Used Trucks, Used Truck Parts
Selling Quality Used Work Trucks and Used Truck Parts Since 1993. We're Your Tr-State Used Work Truck Headquarters!

Frequently Asked Questions


Welcome to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ page). Below, we have tried to answer the most common questions visitors to our Web site may have. If you find that your question is not answered on this page, please email us info@tatrucks.com or call us between 9am and 5pm weekdays at 866-404-4005. Sales Department is open 9am to 6pm weekdays, and Saturday mornings by appointment ONLY — please call to make an appointment prior to stopping down.


Where do you get the trucks you sell?

We purchase our trucks from a wide variety of sources. Some come from lease turn ins, some via trade-ins, and some are purchased from customers with whom we have long-term, comfortable relationships. But ALL the trucks we sell are thoroughly examined by our staff of factory-trained truck mechanics. They are delivered to you ready to go to work. Click here to read the terms of our standard warranty. If a vehicle is sold "as-is", the buyer assumes all responsibility for any problems or necessary repairs right from the moment of purchase.

How long should I expect a diesel truck to run?

A difficult question to answer, as all trucks/engines are different. We can tell you that we have customers running diesel trucks with over 400,000 miles - and counting. The key to keeping your diesel truck on the road for a long time is to have the engine serviced regularly. For a 4 cylinder diesel we recommend an oil service every 5,000 miles and a 6 cylinder every 7,500 miles. Have your automatic transmission serviced every year. It's also important that you pay close attention to the temperature gauge on your vehicle. If you should see the gauge go above 75%, pull your vehicle over, turn off the engine, and call our service department at 866-404-4005 for further instructions.

Do you have financing? How does that work?

TA Truck Sales works closely with several excellent finance companies. These firms offer "lease purchase" as well as standard finance contracts at various interest rates, depending upon your personal credit history. Generally, we can offer you one-, two- or three-year terms, but again, this depends upon your personal credit history. All of the lease purchase's offer a buyout at the end of the contract period. This simply means that you must make your regular monthly payments for the term of the contract, and then pay the finance company at the end of that period, you then you own the vehicle outright. During the term of the contract, the vehicle's title remains with the bank or finance company underwriting the lease. Once the buyout is complete, the title will be sent to you and placed in your name.

As a general rule, our finance companies look for a two-year track record in business, a business checking account, and a fairly clean credit history. However, we do work with several companies who offer financing to start-up firms, and to folks with less-than-perfect credit backgrounds. It is important to note that NO lender will provide a loan on a used commercial truck for less than ,000.00. That seems to be written in stone at this time. This is due to several factors, the main one being that the lenders cannot make a fair margin on small amounts.

Can you build me a specific truck if you don't have what I need?

Absolutely; we often install specific truck bodies based on customer needs. You would simply need to pick out an appropriate cab & chassis from our inventory, tell us the specs on the body you'd like, and give us a deposit to begin work. Body installation typically takes from 2-6 weeks, but the cycle can be longer depending upon how busy the body shop happens to be at the time of the order. As needs vary greatly, body installation quotes are provided on an individual basis.

What kind of warranty do you offer?

In keeping with area industry standards, we typically offer no warranty on our used trucks. However, you can buy a 30-day warranty from us for a nominal additional cost. Click here to read the terms of our standard warranty.

Do you sell new and used trucks?

We sell only top-quality used medium-duty trucks between 11,000 and 33,000 Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW).

How do I know the trucks will last?

Our factory-trained mechanics go over each vehicle we sell thoroughly to make sure they are up to spec and ready to make money for you. We offer a standard warranty to back this up.

It should be noted that many used truck dealers DO NOT service the vehicles they sell, but simply have a small shop to handle cosmetic repairs and clean-up. TA Truck Sales, however, features a complete medium- and heavy-duty truck service center, staffed by factory-trained mechanics, at our Chester location. We service what we sell as well as any other trucks you may own.

Are the trucks inspected?

Yes. Unless specifically negotiated otherwise, the trucks we sell pass both Pennsylvania and Federal Department of Transportation (DOT) inspections. On occasion, we WILL offer or negotiate to sell a vehicle "as-is", and in that case, the buyer assumes all responsibility for any problems or necessary repairs right from the moment of purchase.

Can I get a tag from you?

Yes. TA Truck Sales is a fully licensed and registered Pennsylvania State Tag Agent, and as such, we sell both temporary and permanent tags.

I am from out of state. Can you inspect my truck or get me a tag?

