For those in the market for a work vehicle, there are many factors to consider. Aside from price, there are other factors that go into deciding on such a vehicle that can stand up to the demands of the business. Following are some tips on what business owners should be on the lookout for when deciding on a vehicle for work, especially when buying used.
Insist on a History and Safety Report
In order to avoid being sold a lemon, it’s necessary to ensure any transaction is thoroughly researched beforehand. First and foremost, this includes obtaining a complete history on the vehicle and getting a safety report as well, suggests Kelley Blue Book. This will clarify issues ranging from vehicle titles to safety defects. Car buyers can achieve this through making sure all the VINs on the vehicle match. This vehicle identification number contains 17 digits and acts as the car’s unique social security number. A car’s detailed history can be researched at the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA), which lists all safety defects and recalls on the vehicle in question.
Get a Full Inspection
There is no worse feeling for a used car buyer then the realization that you were sold a lemon, especially if it’s a vehicle that you need to depend on for work. Before committing to purchasing a vehicle, potential buyers should ask about their inspection checklist, something every reputable used car dealer should have. A comprehensive sellers inspection checklist should cover road tests, interior, exterior, equipment and the underbody. Does the dealer you are working with not have a pre-sale inspection checklist? I suggest taking your business elsewhere.
Take it for a Test Drive
Just like with a personal vehicle, test-driving a vehicle you want to use for work is important. This gives the buyer the opportunity to see what the car or truck is capable of on the roadways. It’s wise to take the vehicle on the same routes driven during a workday. Can it handle rough terrain as in the case of a construction foreman? Does it ride smoothly on the highways, as in the case of a salesman who has to travel a lot for work? Things to be on the lookout for include seat comfort, dashboard positioning, functionality, steering vibration, engine noise, and brake performance.
Explore the Fuel Efficiency
As a work vehicle, it’s safe to say it will be driven a lot. This is where good fuel efficiency comes in. Buyers should find out just what that is and research how that will gel with their personal work driving habits and schedules. Saving money on gas and maintenance when on the road is a critical component to any business savvy person.