The Real Cost of Trucking – Per Mile Operating Cost of a Commercial Truck

    Cost of Trucking Per Mile

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    Howard Turpin November 26, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Many thanks for the inf0 and the for the subsequent comments. There are lots of national trucking companies these days that are putting the squeeze on newly trained drivers to lease their trucks at rates that just don’t make any sense what-so-ever but these guys are grateful to have a job, mostly uninformed about what they are getting into and anxious to “be their own bosses”. Hopefully, this information and the comments will help them become better informed.

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    Jack Armstrong January 21, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Thanks for the well put together information on trucking costs. It is a big help in computing my start up costs and putting together my business plan. I agree with Howard that new truck drivers like myself are easily taken advantage of by the larger fish. Like working for the company store if you ask me…

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    Anonymous March 12, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    There’s a lot of good info here in a great visual format. I’d like to add the fact that many owner operators will go through brokerage firms like ch Robinson, access America or others to find loads. As a broker I can say this is a huge hassle for operators and can take up a major portion of every day. If you’re thinking of starting up be prepared to multitask constantly, be assertive, and work day and night. (And for gods sake use a broker that does not get paid on commission)

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    Samuel Barradas March 12, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    Thanks for the feedback! Do you mind writing more about why owner operators should avoid brokers who get paid on commission?

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    Steve April 9, 2014 at 8:16 am

    what about TQL!

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    Gary August 29, 2014 at 11:51 am

    As Steve requests, I would also like to learn more about why not to use a broker that works on commission. Please enlighten us!!
    Thanks!

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    Keith Piercy October 3, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    You should use anyone who fits into your business plan that is the easiest for you to manage. If you need to make say $500.00 per day to pay for all expenses, including your salary, then by all means use that person. Brokers provide a source of income for you at a minimal fee. They usually work on a 10% commission. Do the math. Would you be willing to spend all day making $150.00 on a load, or getting a shipping number, and driving. You make money when the rig has a live load, or loaded miles. If you calculate the time taken away from loaded miles, you will be shocked! Your job is to drive, so if someone is willing to provide you with revenue, then by all means let them do it. You have the benefit of either taking a load ,or turning one down. If you have the means to dispatch yourself, then do it. Most guys simply don’t have the time. The smart drivers have a woman back at the ranch, working the deals. Sometimes that can cost more than 10% so be careful who you get into business with LOL!

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