Buying pre-owned trucks? No need to kick the tires

Buying pre-owned trucks? No need to kick the tires

Purchasing a pre-owned truck should not be a contest. Buyers should have confidence in the equipment they are purchasing—with no surprises down the road.


Some truck buyers do their own preliminary inspections prior to purchase. Many experienced fleets have a list of things to review prior to purchase—like checking axle configurations, engine and horsepower capacities, overall condition of the body, interior, etc. While they may not kick the tires, checking tire tread depth, as well as wear patterns, isn’t a bad idea. However, when looking for a good pre-owned truck, it may be hard to get a look at many of the other components—brake pads, for instance—or they may not get a look at maintenance records.

OEM-certified equipment

So rather than take chances, many fleets work with their dealers to find the best pre-owned trucks, which can take the guesswork out of the process and provide peace of mind. Truck original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) take vehicle reconditioning and certification seriously. Who better to bring pre-owned vehicles up to date that the companies who built them in the first place? The OEMs also want to continue to build on the relationships they have courted with their customers. You will never talk with an OEM who does not tell you that customer satisfaction is always top on their list. Oftentimes components and systems are upgraded on reconditioned vehicles to match current new truck efficiencies.

A variety of options

The Peterbilt Red Oval program comprises a detailed 150-point, factory certified inspection for overall vehicle condition, safety and appearance. According to the truck makers, fleets receive the Red Oval Assurance warranty with straightforward coverage and access to 24-hour, roadside assistance, supported by its dealer network.

According the company, it’s not just about the number of points on the inspection, but the higher level of excellence it sets to ensure a premium vehicle. The inspection is a comprehensive overview of the truck’s quality, ensuring the truck is like new. Interiors and exteriors will be in excellent condition with minimum wear and tear and your vehicle will be ready to drive off the lot. In addition, the certified trucks come standard with a factory authorized Red Oval Assurance Warranty that includes comprehensive engine and aftertreatment coverage, free towing and a $0 deductible.

Distribution network

Daimler Trucks North America offers quality used trucks through its SelecTrucks retail distribution network. SelecTrucks offers a wide selection of used trucks throughout its network of retail locations in the U.S. and Canada. According to DTNA, SelecTrucks Centers deliver consistent value and support to both fleets and owner-operators by providing exclusive finance programs, selection from a nationwide inventory of used trucks and a comprehensive used truck warranty, Select Limited Warranty. SelecTrucks offers a comprehensive set of $0 deductible warranties to protect the trucks they sell, from the 60-Day Buyer’s Assurance coverage to the Select Limited Warranty’s 48-month/400,000-mile option.

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