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Finding Used Palm Harbor Semi Trucks
So, you are looking for a used semi-truck in Palm Harbor; what should you be looking for though? After all buying a used semi truck is NOT the same as buying a used car. Of course they have some similar attributes. After all, they both are a form of automobiles, but commercial trucks are built with conviction. In some cases, high quality semi-trucks are intended to drive millions of miles. It could be financially dangerous for you to buy a truck if you aren't sure what to look for.
In today's MEHTrucks&Trailers article we will try to give you an in depth article on what to look for in Florida semi-trucks.
ONE: Semi-Truck Axles and Layout
One of the most important, if not the most important, thing when coming to buying a used semi-truck is knowing what you intend to use your commercial vehicle for. When you search through a Palm Harbor used semi truck lot, you will have to decide between everything from box trucks and flatbeds to tandem-axle highway haulers. So, your first step is to decide what you are intending to use your semi truck for.
Example: Plantation owners, farmers, or ranchers, should be in pursuit of an industrial truck that moves crops and/or livestock from their vast fields to wherever their storage areas may be. You obviously would not need a tandem-axle truck that utilizes a sleeper cab. After all, you are not using your semi truck to travel thousands of miles across the country.
Now, that being said, if you are planning to make some big bucks by investing in the long-hauls, you may be looking for a vehicle like this. Owner-operator's may want to look into single-axle short cab trucks as well. They are much less expensive than their larger trucking cousin, but they will not be able to haul nearly as much weight. A secondary downside, is that they aren't manufactured to provide as much comfort for the long hauls. So, the first step is to know what you're intentions for your truck are.
TWO: Palm Harbor Truck's Engine
After you know what you want, What's next? Great question! The next step is unsurprisingly, the engine of your Palm Harbor semi truck. You will definitely want to choose a truck with your ideal amount of horsepower, towing capacity, and ultimately the ability to efficiently to move your loads around.
Let's look at another example:
If you are a contractor that only needs a truck for towing small excavators or equipment, you won't need the equivalent amount of horsepower that drivers hauling eighty thousand pound trailers for hundreds of thousands of miles will require.
When looking at used Palm Harbor, Florida semi trucks, you'll also want to think of the re-occurring long term expenses. One of the biggest for commercial truck drivers in Florida is fuel economy. Your fuel economy will be related directly to your truck's engine. Even though tractor trucks will never have the same kind of fuel mileage as a compact car, your gas mileage will still vary widely from truck to truck. So, consider mileage and fuel capacity when buying your used truck.
THREE: The Transmission
The next step in finding a top notch Palm Harbor, Florida Semi Truck is to find a vehicle with a good transmission. Most commercial trucks in the United State utilize a manual transmission. That being said, automatic transmissions are becoming more popular in the industrial transportation industry. Experienced truckers will most likely enjoy, and maintain their comfortable experience with a manual driving truck. That being said, some Palm Harbor drivers will prefer the ease and overall convenience of automatic transmissions. Make sure the used truck has a good functioning transmission and is the type you will personally be comfortable with driving.
FOUR: Palm Harbor Semi Trucks History and Maintenance
This step is pretty important. You will definitely want to know what the history as well as the former owners maintenance habits. Due to the potential longevity, difference in prior commercial drivers habits, and the immense amount of different types of hauling jobs the semi-truck may have taken on, this part can be tricky. However, if your Palm Harbor truck has complete or recent maintenance records, those records will be extremely important to you. They can be a key indicator to the trucks history. In fact, they will often times tell you a detailed story about how the previous truck was taken care of. If you can make out the details of this story, you will feel a lot better about buying your Palm Harbor semi truck.
On the other hand, what if the truck lacks records? Does that mean it is a completely no buy situation? No, it doesn't. You just have to carry forward cautiously. You may also be able to use this as leverage to sweeten the deal on your potential used Palm Harbor, Florida truck. So, what should you do in this scenario? Well, we recommend you educate yourself on the truck's origin or past owners from whatever the dealer has on them. You can also look into the vehicle history reports. In the absolute worst case scenario, you should be able to find informative details related to accidents or major work that the Palm Harbor truck has received. If there are any signs in these details that make you second guess the purchase, make sure to have a mechanic thoroughly examine the vehicle.
When it comes down to it, purchasing a used Palm Harbor semi truck doesn't require an immense amount of complexities. All you will really need to worry about is what do you want in your used truck. What is the trucks purpose, and what do you want from your future in commercial trucking? After you know the answers to these questions, you should be on the right track to finding your tractor trailer, truck, or semi truck for sale!
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