4 Important Things To Do Right After Buying Your Used Semi-Truck

Whether you're getting into the business, looking to expand your trucking fleet or just want an upgrade over your current truck, buying a used semi-truck is an affordable option with a quick return on your investment. But before you hit the open road, there are several things you want to do to make your experience with your recent purchase a pleasant one.

Make Sure It's Properly Registered and Insured

Even in the heady rush to get your newly-purchased rig out on the road for the first time, you'll want to make sure you have all of your I's dotted and T's crossed when it comes to your semi-truck's registration. Carefully review and follow the semi-truck registration process for your state and don't forget to pay the associated fees for your plates and permits.

You'll also want to make sure your semi-truck is properly insured before heading out on your first run. Make sure you have all required documentation, including any paperwork that's required to remain inside the truck cab.

Take It Out On Another Test Drive

Chances are you've already taken your new purchase out for a spin shortly before you bought it. However, it doesn't hurt to take it out for another spin after the purchase is over and done with. A post-purchase test drive gives you an opportunity to become familiar with your new rig, which is exactly what you'll need before you start spending time with it on the open road.

In addition to getting comfortable with how your semi-truck drives and learning its quirks, an extended post-purchase test drive also gives you a chance to listen or feel for any suspension or drivetrain issues you might have missed during the pre-purchase test drive. If you've managed to miss an issue with your newly-purchased semi-truck, you can have it addressed prior to hitting the road.

Address Important Repair and Maintenance Issues

Even if your semi-truck was given a perfect bill of health before the sale was finalized, that could all change after a few thousand miles of hauling. Just be on the safe side, it's a good idea to budget for future maintenance items, including new tires, new belts and other accessories that may experience heavy wear and tear during the next few thousand miles. Having a maintenance fund set aside for these and other maintenance issues can help reduce the financial shock of a sudden repair.

Regularly scheduled maintenance is also important for keeping your used semi-truck on the road. It's a good idea to follow the manufacturer's recommended service schedule or create one of your own with the help of your trusted mechanic or fleet manager.

Plan for Modifications

Even when buying a used semi-truck, there's always plenty of room for making your truck unique. In addition to the usual cosmetic touches such as new paint or exhaust pipes, there are also plenty of modifications that make your truck easier to live with. These include upholstery upgrades for the cabin and sleeper areas, such as new or reupholstered seats or a new sleeper bed. You might also decide to add an auxiliary power unit (APU) for additional accessory power and reduced idling.

There are also modifications that improve the efficiency and usability of your truck for a variety of hauling scenarios. For instance, you may want to lengthen or shorten the chassis to accommodate certain types of freight. Changing the rear tag or drive axle can also change your semi-truck's fuel economy as well as its ability to haul certain loads. Engine modifications such as a new turbocharger or an overhauled engine can help breathe new life into your used semi-truck while making it more affordable to run long-term.

For more information, contact companies like Arrow Truck Sales.