The following text is a guide to checking up used diesel trucks for sale, written from personal experience of the author and hopefully it will be of some use to someone. There are truly many factors to consider when checking a used diesel trucks for sale and here I will only list those which I deem to be the most important ones.
I shall begin with the most common defect in used vehicles and that is most certainly rust. I have often come across old trucks that had seemingly been kept in mint condition and had just had a new paint job, only to find out on a more thorough inspection, that underneath they were completely rusted. New paint jobs are often used camouflage severe cases of rust and when inspecting a used diesel trucks for sale with shiny new paint job you should make sure that the paint job isn’t there just to hide the rust. The best way to go about this is to poke hard with your fingers on as many places as possible and if the paint gives way only slightly, you probably should start looking for a new truck. You should also avoid any vehicle that was used near the sea as salt can significantly speed up the corrosion process.
When considering used diesel trucks for sale, it is very helpful if you are allowed to test drive them first. Many problems will not become apparent until you actually drive the truck in question. You should pay special attention to any grinding noises coming from the gear box and also if you have any difficulty shifting gears you should consider passing this one as transmission repairs can cost a fortune.
It is usually wise to get the vehicle lifted when looking for used diesel trucks for sale. First you should check for any apparent damage and then you should start looking for any evidence of off road driving. Any seller that won’t like this idea is probably bad news.
The next and probably the most important thing are the engines. Certain pickup truck engines have proven more reliable than others and here I am going to list a few of those. The Dodges are well known for their 5.9L Cummins engine, while most of the first generation trucks are most likely heavily rusted, they have few other problems and so if you find one in good condition; it is probably a good investment. The second generation is probably an even better choice, since they are not so fuel hungry and are quite cheap to repair. The VP44-powered Dodges are also a good choice, as long as you are willing to replace the injection pump every 150,000 to 200,000 miles. The newer generations are good but are more expensive to repair. Fords are generally quite reliable, but you should avoid those featuring the 6.0L Power Stroke, as it has been known to have plenty reliability issues. 2001 to 2004 6.6L Duramax LB7 trucks are good too but suffer from injector issues, and so you should only buy one, if you are sure of what you are doing.