Top 5 Features To Look For When Looking At Trucks For Sale

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When considering purchasing a truck and looking at what trucks are for sale currently, it’s important to evaluate various features to ensure that the chosen vehicle meets your specific needs and preferences. The acquisition of a truck is a significant investment, and to make an informed decision, it is essential to scrutinise the vehicle’s specifications. In this regard, the following sections outline the top five features that warrant careful consideration when delving into the realm of trucks for sale, ensuring that the chosen truck not only meets but exceeds your expectations and operational requirements.

1.      Engine Performance

Assess the engine specifications, including horsepower, torque, and towing capacity. Consider your intended use for the truck, whether it’s daily commuting, hauling, or towing, to ensure the engine meets your requirements. The engine performance of trucks such as skip lorries, crane trucks, and dropside lorries can vary depending on the specific make, model, and manufacturer.

Different trucks for sale will be designed for different purposes, and their engine specifications are tailored to meet the demands of their intended applications. For instance, a skip lorry will often have engines with medium to high horsepower, depending on the size and weight capacity of the skips they are designed to handle. On the other hand, the horsepower of a crane truck engine is determined by the combined requirements of driving and operating the hydraulic crane.

2.      Towing & Payload Capacity

The payload capacity of a truck denotes the maximum weight that can be safely added to its goods area, accounting for the empty weight or curb weight. In contrast, towing capacity represents the maximum weight a truck can tow, considering both the truck’s weight and any goods it needs to hold. When reviewing trucks for sale, various numbers, including the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR), are commonly displayed. Calculating the GVWR is essential to prevent enduring damage to your truck, as it gauges the total weight the truck can accommodate, encompassing the driver, passengers, and goods.

It is essential to ascertain the towing and payload capacity of the truck, considering the nature of the loads you intend to transport. A truck with a greater towing capacity is indispensable for hauling trailers, boats, or other substantial loads. When contemplating the acquisition of a commercial vehicle for your business, such as a tipper truck or a grab lorry, it is imperative to evaluate your distinct operational requirements. The choice between an 18-tonne tipper truck and a 7.5-ton lorry encompasses multiple considerations that should harmonise with the specific demands of your business and the tasks you undertake.

3.      Cab Size & Configuration

When selecting a truck, it’s essential to deliberate on the cab size and configuration to meet your specific seating requirements. The available options cater to diverse preferences and the number of occupants, ensuring that the chosen truck aligns seamlessly with your operational and comfort needs. Day Cabs typically feature a single row of seats, providing ample space for the driver and a single passenger. This configuration is well-suited for individuals or businesses that prioritise space for goods over passenger capacity.

4.      Fuel Efficiency

Evaluate the fuel efficiency of the truck, especially if you plan to use it for long-distance driving. As per the data provided by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), a Heavy Commercial Vehicle (HGV) carrying a payload of 26 tonnes is anticipated to consume an average of 30 litres of fuel for every 62 miles travelled. Considering an annual mileage of 74,500 miles, the yearly fuel consumption is estimated to surpass £36,400. Several factors significantly influence a truck’s fuel efficiency. These include the frequency of acceleration, the chosen route with considerations for hills, the Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW), and the aerodynamic features of the vehicle. Look for features when buying a truck like fuel-efficient engines, aerodynamic designs, and advanced fuel management systems.

5.      Safety Features

Recent GOV.UK data shows there were over 511,000 HGV vehicles licensed last year, up from 420,900 in 1994. Due to their large size and weight, HGVs present unique safety challenges. However, in a study around HGV collisions, the data showed there were only 3,549 accidents in 2022. This decrease in HGV collisions can be attributed to the integration of safety features in vehicles. When in the process of examining trucks for sale, prioritising safety features is of paramount importance. The inclusion of advanced safety features not only ensures the well-being of the driver and passengers but also contributes to the overall risk mitigation associated with operating commercial vehicles

By carefully evaluating these features when looking at trucks for sale, you can make an informed decision that aligns with your intended use and preferences, ensuring a satisfying and reliable ownership experience. For more information and support, contact Mac’s Trucks today who will be happy to guide and advise you.

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