If you are thinking about purchasing a new pump truck that someone else has previously owned or operated, you need to be sure that you are making exactly the right decision or you run the risk of sinking money into a very unintelligent investment.
A pump truck can completely streamlined and boost the efficiency of your operation, but only if it is going to be able to be dependent on regularly to provide you with the utility that it should be able to provide.
Unfortunately, when you purchase used pump trucks that isn’t always the case.
Here are some important things to look for when you are viewing used pump truck equipment, and some tips and tricks to help make sure that you always invest your money wisely in heavy equipment.
Beware of engines that do not start, struggle to start, or smoke when they start
If the equipment that you are interested in purchasing isn’t going to turn over immediately, or if the engine struggles to start and smokes at any point in time, the odds are pretty good that you’re looking at a very – VERY – expensive fix, one that’s going to eat up a lot of time and a lot of money.
You are probably going to want to pass on these kinds of vehicles and instead focus on ones that are in much better condition, especially when it comes to the engine.
Be on the lookout for leaks of all kinds
When you purchase a pump truck that has previously been owned by someone else the odds are very good that it is going to have at least a couple of leaks and some mechanical issues that need to be addressed.
You’ll want to slide underneath this truck with a flashlight to have a look at all of the undercarriage, specifically hunting for leaks so that you can identify them. Leaking oil, leaking coolant, and other fluids that are leaking out of the vehicle can be pretty simple and straightforward fixes or can be absolute nightmares.
Has anything seized up?
Equipment that has already seized anywhere should be avoided at all costs as the work and the effort necessary to get the equipment “unfrozen” is almost always going to be far more than the return you will be able to get later down the line.
Engines have a nasty habit of seizing, but so do breaks and other mechanical parts and components. The make sure that you know exactly what you are getting into.
It’s almost always a good idea to buy brand-new or purchase from certified resellers
At the end of the day, the only way that you’re going to have any real confidence when it comes time to purchase a pump truck is if you and a purchasing brand-new equipment or if you purchase preowned equipment from certified resellers and retailers.
It comes down to trust, confidence, and whether or not the equipment you are purchasing is worth the price they are asking.