The following information has been provided by Volvo Trucks North America. While some of this information is specific to Volvo products, the DPF concepts and process are applicable to most makes. Copyright 2013 Volvo Trucks North America.
Courtesy of Heavy Duty Trucking
How much tampering with exhaust emissions equipment goes on out there? No one knows for sure, but panelists at a session of the Technology & Maintenance Council’s fall meeting in Pittsburgh last week said they had seen some flagrant cases.
Economic realities are forcing fleet managers to look at cost-saving alternatives in their operations that a few years ago simply weren’t worth the trouble for many. As profits narrow or disappear and maintenance costs rise due to older equipment, parts undoubtedly receive more attention.
Before you dive into independence as an owner-operator, take time to assess your experience, finances, dedication and skills. Look in the mirror. You’ve been thinking about going into business for yourself as an owner operator, but are you ready? You crave the independence, but do you have what it takes to be successful?
Knowing the documents you need and when to apply for them will save you time and headaches when you’re ready to obtain your operating authority.
For drivers shifting to become an owner-operator with your own authority, the first dilemma is chicken or egg – do you buy your truck and then get set up as an owner-operator or do you complete the paperwork first before acquiring a rig?
(Purchasing Equipment for Your Company: A Business Whitepaper)
ULTIMATELY, IT’S YOUR DECISION
At some point during a company’s equipment acquisition process, the question always seems to come up: “Should I lease or should I finance?” Of course, paying cash is an option too, but not one that many growing and expanding companies have the luxury of doing, especially in today’s economy, and particularly in the trucking industry.
USED VS. NEW COST SAVINGS CALCULATOR
This calculator was specifically designed for Arrow customers to compare costs and savings.
A question that is often asked is “Why should I buy used?”
Although new trucks generally cost less to operate and maintain, the initial purchase price, F.E.T., and higher insurance costs means higher initial investment and higher CPM (Cost Per Mile).
Whether you’re starting a career as a truck driver or you’ve been a truck driver for years, you know that you need a CDL (commercial driver’s license) to legally operate your vehicle. And according to DOT regulations, all truck drivers are required to receive a physical and carry a medical card with them each time they start a haul.
Do you know your destination?
What if you pick up a load and, as you are scanning the bill of lading, you realize that it tells you exactly what’s in the trailer but there is no destination. Would you start driving and hope to reach the destination? Of course not.