Tips for Buying a Used Box Truck

Published: 30th June 2010
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Many small businesses find themselves in a position where they need to acquire a box truck. The situation may be that, as they grow, they are moving more goods and renting a truck is not cost efficient. However, buying a new box truck is not always the best route either. There are plenty of reliable used box trucks available if you know where to look for the best deal and the right truck for you.

Certainly if you own or are starting a business that requires moving large items like furniture or appliances, it would be wise to invest in a box truck of some kind. Box trucks are usually better than cargo vans or flatbeds for moving most large items of this nature.

Types of Box Trucks

Before setting out to buy a box truck, you should analyze what type and size you need. There are cab/chassis trucks where you can attach a trailer of varying sizes. There are also cab-over trucks that are more for small or medium duty cargo hauls. Trucks range from Class 3 to Class 7 which is equivalent to 12,500 lb. to 33.000 lb. gross vehicle weight rating. This number refers to the total weight of the truck with cargo.

Box Truck Manufactures

One place to look is with the manufacturer or dealer or a certain brand of box truck. Ford, Dodge, Chevrolet/GMC, Isuzu, Mitsubishi Fuso, UD/Nissan, Penske and other companies that make the trucks will either sell them used directly or can point you to a dealer that sells their product used.

Internet Sources

There are plenty of one-stop websites that have listings of
trucks for sale either from dealers or from owner to owner. There are also auction sites like Ebay and classified listing sites like Craigslist that have used trucks for sale. There are good places to look if you want to buy directly from another trucker.

Print sources

If you are not computer savvy, there are also print magazines that list autos for sale. These can be found in magazine stands outside local businesses. The local newspaper classified section may have a few listings of used cars and trucks that might be worth a look.

Rental Companies

Finally, visit some rental companies that have large fleets of box trucks. They often sell their older trucks to individuals or other companies as they update their fleet. Since they are in the business of renting first, sometimes they really need to move old trucks off the lot and you can find a pretty good deal.

Ultimately, it is best to check out a few different sources before you make a final decision. You may even want to talk to other companies your size about what has worked well for them. Before you make your final decision, be sure go to and get the true value of the trucks you are looking at and also test drive a few trucks. If you are not mechanically inclined, take your final choice to your own mechanic to check out before you write the check.

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