Buying a Used Tow Truck? Consider These Tips

Whether you are looking into starting up a new tow truck business, or you already own one, but you are expanding and need to add a few more vehicles to your fleet, you may be thinking about buying a used tow truck.

Initially, the idea of buying used tow trucks may sound a bit daunting. Where do you look? How do you begin? What should you look for? With a few simple tips, however, buying a used tow truck really can be a simple process.

Here’s a look at some handy tips that will help you find the best used tow trucks for sale for your needs.

Define the Purpose

Before you even start shopping for a used tow truck, you are going to want to define the purpose of the truck. How are you going to be using it? What do you plan on towing? Will you be towing disabled vehicles on the road, or will you be towing illegally parked vehicles to impounds, for example.

By defining the purpose of the truck, you will be able to better determine and pinpoint exactly what type of truck you need and what type of features it should have.

Do Your Research

Once you define the purpose of the tow truck, start doing some research. Head to your computer and shop around online. Look up listings from private sellers. As you find trucks that you may be interested in, write down all of the information you have found. Give the seller a call to schedule an appointment so you can give the prospective tow truck a solid trial run.

Start Shopping

Head out and start shopping. However, remember that you should avoid buying the first used tow truck that you see; while it may run great and have all of the features that you are looking for, you do want to make sure that there isn’t a better option out there.

If you are really interested in a truck but you are still shopping, ask the seller if you can put a binder down on it; a deposit that proves you are interested in purchasing it. If you decide to purchase that truck after you have shopped around, make sure that the binder can be applied to the cost. Also, before leaving a binder, make sure that it is refundable if you decide not to go through with the purchase.

Give it a Trial Run and Inspection

Before you purchase used or new tow trucks for sale, you want to make sure that you give it a trial run and a thorough inspection. If you aren’t an expert mechanic, bring along someone who is and have them examine the vehicle. Check under the hood, make sure all equipment works, check the maintenance records, look at the miles, the tires, the brakes and all of the other important components of the truck.

If the inspection goes well, give her a trial run. Get behind the wheel and test her out. Drive her in locations where you will be using her the most; in the city, on highways, on rural roads, etc. Try to tow a vehicle with the truck, too.

Check the Price

Make sure that the used tow truck is worth the asking price. Do some more research to find out the market value of other used tow trucks that are the same or similar to the one you are interested in; the last thing you want to do is buy a used tow truck that costs more than it is worth and requires additional tow truck parts. If you are really interested in the truck but it is priced higher than it is worth, see if you can negotiate with the seller to get the price down.