When looking to purchase a used truck, there’s lots you need to be prepared for. Research is step one. You’ll most likely need to spend numerous hours on the internet searching for what’s available, comparing prices and features, and assessing which truck will meet your specific needs and serve you better. In order to get clear options on your research, you’ll also need to factor in the inevitable costs and reliability that come with purchasing a used vehicle so you can budget accordingly and receive the most value for your buck.

We get it… This task may seem a little overwhelming, so we’ve put together a 2020 used-truck purchase checklist along with some important tips for buying used semi-trucks and used diesel trucks to help guide you through the process.


As you keep researching and go through the process of purchasing your next (or first) used truck, follow the below checklist as a used truck buyer guide:

  • Make a list of your trucking requirements
  • Know your budget or price range you feel comfortable with
  • Narrow down your search to a few potential options
  • Investigate and assess the trucks history and current condition
  • Determine appropriate financing and insurance options

You can better prepare yourself to find the right used truck and make a smarter investment by simply following the used truck purchase checklist outlined above.


While the checklist above is a great step-by-step guide to follow through the used truck buying process, there are plenty more factors to consider. From the truck’s history to its current engine and mechanical status to what kinds of future maintenance upgrades will be required, there’s lots to take into account, not to mention the additional financial and insurance considerations for used trucks as well as warranty offers.

Before plunging into the nitty gritty details of the truck’s current quality and condition, it’s important to get the overall big picture of the truck’s background.

Ask for maintenance and oil change records, accident history, and if there have been any recent upgrades. More is more.

Uncovering these in the beginning process can save you time and money later on. This is a great start to avoid an overload of information, getting confused and eventually making the wrong decision purchasing a used truck.


In this industry and especially in the Australian used truck industry, choosing a reputable seller is everything. Purchasing a used truck can be a major undertaking. With so many things to consider such as vehicle history, quality and operating status, parts replacement and upgrades, as well as how to finance and insure the truck, it becomes vital to select the right vehicle from a reputable seller.

Trucks Direct is Australia’s home of Truck Sales. With over 35 years of experience in the industry Trucks Direct are the leading name in the used truck sales market.

Trucks Direct provides Australia with a whole new way to buy or sell Trucks at the best price, with minimal time input from management or employees. Trucks Direct are your one stop shop for quality used trucks, and are one of Australia’s largest used truck dealers with a wide range of Trucks to suit your transport needs.

We specialise in every type of Truck. Our range includes Pantechs, Curtainsiders, Tautliners, Tippers, Steel Trays, Refrigerated Trucks, Table Top, Cab Chassis, Alloy Trays, Prime Movers and Crane Trucks.

We also understand that many customers will require a particular specification of truck to suit their line of work, and we are able to source the right truck for any of our customers needs!

Our prominent Fairfield based yard features a huge range of used trucks from all the biggest brands in the market such as Isuzu, Hino, Mitsubishi, UD, Fuso and more.

Whether you’re a single operator or you’re looking for fleet management, check out our full used truck inventory to find the truck that’s right for you.