Equipment

Truck purchase v. lease: How to weigh the choices

Things have been going well for owner-operator John Doe. His primary customer has offered him greater load frequency, but taking advantage of the opportunity will require another dependable truck. Weigh his choices to purchase or lease here and weigh in with your own.

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Uber enters trucking via Otto acquisition, co.’s announce plans for freight matching system

Trucking tech startup Otto announced Aug. 18 it has been acquired by ride-sharing tech giant Uber. The two companies say they have plans for not only deploying an autonomous retrofit system on tractor-trailers, but also for bringing Uber-type technology to trucking to create a nationwide ...

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13 reasons you hang on to that old truck

Having a truck paid off makes for a boost in versatility in decisions about the business -- in a variety of ways, too, many associated with outright ownership of specifically older equipment, readers say.

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Trucking industry groups say they’re concerned about costs of new emissions rule, but support goals

“Forcing a standard that can lead to problems with reliability and maintenance ultimately has no benefits to the environment if no one wants to buy the product,” one trucking industry group said.

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Full-service leasing on the rise?

Combine rapidly developing and complicated truck technology with new-equipment cost pressures and the Millennial generation’s rising presence in trucking, and some watchers see full-service leasing being increasingly attractive to small fleets.

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Making the truck acquisition decision: To lease or purchase?

Rising equipment, maintenance costs drive closer looks at options old and new for acquiring a truck by purchase, lease-purchase or full-service lease deal.

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Kenworth ending T660 production, adds new T680 daycab options

Kenworth Assistant General Manager for Sales and Marketing Jason Skoog said Friday the company will cease production of its T660 later this year, signaling the end of the line for a truck that once led the company’s charge into modern aerodynamics and fuel efficiency.

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Bendix announces free remedy kit for trailer spring brake valve recall

Bendix has directed owners of the trailers to work through their trailer manufacturer or an authorized Bendix parts outlet – depending on how each manufacturer has elected to administer the recall – to obtain the remedy kit.

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Used truck pricing update: 3-5-year-old sleeper tractors lag behind 2015, but remain stable

“The cohort with the best value retention looks to be trucks of model year 2013 with 400,000 to 500,000 miles,” says NADA's Chris Visser. “Trucks in this age and mileage range have consistently returned prices in the low- to mid- $40,000 range since January."

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More than 9,000 trailers added to recall due to faulty valve component

Manac, Polar Tank Trailer, Heil, East and Hyundai recalled a total of more than 9,000 trailers to add to the original group of recalls, which includes Great Dane, Fontaine, Wabash, Wilson, Utility and several other trailer makers.

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Partners in Business tip: Get an engine inspection before you buy used

For any truck you’re looking at buying, try to get an engine inspection by an original equipment manufacturer shop for that engine’s brand.

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‘Why do you hang on to that old truck?’

One answer here from Jenson Lawrence illustrates just what's possible with his recently overhauled Cummins M-11 in a 1996 Freightliner FLD hauling within a 750-mile radius of his Wisconsin home base.

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