Most of the time you are not going to find a used semi-truck on a pre-owned car lot. If you are in the market for a commercial truck you may have a hard time finding one that is not new. This does not mean it is impossible you just have to know where to look. If you search the right spots you may just acquire that Peterbilt, Sterling, or Freightliner for a very nice price indeed.
Many semi-truck dealers have used trucks on site. It is always a good idea to check with local dealers first if you have any. Remember, you are looking for commercial truck dealerships not normal car lots. Make sure you do all your homework before hand. Have a firm understanding of your budget and exactly what you need. You can haggle with dealerships but you can also be taken in if not careful. Dealerships are still the most reliable place to look.
The internet has become a key source for many things. Semi-trucks are one of them. A simple internet search can bring you dozens of results. You can find local dealers close to you who may have some commercial trucks for sale. You can even focus your search on specifics. Simply enter in Freightliner trucks for sale and you will find every available choice fitting that brand. You can also get in contact with private sellers. Some commercial trucks are even sold over sites like eBay or Amazon. First person contact is always important so never buy a truck without actually looking at it. However, finding trucks online is still a great source. You can even bid or buy as well. Still dot the ‘t’s and cross the ‘i’s before you buy.
Auto trader magazines also carry listings for vehicles. Many focus entirely on commercial trucks. They can be great sources for contacting both dealers and private owners. They list the prices as well as specs. A magazine is a great way of finding available trucks locally.
Buying a used truck off a private owner is the most popular avenue available. Used semis become available for a variety of reasons: drivers retire, situations change, or new trucks are acquired. In any case a private owner can offer you the lowest price and they can be haggled with. It boils down to a trust factor. You have to make sure you are vigilant when dealing with private owners so you get a good deal. Make sure they have all the paperwork, inspect the vehicle, and leave no stone unturned. Private dealers can even set up different payment systems. Third parties can draw up contracts for anything as long as both sides agree to it.
Private sellers cut out the middleman so it is just you and the person you are dealing with. This is often time the best way to go, but be sure to exhaust every option beforehand. Never just settle for one source.