Crete purchase program

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  1. Opus

    Opus Road Train Member

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  3. Farmerbob1

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    I am currently driving a Crete truck that I bought from them. I would not buy from them again.

    However...

    If Crete indicates that the entire DPF system has been replaced, (NOT just the filters) in the last 50k miles, AND that there has been a full engine rebuild done on it in the same timeframe, then maybe.

    I say this because:

    1) Crete does not put APU's on their trucks, they use Opti-Idle, which basically means it pumps lots of low temperature emissions through the emissions control system, which gunks them up pretty badly. Mine failed at 499700 miles, 300 miles before the warrantee ran out.

    2) Crete changes oil at absurd intervals. Right now my truck is in the shop for a full rebuild due to a cracked head and bad cylinder/liner. I suspect this is at least partly due to the oil being changed by Crete at long intervals.

    If you decide to do it anyway, be sure to get a warrantee. While I am very upset at how little the warrantee company did cover, I paid @5,500 for it, and they paid out @11,000 of the 17k that they should have paid, it still doubled my investment.

    Honestly, I suggest finding a company that sells trucks that have always had an APU installed, AND who can document oil changes every 25k miles or less. I would not buy from Crete again.

    In fact I won't be buying used again, but that's a whole different conversation.
     
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    I would agree about the emission system and not having an APU. This is a must on a truck with emissions, you don't have to idle for heat or ac, it does a number on the filters, sensors etc. I'm assuming your in a Cascadia, I have a pete with a ISX, same trouble. Also, with the cascadia, get a warranty on the emissions, or save your money. Those one boxes go out all the time and that's 10 g's.
     
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    Yes, mine is a 2016 Cascadia.
     
  6. johnnyman1099

    johnnyman1099 Medium Load Member

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    If you plan to lease your truck purchase to Crete, make sure to check your numbers carefully and include downtime for repairs.

    Crete pays $1.18 or less per miles depending on length of miles. Plus fuel surcharge. I am sure they have plenty of miles to run for these rates.
     
  7. Farmerbob1

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    They pay significantly more than that for short dry van loads. Pretty sure loads under 250 miles pay around 1.40 before FSC.

    I am an o/o at Crete, but I am on an account that is almost exclusively drop and hook, and almost never see a load less than 600 miles. My rates run from 1.05 to 1.10, but I would have to earn at least 1.25 or so per mile to make up for wasted driving time if I was not on a drop and hook account.
     
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    johnnyman1099 Medium Load Member

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    How much does Crete pay for Fuel Surcharge? Do they pay FSG for all loaded and empty miles or only loaded ?
     
  9. Farmerbob1

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    I am paid 100% of FSC for loaded miles. I do not get FSC for empty miles, but I rarely do more than 30 miles empty.
     
  10. AModelCat

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    Why would anybody trust their future with a bagged out, beat flat ex-noob training truck? Many better trucks out there on the market.
     
  11. Farmerbob1

    Farmerbob1 Road Train Member

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    Crete doesn't do a lot of noob training. They are a mega, so I understand hesitation for that reason, but I can tell you that Crete drivers treat their equipment a lot better than many other companies. How can I tell? Simple things, really. At Steven's Transport, about every other trailer had an aftermarket (bronze) fuel cap on the reefer tank, and no cap chain. Shaffer reefers almost never have aftermarket caps, and almost never are missing their cap chains.

    It might seem like a small thing, but it indicates better care of the equipment out in the field.
     
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