Buying / Selling
If you ever mosey on down to the local dealership to shop for pick-up trucks, it’s pretty normal to hear some unusual verbiage. Salesmen will be talking about wheelbase & glow plugs. Customers will be asking about block heaters and chassis cabs. It can get confusing. But there’s a common set of terms that everyone knows: ½ Ton, ¾ Ton & 1 Ton. You’ve heard about truck tonnage for years. But do you know what it really means? If you understand the meaning or not, salesmen and customers alike have at least accepted in a broad since that it… Continue reading
Typically when specifying out medium-duty trucks and vans for drive-axle ratios, it is easy to figure out what ratio to use. This is true especially since there is only two to three depending on the vehicle. However, for those vehicles weighing in 19,500lbs to 26,000lbs on the GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) scale, the process becomes more complicated. There are more than a dozen options to choose from. Some drive-axle ratios range from 2.69:1 to 7.17:1 with ten or two different ratios between them. It all depends on the truck’s class, make and model, and the rear-axle capacity.
Drive-Axle Ratios… Continue reading
Selecting tires for medium-duty trucks directly impacts the fuel economy, performance, and tire replacement cycles for that vehicle. Mismatches between the tire specifications and how the vehicle is used is an issue. This may lead to increased chances of vehicle’s downtime and higher overall operating costs.
The challenge in selecting tires for medium-duty trucks is the number of number of variables needs to factor into the overall decision. Medium-duty tire manufacturers have different kinds of treads, designed for what that vehicle operating weight, specific tire position, or axle. For example, some tire are designed for free rolling, known as steering… Continue reading
Understanding tire management should be in a fleet manager’s top interest. Understand how tires are used in a day to day basis. Learn where all the expenses go. From tire benchmarking to data analysis to management action, creating a tire management program can help the truck in a profitable range rather than that of an awful headache.
An effective tire management program has to address four things: Air pressure; Rotation; Mechanical/Alignment Maintenance of the vehicle; finally, speed. Maintaining these four key elements, a fleet manager will be able to keep the cost of tires down when It comes to purchasing… Continue reading
Here is a quick list on 8 items to look out for when ordering medium-duty box trucks. Whether the body is too short or too long, the truck sits too high, or the chassis is too light are just a few examples of where the specs on a medium-duty box truck can go wrong. It can only take on mistake to significantly halt employee productivity and drive up vehicle costs. To correct the mistake after the fact with premature maintenance problems caused by trying to operate in an “as-is” state.
Avoid these top eight things when ordering a medium-duty box… Continue reading
Nowadays, used truck values are making them an ever increasing bargain, overtaking new trucks sales at dealerships. This is often because used trucks with low mileage can go for a lot less.
Truck dependability has increased in the past two decades. This allows trucks to last much longer than what they use to. In fact, J.D. Power and Associates were able to perform a study that proved the dependability of a vehicle has nearly doubled in the last decade alone.
While many of us are not expecting the immortality rates of vehicles to raise any time soon. We are expecting… Continue reading
Diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) is here to stay. All light, medium, and heavy duty trucks created in 2010 and newer are now incorporating DEF tanks. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pushing towards enforcing the Clean Air. By doing this, EPA is hoping to reduce, or at least regulate the dangerous NOx emissions that are given off by vehicles. Diesel vehicles happen to be one of the top contributors to the NOx emissions. DEF was created to help reduce these emissions.
Diesel exhaust fluid is a nonhazardous solution that is sprayed down into the exhaust stream of all diesel vehicles.… Continue reading
Truck-n-Trailer, a major used commercial truck dealership in Oklahoma City for 17 years, is excited to be awarded the exclusive Mitsubishi Fuso truck dealership for Oklahoma City. Growing commercial truck demands across the country are pushing increased sales for Truck-n-Trailer. This partnership expands Truck-n-Trailer beyond used trucks, services and repairs to now include new trucks sales which will help them meet these growing needs.
“This partnership is a perfect match. Being able to sell Mitsubishi Fuso’s commercial trucks now allows us to expand what we can offer our clients nationwide”, says Truck-n-Trailer owner, Tom Morgan.
Commercial trucking is at an… Continue reading
Is it time to buy a used commercial truck for your business? Whether you’re a florist, a plumber, a lawn care specialist, or an electrician, hauling your product and supplies with ease and safety is an important part of doing business. Continue reading
If you’re thinking of buying a new work van, a side-by-side comparison chart comes in very handy. In 2014, Ford, Chrysler, Mercedes-Benz and Nissan will be presenting a number of new and refreshed models.
Work Truck magazine on-line has a great comparison chart for the 2014 Cargo Vans. This link will open a .pdf that you can download or view.
Vans reviewed include:
Ford Transit Connect
MINI Cooper Clubvan
Chevy Express/GMC Savana