Going New this time

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by DirtyBob, May 2, 2017.

  1. Bakerman

    Bakerman Road Train Member

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    Nice, don't scratch it!
     
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  3. swaggerjacker

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  4. spax

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    Is that ifta sticker on your paint or is it on some kind of stainless permit panel?
     
  5. SavageSam

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  6. Socal Xpress

    Socal Xpress Road Train Member

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    Is it a 430? Give us some spec's.
     
  7. windsmith

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    Good luck!

    FWIW, I'm a company driver. We have 80+ power units that date from 2012-2016. The mechanics that work in the company shop all speak from recent experience when they say that single truck owner operators should never purchase a DPF/DEF equipped truck. The maintenance and repair costs for the emissions systems could and probably will bankrupt them. Only large companies with many power units and good paying contract freight are able to absorb the financial hit of having a truck out of service for a week while spending $5-10K to have its emissions system repaired or replaced. And if your truck is under warranty when it fails, expect your truck to be moved to the end of the line at the dealership. Paying customers take priority over warranty repairs. Can you afford to be down for 1-3 weeks?
     
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  8. nax

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    @windsmith ....

    I'm not an owner yet, but you've articulated my "sum of all fears" as I look around for my first truck
     
  9. windsmith

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    Best way to allay those fears is to have $25K cash available to cover fixed costs and repair bills before you take the plunge. Being well capitalized when you start is the best way to ensure success. Anything less means that you have a higher risk of failure.
     
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  10. savage02

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    @windsmith..... believe none of what you hear and half of what you see and you'll be all right.
     
  11. Gentlemanfarmer

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    Congratulations on your new Volvo! If the truck is still under warranty, make sure you keep your idling down below 25% or the warranty is void and make sure you go by the service advisory schedule Volvo provides. I am sure that truck will give you years of good service.
     
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