I want to buy a used truck want your opinions guys

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  1. Soufianebef

    Soufianebef Bobtail Member

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    Hello,
    I/m about to buy this truck but it has some rust only one side of the Fram what you think guys its a frightliner Columbia wit Detroit 60 12.7l 2012???
     

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  3. Lexuslane

    Lexuslane Medium Load Member

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    All depends on the price .

    And how much cash you have to address the issues that will require repairs
    If this one has emission stuff I’d find one that’s older than 2010 or whenever the pre emission rigs were .

    And do they have maint receipts ?

    I’m sure there are several threads in here with tips for buying used trucks .
    All the stuff you need to have checked before you buy .
     
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  4. Big Road Skateboard

    Big Road Skateboard Road Train Member

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    Judging from the pics, i mean pic, if you can get it under 50k, i'd be all over it....
     
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  5. Eddiec

    Eddiec Road Train Member

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    1) I would get a Rig Dig Report (carfax for trucks)
    2) Inspect frame for cracks and alignment - make sure it is not bent or twisted
    3) Test Drive truck - Does it pull or drift to one side or the other
    4.) Pay a certified mechanic to inspect truck and power train. Best $250 you will ever spend.
     
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    The Crossword Trucker Heavy Load Member

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  7. Ridgeline

    Ridgeline Road Train Member

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    If it was for $20k yes but anything higher, you have to look at it as a tool not a car.

    Start with putting it on a dyno and getting a blowby reading - blowby measurements are ONLY DONE UNDER A LOAD, NOT SITTING IDLING.

    Then pull the fluids for a complete oil analysis, engine (even if the oil has been changed), trans and axles.

    Then get a complete ECM dump, not a summary but a complete one. Then look at the error codes and how the engine is configured.

    Get the VIN checked by the dealer, they can pull the original order up. this will give you all the drive train info

    Then get a mechanic to look at the truck, find all the problems he can find and you take those problems to a dealer and get estimates on getting them fixed. I subtract them from the asking price of the truck and that's your offer.
     
  8. jaffles

    jaffles Light Load Member

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    Have to agree here. It sounds excessive particularly if you are starting or don't have big money. But scabbing $500 at the start can lead to $5000+ easily first time out the gate with a job on.
     
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  9. pumpkinishere

    pumpkinishere Heavy Load Member

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    I’m hoping your talking about the one in the middle, the one to the left looks beat up.
     
  10. zodiacflyer

    zodiacflyer Medium Load Member

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    Only if that is an older glider.
     
  11. bad-luck

    bad-luck Road Train Member

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    You have to give us more information.... Price, miles ect...
     
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