Every component of your truck is important for fast, safe deliveries – but few parts are more important than your tires. Everything is riding on them, literally, and worn-down tires can quickly cause problems. They can become a major hazard on slick roads, as well as reducing your fuel efficiency.
C&M Motors is always here to provide commercial truck repairs when needed, but it’s best if you can avoid problems with your tires at all. Here are a few tips!
1 – Preventing Uneven Tire Wear
Tires, of course, wear down over time – but it’s best if both tires on an axle wear down at roughly the same rate. Uneven tire wear decreases the lifespan of your tires and risks a loss of control in difficult situations.
You can reduce uneven wear by:
- Keeping your tires inflated to the manufacturer’s recommended PSI.
- Avoiding high-force braking.
- Maintaining your suspension.
- Regularly rotating and balancing your tires at a commercial truck repair shop.
2 – The Importance of Tire Rotating, Balancing, And Alignment
These are the main forms of maintenance you should regularly give your tires.
Tire Rotating means moving tires around to different spots on the truck, to help them wear more evenly.
Tire Balancing reduces the negative effects of unevenly worn or slightly misshapen tires.
Tire Alignment ensures they’re all properly pointed exactly down the road.
All three services are necessary to get the best life and performance from your tires. Experts recommend contacting a commercial truck repair shop every 5,000-6,000 miles to keep your tires rolling smoothly.
3 – Know your truck tire numbers
Every tire sold in the US has a series of numbers on it which communicate a lot of information about the tire. For example: LT215/65R15 95H.
- LT = “Light truck,” the intended use of the tire
- 215 = the tire width in millimeters.
- 65 = The proportion of the tire’s height to its width, as a percentage.
- R = Radial, the tire’s construction.
- 15 = The size of the wheel the tire is intended for, in inches.
- 95 = How much weight, in pounds, the tire can support.
- H = The maximum speed the tire is rated for, A-H. Here, H means 130MPH.
Knowing these codes will help you select the right tire for your truck and job!
C&M Motors are your source for Hino trucks, as well as commercial truck repairs for all types of vehicles. If you’re having tire trouble in San Diego, contact us for assistance!
When you’re in the market to purchase a pre-owned commercial truck, there are a million things to consider. While it’s an exciting process, knowing what factors that make the biggest difference will help you make the right choice for your business.
Age and Mileage
Always start here. At the very least, you want to consider the age of the used truck along with its mileage, which can be a good indicator of the truck’s condition. Although you might find a relatively new truck, it could have higher mileage and thus as less attractive purchase than a slightly older truck with less mileage. An older, used commercial truck that has been well maintained can be a smart buy.
Consider Your Application
You will want to ask yourself, is the right vehicle for my application? For example, if your business operates cross-country routes and racking up a lot of miles, you will need a rig that supports delivers higher fuel economy. If local deliveries are your core, you might need a truck with higher capacity axles and suspensions to support your loads.
This is a major consideration when buying a used truck. Is the truck still under factory warranty? If so, for how long? If not, what type of used truck warranty can you purchase? A used commercial truck is a complex piece of machinery and can be expensive to repair, so you’ll want to be sure that you are covered for any unexpected events, at least for a year. These are all factors to consider when looking at your used truck warranty options. Comprehensive warranty coverage may seem like a large upfront cost, but it can save your company from costly setbacks and down-time in the future. C&M Motors has warranty plans that offers you piece of mind when purchasing a used commercial truck.
Previous Owner and Maintenance History
Used commercial trucks have a history. They belonged to someone else for a period of time, so it is important to find out how well they were cared for. The last thing you want to do is inherit maintenance issues due to improper care by the previous owner. Ideally, you’ll purchase a vehicle that came from a well-known fleet with a reputation for good truck maintenance. Without insight into the past, the future is unpredictable, and that isn’t a chance you want to take on your vehicle.
Finding the Right Dealer
Purchasing pre-owned commercial trucks from a reputable dealer is vital. This is because reputable dealers put their vehicles through rigorous inspections to ensure nothing drives off of their lot with issues that could have been detected before the purchase. Reputable dealers also have more comprehensive warranties, better financing and used truck leasing options. Finally, offering solid aftersales support really differentiates the best used truck dealers from others. Purchasing your truck is hopefully, the first transaction in a mutually beneficial relationship between you and your used truck dealer. Look for a used truck salesperson that can be like a business partner to you, offering critical guidance, expertise, and support as you start your new trucking business. C&M Motors fully inspects every used truck we offer to ensure you get the best value and years of service from your truck.
C&M Motors Has the Commercial Used Trucks You Need
Contact us to learn more about our used commercial trucks and how they can be customized to fit your business needs.
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When considering a truck leasing program, the maintenance aspect should be a prime consideration. Having a full-service leasing plan in place has many benefits including:
• Fixed cost over the life of the lease
• Preventative maintenance
• Reduced down-time
• Emergency 24-hour roadside assistance
C&M Motors has full service leasing plans designed to help your business run more smoothly, cost efficiently, and worry free.
The bumper-to-bumper maintenance plans we offer eliminate the concerns routine service items allowing you to focus on your core business areas.
The financial benefits of a lease, when tied to its tax advantages, can actually make leasing a truck less expensive than owning. As a result, the $25 billion truck leasing industry has over one million leased vehicles in the U.S. and Canada.
We can tailor a plan to fit your business needs and goals with menu pricing structured with a wide variety of budgets in mind. We start with an initial conversation to determine your individual goals and then can formulate a custom leasing plan.
C&M Motors NationaLease San Diego has been supplying companies large and small as well as fleet managers with full service leasing programs for decades. We provide national coverage with local, personal service. Give us a call and let one of our qualified associates help you decide which program best fits the needs of your business. We look forward to hearing from you.
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