to learn more!
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