Buying first used truck advice

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by Tai'ja Jones, Jan 8, 2021.

  1. ready2truck

    ready2truck Light Load Member

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    if you save up another 10k and sign on under another company you can make it work. just pick the right truck. i would try to find an old owner operator that is selling their truck because they are retiring. i had zero class a experience bought a truck cash took loan on a trailer and got my own authority.
     
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  3. AModelCat

    AModelCat Road Train Member

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    $10k is 1 repair bill these days.

    Do you know what fuel costs? You'll probably burn $6k in fuel in the first month. Some places you might have to wait 30-90 days to get paid.
     
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  4. Tai'ja Jones

    Tai'ja Jones Bobtail Member

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    Throughout my research I've found that if I dont do my truck purchase right, don't know how to inspect the truck and don't take it to a proper mechanic for a full Dot and pre purchase inspection that my $10k can be gone right after I sign the paperwork.

    Yes know how much my average fuel cost is and estimate it at $5k-$6k a month but I'll always use the higher number. Thanks!!
     
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  5. Tai'ja Jones

    Tai'ja Jones Bobtail Member

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    Even if I decide to take my truck to a company with plenty of freight and O/O friendly I should still consider other options with my money and consider to just continue on with a better job and flip my money in other avenues before I decide to jump in?
     
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  6. Tai'ja Jones

    Tai'ja Jones Bobtail Member

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    Mileage I've been thinking about and seeing is around 600k-700k and A few in the 800k
     
  7. jaxtrucker

    jaxtrucker Bobtail Member

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    I would lease unless it's a really good deal. You'll definitely want at least 20k in reserves between cash and credit.
     
  8. danny23tx

    danny23tx Road Train Member

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    I would look for 400 to 500k if its in the budget . When I got my Cascadia 300 to 350 is what I looked for , of course prices on trucks is high at the moment. My truck cost me 68k , today that would cost me 75k to 80k .
     
  9. Tai'ja Jones

    Tai'ja Jones Bobtail Member

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    Another member referred me to looking at internationals and I'm assuming prostars. What's your take on those
     
  10. Ridgeline

    Ridgeline Road Train Member

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    Going to ruffle feathers here.


    Don’t buy a truck without a dyno/blowby, full ECM dump, oil analyst of all fluids and a good mechanical inspection.

    And ... a DOT inspection is the worst type of inspection, it isn’t a good enough inspection to purchase a truck, just to meet minimal standard.
     
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  11. magoo68

    magoo68 Road Train Member

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    Keep in mind a large percentage of trucks need a pricey dpf canister around 750 k to a million .
     
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