People use trucks for all sorts of things, taking trash to the dump, pulling machinery, carrying things, and pulling vehicles that are stuck in the mud. Some people even drive trucks just for recreation. Before looking at used trucks in Orlando, a little bit of research can help buyers have successful and satisfactory transactions. Even for those who don’t consider themselves “car people”, it is entirely possible to do a precursory examination of a truck before continuing the process
Checking Out a Used Truck in Orlando
- While odometers are less likely to be tampered with in the newer models, because it is more difficult to change an odometer in the newer trucks, it can sometimes happen. When a truck has low mileage, it is important to also check the brake pedal for excessive wear on the corners. Wear on the armrests, upholstery and pits in the windshield can also be clues that the odometer may be incorrect.
- In Florida, with the high humidity and many coastal areas the truck could have been in, it is very important to check for rust. A check for rust includes running a hand along the bottom of the cab’s doors to check for hard rusty areas. Raised areas on the roof are also indicative of rust that will ultimately have to be dealt with. Under the mat in the back seat is another area that can have rust. Although some light rust will be present, deep rust indicates that the floorboard may not be up to par.
- The inside of the tires is a place to check for signs of brake fluid or grease leakage and uneven tread wear.
- When the engine is started, there are not supposed to be knocks or thuds that might indicate a failing crankshaft of the bearing of a connecting-rod. Both of these are costly repairs.
- Almost all trucks have a high idle setting that needs to be checked. With fuel-injected engines, the high idle is automatically set. Engines with carburetors do not automatically start with a high idle, and will need to have the accelerator depressed to give the engine enough gas to inspire it to go into high idle. Even though the high idle is is a fast idle, it still needs to sound smooth.
- The emergency brake can be checked by setting the emergency brake after the fast idle has normalized and putting the truck into low gear to see if the emergency brake holds.
- A check of the exhaust system can be done while the engine is running by wadding up a rag and covering the tailpipe with it. If there is no pressure against the rag, there is a leak in the exhaust system.
- A check of the radiator can be done by opening the hood, unscrewing the radiator cap, and observing the fluid in the radiator. It is usually greenish colored, but if it seems to have rust in it, it is likely the engine will tend to overheat.
- If there is excessive dirt on the air filter, or a lot of grease and oil on the engine, this is indicative that the truck has not been particularly well cared for. If a check of the transmission’s dipstick has a smell like burned cork, it usually indicates imminent transmission trouble.
Fortunately, it is possible to find a good used truck in Orlando that can perform just as well as a new truck. Knowing what to look for will give buyers peace of mind that they’re going into transactions fully informed. Working with a good dealership can help as well, as the staff will already have checked out all of these things and noted any problems on the sales report.