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Things To Consider When Buying A Used Semi

For some semi-truck drivers, the day may come when they want to buy their first truck. Considering a used truck is a good option, especially for a small company or a driver looking to move from a large company to their own business.

Where to Start

The first step in moving into your own trucking business is to buy a truck. But semi-trucks are expensive, so considering a used truck might be the best way to go. There are many used trucks available through semi-truck dealerships that are well maintained and still have a lot of life left in them.

Check with the dealer to see what they have for sale and if you are looking for a specific brand or model, let the dealer know. Often the dealer can find a particular type of truck for you if they don't have it on the lot, but it might take a little extra time.

Choosing a Truck Style

If you are planning to drive over the road, you more than likely want a truck with a sleeper cab so that you can avoid the cost of hotels and motels. The sleeper also allows you to put a fridge and microwave in the truck so you can save money by eating in the truck as well. 

If you plan to haul loads locally, you may not want the sleeper cab or the extended chassis that goes with it. A short day cab might be better for your business, and often these trucks are cheaper because they have fewer amenities in them. 

Choosing an Engine and Transmission

With used trucks, you can not always get the perfect combination of engine and transmission, but if you have a preference in either, let the dealer know. For a truck that you are using locally, a ten or thirteen-speed transmission is most likely enough. Still, if you are hauling loads coast to coast, an eighteen-speed transmission offers you more flexibility and can help reduce the amount of fuel you are using. 

Like the transmission, the engine in your truck may make a difference for the long haul or local hauling. A local driver hauling heavy equipment around may need the torque and power of a large engine, but the long haul truck is going to be cruising along with less than eighty thousand pounds on the truck most of the time.

If you can find a used semi on the lot that is in good shape and has the right setup for your needs already in it, you are well on your way to buying your first truck and starting a career in a growing, thriving industry. 

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