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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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When it comes to buying a used commercial truck, there’s lots to be prepared for. You’ll likely need to spend several hours researching what’s available, comparing prices and features, and determining which truck will meet your specific needs. In order to further narrow down your search, you’ll also need to factor in the inevitable costs that come with purchasing a used vehicle so you can budget accordingly and receive the most value.
Things to Remember When Purchasing a Used Commercial Truck
Here is a used truck purchase checklist along with some important tips for buying used commercial trucks that will help guide you through the process.
As you go through the process of purchasing your next used truck, follow this checklist as a used truck buyer guide:
- Make a list of your trucking requirements
- Know your budget or price range you feel comfortable with
- Narrow down your search to a few potential options
- Investigate and assess the truck’s history and current condition
- Determine appropriate financing and insurance options
By following this simple used truck purchase checklist, you can better prepare yourself to find the right one and make a smarter investment.
1. Review the maintenance history
If you’ve determined there are no glaring problems with why the truck has come onto the market in the first place, then you’ll want to do your due diligence. Check out the truck’s maintenance records. Has the truck received regular service and maintenance? Having a better idea of the overall history of the truck can help prepare you for what’s to come should you purchase it.
2. Research the models track record
Another important factor in buying used commercial trucks is the model in question. Certain engine models have a known history of chronic problems. Some trucks are also known to wear out after a certain period of time or mileage reached. Do your research online about the best engine models before committing to your next used truck.
3. Select the best engine, transmission, and axle layout
Consider the type of axle layouts and configurations that are available. Depending on the load you’re carrying, power requirements, transmission options and axle configurations can make all the difference. There are different layouts that are more appropriate for each scenario:
- Are you hauling goods long distances throughout difficult terrain?
- Or are you making shorter more frequent trips?
4. Explore financing
As you get closer to narrowing down your next used truck, it’s important to research the available financing options. Certain lenders operate on different criteria when it comes to providing financing plans. Certain types of used commercial trucks may not be eligible for financing with certain lenders. Sometimes financing approval is subject to official inspection. If the truck doesn’t meet certain requirements, then financing may not be an option.
5. Extended warranty
Ask about the dealership’s warranty. Often dealerships offer extended warranties on trucks. If available, extended warranty coverage can alleviate some of the financial burden associated with purchasing a used truck and offer some piece of mind. But be aware that depending on the plan, the cost of extended warranties may not be worth it.
Contact C&M Motors Today!
At C&M Motors, we want you to have the best new or used truck buying experience. We offer financing and extended warranties all designed to make ownership easy and affordable. Contact us to learn more.
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At C&M Motors, we are working hard to bring you a great selection of used Hino trucks as well as other brands to keep your business on the move.
Dry Box Vans
We have two Dry Box Vans currently available. The first is a 2016 Hino 268A 26’ Dry Box. This exceptionally clean commercial truck has only 135K miles and is in great condition. It has been safety checked and thoroughly inspected. It includes a roll-up door and a tuck-away 2,500 lb. lift gate. We have a gallery of images on our Used Truck page so you can see the details for yourself.
The second Dry Box Van currently available is a 2018 Hino 195. This is 16’ Dry Box with roll-up door and tuck-away 3,000 lb. lift gate. This truck is nearly new with only 54K miles. Again, the vehicle has been thoroughly inspected, cleaned, and ready to roll. It is a great addition to any commercial truck fleet.
We have two 2009 Kidron Reefer Bodies for sale. These are 24’ refrigerator bodies only; they do not include the reefer unit. They currently are equipped with swing doors but can be upgraded to include a roll-up. The body measures 98” high by 96” wide. One includes a Maxon 2,500 lb. lift gate. Our team can help you add a refrigeration unit to these reefer bodies. Our fabrication department is available to assist with custom shelves, kick plates, lift gates, and more. Our goal is to provide you with the right modifications to meet your business needs.
2022 Hino L6 Cab & Chassis Coming Soon
This great new Hino truck sports a 230 HP Diesel Engine and 25,950 GVWR. Features include 2200 Allison Automatic, air conditioning, CD player, exhaust brake, power windows and door locks, heated mirrors, and cruise control. This 2022 Hino is designed for a 26’ box will be available soon. This great truck is sure to be in demand, so please contact us right away with your interest.
Hino Extended Warranty
Many of our used trucks are eligible for a Hino extended warranty. Take the risk out of your used truck purchase and work with a Hino certified dealer. Contact us if you have any questions regarding our current and upcoming used trucks or our warranty options. We offer financing and maintenance options. Serving the greater San Diego area for 39 years and looking forward to helping you build out your fleet!
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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.
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