Top Tips for Choosing the Best Truck Collision Repair Center

Top Tips for Choosing the Best Truck Collision Repair Center

When you have had an accident in one of your trucks, you don’t want to be left holding a steep bill and a subpar job. That’s why it’s so important to choose the best truck collision repair center to perform your repairs. Here are some of the best tips for choosing the right truck collision repair center for your commercial truck.

Insurance Companies Shouldn’t Pick for You

You have your best interests in mind when picking a truck collision repair center, so you shouldn’t let your insurance company tell you which one to go to. They may try to steer you towards a certain body shop because they have a financial agreement with them. However, this doesn’t mean that they’re the best option for you and your truck.

Do Your Research

When choosing a truck collision repair center, you should look for one that comes highly recommended. Ask your friends and colleagues if they have any recommendations. Once you’ve narrowed down your options, you should read online reviews to get a better idea of what others think of the repair centers you’re considering.

Look For a Company with Strong Warranties

When you’re entrusting someone with the repairs on your truck, you want to make sure that they’re going to stand behind their work. A good truck repair center will offer a warranty on their repairs. This will give you peace of mind knowing that if something goes wrong, you can take your truck back and get it fixed without having to pay anything extra.

Original Manufacturer vs. Non-Factory Repairs

When it comes to truck collision repair, you have the option of going to an original manufacturer or a non-factory. An original manufacturer is a repair center that is affiliated with the truck’s manufacturer. They will sometimes have a higher price tag, but they will also use original parts and have more experience with your specific make and model of truck. A non-factory is a repair center that isn’t affiliated with the truck’s manufacturer. They can be cheaper, but they may not use original parts and may not have as much experience with your specific make and model of truck.

Getting Minor Repairs for Scratches

If you have minor damage to your truck, you may be tempted to just ignore it. However, even small dings and scratches can lead to rust and other problems down the road. It’s best to take your truck to a collision repair center to get these minor issues taken care of before they turn into major problems. If you plan to keep your truck for years to come, you will be glad that you took care of the small issues so that the investment in your commercial truck holds its value.

Bring Your Truck to C&M Motors for Truck Collision Repair Today

Choosing the best truck collision repair center is important if you want to make sure that your truck is in prime condition and maintains its value. Bring your truck to C&M Motors for the best truck collision repair today!

The Things You Should Know Before You Buy a Truck for Commercial Use

The Things You Should Know Before You Buy a Truck for Commercial Use

Buying a commercial truck is a major business decision that should not be taken lightly. Before you buy, it’s important to understand the different types of trucks available, as well as the costs associated with each. Here are four key things to consider when shopping for commercial trucks for sale in San Diego:

Buying Versus Leasing

There are a few different ways to buy a truck for your business. You can buy the truck outright, lease it, or hire a trucking company to haul your cargo. Each option has its own set of pros and cons.

To buy a truck outright, you’ll need to factor in the cost of the truck, depreciation, and insurance. Depreciation is the loss of value of the truck over time, and insurance protects you in the event of an accident.

Leasing a truck is a cheaper option than buying, but you’ll have to pay the finance company your leasing fee every month. You should also factor in the cost of depreciation, insurance, and fuel. Overall, buying a truck gives you more control over the process.

Factors to Consider Before Buying

Before you buy a truck, make sure to consider the following factors:

  • The size and weight of your cargo will affect the truck you need. You’ll need to decide how much cargo you can fit in the truck, and how much weight the truck can carry.
  • How many miles the truck has on it will also affect the price.
  • Older trucks have shorter lifespans, so you’ll have to factor that into your decision.
  • Some features, like air conditioning, are standard on most trucks.
  • Others, like a heavier capacity suspension, may be necessary for your cargo.

As previously mentioned, leasing a truck is a cheaper option than buying. The upfront costs are minimal and maintenance costs are included if a full-service lease is chosen. However, you will have to pay the leasing fees every month and you should factor in the truck depreciation, insurance, and fuel.

