Buying Tips When Looking for a Commercial Truck

2014 US Trucking Guide – Buying Tips When Looking for a Commercial Truck

A new commercial truck is a good tool for business owners. If it’s not the right tool for the job, then he will have to spend a lot of money to not get this job done. Buying a commercial truck is different than buying a new family car, or a pickup truck. There are certain steps to finding the right commercial truck:

Types of Commercial Trucks

Major truck manufacturers produce cargo vans and pickup trucks that are specifically designed for commercial use. These “work truck” packages are also designed for business use, and are driven by employees. They are also cost-effective. Brands such as Chevrolet, Ford, and Dodge all offer commercial vans and pickups in a wide variety of sizes and configurations. Drivers need to know how the business plans of how to use their new commercial truck, in order to choose the one that is correctly made for the job.

Other types of commercial trucks come from the truck manufacturer as incomplete vehicles, or chassis cabs. These types of trucks usually require additional equipment or bodies installed, so that they can perform with their intended tasks. Common types of trucks that begin as incomplete vehicles are known as box trucks, flatbed trucks, dump trucks, refrigerated trucks, water trucks, and tow trucks. The final manufacturing and outfitting of these trucks is significantly more complicated, and often contains specialty equipment on how to accomplish certain kinds of jobs.

Commercial trucks come in a whole variety of sizes, weight, and functionality. They can also be large and powerful, such as an 18-wheeler or a tanker truck, and just be a little bit more powerful than a car, such as a pickup truck or a taxi van. In order to drive a commercial truck, drivers must first be able to own a commercial driver’s license, or a CDL.

Dump Trucks

A dump truck is used to transport lose material, which includes gravel, sand, or dirt. Typically, it comes with an open box which is hydraulically operated and hinged at the rear. This box is also used to hold lose material, and can be lifted to allow their contents to be dumped. Dump trucks can be found at construction sites, to deposit building materials at designated locations. A driver who drives a dump truck sits in a cab, which protects him from falling debris. To operate a dump truck, drivers need to get a Class B CDL.

Flatbed Trucks

A flatbed truck has a flat level body, without sides and a roof. The open bed lets truckers to load their goods easily. This type of truck is also designed to carry heavy loads that aren’t delicate to changes in weather. A flatbed truck is also used to transport large construction equipment.

Garbage Trucks

A garbage truck is also known as a waste collection vehicle. It is designed to hold small amounts of waste. They haul their contents to landfills, or recycling facilities. The capacity of this type of vehicle is also related to its productivity. If the truck can also carry a small amount of load, then the amount of time it spends on trips to the landfill can make the driver’s route less productive. In order to become a garbage truck driver, he also needs to get a Class B CDL.

Tractor Trailers

A semi-trailer truck or a tractor trailer usually consists of a towing engine with a cab, as well as a semi-trailer to carry freight. The dashboard of a semi-trailer truck contains a lot of gauges and meters. These are indicators of how the truck is running. The driver always needs to monitor them while he is on the road. The gauges are broken into two parts: Basic instruments, which include a speedometer and a fuel gauge, and Warning devices, which has a low-pressure warning alarm light. Since these trucks have a tendency to be large and heavy, a Class D CDL is required for operating tractor trailers.

Purchasing a Commercial Truck

For buying a commercial truck or a pickup truck, the driver needs to look for a dealership of the brand of his choice with the commercial sales department. The dealer commercial department should also have a large diverse inventory of work trucks and salesmen that have years of experience, helping businesses with their vehicle needs. A good truck salesman will ask the driver how he is going to use the truck, then give a recommendation based on how they plan to use the truck.

For trucks with additional equipment, the driver needs to find a dealership, as well as a salesperson that has an experience when it comes to outfitting trucks. Truck and body specifications, load factors and legal requirements can be complicated. The driver should receive a type of written proposal that contains truck and equipment specifications. The more information the salesman can provide on how the driver will use the truck, the better the proposal.

Pricing and financing also work a little bit differently on the commercial side of the dealership. The commercial salesperson is also looking for a long-term relationship with her customers. She should provide a market competitive price on the very first proposal. If this is the driver’s first commercial truck, he needs to get proposals from a couple of dealerships to find the one that he is most comfortable with.

The financing of a commercial vehicle is usually based on the financial standing of the business that is purchasing the truck. The dealership will receive the financing through a source that specializes in commercial vehicles. Profit, loss, as well as balance sheets that come from the business may still need to get an approval. If the business happens to be new or doesn’t have an established credit, then a personal guarantee from one or more of the principals may be needed. The financing of these commercial vehicles through a quality commercial lender is also an excellent way of building business credit. For a newer business, it is a great day when the next truck can be financed on the business’ own credit, and a personal guarantee is not required.

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