Purchasing a Freightliner truck can be more difficult than purchasing a truck for your own uses. You will be using a commercial vehicle constantly, and your bottom line will be tied into how long your truck lasts. However, with the proper research, you should be able to find the perfect truck for your company.
Choosing the Color
The most common truck color purchased is white. However, depending on your branding concerns, you might want to use a truck with a different color. If you will be choosing a darker color, you will be sacrificing the reflective nature of a white truck, but you will be able to choose a color that is associated with your company.
Deciding Whether to Purchase New or Used
If you are considering purchasing a new truck, your best option is to purchase directly from a fleet that is updating their trucks. By doing this, you will also have access to their maintenance history and will be able to make a more informed decision regarding whether you will make the purchase.
Purchasing a used Freightliner can save you money. The only downside of purchasing directly from a fleet is that companies can be very hard on their vehicles and your truck might wear down. For this reason, you must place even more effort into making sure that the truck is in good condition before purchasing it.
Examining the Engine History
Know the engine history. Look at the list of the truck's scheduled history. If an engine is treated right, it will usually last for about a million miles. But very old trucks will eventually require an engine overhaul, which might be expensive.
When looking at the maintenance history, find out how much the oil has been changed. Look at what has been replaced and what hasn't. Learn about what is due for being replaced in the future.
Inspecting the Tires
Inspect the tires and measure the tire tread depth. Determine if there is a reasonable amount of tread left and factor in tire replacement with how much it will cost you to purchase the Freightliner truck.
Considering Comfort and Safety
Other factors involved in purchasing a truck can be more difficult to assess. For instance, if you will be driving the truck yourself, you may want to purchase one that you find comfortable. You will also want to purchase a truck that has great safety ratings.
For more information, contact a company like Arrow Truck Sales.