Buying and owning a truck or van can be a huge business advantage, especially when you’re inclined to transport and store a large number of goods.

There’s a lot to consider before diving into a purchase, meaning it’s advantageous for prospective buyers to conduct thorough research. This is a wise move to ensure you get your hands on a vehicle that’s right for you.

You’ll need to consider things like price, features, and availability, while assessing what you need the vehicle for and how you’ll use it.

Though renting is often a convenient method for new businesses, it isn’t necessarily the most sensible or even cost-effective option.

Buying a used vehicle quite literally puts you in the driver’s seat, with added control over your future decisions.

Though it’s a great option for obtaining the truck of your dreams, there will still be considerable uncertainty surrounding the buying the process.

With this being said, how exactly should you go about purchasing a truck or van to reduce this uncertainty? Read on to find out and you won’t be disappointed.


What’s the Maintenance History?


So you understand the features of the vehicle you want, now it’s important to learn a bit more about the used version.

Has it had parts replaced and/or received regular tune ups? If so this information could sway your decision. What’s important is you’re vigilant with your assessment so you know exactly what you’re getting.

If a vehicle has had way too much work done on it, this could be a red flag.


Oil Change Records


Oil changes are positive signs, especially when they’ve been performed regularly throughout a vehicle’s lifespan.

If changes haven’t been performed regularly, this could suggest greater scope for engine problems moving forward.

Take caution to vehicles which have little to no maintenance records. If transparency appears to be an issue, perhaps ask the owner a bit more about the truck’s history.


Why Is It Being Sold?


It’s easy to fall in love without realizing why it’s being sold.

What’s most important is you don’t get too invested in anything before understanding the seller’s motivations for putting the vehicle on the market.

If there’s anything wrong, you must obtain a clear overview to determine whether there are mechanical faults and issues.

Knowing there are problems from the beginning will help you make a better judgment.


What Needs Replacing?


Once you’ve assessed the maintenance history, you’ll have a much better idea of what needs replacing.

This will further indicate whether the truck or van in a worthwhile investment. Pay close attention to the engine and transmission, since these are arguably the two most crucial components to consider.

Monitor safety concerns and make a clear record of when everything was last replaced.


Accident History


When did the vehicle last collide with another? Was it damaged during an accident and did anything need replacing?

With a solid overview of accident history you’ll be able to safeguard against future risks.


Check Oil


Your quality inspection should involve checking the oil, to learn more about both condition and levels.

Doing so will paint a clear picture of the truck’s health, allowing you to buy with confidence rather than doubts.




Rust is a surefire sign of wear and tear. If there is too much rust to mention, the vehicle has more than likely been through the ringer.

You should inspect the truck for both structural and exterior rust, along the door frame and other areas.

Too much rust will perhaps suggest the vehicle hasn’t been well-maintained, and this will raise alarm bells immediately.


Examine Tire Tread


OK, so you’ve inspected everything else, but have you taken a second to look at the tire tread?

If not you could be missing a trick. Thorough research involves looking everywhere, and the condition of the tires will help you understand when they’ll next need replacing, and help you establish the sort of mileage the vehicle has done.


Body Damage


Though this is probably common sense, body damage should never be overlooked!

Inspect the truck in daylight to identify marks and scratches which could devalue the vehicle significantly. These could also give an indication of poor maintenance or potential future accidents, so all well-worth looking for.




It’s logical to realise a truck’s mileage is a fair indicator of its overall quality.

In fact, this could even give you a better idea of when an engine rebuild is required. If you’re looking to get the most out of your van, you’re probably best to find one with a low mileage.


But just because a vehicle has done a lot of miles doesn’t mean it won’t have any go left in it! Remember to evaluate other factors first before letting mileage put you off!


Dennehy Commercials

Dennehy Commercials have a wide range of quality Trucks and Vans for sale. All of Trucks are serviced and have passed the CVRT test before being sold. Get in touch with us today to secure a quality commercial vehicle for your business.