Need a truck? Stuck for choice? The truck market is complicated. There are so many different types of truck for different purposes. Every business has different demands and there are different trucks to suit. How can you find the one that’s right for you? Read on and find the best tips to choose the right rig. The more knowledge you have, the better it is finding a great deal on a truck loan, too!
Ask yourself – what do you need the truck to do?
This is crucial – you need to know how your truck will apply to solving a problem in your business before you start thinking about finance and purchasing. Are you hauling large items? Are you transporting food or perishables? Maybe you’re hauling raw materials or heavy loads. Perhaps you need a truck that transports liquids that’s safe for hazardous chemicals. If the truck you need has one specific purpose, you may narrow down your list very quickly. There’s little point buying a flatbed truck if you’re moving furniture. Only a semi-trailer or large van may do. This is especially important if you’re looking to make a return on your investment from the get-go.
New vs. used
This is crucial, once you’ve made up your mind about what kind of truck you need. Do you want to save money initially by buying used or make an investment in a new truck? Older trucks usually mean you’ll have to spend even more on maintenance, repairs and fuel. Older trucks do not have a better fuel economy compared to later models. If your truck is nearing the end of its life cycle, it’s not worth sinking five, sometimes six figures into a truck that may need replacement. Newer trucks usually come with a warranty and you’ll be spending less time in the repair shop compared with older trucks.
Get a lighter, greener machine
Another factor to consider in your truck purchase is how much your truck will cost to run. Fuel prices are high enough as it is; don’t waste your time on buying a “fuel guzzler.” A good tip: look for trucks with light tare weights, good aerodynamics and high tyre strength.
Driving and handling
If you’re an owner-driver, you’ll be spending a lot of time behind the wheel. Any truck that helps you get the job done is definitely worth considering. You should think whether if it has enough engine power to haul the loads you require; is easy to operate and handle; has a secure, safe and noise-free cabin; if you prefer automatic transmission. Remember to test drive any of your short-listed rigs, so you know what you’re driving away with when you buy!