Under the category special vehicles, fall a number of different types special vehicles, such as: Garbage/Disposal and Fire/Rescue vehicles, but also Road maintenance vehicles and even the Unimog. Along with the general base vehicle inspection, the special vehicle substructure should be checked carefully. Such vehicles are generally in operation as municipal service vehicles and are maintained accordingly – therefore always request proof of maintenance when buying. Also important is where this vehicle was driven – this provides clues on the intensity of operation, the road condition and the quality of vehicle maintenance. A close inspection of the brakes, axles, tyres, electrics and the body work is essential. Look carefully at, above all else, moving parts such as hinge joints and bearings. If these have excessive wear or are dry, this can be an indication of poor maintenance. Test all areas of the vehicle and pay special attention to any noises or mechanical resistance. Check if everything is well greased and lubricated and whether there is any oil residue on the motor or transmission.