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New Truck Purchase

Discussion in 'Business Fundamentals' started by Karlboro, Jun 19, 2013.

  1. Karlboro

    Karlboro Junior Member
    Messages: 14

    I really do not like dealerships, however, I'm looking to add another pickup (3/4 or 1ton) with plow to the company and I am looking at purchasing new. From browsing the local Ford and Chevy Dealer sites our company qualifies for commercial vehicle sales, but I'm not really sure if that is a benefit or not.

    Any thoughts or lessons learned to share along the lines of new truck purchases?

  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    well less repairs on it as long as your not some yahoo plow guy who thinks it a bulldozer.I prefer new,I like to sleep and not worry if the truck will make it though a storm.
  3. Plowtoy

    Plowtoy Senior Member
    Messages: 929

    I've plowed new, but now only buy and plow good, paid for, used trucks. It's probibly a wash when it comes right down to it. New trucks are LESS likely to break down but most all of them carry a payment. A GOOD used, paid cash for, few year old truck may go into the shop now and again for repairs other than maintenance, but if you pay attention to it, most things can be caught before they really become a problem in the middle of a snow storm. Let someone else take the 60% hit on a new truck and you buy it for 40% of its new cost 4 years later. Thats what I would do, well actually my stuff is usually closer to 8 years old when I get it and at or quickly aproaching 200k, but still plenty reliable.
  4. BigBoyPlowin

    BigBoyPlowin Senior Member
    Messages: 301

    My reasoning for buying new x2!

    This is my first year buying used for a plow truck... But now i have a full time mechanic so it should be fine. The key to breakdowns is to have an equal or greater backup on standby at all times.
    Never buy a used PLOW truck though!
  5. red07gsxr

    red07gsxr Senior Member
    from meriden
    Messages: 256

    all of my trucks are getting old but every year i go thru all of them and usually fix anything they need. usually i am good thru out the winter. but i do enjoy not having to worry about the truck. payments suck. if you have a good mechanic your older trucks should be fine.