New truck

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by tallguy66, May 15, 2021.

  1. tallguy66

    tallguy66 Light Load Member

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    Is buying a brand new truck even realistic for someone without any O/O experience and in their 20s? 50k down payment? 50 percent down??

    I probably spend $800 a month in general expenses. I'm going to get researching, but I wanted to put this thread out here to see what people have to say.
     
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  3. drivinhome

    drivinhome Light Load Member

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    It’s very hard to predict but if you are comfortable living in the truck I can’t see why not. Keep in mind OTR is not rocket science but I’m assuming you have experience as a local driver.
    If you are going to buy a new tractor there is a long wait for most trucks. I currently have a build date of January 2022 and that is through a friend. Very slim pickings out there.
     
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  4. lester

    lester Road Train Member

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    I'd recommend learning in something that has already lost half its value
     
  5. tallguy66

    tallguy66 Light Load Member

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    Is that for building a truck with your own specs through a dealer? How about those brand new trucks sitting in dealer lots? First thing I could find was Zanesville wstar/freightliner and they seem to have 2022s for sale $150,000.

    Learning as in the O/O game, or in general? I'm coming up on two years experience and I haven't hit anything thus far. Only thing that I feel "bad" about is not knowing how to drive a manual. I'm not restricted on my license, but the only time I've driven a manual was during the time I spent obtaining my CDL.
     
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  6. Brettj3876

    Brettj3876 Road Train Member

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    going new is better than used emission trucks. But if your not going to run Cali find something pre emission that's been well taken care of that has the paperwork to go with it
     
  7. tallguy66

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    I hear that, especially right now. Took a few minutes to see what they have 2018+ and 400-500k mile trucks are going for 80-90k. Truly wishing I was assigned a manual by my company so I would have that skillset, even though I am not restricted.
     
  8. Rideandrepair

    Rideandrepair Road Train Member

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    Well you can always practice on your new Truck. It’s a lot easier to learn to float them, than using double clutch method.
     
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  9. danny23tx

    danny23tx Road Train Member

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    Find out insurance cost first than go from there .
     
  10. blairandgretchen

    blairandgretchen Road Train Member

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    Very good starting point.
     
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  11. snowwy

    snowwy Road Train Member

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    Last I looked at lone mountain..They had autos in stock. Not many though. And only require 20ish down. The total payoff if you make it to the end. Is well above $150.

    Manuals are special order. Been that way a few years now.
     
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