Although the previous twelve points mentioned in this feature should cover almost every possible situation, it's worth noting the following signs of abuse.
There is no substitute for an extensive examination by an expert, ideally your own in-house service engineer if you have one. Here are some key points that should be looked for. Why not print out this checklist and take it with you when you inspect the truck.
If you need a truck as a spare or only have occasional use for one, buying used may well make sense. It’s not always possible, but, if you’re in any doubt, you could take the unusual step of asking if you can hire the machine for a few weeks before committing to buy. If your business depends on the truck, it’s a better business decision to buy new, possibly with an extended warranty. Whatever you decide, take as much care as you would buying a car – and look for a manufacturer with a proven track record of reliability.
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