Consider the Japanese Brands
If you need a truck for work, choose a Japanese Brand. Reliability is very high for Japanese Used Cars. The most popular Japanese used Trucks are Toyota Dyna, Toyota Toyoace, Mitsubishi Canter, Mitsubishi Fuso Fighter, Nissan Atlas, Isuzu ELF and Daihatsu Deltra Truck.
Make a Target List of Used Trucks
To save money, consider buying a used truck from the less popular but still reliable manufacturers. Well-known vehicles like Toyota Dyna and Mitsubishi Canter can cost thousands more than a comparable Nissan Atlas, even though these are good cars. With this in mind, make a target list of different trucks that both meet your needs and fall within your budget.
Don’t Buy More Truck than You Want or Need
Make a list to identify your wants and needs. Many people buy a truck on impulse, based on features they think they must have rather than from a true evaluation of their needs. Purchasing a truck that’s too large or too small is a waste of money.
Check Prices, Reviews and Specifications
Before purchasing a used truck it is very important to check pricing, reviews, specs, fuel economy and lists of standard features. Trucks come in many different shapes, sizes, engine sizes, engine types and drive types. Also check transmission, as some trucks come with Automatic Transmission which is not so popular. The Engine type is also a very important item to be checked, depending on the country, as it is very difficult to find spare parts for some types of engine.It is advisable to locate spare parts suppliers in your area before purchasing the vehicle.
Bed Length and Height
This one is self-explanatory, and also the most important characteristic of a truck bed. Trucks are most often divided into “short” and “long” beds, though actual lengths vary based on several factors including manufacturer, model and cab size. Bed Height is divided into High Deck and Low Deck .The high deck trucks have their trailer bed situated high above the trailer wheels, which provides a raised uniform platform for the cargo to carry. On the other hand, the low deck trucks are those that have two level drops in their deck heights. One drop is immediately after the gooseneck and the other immediately before the rear wheels.
Avoid vehicles with engines blowing out white smoke, as this can be the result of a serious issue such as a blown head gasket, a damaged cylinder head, or a cracked engine block – all of which are costly repairs.
Avoid Structural Rust
Surface rust on the frame, axles and springs is common, but if you can poke a hole through the metal at any point, or the metal has become weak and brittle, you’re dealing with structural rust – move on to another truck.