Things to Know Before Buying a Used Box Truck


In the market for a pre-owned commercial truck? Well, there are some things to know before buying a used box truck. For New Holland, Lancaster, and Reading, PA, area commercial drivers, our team here at New Holland Isuzu has highlighted some of these things to consider in the guide below.

Complete Visible Vehicle Inspection to Help Uncover Issues

Of course, the most important thing to consider when looking for a used box truck is the condition of the vehicle. As you look at available models, either here on our lot or elsewhere, you'll want to do your due diligence. Areas to look out for include:

  • Tire condition and tread
  • Paint, rust, and other body issues
  • Engine condition and coolant
  • Door and window seals
  • Storage area condition

Taking a closer look at the truck initially, you'll be able to tell if there are any issues that should be addressed.


Check Out Vehicle History Report

As you investigate your options, taking a look at the vehicle's history report, if available, can be helpful. This report will cover any collisions and other issues the truck may have been involved in. Additionally, it will tell you if the truck has been maintained over the course of its lifetime and provided with routine service and repairs as needed.

Take the Truck to a Mechanic

A high-level inspection and a look at the history report are not always foolproof. Accordingly, you may want to ask the dealer if you can take the truck to a trusted mechanic for an in-depth inspection. Doing so, you'll be able to figure out if the truck truly is in good condition.

Consider the Hauling Capacity of the Truck and the Freight You Intend to Haul

When looking for a used box truck, it's also important to take into account a prospective truck's ability to handle your hauling needs. Figuring out the size of the box area, towing capacity, and other pertinent specs will help you determine if a truck can stand tall when you ask it to go to work for you.

Take Other Specs Into Account

It's important to take other specs into account as well. For example, if you plan on using your truck for nighttime towing and hauling, the lighting layout of the vehicle will prove quite important. Additionally, the type of rear door and height of the loading level could also prove important to your ability to efficiently and safely onload and offload cargo.

Find a Used Box Truck Today

Hopefully, after reviewing some of these things to know before buying a used box truck, you'll have a better idea of how to ensure you'll get behind the wheel of a great commercial vehicle. Have questions? Contact our team here at New Holland Isuzu. We'll be more than happy to help in any way we can.

We're proud to serve Reading, New Holland, and Lancaster, Pennsylvania, area drivers, and we hope to assist you soon!

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