Buying a used truck might seem like a straightforward task, but if you don’t take the right approach, you could end up with a lemon that costs you in the long run. We often get asked from our customers or people we know who are in the market for a used truck, ‘what should I be looking for?’. So we wanted to put it down and share with you our thoughts on ‘what to look for when buying a used truck’.

Below we breakdown some of the key areas we recommend considering in your purchase journey to choosing a used truck to meet your needs. Please note, this is not an extensive list (i.e. doesn’t talk to budget etc), but it aims to cover the top level items from service and repair perspective.

Tips on what to look for when buying a used truck:

Research models

Research is key. You first want to understand what trucks – Makes, Models, Variants – will meet your needs. Before you contact or step foot in a dealership or contact a private seller, undertake some online research to ensure you don’t miss any important details when making your purchase decision.


Considering application, purpose and load capacity is crucial when looking for what you need out of your next truck. Make sure the truck you choose meets your requirement and needs – this goes for both new and used trucks. If you’re unsure, speak to an expert, someone operating a truck you’re thinking of getting, your service technician or your local dealer (which ever your more comfortable with) to better understand what used truck will suit your needs.


Diesel trucks require ongoing scheduled maintenance. Ensure you choose a truck with a reliable engine and transmission and be sure to find a mechanic experienced in working with diesel trucks, who can advise you and perform scheduled maintenance.

Vehicle Inspection

It critical you inspect the truck, and you also book in your professional service and repair technician, to complete a pre-purchase inspection over the truck. A complete inspection will highlight any issues or repairs which need to be addresses prior to purchase, helping you to save money and time in the long run. Ensuring the truck is mechanically sound and safe to operate, with no identified issues prior to purchase. Purchasing a used truck is a higher risk purchase and most of the time a hefty investment, make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into before you sign on the dotted line.

Service History

Ensure the used truck you are considering has well documented service history. This will enable you to understand how the truck has been maintained over its lifespan. Further, it will assist your mechanic when completing the pre-purchase inspection to better understand the truck.

Safety Features

Understand the safety features you are looking for prior to purchase. Choose a truck which meets your needs and requirements in this area and ticks all the boxes for safety features to protect you, your passengers and others out on the roads.

Don’t forget, we’re here to help you along the way. At Truckfix WA we specialise in servicing European and Japanese heavy vehicles. Specifically specialising in truck service and repairs across makes such as Iveco trucksDAF trucksVolvo trucksFuso trucksIsuzu trucksUD trucks and Hino trucks, and many more.

Get in contact with Perth’s European and Japanese truck engine rebuild and reconditioning specialists today!

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