When purchasing a commercial truck it is crucial to look at a bunch of different factors to determine the right type of truck that you will need for the job. There are many different brands of trucks out there and each of them offer their own unique characteristics and features. First things first, it is important for you to evaluate your own needs by asking yourself a few questions:
- Why am I buying this commercial truck?
- What functionalities do I need this truck to have?
- How long do I need this truck to run?
- What purpose will this truck serve.
These are just a few of the most important commercial truck buying questions, but these are a few that every prospective buyer should be asking.
For this blog, we have identified the five things to consider when purchasing a commercial truck for either yourself or for your business. Find out what they are below:
1. Price of the Truck
When looking to either buy a new or used commercial truck, price is going to be one of the most important factors. Sit down and determine what your budget is going to be for your truck purchase or what the budget is going to be for the fleet of trucks you are going to purchase.
You must be realistic about pricing, too. If you have extensive requirements for what you need in a commercial truck fleet then it would be wise to make sure that you also have an extensive budget to meet the requirements for what you need in a truck or fleet.
Another thing to consider is whether or not you want to purchase a new or used truck. Sometimes used truck purchases can be much more cost-effective versus purchasing a brand new fleet of vehicles. If I am considering purchasing a Mack Truck for example, I might look at whether or not I can find a Mack Truck dealer that offers used truck sales.
2. Application of the Truck
The application needs of your commercial truck will also be extremely important when considering purchase of a new commercial truck or fleet. Certain models are better suited for different applications.
If you are a trash hauler, you need to make sure that you purchase a model of truck that can support the application of the job. Different brands will all have different lines of vehicles to certify different needs. Trucks come in all shapes and sizes, but some of the applications to consider are whether you need a roll-off truck, dump truck, trash truck, or a mixer truck. Make sure that the brand you are looking into is known for your specific application type.
All these factors would play an important role in your truck buying process as you would want a truck that perfectly fills your requirements. Also, if you are not keen on some serious hauling right now, you need to show some foresight and think about the next few years and what your needs will be down the line. For example, if you are planning to start a business that requires heavy lifting and towing, there is a high probability that you will be taking more loads down the line as your business grows.
Envisioning every scenario now will help you make prudent decisions and save you a lot of money and trouble later on.
3. Commercial Truck Warranty
Due to the nature of the commercial trucking industry, you must look into the type of warranty that is going to be provided for your vehicle. Most of the time the warranty of the commercial truck might not be explicitly stated on the website so it is important that you have an expert that knows the ins-and-outs about the purchase you are trying to make.
Another question to ask is whether or not the warranty is coming from the dealership or from the manufacturer itself. Sometimes dealership warranties may vary which is why it is important to make sure that you have a commercial truck buying representative on your side. Most dealerships should have a warranty processor that works directly with the manufacturer to update you on the warranty and warranty claims.
4. Truck Service and Parts Availability
Looking into warranties will also determine whether or not you purchase a new or used commercial vehicle. While new trucks are more expensive that used trucks, they also, more often than not, come with much better warranties on their services.
If you do not have the luxury of your own service department then you need to take into consideration the service and parts availability of the commercial truck that you are going to purchase. Make sure that service, whether at the dealer or a third-party, is readily available should you have issues that might keep your truck or fleet off the road.
Parts are also another thing to consider. If you have to go through the manufacturer to get new parts each and every time something breaks down this could become a very tedious process. Try to find a commercial truck parts dealer than can make sure that you always have the best and most available parts for your commercial truck.
5. Engine Configuration
Last, but not least, is the engine configuration of the commercial truck. Sometimes certain brands just are not able to provide the right type of engine configuration that you need to perform the job at an optimal level. Most brands should have extremely detailed specifications about what their vehicle engines can be provided.
If you are not well versed on engine configurations then it might be wise to use a commercial truck dealer concierge service that will help facilitate the buying process of your new or used commercial trucks.
6. Comfort and Convenience
With a commercial truck you or your drivers will be spending a lot of time behind the wheel. You may think that this is not a big factor and does not need your focus and attention like other important factors such as engine capacity, load carrying capability, or fuel efficiency, but your comfort plays an important role in your daily driving experience.
Uncomfortable seats, poorly designed infotainment system, shoddy cabin construction, or shabby materials (apart from taking out all the pleasure out of your driving) may also lead to long term health complications. It is therefore of utmost importance that you take a closer look and feel of the cabin and its configuration.
Pay attention to the layout, overall construction and ensure the navigation system is on par with your expectations. Also, never forget to take a test drive to get a firsthand experience of how you feel in the driver’s seat and what your driving experience might turn out to be.
6. Type of Loads You Will Be Hauling
Determining what you will actually be hauling is another very important factor to consider when purchasing a commercial truck. In fact, the type of load you will be carrying or the terrain you would be navigating determines both the truck and the truck body you will need.
For example, if you run a garbage and refuse business, you might possibly need a front-loader. If this is the case, then the Mack LR Model might be a perfect fit for you.
On the other hand, if you are transporting dirt or rocks at a construction site then you might consider the Granite MHD model.
Next in line is the terrain you will be navigating and the weather and your driving habits. Choose a truck according to the driving conditions. You will agree that the driving conditions in a place that does not see a lot of rain or snow will be totally different from a place that receives high rain or snowfall. In such a situation you would want a truck that will not leave you stranded in the muck or snow. In this scenario you would be wise to consult with your dealer representative to figure out which is the best model and model configuration for your needs.
7. Fuel Efficiency
With ever rising gas prices, fuel efficiency of a truck is of critical importance. When you are buying a large truck, you have to factor in your fuel costs. Commercial trucks are gas guzzlers and this is one area where your overall costs can add up quickly if you do not do your homework in advance.
The good thing for you is that truck companies are investing a lot of time and money in R&D activities to find solutions that helps in fuel conservation without adversely affecting the engine’s performance. A fuel efficient truck will help you save a lot of money over the course of ownership. While buying a truck, you would like to keep in mind the latest technology and innovations that truck makers are making in the engine for added fuel efficiency.
8. New or Used Purchase
We touch on this topic a lot more in our other blog post titled, "Should I Purchase a New or Used Commercial Truck?" But, this is a huge thing to consider.
A lot will go into this determination but things like pricing, requirements, available warranty, and more will go into the decision of whether to buy a new or used vehicle.
There are many factors to consider when deciding to purchase a commercial truck or a fleet of commercial trucks. Make sure that you know what you are looking for or have someone on your side that knows what you need when facilitating the buying process.
If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below and thanks so much for reading!
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