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Used Trucks For Sale
Searching for a used truck in South Africa requires not only knowing makes and models, but vehicle classifications as well. Trucks come in all shapes and sizes, from light, compact trucks for everyday use, to heavy, multi-axle trucks used for construction and hauling cargo. Finding a used truck on Gumtree means knowing what you are looking for. In South Africa, vehicles are generally classified by weight and number of axles, with personal and family trucks falling into the first category, while most utility trucks fall into the upper three categories. Together, these categories are known as light, medium heavy, large heavy, and extra large heavy.
Most personal or family use trucks are categorised as light vehicles. While these trucks may be significantly larger than many cars and especially motorcycles, which share this classification, they remain lumped together because of their single axle design. Light trucks typically have two seat cabins and attached beds for hauling cargo. They may also come with small compartments at the front of the bed for storing tools and other supplies.
Medium Heavy Trucks
Medium heavy trucks are generally the smaller, more manoeuvrable trucks seen on construction sites and major highways, and typically carry only one load of cargo. These trucks are defined as being moderately heavy and feature only two axles in their design. This dual axle design allows them to carry a long bed or trailer, while still manoeuvring around corners. In construction use, the trailers are often equipped with hydraulics to raise the bed for dumping sand, dirt, or other cargo.
Large Heavy and Extra Large Heavy Trucks
The two highest categories of trucks in South Africa are large heavy and extra large heavy. These trucks feature multi-axle designs that allow them to carry multiple trailers, transporting large amounts of cargo over long distances. Drivers of these trucks need to be specially trained to handle their length and weight. They are less typically seen on construction sites, but will frequently run down major highways transporting goods.
All these varieties of trucks can be found for sale in South Africa. Which classification you purchase should be based on your needs and driving experience.