Tips for Choosing the Right Big Rig

Posted on 09 June 2016 by Tony Santos

Heavy Trucks

Your big rig is your biggest asset. In owner-operator trucking, it’s up to you to choose the rig that’s right for you. The following tips will help ensure you choose a truck that will get you a great return on your investment.

Enlist the right help. Being able to tap into the expertise and knowledge of a good equipment sales rep is invaluable. Unfortunately, such individuals are few and far between. Avoid fast talking salespeople and try to find an experienced rep who is also a former trucker or mechanic.

Be leery of the latest trends. Remember the Kenworth Anteater? It had a drop nose configuration which made it more aerodynamic and diesel efficient. Unfortunately, it also had a smaller radiator resulting in less cooling capacity, making it useless for heavy loads in mountainous terrain. Kenworth fixed the problem but those who bought Anteaters beforehand were stuck.

Stick with what you need. It can be tempting to go for all the bells and whistles, but make sure it’s something you actually need, not just something you want. For instance, you may actually need moose bumpers, depending on where you’re driving, but if you don’t need them, skip them.

Aim for versatility. The more versatile your specs are, the more types of loads you’ll be able to haul. Not only that, but versatility will boost resale value.

Keep these tips in mind and you’re much more likely to choose a truck you’ll be happy with for the long haul.

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