Advice me on what truck to buy

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by V D TRUCKING, Aug 11, 2019.

  1. V D TRUCKING

    V D TRUCKING Bobtail Member

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    [​IMG][​IMG]I bought 2005 Mack C613 with mack A/C motor at 890K and did not do too the transmission gave way on my first month, since then truck was spent more time at the shop than on the road making money but only taking it off my pocket while still at the shop or at the back of a tow truck until finance company took it away for non payment for more than 1 year.

    I want to buy another truck but going through the threads here, I find varied opinions about various trucks and engines, I am not a truck mechanic and do not have the pleasure of spending $30k to rebuild a truck. I need an advice on a decent used truck that could be gentle on fuel consumption, maintenance and the upfront purchase costs. I have been advised to go for pre-emission Detroit series 60 1990s that is. I am sceptical and confuse because of the age, can some good fellow out there give me a hint. I am not considering any new truck with all sensors, I have quite a bit of head ache with the company trucks am working with
     
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  2. Snailexpress

    Snailexpress Road Train Member

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    All used trucks for sale for the reason truck start giving problems too much.
     
  3. Ridgeline

    Ridgeline Road Train Member

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    There is two different bits of advice that you should listen to.




    The first is based on years of experience dealing with distressed fleets and carriers




    The other is based on years of experience buying and selling trucks.






    The first one is not to buy another truck.




    The second is it doesn't matter. The older truck is more worrisome than a newer one because the older ones need more care, and you not having mechanical knowledge, it is important to pick anyone that works for you. Really really doesn't matter what make or engine, because what ever you pick out to buy, you need to make sure it is up to the task of doing the job, which obviously you see the results of not doing due diligence. This would first comprise of a dyno and blowby, a mechanic checking it all out and a bunch if others things that will cost you money.




    So you can take either bits of advice, up to you.
     
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  4. Bakerman

    Bakerman Road Train Member

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    I think people who come on here and asked this question, are not ready to buy a truck yet.
     
  5. starmac

    starmac Road Train Member

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    I have exactly what you want, shoot me 30 grand and I may even deliver.
    There is no way to answer your question. If you want an older cheaper to repair truck, you need to be able to do your own work, there just isn't enough money in general freight to pay shop rates. I know of only one successful operator that runs old mechanical trucks and pays shop rates for every little thing, but he stays with pretty high value freight too.

    Now a lot and I mean a lot depends on the driver too. I have a 97 with a 12.7 that I would trust to go anywhere with minimal trouble, another driver might very well have it junked out in a few thousand miles.
     
  6. Jacoooooooo

    Jacoooooooo Light Load Member

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    Try to buy a manual transmission truck. They are $3-5k to fix as opposed to $10k + for an automatic.
    Any milage over 600k is ready for a pileup of repairs.
    An older truck will also require some wrenching on your days off on a regular basis. If you cannot do that don’t buy a used truck at all.
    Buy a new one with a warranty. You won’t “get lucky” with a truck that don’t breaks down. They all do.
    It’s just about the way you can go about fixing them.
    You said you are not much of a mechanic.
    Get a clue.

    As of a model advice, I’d suggest a truck with at last 500hp, so you could actually climb a hill, avoid bad engines like Maxxforce, etc...
     
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  7. Zigzag777

    Zigzag777 Medium Load Member

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    If I read the original post correctly, he had the Mack REPOED after more than a year of non payments. His credit is ruined, for a decent used truck or a new truck. Some sleazy dealer could get him financed for about 25% interest rate, in short time he’ll be deeper in the hole than he is now. I only see one option, driving for a company. We have no info on what kind of trucking he’s been doing. I’d normally say good luck. But I don’t see that as a possibility. So let’s be honest with this op.
     
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  8. Ridgeline

    Ridgeline Road Train Member

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    I have been honest with a lot of people but it is ignored, he should take my first bit of advice ... not to buy another.
     
  9. starmac

    starmac Road Train Member

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    You guys are harsh, if he could just get his hands an a brand new cheap truck, he could be rich and restore his credit in just a few months.
     
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  10. MartinFromBC

    MartinFromBC Road Train Member

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    Can i get some brand new, cheap trucks to please ;)
     
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