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6 Tips for Purchasing New or Used Semi Trucks for a Fleet of Trucks

There’s a lot to think about then purchasing a semi truck.

And when you’re selecting vehicles for an entire fleet of trucks, it’s essential to make sure that each individual truck brings value to your business.

So how can you get the most for your money when shopping for new or used fleet trucks? Here are 6 tips to guide your decision process.

Determine the purpose of each truck.

Do you need uniformity in terms of function and appearance? Or will trucks haul different cargo? Will some trucks travel across the country while others only go across town?

Get info on each fleet vehicle you’re considering.

If you’re looking at used commercial trucks, get info on why each one is being sold. Ask for a detailed history of each vehicle including accidents and service record.

Decide whether to buy new or used semi trucks.

If you’re looking at used commercial trucks, get info on why each one is being sold. Ask for a detailed history of each vehicle including accidents and service record.

  • Although more expensive, new trucks give you up-to-date amenities and often a more attractive warranty.
  • Used trucks cost less up front, so you might take some of the money you save to refurbish the trucks and update their appearance to match your company’s brand identity.

Consider the lifecycle of each truck.

How long do you keep trucks before replacing them? Do you replace them all at once or rotate them?

Determine what size trucks you need.

How much space is needed for the cargo you’re hauling? How many people need to be in each vehicle at one time? Should the cab be able to accommodate team drivers?

Have a budget, but remember cheapest isn’t always best.

Pick the right vehicles for the needs of your company. It’s always too expensive if it’s the wrong vehicle.

Do you have questions about adding the right semi trucks to your fleet?

Contact us at Pedigree. Our team has the experience to provide the information you need to choose the right new or used semi trucks for expanding your fleet.