Why do some owner-operators fail?

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No business venture has a 100% success rate unfortunately. Owner-operators in the used truck industry are no exception to that face. The obstacles they face may be different than other industries, but they still incur the same risks most small business owners do. As a used truck sales company our goal is to help remove or assist with any barriers that may be in the way. Continue reading “Why do some owner-operators fail?”

Tampering With Aftertreatment Systems Puts Your Business at Risk

Modern commercial vehicle aftertreatment systems have dramatically reduced harmful vehicle emissions and helped improve our air quality. But since their initial introduction, these systems have also contributed to more instances of mechanical breakdown and therefore, downtime. Recent changes in aftertreatment technology have significantly improved performance and reduced the number of failures but still, some are leery of the potential for failure that the aftertreatment system may introduce. For example, when the truck is producing emissions in excess of what is allowed under the Clean Air Act, the aftertreatment will shut the truck down, even if it is otherwise in good working order. Continue reading “Tampering With Aftertreatment Systems Puts Your Business at Risk”

Is purchasing a 6×2 chassis configuration the right choice for you?

When buyers begin the process of finding the right used truck for their business, many times they start by asking questions regarding price, miles, engine make, horsepower or other general spec-related inquiries. However, the first question they should be asking is how well this particular piece of equipment will perform while meeting your hauling needs and requirements. Continue reading “Is purchasing a 6×2 chassis configuration the right choice for you?”

What should owner-operators know about the used truck buying process?

When most owner-operators come into our dealerships they’re concerned about price (they want the best deal possible) and about the truck specs. The buying process can be difficult but it should be easy if you have a plan. Price is obviously very important, and you shouldn’t leave a dealership without asking their best price. But don’t ignore the important questions beyond just that will be the difference between success and disaster on the road. Continue reading “What should owner-operators know about the used truck buying process?”

Warning signs for owner-operators when talking to a truck dealer

What are the warning signs for owner-operators talking with dealers about their next truck purchase? There are a lot of things that could raise a red flag but one of the first things to think about is when you go into or call the dealership, make sure you’re not being pushed automatically into something you’re not comfortable with. If they’re not listening to you or listening to your unique situation, that can often be the first warning sign when working with a dealer or salesperson. Continue reading “Warning signs for owner-operators when talking to a truck dealer”

What’s the first question a used truck buyer should ask a dealer?


What’s the first question a used truck buyer should ask a dealer?

The first question is typically “what’s your best price?” There are several other questions that people will start with about inventory, financing, their warranty programs or what a truck sales company does to their trucks before selling them. Continue reading “What’s the first question a used truck buyer should ask a dealer?”

Why a First Time Truck Buyer Should Be Scared to Buy a Used Truck

We get asked the question all the time: “Should a first -time truck buyer be scared about buying a used truck?” You might be surprised to hear this from a used truck sales company but the answer is “yes”! As with any big decision, discretion and knowledge is the key to minimizing the fear and apprehension associated with buying used or even new equipment. Continue reading “Why a First Time Truck Buyer Should Be Scared to Buy a Used Truck”

Truck Classifications

Truck classifications are typically based upon the maximum loaded weight of the truck, usually using the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) and sometimes the gross trailer weight rating (GTWR). This can vary among local or regional authorities.

The classes range from 1–8.  Trucks are also classified more broadly by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), which classifies groups by light duty (1–2) , medium duty (3–6), and heavy duty (7–8). A commercial driver’s license (CDL) is generally required to operate heavy duty trucks. Continue reading “Truck Classifications”