If you lease a truck, you have the option to buy it at the end of the lease. This is a good option if you plan to keep the truck for a long period of time.

Other Costs to Consider

These are just a few other costs associated with trucking. These include:

  • Extended Warranties: Make sure you’re aware of the truck’s warranty, and factor that into your decision.
  • Tires: You’ll need new tires every few thousand miles, and they can cost a lot of money.
  • Insurance: Make sure you have the right insurance for the truck and your cargo.

Shop Commercial Trucks for Sale in San Diego at C&M Motors

Commercial trucks are essential for many businesses of all sizes. When shopping for a truck, be sure to consider the factors listed above. C&M Motors has a wide selection of trucks perfect for your business. If you are unsure of exactly what truck would best suit your needs, their professional staff can help you size and outfit your truck. Contact us today to learn more about our commercial trucks for sale in San Diego.

Commercial Truck Wheel Alignment

Commercial Truck Wheel Alignment

C&M Motors is excited to announce the arrival of our newest piece of equipment at our Vista location. The Hunter 670HD heavy duty truck wheel alignment machine.

We can now perform multi-axle alignments quickly and more accurately than ever. Hunter’s DSP760T heavy-duty alignment sensors reduce setup time and provide accurate alignment readings.

It sees all six sensors live to measure alignment angles and diagnose tire wear conditions, all designed to get the maximum mileage from you tires and suspension.

If you have a truck that has abnormal tire wear, or was in a minor collision, let C&M make sure the alignment is correct and all the wheels and tires are balanced properly. Both procedures will extend the life of the tires and help reduce wear on the suspension components.  We also offer a complete collision center if the unfortunate larger accident has occurred, and once repairs are completed, we will make sure the alignment is spot on. Our Vista location is easy to reach and is ready to address all your commercial truck repairs. Also make sure to check out our online store for your belts and filters as well as cool custom gear for your Hino truck. We look forward to seeing you soon in Vista or our National City location.

C&M Motors Inc

www.cmmotorsinc.com

(800) 736-3443

How California’s New CARB Regulations on Refrigerated Trucks May Affect You

How California’s New CARB Regulations on Refrigerated Trucks May Affect You

After several years of development, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has proposed and passed several new environmental regulations on refrigerated trucks that may have a significant impact on the industry.  The first of these regulations come into effect in December 2022.  If you or your company operates reefers on the West Coast, you need to start taking action now to ensure you remain in compliance!

What You Need To Know About California Regulations And CARB Compliant Trucks

I. Why new regulations?

For years, there had been concerns about the amount of emissions generated by refrigerated trucks, as well as questions about the impact of the refrigerant being used.  The key issue was that, unlike standard trucks, reefers had to remain running at all times while loaded.  This could potentially result in trucks sitting idle for hours, waiting to be loaded/unloaded, releasing more greenhouse gases than the average truck.

So, CARB, California’s state body regulating air quality, decided to step in and address the issue.

II. What will the new CARB regulations accomplish?

The new CARB regulations have a single long-term goal: that all reefers in California will be zero emissions by the year 2029.  This does give shippers and independents a lot of time to prepare, but it won’t happen all at once.  The new regulations will be rolled out year by year.  Planning will help you stay in compliance across the next decade.

And to be clear: these regulations will apply to all reefers operating in California, regardless of where they are registered or headquartered.

III.  What are the first milestones for CARB-compliant trucks?

To get started, you should be looking to the end of 2022, as well as 2023.

In December 2022:

  • All newly manufactured reefers – both trucks and trailers – must use low-emissions refrigerant or no refrigerant at all.  If refrigerant is used, it must have a global warming potential no higher than 2,200.
  • New reefer models must also lower particulate emissions, in accordance with the United States Environmental Protection Agency Tier 4 final off-road particulate matter emission standard for 25-50 hp engines.

