Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by josechess1994, Jul 20, 2019.

  1. josechess1994

    josechess1994 Bobtail Member

    Jul 12, 2019
    What do you guys think about buying a truck from Penske, I saw a cascadia 2015 DD15 dt12 with 480000 miles with apu for 54000dls...
  2. MrEd

    MrEd Road Train Member

    Sep 2, 2011
    Winfred, SD
    I've wondered the same thing. There are some threads on here that have mentioned penske having great maintenance programs on their lease trucks. So there is that. But I've also heard stories about how some people treat leased trucks. It would be nice to hear from someone who has bought one and can shed some light on the subject.
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  3. D00Rswingin

    D00Rswingin Bobtail Member

    Jul 20, 2019
    Lowball then down to $45,000
  4. Powder Joints

    Powder Joints Subjective Prognosticator

    Sep 25, 2007
    Rosamond, SoCal
    I drove for Lily a little over a year, never mind they had Ryder, just remember there rental trucks make sure everything works before you drive it off, because after you leave the driveway and it breakes your get to keep both halves.... Companies tend to push the routine maintenance on the rentals more than the company trucks. Its more up to the company that leases them then Penske or Ryder, they will both fix them when they get there hands on the truck. Paccar used to come out to Lily and pickup the tractor for the maintenance.
  5. Dave_in_AZ

    Dave_in_AZ Road Train Member

    May 4, 2015
    My first truck was a penske. No real issues.

    They keep great maintenance records. And you probably can get them down 10% on the price.
  6. speedyk

    speedyk Road Train Member

    Apr 8, 2015
    When I got towed after my Ryder cab died I asked the tow driver whether Penske was more reliable than Ryder. He said he tows about the same of each, mostly derates.
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  7. Liquidforce

    Liquidforce Light Load Member

    Sep 27, 2016
    Savannah GA
    Keep an eye out at the auctions, lots of ex Penske trucks sold there, I’ve bought a number of them and typically they are pretty good on maintenance history. Not to say the trucks haven’t been worked hard, but you know at least they have a decent service history. If you find one, and it still has the unit number call your local Penske dealer and they should give you a print out of the service history.
  8. Rideandrepair

    Rideandrepair Road Train Member

    Aug 8, 2015
    I bought my current trailer from them, It was supposedly marked down, best deal I could find at the time. Offered $1000 less, they took offer no counter, I should have gone lower. Lol. The repairs in roof, 8 total, Lol, it was an automotive trailer. Repairs were done very well. No leaks, thankfully. They’re maintenance seems to be good. Offer low, you can always go up. Give it a while, till they call You. Markets dropping now. They know it.
  9. Kshaw0960

    Kshaw0960 Medium Load Member

    Jun 17, 2018
    I drove Penske trucks for a few years when I did local work about 4 years ago. They were maintained well with on time PMs and fixed everything I wrote up.

    As for rentals being driven harder than company trucks, I doubt it. Maybe for rental cars. A company driver is going to be hard on a truck wether it’s rental or company owned equally since he doesn’t own both.
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  10. Lonesome

    Lonesome Mr. Sarcasm

    Dec 15, 2007
    Northern Indiana
    My Penske truck is the opposite. They service it regularly, but writeups are hit and miss. I've had various warning lights come up, they reset the codes, or order a part, and that's it. Never want it back to install said part, and when it's due for service again, they have to reorder the part. Warning lights are still on. Radio cuts in and out, loses the display, it needs a new one installed. Been writing it up every time over the last 3 years, still in there.
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