Finally got my own truck

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by BoyWander, Jan 1, 2017.

  1. TallJoe

    TallJoe Road Train Member

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    How so? Did you check their passports?
     
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  3. afterburn25

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    but you are footing the bill. repairs may be warrantied but down time is not. Ive seen many new trucks stay in the shop so much that they are put out of business due to no money coming in. I remember when the Regen first came out it was bad. trucks were shutting down while under a load a warranty isn't going to pay for having to recover a load that expense is all on you.but a used truck all the quarks have been worked out of it. and its well broken in.
     
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  4. rahtek

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    Lol yeah, you're right. What this country needs is less immigrant leeches like Elon Musk and Peter Thiel and more patriots like yourself.

    Love how everyone is a capitalist until it's time compete. You bough a business not an RV.

    Have you not realize that you're competing in a commoditized sector where price and capicity is the only value you bring?

    Do you expect a shipper to lose margin on their product so that they can pay you more?

    The reality is, that the guy with the truck that looks like mordern art is providing the shipper with enough value. Hence why they don't see a need to pay you more to get the same outcome.

    Lose the entitlement, step back from the trucking industry, and see how real businesses operate so that you can find a niche that's profitable.

    If you're not making money in this economy you have noone to blame but yourself.

















     
  5. Midwest Trucker

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    I think he is probably frustrated by guys that buy a truck and run it for peanuts until they run out of money in 6 months to a year. This hurts everyone.

    Or companies that import cheap labor, have them live in the truck, and pay them a few hundred bucks per week under the table. And who knows, maybe at the same time they are getting subsidized food and healthcare off the backs of tax payers.

    The companies who 1099 and don’t pay payroll taxes or provide workman’s comp protection to their employees. Most of these target foreigners.

    All of this hurts truck owners who do it the right way. It allows them to artificially run for less therefore stacking the free market against legit people.

    Edit: as far as competition from foreign people... there are a few Indian outfits around here and I have a lot of respect for them. They do it the right way, are smart, run hard, great negotiators, save their money. Don’t mind one bit competing against that and my guess they feel the same as BW.
     
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  6. BoyWander

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    Yes this is exactly it.

    People running their business illegally and paying people cheap and illegally, with crappy equipment, can make the same profit with 40% less expenses.

    Only way I'm going to make it is to get my own authority but that won't be until next year if I can even get insurance at a reasonable price.

    There's a load here going 1300 miles to Laredo. For $2000. That's just insane and I'd be embarrassed if I were that broker.

    I'm not necessarily a Trump supporter.
    I think he's a bonehead. And there are better ideas than to start a trade war which I think is hurting the economy.

    We're about to go into another recession.
     
  7. Oscar the KW

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    We’re fine, he’s a business man and is playing hardball to give the US a fair shake. I don’t think he’ll take it to the point of putting us in a recession.
     
  8. Oscar the KW

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    Also you gotta remember that running the spot market is a roller coaster ride, full of ups and downs.
     
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  9. Midwest Trucker

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    Fair enough. Try and think about it in the terms of what your going through now and how you feel unfairly disadvantaged from others taking advantage. Take this same concept from your company in the trucking industry, to the United States in world industry. He’s just righting wrongs that have happened for decades and drained our wealth and opportunity.

    Check out the thread “Point of Saturation in the industry”. I made a post I think was on page 5 and 8. I believe this is what your experiencing now. No jobs have been lost from the trade war, in fact jobs have been created. Your seeing saturation right now from everyone jumping in. Freight volumes are still through the roof but Aug just set another record for new truck orders at over 50k.

    Heck now that you have a new trailer and are doing payroll, you might as well get your own authority. You have been booking your own loads this entire time already anyway.
     
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  10. TallJoe

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    By your logic, I can hold it against the OP that he bought himself a new truck with only 10K cash and took up some space and if he goes under, all his endeavor will have hurt everybody. Maybe he will fail and maybe not. Maybe relying on random loadboard freight for a dry van is not a good business model for a new truck owner. Maybe it is a good model for those who are able to run cheap.Still, he did show he could negotiate good rates, and everybody cashed in so far this year, so I am surprised about is whining. He has been at it not even 2 years, yet he has the audacity to say that he wants some rules to be changed so suit him better as if he was someone special, banning some people categories from driving trucks (perhaps me too LOL), entitled to be paid $3500 from Chicago to Dallas, TX. I don't think there are that many Illegals to hold CDLs any more. Perhaps, the frustration should be directed towards Megas contracting people from overseas or even better towards general American population for not wanting to pay more for transport. Corporate management at the purchasing or distribution department level and brokers are not Immigrants. Walmart, Costco, Amazon, GM - outsourcing jobs from Detroit area over decades, Workers Unions are not Immigrants.
     
  11. Western flyer

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    Yes.
     
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