Not all pre-purchase truck inspection services are equal. You need someone with years of experience repairing and inspecting rigs for a living. I am your guy. I broke my teeth on military trucks, tanks and construction equipment. Since then, I have worked in a couple of fleets, a couple of retail shops, and I have inspected countless semi trucks, dump trucks and box trucks and construction equipment. You need someone who knows how the air brake system works, who knows how to test it and also who knows the spots to check for chaffing, leaks and corrosion. I am that guy too! I have over 20 years of repair and pre-purchase truck inspection services, and experience on rigs and equipment of all shapes and sizes. Here is basic list of what I will be checking for you, but it is not all inclusive.
- My pre-purchase truck inspection services start off with the truck running and warming up to operating temperature. I normally keep the truck running through the entire inspection of the body and interior. You can tell a lot from a truck by how the exterior and interior were maintained.
- I then move on to the frame of the truck looking for heavy rust, flaking paint, bent rails, improper drilled rails, repair sections or welds. The most common problem I see is a bent rear member from trailers being dropped on from a failed 5th wheel king pin.
- While checking the frame, I also inspect the suspension, suspension spring hangers, brakes, brake chambers and drive line components. I also pay close attention to leaks and damp points from seals and gaskets.
- Once the engine has warmed up, I shut it down and check the belts, hoses, seals and gaskets of the entire engine. I also remove the air filter and inspect the plenum for oil residue which provides a health check of the turbo seals.
- I take anywhere from 100-200 photos and HD video of the truck in action for you including hydraulics working, PTO engaging and any other equipment being tested. I also provide a video of the engine running at idle and through the RPM ranges so you can hear how it runs.
- I then connect my laptop to the truck and run an OEM level diagnostic scan of the ECU, BCM, TCM and ABS system to ensure they are performing as designed. If there are codes present, I record those codes and provide that to you in the report, as well as the full diagnostic scan.
- I then start the truck up again and take it for a full test drive. Sometimes the diagnostic codes will clear out after driving such as ABS and transmission codes and even some engine codes will clear out. Many of these codes show up due to low battery voltage and being jump started repetitively. I then run another diagnostic scan on the truck when I return from the test drive and compare the results.
- I strongly recommend oil and coolant sampling analysis being done. I can do that on the engine, engine coolant, transmission, drive axles and even the hydraulic system so you can know what the internal wear and tear is on these components.
All of my inspections are performed personally. I DO NOT utilize contractors or buddies to do inspections for me. I know that sometimes makes scheduling tough, but you will get the best quality, most in-depth and most thorough inspection on the market.
I deliver all my pre-purchase truck inspection services results through Dropbox via a private link only you receive. There is no need for an account or messy login. I also offer phone consultation before and after the inspection process. I can even provide a consult through Zoom Video Conference after the inspection is ready for viewing.
If you would like to view a sample of a past semi truck, box truck, dump truck or HD equipment pre-purchase inspection I have performed, just send me a message through my contact form to request one. I am happy to oblige.