Common used trucks problems include damage to the body, frame, hoses and belts. Used truck buyers are advised to have the vehicle inspected by a certified mechanic before purchasing it to reduce the chances of having problems with the truck.
Rust and body damage are common problems with used vehicles. Buyers should inspect the paint job for dents, scratches, nicks and flakes. Rust on the car body is not usually a big problem, but it can spread, and it is often difficult to fix. Rust under the hood, wheel wells and on the engine are signs that the car could develop problems in the near future.
Frame damage is another common problem with used trucks, and the frame should be inspected by a certified mechanic. The frame is responsible for absorbing most of the impact on the vehicle in the event of an accident. It also supports the engine, doors and wheels. A vehicle history report should be obtained to help the buyer find out about past accidents and damage.
Lastly, damage to hoses and belts can occur over time and be costly to repair or replace depending on the extent of the damage. Used truck buyers should look under the hood for any obvious signs of this type of damage. They should also turn on the engine, and listen for squealing and clacking noises, which indicate that the truck is not in the best condition.