When you decide the time is right to become an owner-operator, it can be a little overwhelming to think about shelling out for our own rig. After all, newer models can carry up to a six-figure price, which is a huge commitment. For many drivers, the smart choice is to buy used, but choosing to buy from a used truck dealer is also nerve-wracking. You want this investment to last without breaking down and breaking your budget on upkeep and repairs. When you’re ready to buy, keep these tips in mind.
Deciding What To Get
While there is no hard and fast best truck out there, there are several popular brands. When you are trying to decide which brand you want to go with, keep in mind that the more popular ones will mean less stress when it comes to replacing parts. If you want help choosing the best brand for you, ask other, well-established owner-operators what they prefer, or ask whatever repair shop you’ve built a relationship with.
Deciding Where To Buy
Choosing the dealer you want to go with is another hard thing, and it is another time when having advice from established owner-operators could be helpful. Also, check the reviews online for the various dealers you are considering, before heading over to them.
Choosing Between Options
Once you decide on the used truck dealer, you will likely still have multiple options to choose between. Keep in mind that this is probably not going to be your forever truck – so select with eventual resale in mind. This means that you will be better off choosing the more versatile and neutral-colored truck of the bunch. You should also weigh the impending work and parts that the truck will need, because they all will need work. If the choice is between a truck that clearly needs new tires and brakes and one that has a run-down engine, the brakes and tires are going to be cheaper to fix. Other factors of the truck will play a part in the decision and will come down to your preference, including the type of transmission, the number of axels, the kind of cab, and so on.
Trucks, even used ones, are a sizable investment, but they are an investment in your business. With that being said, you need to realistically look at your budget before you look at any trucks. You should also talk to your preferred lenders if you’re thinking of financing, since there will likely be criteria that the truck must meet (including age).
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