Dump trucks are one of the most expensive heavy vehicles that are needed in almost all construction and mining sites. These trucks are quite indispensable pieces of vehicle in these work sites since they are needed to carry and transport essential supplies such as sand, gravel, dirt and other materials.
Since dump trucks are needed by most businesses involved in the construction and mining industries, one option that decision makers can go with in purchasing such vehicles is by getting pre-owned ones. These used trucks can be bought locally or they can be imported from another country.
By buying used dump trucks, business owners can really save a lot of money on this particular type of investment. However, first time buyers of used dump trucks have to make sure that they will find and choose the best pre-owned vehicles. Below are some helpful tips you should keep in mind when you are searching for and choosing high quality used dump trucks for the first time:
• Always scour every source you have access to when looking for used dump trucks for sale. This means checking out every website that sells used this type of truck, dealers that have physical business premises where you can look at these trucks and even joining online and traditional auctions. By doing so, you will have a wider range of brands, models or types to choose from and you can also compare prices. You will also have a better chance of looking for and investing in the best used dump truck available in the market.
• Consider your average weigh hauling requirements. This means that you need to come up with an estimate of the average payload capacity that the truck will be carrying and transporting. This step involves identifying your gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR): an important factor in determining the size of your payloads. This important factor also has a direct bearing on choice of number and load capacities of the axles of the truck which should always stay within legal weight limits.
• Choose the best engine. Buying a dump truck that has more horsepower than you really need can just lead you to waste money. This is because you will be spending more money on fuel. If you will not be pushing GVWR limits, choosing a truck that has a smaller engine may be the smartest option. In addition, if you are operating on mostly flat jobsites and roads, you don’t really need to invest in a truck that has extra horsepower.
• Finally, put some thought into the kind of transmission you want your truck to have. Dump trucks that have manual transmissions have a wider range of gear options and are less expensive. Trucks with automatic transmission with flexible torque converters make up for their fewer gears and have their own advantages. They do not require shifting and eliminates the expense of maintaining and replacing clutches. However, they are costlier. To make the right decision in buying a truck with manual or automatic transmission, consider the skills level of the driver and the terrain where the vehicle will be usually driven on.