In December 2023:

  • Owners of reefer trucks must report all trucks operating in California to CARB, pay fees, and attach stickers demonstrating their CARB compliance.
  • Owners with older reefers must upgrade at least 15% of their fleet to be zero emissions and continue to do so until all trucks are upgraded by 2029.

C&M Motors

These regulations may sting, but they’ve become an unavoidable cost of doing business in California.  To learn more about your options in CARB-compliant trucks, contact us at C&M Motors.

Keeping Businesses on the Move

Keeping Businesses on the Move

As we are all aware, 2020 was a tumultuous year…one that most of us would rather not repeat. Many businesses have been hit hard by the effects of the pandemic and some are struggling just to stay afloat.

At C&M Motors, we are looking at ways to help our local businesses with their transportation needs but in a creative and less costly ways. For many, it is imperative to have transport trucks to move goods to market, but the cost of a new truck may not be possible right now.

With that concern in mind, we have increased our inventory of quality, newer used trucks and are outfitting them for customers so they can continue to provide their services without the burden of a new truck loan or lease. All our trucks are inspected by trained technicians, made road-worthy and are backed by our maintenance team. Many are eligible for an extended warranty through the manufacturer, Hino.

Used Trucks Customized to Your Needs

Our used inventory is largely comprised of medium duty trucks which we can configure with racks, lifts, and other customizations to meet your transportation needs. If you need something special, whether it is a particular size truck body or special shelving inside your box truck for organization, we can make that happen.

We are hopeful with the vaccination process beginning, we will see the end of the pandemic soon. We are working hard to bring you creative solutions to bridge the gap until we resume normal business activities.

We wish you a safe and prosperous 2021 and encourage you to contact us for any of your trucking needs.

Why C&M Motors

C&M Motors is a locally owned and operated family business serving the greater San Diego area since 1982. With 2 locations to serve you (National City and Vista), we offer a more personalized experience and customized services to meet your business needs. Sales, service, rentals, maintenance, collision, fabrication, parts, and 24/7 emergency roadside assistance are all available at C&M Motors.

Give us a call to learn more.

 

C&M Motors Inc

www.cmmotorsinc.com

(800) 736-3443

San Diego Businesses – We Thank You!

San Diego Businesses – We Thank You!

While the coronavirus is suspending our active lifestyles and challenging many businesses to survive, the city of San Diego is working hard to keep residents and businesses informed and safe. C&M Motors is doing our part on a daily basis as well.

San Diego Businesses Step Up

While the coronavirus took everyone by surprise, leaving us unprepared for the current state of emergency, many local business owners are finding ways to survive. From increasing hand sanitizers to working tirelessly to keep our stores stocked with essentials, companies are stepping up safety and sanitation policies to be able to continue to provide necessary products and services to consumers

Supporting Our Community

We are extremely fortunate to have supermarkets stocked with meat, dairy, and fresh produce. Restaurant owners are re-inventing themselves with exclusively take-out menus. Our local business owners are working hard to raise the bar on sanitation and safety while continuing to bring us the food and essentials we need to be able to shelter-in-place.

A Big “Thank You” from C&M Motors

C&M Motors is a locally owned and operated family business serving greater San Diego area industries like food and beverage, floral, and general freight delivery since 1982. We are working with the local businesses to make sure they have the trucks necessary to meet their transportation needs. We sanitize all our trucks before pickup or delivery. We feel extremely fortunate to be working with many of these business owners for decades.

We want each and every business in the San Diego area to know that we are here to help you. Please let us know if there is anything that we can do to further assist with your transportation needs. We appreciate all that you are doing and want to assist you in all your efforts.

Sales, service and maintenance, rentals, collision, fabrication, parts, and emergency roadside assistance are all available at C&M Motors.

Give us a call to learn more.

C&M Motors Inc

www.cmmotorsinc.com

(800) 736-3443

 

2020 CARB regulations will be taking many trucks off the road by end of year. Are you ready? We can help!

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