New Peterbilt trucks are some of the most expensive on the market, so buying a used one can be the easiest way to find an affordable one. It is important to check maintenance records carefully and have it inspected by a good mechanic before purchase.
Buying a truck near the end of its life or one with serious mechanical problems can lead to bankruptcy or other serious problems for a trucker, so it is best to request maintenance records in advance. Trucks with shoddy or no maintenance records are not good candidates for purchase. If it all seems to be in order, the buyer can take the truck to a licensed mechanic for an in-person inspection. Buyers should also look for a fuel-efficient model and consider buying it even if it costs a little more than a less-efficient one, because most of the time the costs is going to balance out quickly.
Buying from a dealership may be a safer option than buying from a private owner because dealers usually include warranties and thorough maintenance information. Buyers who go this route should spend time looking for a trustworthy dealer. Pushy salespeople or those who withhold information should be avoided. While it may be tempting to look all over the United States for the best prices, buying local may be a better choice in order to have easy access to support and maintenance.