When buying a lorry, it’s important to take into account a few different things: whether it’ll be a new or second-hand lorry, what is going to be transported, what it must have before deciding which one to go for…
At Andamur, we help you to take this significant step in your career so that you can choose the option that best suits your needs.
New or second hand lorry?
When it comes to buying a lorry, as with any vehicle, there are several options; new lorries and second hand lorries that could be a good opportunity and adapt to what you are looking for.
If you opt for a new lorry, go to a dealership and let the professionals guide you in choosing the right vehicle. There are plenty of options, it’s just a matter of finding the perfect lorry for you and your needs.
However, if you prefer a second-hand one, the first thing to keep in mind is that, when talking about ‘second-hand’, we have to differentiate between second-hand vehicles and used vehicles.
Used lorries are pre-owned vehicles that have had only one owner and have a mileage of less than 15,000 km. They’re usually very well maintained and in perfect condition in most cases.
Although it is common to use the term ‘second hand’ to refer to all vehicles that are not brand new; when we talk about second hand lorries we’re referring to all those that are not purchased at a dealership; the seller is a private individual and the lorry has more mileage and is older than semi-new vehicles. These vehicles have to be checked and inspected more thoroughly to detect possible faults and breakdowns.
If you have difficulty choosing the right lorry and you don’t know whether to buy a new, second-hand or used lorry, it’s important to consider the following questions posed by the Hauler Academy:
- What type of goods will I be transporting? Transporting cargo that requires refrigeration is not the same as transporting cargo that does not. This conditions the choice of the type of lorry.
- How heavy is the load I am going to transport? If you’re going to transport a very heavy load, you must ensure that the lorry you want to buy will support that weight.
- What routes is the lorry going to travel? This is important to know if you need a 2-point or 4-point drive.
- How many kilometers will the lorry travel each year? A key fact when it comes to choosing whether to buy a lorry with a diesel engine, alternative fuels or eco-fuels.
If, after asking yourself these questions you still have doubts as to the type of lorry to go for, Andamur will explain some of the advantages and disadvantages of new lorries and second-hand and used lorries.
- Advantages: longer life, guaranteed good performance, state-of-the-art equipment and longer warranty.
- Disadvantages: more expensive, less cost-effective insurance and higher depreciation once on the road.
Second-hand and used lorries
- Advantages: lower cost, cheaper insurance, reduced taxes and immediate availability.
- Disadvantages: higher maintenance and more prone to breakdowns.
Tips for buying a second hand lorry
If you’ve already decided to go for a second-hand (or used) lorry, here are some tips to keep in mind when choosing one.
- Take into account the age of the lorry
- Check the mileage
- Inspect the lorry thoroughly inside and out: look for any noticeable faults or leaks, examine the condition of the bodywork and interior, check the brakes and steering.…
- Test the vehicle. If out on the road, all the better.
- Get good professional advice
- Don’t be hasty. Compare different lorries before you take the plunge and buy one.
Whichever option you go for, good luck! At Andamur, we’d like to accompany you and help you on each journey because, as you well know, #EveryJourneyMatters