You consider used toyota trucks more than others because it is cheaper and it provides you with a lot of variety in the models. Deciding to buy is easy but determining which one to buy is overwhelming. This is because you have a lot of things to prepare for.
With the help of a used truck inspection checklist, you can successfully determine the right one sooner. The right checklist will serve as your guide that can steer you in the right direction. Here’s a used truck inspection checklist:
• Examine only in daylight: there is no other time to examine a used truck except daytime. Do not examine the truck under artificial light because it can conceal defects.
- Check opening and body-panel joint: you need to check opening and body-panel joint to determine its fit. The best thing to do is to run your hand along the bottom of the doors. While you are at it, check for rusty and hard edges. You also need to check the panels along the body from front to back. Make sure that they do not seem uneven or wavy. It is practical to check them using a magnet. Remember that plastic body repairs will not attract a magnet.
- Look inside the tire: many buyers are so engrossed with the interior and exterior that they forget to inspect what’s down there. You should look inside the tire for signs of leakage (of brake fluid and grease) including tread wear.
- Raise the hood: the next thing that you need to do is to raise the hood and remove the radiator cap. Through this, you can take a look at the coolant fluid. The coolant fluid is greenish in color. If the color seems off, the engine will have a tendency to overheat. If in this case, you are not sure about the fluid’s quality, you can consider an inexpensive tester. Next, you have to examine if the engine has large amounts of grease or oil deposited. This may indicate that it is not well cared. If the truck has an automatic transmission, examine the transmission dipstick. If it has burnt smell, you must stay away.
- Start the engine: when you start the engine, listen for thuds or knocks. These sounds indicate a bad connecting-rod bearing or crankshaft. You must be aware that these are costly repairs. Trucks should have a high idle setting. If the idle does not seem right, it is time that you let a mechanic check it.
- Drive it for at least 10 miles: make it a point to drive the car at least 10 miles before shutting the engine off. Allow it to cool and start it again. If you notice that the engine is timid upon starting the second time, you need a mechanic once again. It is a prudent idea to take the mechanic with you during the ride to help you notice things like wind noise and rattles.
- See if the brakes behave: at a safe place, you need to try a panic stop. This is to see if the brakes behave. For the rough road, see if the shocks control for bouncing. If the truck’s front end bounces more than three times, it means that the shocks are worn.