A semi represents a significant investment so you're always well advised to have it inspected for any problems before you buy, after any kind of accident, and before you submit it for DOT checks. Since there are also randomized DOT checks out there on the road it's a good idea to have your trucks and trailers regularly inspected so you can have the peace of mind of knowing that your vehicles and your paperwork are likely to pass.
DOT Level 1
While there are six levels of DOT test most of us only have to worry about one to three with level 1 the main one to worry about. This is the North American standard inspection and takes in both the driver and the vehicle so some of the things you can help yourself with include making sure that driver's license and daily logs are to hand. Then what we can do is go through the check list of the Level 1 inspection and ensure that everything is in order. It's a pretty thorough list and covers off all of the major mechanicals from steering to suspension and coupling to cabling with an emphasis on safety features including tail lamps, and seat belts. It's often the little things that you get caught out on, such as the windshield wipers and having an experienced inspector run through the full DOT check list is easily the best way of staying on the right side of the law.
Pre Purchase Truck Inspections
Trucks don't come cheap so it's a wise investment to have any potential semi checked over by our trained inspectors. As part of our inspection we will check over the engine for smooth and efficient running, the cooling system that keeps it safe, we check the turbocharger and the power train. We run electrical tests on the charging and starting systems, the electronics (including emission controls) and the sub systems such as the air con, radios, etc. Our checks will pick up on any mechanical problems that will most likely need to be repaired down the line and give you an idea not only of any hidden headaches but also the cost and likely schedule of putting the rig right.
Trailers need checking too, from axles to suspension and box units so we also inspect trailers including ABS diagnostics and the condition of reefer chutes and vents. We check to ensure that the components are functioning and not likely to fail and we go through the full DOT check list to ensure they are safe and legally roadworthy.
Running a tailpipe test isn't just a good idea to ensure you pass the DOT tests, it is also an early warning of an engine that isn't running at peak performance and that will cost you money in fuel inefficiency. So we conduct a tailpipe test that tells us about the performance of the catalytic converter, the positive crankcase ventilation system, and even the little details like old spark plugs or clogged filters.