Truck Repair Financing

Discussion in 'Trucker Taxes and Truck Financing' started by dis_bit, May 11, 2022.

  1. Tigerfishinc

    Tigerfishinc Light Load Member

    May 28, 2021
    They don’t make a 2018 freightliner Columbia- inframe these days on an isx15 dd15 is upwards of $45k
    2018 should have around 500k miles - wouldn’t need an inframe unless it was abused
    Power wash it down - see where the leaks coming from - could just be something as simple as a seal
    Last edited: May 11, 2022
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  3. gentleroger

    gentleroger Road Train Member

    Jun 1, 2010
    So we're talking about a glider with an engine that was (supposedly) rebuilt 4 years ago needing an inframe? You've owned the truck for 2 years and still owe a significant amount on it?

    There are so many red flags I don't know where to start.

    A second opinion is a must before you drop a dime into it. If the second shop concurs, sell the truck for whatever you can and get a company job. If your finances aren't strong enough to get a $25k loan for less than 30%, it is unlikely you'll survive in the current environment with a less than reliable truck.

    If you get out now, you'll still have money in the bank and lots of options. If you drop $25k and take a month off for the repairs you'll be digging a hole that will be tough to get out of.

    Good luck.
  4. F4T6UY

    F4T6UY Medium Load Member

    Oct 24, 2017
    Very South Texas
    Not for nothing, but you can buy a complete series 60 from these guys for maybe a hair under your inframe quote.American Fleet, Inc. | Detroit Diesel Specialists in Springfield, MO

    Also, depending where you are located, and I don’t know pricing and availability in todays climate, but I know for a fact 2 years ago a GM inframe kit was going for about $4500, and I knew of 2 different mechanics in south Texas that do it for less than $3k labor. And they’ve done hundreds of Detroits between them over the years.

    I only say this to let you know there are options other than the Freightliner dealership. Keep looking.

    Detroits are one of the easier engines to do and depending where you are, you can throw a rock in any direction and hit somebody that can do it.
    Last edited: May 11, 2022
  5. Catmando

    Catmando Road Train Member

    Mar 15, 2021
    WTH do you mean you don't own the truck ???
    If you don't own it why are you spending money to in frame it ?
  6. Rubber duck kw

    Rubber duck kw Road Train Member

    Dec 9, 2017
    Borrowing money to fix a truck is a horrible idea. Borrowing any amount of money at 30+% is the worst thing you can do, worse than telling the bank to come get their truck even.
  7. Chieftains

    Chieftains Light Load Member

    Jul 18, 2021
    Best reply. He could get it done by any decent repair shop for 10k give or take couple grand.
    I know a shop in Columbus. 4k labor. You provide kit. They only do detriots. Nothing else
  8. 201

    201 Road Train Member

    Apr 16, 2014
    high plains colorado
    IDK,,$25g's buys a lot of oil. I don't mean to be rude, but what did you expect from a financially strapped dealer? If it's leaking that badly,it should be pretty obvious where it's coming from, burning oil would be a lot harder to find. Find a small shop, ( that the owner probably quit a dealer to start their own shop) stay away from the dealer!
  9. truckdriver31

    truckdriver31 Road Train Member

    Sep 18, 2013
    They dont have any money in the bank. Thats the problem. They are broke and wanting to look into financing repairs at 34%
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  10. truckdriver31

    truckdriver31 Road Train Member

    Sep 18, 2013
    2 options. You can ether default on the truck or pay 34%
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  11. Elroythekid

    Elroythekid Road Train Member

    Sep 9, 2010
    Halifax Nova Scotia
    How can a leak be an In frame?
    You need a second opinion, and not a dealer. The ice thing about the 60series is there are LOTS of independent shops that know these engines, and it's easy to ask and find one on here that does good work. Let everyone know where you are and you will get some recommendations for where to take it for a second opinion. I would not take it to a dealer. These days the dealers (mostly) can only do what the laptop says and replace parts.
    My .02c
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