Lorry milage

nikki_07766

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As you've prob guessed form my earlier post i'm looking into lorrys at the mo, we have jut rung up one and it has 450,000 miles on the clock it's a n reg, this time round i know it's a lot but does that mean it's going to go bang after a week....
 

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any one
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We've just bought a P reg that's done 120,000 km which I know is low mileage for a lorry that age. Is the 450,000 miles or km? I would probably give it a miss unless it has a very decent service record but it depends whether you can afford anything with less miles on the clock.
 

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I was worried about mileage too and was told by a number of people including 2 diesel mechanics that a wagon will easily go on for 500000kms+ providing its been well maintained. The wagons I were looking at had about 330oookm on them and that had put me off. Ive just bought a 2001 with 275000kms on it and arent too worried about it. Fingers crossed its been sound enough to do that, Id be more worried as a conversion if it had done really low mileage. Personally though I wouldnt want to go much more even though I was told they would be fine.
 

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When I was looking in the spring my HGV mechanic told me he's more worried by low milage than high. Apparently a lorry that has low mileage is more likely to have been parked up causing rust and seizing up of mechanical parts and braking system. High mileage shows an engine that is regularly used and normally maintained.
 

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Thanks guy's, it's not the money as such there's a few out there, it was just we might have been able to do a swap/part ex with mine, it's an ex haulage lorry so has been about a bit but that's all I know at the mo, I’m waiting for the lady to get back to us, will prob give it a miss but you never know, you take a gamble with anything you buy we could by a new one and it conks out in a month’s time, god I hate all this buying and selling stuff.
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, i'm still in love with a forum members lorry, i can't remember her name tho, sorry
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. but i bet it's been sold and if not that i won't be able to shift mine in time!!.
 

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You are of course better off with a low mileage lorry as there will be less wear on the mechanical parts.

A lorry that has been parked up a lot such as a horsebox which is only used a few times a month may have brakes that seize up or a sticking clutch. However if it has had a recent MOT (within last 4 weeks) it will probably not be suffering from these symptoms as it had to get through the test.

What you need to do is to get a specialist horsebox mechanic to check it out and also get the container checked out especially the floor and ramp for any rot or rust. Best done from underneath the floor.

Also check out the MOT paperwork (axel weight) to check what it's unladen weight is so that you can calculate how much weight you can put in it before going over weight. Unfortunately many 7.5 ton horseboxes with living will go overweight when they have horses in them!
 
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