When searching for a heavy duty truck, the very first question we need to ask ourselves is whether to buy a brand new or a used truck. Though there is no right and wrong answers to this question, it is an important aspect to consider when searching for trucks, be it medium duty or heavy duty. The quick answer to the question is “it depends”; this may sound silly, but it really depends on a lot of factors.
New vs. Used Heavy Duty Trucks
Like buying a new car, new trucks come with convenient perks and privileges. The most obvious one is the low maintenance cost and less downtime. Trucks are built for heavy loads and rough roads, thus, a truck with 500,000 mileage is still going to be okay, most of the time. However, once you hit the 600,000 to 800,000 mark, that’s when you can start to feel something odd and different.
Obviously, when you buy heavy duty trucks or buy medium duty trucks, the total cost will be much higher. Used trucks are unbeatable in price. As a matter of fact, you can even get two used trucks for the price of one brand new truck. But the low maintenance cost and less downtime is a great tradeoff, especially if you’re running a time-sensitive business and transporting perishable goods, etc. Also, most new trucks in the market today, such as the UD trucks, are equipped with the latest technology for more powerful pull, smooth and quiet operation and fuel efficient engine, equipped with a variety of features that improves driving comfort and helps minimize the risks of accidents, and less driving fatigue. More and more heavy-duty truck manufacturers today equip their machines with selective catalytic reduction with nitrogen oxide in the exhaust, taking significantly less stress out of the engine.
It All Boils Down to the Application
Choosing between new and used truck boils down to your own application: if you don’t want to handle diesel exhaust fluid, then you should choose used ones. Make sure you know exactly how you want to use the vehicle, and use it for its proper application. Mainly that your daily operation is similar or at least close to what the vehicle was built for.
Consider the Mileage and How Often Will You Use the Truck
If you’re torn between new or used trucks, and you use your truck to run a lot of miles regularly, then it is wiser to invest to a new truck. If your truck doesn’t travel a lot, say it only puts up 2000 miles a year, and spends most of its days parked, then a used truck will suffice.
To sum it all up, the only advantage of used trucks over new trucks is the cheaper price tag that comes with them. Other than that, new trucks have the upper hand all the way. Newer engine models are more fuel efficient and more powerful, making them more reliable on the road. Thus, they require low maintenance and have less downtime.
The best way to buy trucks is to ask around. Do your homework, visit auto and truck repair shops, and ask for recommendations especially from people who service and repair both heavy duty and medium duty trucks for a living. Also, talk to people who own trucks.