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What You Need to Know Before Buying a Used Semitruck September 13, 2017

What You Need to Know Before Buying a Used Semitruck, La Crosse, Wisconsin

Buying a used semitruck to add to your current fleet or for any other reason is a great money-saving tactic. However, you will need to do your research first. This avoids a slew of complications from a truck with seemingly endless, costly repairs.

Keep the following tips in mind as you begin the buying process to save yourself a lot of time and hassle:

  • Check For Rust: Too much rust is a safety issue because the load-bearing ability is affected. Inspect the semitruck during the day for rust, including under the vehicle’s surface.

  • semitruckObserve the Tires: Tires require careful inspection for signs of underinflation and other issues, such as moisture. Wet tires can mean the vehicle was parked on a moist surface and was subject to corrosion. Ask if the tires are from the same manufacturer since ones from different brands have certain specifications and can affect the semitruck’s performance.

  • Start the Engine: A smokeless engine, free of unusual noises, is what you need. Start the engine for five to 10 minutes to look and listen. You will also want to look at the engine itself for leak indications.

  • See the Accident Status: CARFAX® is a great resource for checking the semitruck’s accident history. Use it to learn what caused the damage, if applicable, and whether it is worth the investment.

  • Ask For the Maintenance Record: Periodic service checkups include recording the vehicle’s current state in a maintenance log. This serves as a “report card” and paints a clear picture of the semitruck’s condition.


Find what you need at La Crosse Truck Center, the premier semitruck service proudly serving the La Crosse County, WI, area. Specializing in Mack® and Isuzu® vehicles, you will enjoy a wonderful variety of new and used trucks. Call (800) 442-6318 with any questions, or visit the online showroom for information. Like the truck service on Facebook for more helpful tips.

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