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I think a work truck would be hit or miss depending on the company that owned the truck and, of course, who drove it most. Many fleets now-a-days have full time satellite driving monitors and superb maintenance programs.
Basically, when a vehicle is removed from a fleet, it is because it's maintenance and down-time exceeds the cost of a replacement vehicle. If a company's downtime for a truck is extremely expensive (Halliburton, Schlumberger, etc.), a truck may be sold much earlier with no signs of trouble. Large companies also typically use accounting formulas to decide when to remove vehicles rather than a mechanic's opinion. If a truck is removed from a small-to-mid-sized fleet that works in an industry where it can cheaply absorb some down-time (like a cable installer), then you can bet that they are replacing the truck because it is causing them major problems and is projected to do this in the future.
I know you can't always find a vehicle's history, but these are just some things to think about.