If you fall into the category of looking for another semi-truck for your business, you will have some obvious questions. It doesn’t matter if you are thinking about becoming an owner-operator or if you own an existing trucking business, every owner-operator will have a unique set of needs.
What to look for when buying a new or used semi truck will also be determined by those needs and preferences. Here is a look at five things to consider if you’ve been asking yourself, "Is now the right time to buy another semi-truck for my business?"
The price of the semi-truck is undoubtedly the most sizeable consideration. Factors such as the owner’s budget and expected return on investment are some of the aspects to evaluate when looking for a new or used semi-truck.
Type of Trucking Business
What to look for when buying a new semi-truck should also be influenced by the type of trucking business you operate. For owner-operators with long-haul and over-the-road businesses, sleeper cabs are worth considering. By contrast, owner-operators with short-run loads or that are home every night won’t need the expense of sleepers and typically choose day cab semi-trucks.
Some drivers prefer standard transmission vehicles, regardless of what they drive. Automatic transmissions are the king of the road when it comes to the most-preferred type of transmission. Choosing your transmission and preferences, such as vehicle handling, are also necessary considerations. With the amount of time owner-operators spend inside their vehicles, driving preferences will make a difference in picking the right semi-truck.
Another important aspect of choosing the right semi-truck for your business is your personal preference. Color, make, model and other personal preferences may not be a deal-breaker, but they should count.
Don’t forget to do your homework and ask questions to get insights on truck features and options. From GPS systems to hands-free communication and safety features, technology in trucking has come a long way.
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