Even though new is better, there is value to be had from buying used trucks

In a world filled with all sorts of old and new passenger vehicles that can do all sorts of things, trucks are rarely in the spotlight but they’re not really supposed to be. Trucks function as part of a wider logistics chain where some of the components include shipping and rail transport, not only in South Africa but the world. Just think about it – without trucks and delivery vehicles, items such as food, medical supplies and hygiene products would simply not be available.

Not to be confused – what Americans call trucks in their country, it is known as bakkies over here.

While the importance and investment of trucks cannot be understated from a business perspective, buying brand-new is often pricey for the vast majority. This is where the used market comes up trumps with popular commercial brands like Fuso, Isuzu, Hino, MAN, Scania and Volvo all with their own freight options. Gumtree‘s online marketplace is home to a wide range of pre-owned heavier-bodied offerings as well as accessories for various applications.

Value in used

The running costs of a truck is much higher than a conventional passenger vehicle mainly because of all the moving parts and its size – take the amount of tyres needed on an 18-wheeler for example. Two of the most significant considerations to keep in mind when buying a used truck is the mileage (which usually affects the resale value) and the age – because the latter can cause issues when it comes to financing if it involves buying on repayment terms.

Officially launched in 2012, TruckStore South Africa (a division of Daimler Trucks and Buses Southern Africa), has become a renowned, trusted and reliable used commercial vehicle brand across the country. They specialise in the buying and selling of used trucks and trailers of various commercial vehicle brands from its main facility in Centurion.

It’s also worth noting that a Code 14 driving licence is required to operate heavy-duty vehicles that weighs more than 16 000kg.

In most cases, if someone is in the market for a truck, they either have ambitions of starting a small business or looking expand the existing logistics fleet. Space for loading and unloading freight is vital and translates to quicker response times.

Just like when someone is in the market for a used vehicle, basically the same logic applies to that of a used truck, where taking note of things like the mechanical condition, service history and mileage are essential to prolonged use. According to Harold Donachie, Area Manager – Used Vehicles at Scania South Africa, he notes that the general replacement cycle for a brand-new truck is around the 4-5 year mark and usually around the time when the mechanical warranty expires.

Depending on the application it is used for and overall budget, there are many benefits to buying a pre-owned truck. Buying it is often the ‘easy’ part, though thorough maintenance is considered the most important.

Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to shop! Head to gumtree.co.za or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android) and don’t forget to use your location settings to find local service information close to home.

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