I want to buy a used truck want your opinions guys

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Soufianebef, Nov 1, 2022.

  1. Ridgeline

    Ridgeline Road Train Member

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    Well if you don't have $2000 to do this, than you risk of having a truck sitting on the side of the road with a blown engine or some other problems that costs 10 times as much.

    It is a tool, it has to be checked, it isn't a car - many think it is and that's stupid.

    This is how you make money, it has to be in top shape because being dependable is a key to making money. So when right from the start you are compromising on buying it, you will also compromise on upkeep and repair, your risk increases exponentially.
     
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  3. Soufianebef

    Soufianebef Bobtail Member

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    yes the one in the middle the blue one
     
  4. Soufianebef

    Soufianebef Bobtail Member

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    hello,
    they still didn't post the milage or the price its an action truck:
    Detroit Series 60 6 Cylinder 12.7 L Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel Engine, Air Conditioner, Cruise Control, Power Windows, Eaton Fuller Manual Transmission, Differential Lock, 12000 lb Front Axle, 3.58:1 Axle Ratio, Air Ride Cab, 60 in Flat Top Sleeper Cab, Bunk Heater, Aluminum Wheels, 295/75R22.5 Front Tires, 295/75R22.5 Rear Tires, Air Ride Suspension, 242 in Wheelbase, PTO, Dual Fuel Tanks
     
  5. Lexuslane

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    Then you need to be at the auction and know what you’re looking at and looking for .
    Or find someone you trust to look at it before you bid.

    I bought three vehicles in Europe ,on eBay, and had them shipped to the US , but they were cheap and I hired a mechanic I never met in person but trusted , to look them over and pick them up and get them to the port .
     
  6. Soufianebef

    Soufianebef Bobtail Member

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    you right that what I should do, its hard to buy my first truck, by the way when you bought your cars from Europe how much costumes you paid?
     
  7. Lexuslane

    Lexuslane Medium Load Member

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    Not much , I just wanted the drivetrain , turbo diesel engine, five speed manual trans and transfer case and axle gears.

    You asked for advice so :
    How much cash do you have saved up ?
    You’re gonna need enough to buy the rig , and about that much more to repair it before it hits the road , and another pile in reserve for unexpected repairs , and are you getting your own MC or leasing on with a company that has their own freight and trailers ?

    Are you a decent shade tree mechanic ?
    Can you handle the small stuff yourself ?

    does this truck have emissions stuff on it like DEF and particulate filters etc ?

    will you ever be running in California ?
     
  8. Soufianebef

    Soufianebef Bobtail Member

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  9. AModelCat

    AModelCat Road Train Member

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    Unless you're mechanically inclined, have deep pockets and can be there in person I'd steer clear of auction iron. 9 times out of 10 its there for a reason and the reason usually is that it has issues.
     
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  10. AModelCat

    AModelCat Road Train Member

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    I don't work on trucks anymore but I see a decent amount of iron roll in the door from the auction. In most cases it never ends up being the deal the buyer was hoping for.
     
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  11. OldeSkool

    OldeSkool Road Train Member

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    It doesn’t look too bad, but hard to tell from one picture of the back of it. If you buy it, plan on sinking a good bit of money in it. You may be pleasantly surprised, but with a truck that old it’s doubtful. Also it most likely has the 14 liter Detroit, that’s a diesel guzzling engine. I had an 07 Century with it. Good engine mechanically, but made 4.8 mpg.
     
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