Most drivers of semi-trucks are on the road all day, every day to make a living. With all the hours put into your truck, chances are that your Freightliner semi-truck requires a lot of upkeep and maintenance. When that maintenance work begins to crop up a little too frequently, you may find yourself frustrated: after all, when your semi-truck is off the road, that means you’re not making any money. Read on to find out a few tips to help you decide if it makes more sense to continue putting work into your old truck, or if you should consider purchasing a new one.
Costs of Maintenance
The first thing to consider when you’re deciding whether to buy new or maintain old is, obviously, the costs involved. If you run your calculations and determine that you are spending more than $0.13 or $0.14 per mile, then you are spending too much money to have things fixed on your semi-truck. In order to keep things profitable, maintenance costs of around $.05 a mile are ideal.
Longevity in the Industry
Do you intend to keep working in the trucking industry for many more years? Or are you nearing retirement age or thinking about a career change? How many more years you intend to stay in the trucking business is another important thing to consider if you’re thinking of buying a new Freightliner semi-truck. If you see many years ahead, opt for the new truck: it will save you money on upkeep in the long run and help to keep you comfortable and safe out on the road.
Comply with Regulations
Depending on how old your truck is, you may need to replace the emission compliance filter on your truck in order to abide by CARB regulations. This expense can run you anywhere from $16,000 to $18,000. A new truck will have a compliant engine already and you also get the added benefits of all the new updates Freightliner has added into their semi-truck line.
Baltimore Freightliner-Western Star
If you’re in the trucking business or are looking to discover more about commercial truck sales, call on Baltimore Freightliner-Western Star. You can call toll-free at 800-832-7278 or locally at 410-685-4474 or email us your questions and concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since 1986, Baltimore Freightliner-Western Star has provided top quality service for the trucking industry. Whether you need to purchase specialized truck parts from our expansive inventory, expand your fleet with our selection of top-tier trucks, or have your company’s trucks serviced or repaired, Baltimore Freightliner-Western Star is the best choice in trucking.
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