Why It’s Smart to Buy a Used Commercial Truck

Why It’s Smart to Buy a Used Commercial Truck

usedIf you are looking to expand your fleet to simply replace unrepairable trucks, there are many advantages to buying a used medium-duty commercial truck.

What makes purchasing a used truck can be a smart decision for so many? Let’s look at some of the advantages of buying used commercial vehicles:

Cost Savings

It might seem obvious, but it’s true that acquiring used trucks is significantly cheaper up-front than purchasing a new vehicle. A commercial truck generally sees its biggest drop in value in its first 12 months. This means you can often find great resale deals on commercial vehicles that are older than one year. Additionally, depreciation is much slower after the initial first year decrease. So, if you buy a used truck and later sell it yourself, you may not have to part with it for too much less than you paid, putting good money back into your pocket (in addition to whatever profits the vehicle helped you earn).

Yes, buying a new truck can be a long-term investment, but for some companies, especially new and growing businesses, saving on immediate costs can be the most important concern, helping them quickly expand their fleet, land more jobs, and make more money.

Predictable

Used trucks typically have a dependable life cycle and performance capabilities that can be familiar to you and your drivers. Particularly if you can acquire the commercial vehicle’s telematics (digital data on engine hours, idle time, fuel economy, alerts, etc.) or records of maintenance, you can approximate how well you can expect the truck or van to work and for how many more years.

Being able to confidently rely on a used vehicle helps you to precisely plan and execute your routes and jobs, and ultimately help make your fleet more productive. Sometimes, technological, and operational learning curves with new trucks may hinder work, along with driver concerns about even slightly dinging the new commercial vehicle. However, you can always get right to work with familiar, previously used trucks and vans.

C&M Motors will provide you with great certainty when purchasing any used truck. We complete a thorough inspection of all used trucks we offer to make sure they will provide years of service to your business.

Flexible

Used vehicles can offer your company flexibility, since used trucks are readily available in a wide range of options. When purchasing new commercial vehicles, you are restricted to recent models and potentially lengthy production lead times. With used trucks, you can shop for any model produced in the past few years or even older if a vehicle has been well maintained. Additionally, C&M has a service and fabrication department that can make any modifications to anu used truck to fit your companies’ specific requirements.

Used trucks can also be helpful to have on hand as simple backup vehicles, providing additional flexibility if an unexpected breakdown happens during an important job with a tight deadline.

Environmental Concerns

Members of Gen Y and Gen Z, who increasingly make up a greater share of the workforce, care about how the industry affects the environment. As such, sustainability is an emerging benefit of used vehicles. At first, it sounds illogical that older, less fuel-efficient trucks could be called eco-friendly, however the acquisition of used commercial vehicles decreases the demand for newer trucks and vans. Because manufacturing requires a considerable amount of electricity, raw materials, and so on, purchasing used vehicles helps limit unnecessary truck production and our industry’s overall carbon footprint.

From affordable costs and broad availability to familiarity and eco-friendliness, used vehicles can be the perfect choice for your business’ requirements. If you’re interested in buying a truck, new or used, C&M Motors has the experience to help you make the right decision for your company. Feel free to contact us with any questions. We look forward to hearing from you.

C&M Motors Inc

www.cmmotorsinc.com

(800) 736-3443

5 Tips When Purchasing a Used Commercial Truck

5 Tips When Purchasing a Used Commercial Truck

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.

Warranty

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.

 

C&M Motors Inc

www.cmmotorsinc.com

(800) 736-3443

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