Things To Look For When Exploring Garbage Trucks For Sale

If you happen to be exploring garbage truck sales in your area, there are some things you should be mindful of in your search. These are a few of the things that are important to factor into your considerations when browsing garbage truck sales.

Maintenance Records for Used Garbage Truck Sales

Maintenance records are one of the most important considerations for you to keep in mind during garbage truck sales and negotiations. While there are no guarantees, a well-maintained garbage truck will last longer than one that has had haphazard maintenance over a number of years.

Garbage trucks are particularly vulnerable to maintenance related issues because of the stop-and-go nature of their operation. Combine that with exposure to murky materials in landfills, and there are plenty of reasons to require good maintenance records for any garbage truck sales take place.

Things you want to be particularly mindful of include:

  • Daily service checks of engine oil, hydraulic fluids, pivot points, tires, air filters, tracks, and other equipment at the beginning of the shift.
  • Daily inspections of sprocket and chain links, track systems, and for visible signs of leaks at the end of the shift — including the removal of any debris.
  • Regularly scheduled oil changes.
  • Frequent hydraulic fluid changes.
  • Greasing mechanical systems according to the manufacturer's suggestions.

While these may sound like little things, they can have a huge impact on the life and usefulness of the trucks. In fact, you should consider them carefully when determining how much you're willing to pay for used garbage trucks for sale.

New Garbage Truck Sales

When you're in the market for brand new garbage truck sales, your priorities are a little different. Your needs are a little different as well. There are things you want to be especially mindful of, though, when buying new garbage trucks, including the following:

  • Warranties for the truck, parts, labor, etc.
  • Maintenance requirements for the truck. Some trucks require so many regular oil changes, hydraulic fluid changes, and mechanical system greasing requirements in a week or a month that they are cost-prohibitive.
  • Actions (or inactions) that may negate the warranty.
  • The expected life cycle of the vehicle.
  • Availability of qualified mechanics for the vehicle in your area of operation.

Whether you are exploring new or used garbage truck sales, the key is to find the most cost-effective garbage truck to meet your needs — today and into the future.

For more information, contact a dealer that has garbage trucks for sale.