Although we can perform and guarantee a Pennsylvania State Inspection, we cannot perform out-of-state inspections. However, we can do a Federal Department of Transportation (DOT) inspection on the vehicle. You will still need to have your vehicle inspected at an appropriate facility in your state, however, and due to the varied and sometimes stringent requirements of certain specific states, we cannot guarantee that your truck will pass inspection in your state. Note; Pennsylvania is one of the toughest states for inspection laws. If it passes here it should pass anywhere.

I like one of the cab & chassis on your lot, but I need the frame to be shorter. Can you do that?

We can do frame reductions. Since trucks and requirements vary widely, these jobs are quoted on an individual basis.

What is your hourly rate?

Although each repair job is quoted on an individual basis, our hourly rate for service is .00 per half hour.

Do you offer towing service?

We do offer heavy and medium-duty towing service to our existing repair customers only. If your truck should break down, and you intend to have it repaired at our facility, please call us at 866-404-4005 to arrange for a tow.

What kinds of trucks do you fix?

We repair medium- and heavy-duty diesel trucks from all manufacturers. We handle small repairs, regular engine and transmission service, air conditioning repairs, accident damage, starters, clutches, alternators, brakes, axels, springs, cab repairs, and even complete engine and transmission overhauls. We also fix van bodies, roll-up doors, and hydraulics. Additionally, we are fully computerized, and offer complete fleet service/maintenance tracking to help you keep your trucks on the road and minimize internal office management of your fleet. In short, we can handle all your medium- and heavy-duty truck service needs. Free estimates are available upon request.

How much is an oil service?

For a 4-cylinder diesel truck, our standard oil service is .00. This includes oil change, filter, grease chassis, check fluids and lights, blow out air filer, and 21-point safety check. (Includes up to 14 quarts of oil) The same service for a 6-cylinder diesel truck is .00, (this includes up to 18 quarts of oil)

For a 7.3 or power stroke diesel engine, this service is .00, and this includes one filter and up to 18 quarts of oil. Additional filters are priced on application.

For a Class 7-8, 6 cylinder diesel engine, this service is .00, and this includes one filter and up to 24 quarts of oil. Additional filters are priced on application.

Same service for a light duty gas engine is only .95, up to 5 quarts oil and one filter. Additional filters are priced on application.
Note that these figures are subject to change without notice.

How much is a fuel service?

For a 4-cylinder diesel truck, our standard fuel service is .00. This includes service, water separator, change fuel filter, and inspection of all lines and hoses. Price includes one filter. Additional filters are priced on application. This same service for a 6-cylinder diesel truck is .00, and this price includes one filter. Additional filters are priced on application.

Same service for a gas engine is .95 plus parts.
Note that these figures are subject to change without notice.

How much will it cost to winterize my truck?

TA offers a Complete Winterization Package for just .00. This service includes pressure test system and check for leaks; tighten and check hoses and belts; check operation of glow plug and starting system; and check clutch fan operation and condition of radiator. Any parts needed are NOT included, however.
Note that these figures are subject to change without notice.

I have 18 trucks. Can you help me track service dates?

Yes. All of our customers are entered into our state-of-the-art computer system for tracking. We send out regular mailings to let you know when your vehicles should be serviced. It is vital to the long-term viability of your diesel truck that you perform regular service on the vehicle.

Do your mechanics know what they're doing?

All of our mechanics are factory trained and certified to work on medium- and heavy-duty diesel trucks. Our Service Manager has a track record of over 25 years servicing and repairing diesel truck engines.

Do you fix tires?

No. TA does not do tire repairs in-house. However, we do have close relationships with several area facilities that do this type of work, and we can out-source these types of jobs for our regular customers.

Do you do big jobs like engine replacements or transmissions?

Yes! We are specialists in these types of repairs, and have one of the few area facilities that can logistically handle this type of work.

Do you sell new, used or rebuilt parts?

All three! We have a wide selection of all three types of parts available at our Chester, PA facility. We specialize in parts for foreign and domestic cabover trucks such as Isuzu NPRs, FTRs, FRRs, and FSRs; GMC W4000s, W4500s, T5500s, and T6500s; Mitsubishi's, and Nissan/UDs. All parts are available for standard UPS or Federal Express overnight shipments (where available) around the globe. Common carriers are used for the large components. PayPal parts orders can be placed on this website, or use your credit card and order via telephone at 866-404-4005. We accept all major credit cards, but only for phone-in and walk-in customers.

Specializing in Light and Medium Duty Work Trucks since 1993