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Lease Purchase - What You Need to Know

The bottom line is that Lease Purchase agreements are the worst possible way to attempt to buy a truck. I have never met anyone who said they successfully bought their truck through a Lease Purchase program.

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Posted by Joel on May 23, 2017 | Business of Trucking

How to be Profitable Owning a Truck

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David sent me a message that is all to common for new truck owners. His concern is how to be profitable owning a truck.

"How did you manage to make a profit? It seems as…

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Posted by Joel on Jun 03, 2016 | Business of Trucking

Buying vs Leasing

BuyingvsLeasingA reader recently wrote to me...

“We need to acquire 3 trucks and trailers, we are looking at used and need to know if it would be better…

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Posted by Joel on Feb 24, 2016 |

Manufacturers, Dealers and Salesmen

Manufacturers, dealers and salesmen make all the difference when purchasing new or used equipment. I have personally had a mix of both good and bad experiences. I would like to share a difficult lesson I recently learned through a bad experience with a trailer manufacturer.

I ordered and purchased my trailer from Kraftsman, Inc in East Ramseur, NC in August 2014. Within 1 week of receiving…

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Posted by Joel on Feb 12, 2016 |

Avoid the FMCSA ELD Mandate

FMCSA ELD ExceptionsLike most everyone…

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Posted by Joel on Dec 29, 2015 |

Meeting Potential New Customers

I received an email from a reader who asked some great questions for meeting potential new customers. He wrote...

"I have had my authority now for about…

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Posted by Joel on Dec 09, 2015 |

Choosing the Right Truck

1999 990iGreat! You're are ready to shop for your first truck. Securing financing is easier than you think and you can learn more in my post “Financing…

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Posted by Joel on Sep 30, 2015 |

How to get an FMCSA Operating Authority

Letter Of AuthorityDeciding to get your own FMCSA operating authority and DOT number is a big step. Most use agents to help them get started. Unfortunately they cost a lot of money. I'm going to share…

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Posted by Joel on Sep 22, 2015 |

How Does IFTA Work?

IFTA RatesOne of the most frequently asked questions I get is “So how does IFTA work anyway?” Once truck owners understand IFTA they all change their fuel purchasing ways. In doing so they…

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Posted by Joel on Sep 15, 2015 |

Junk Yard Truck Parts

1999 InternationalWhen I modify my truck, I do so by locating and purchasing as many Junk Yard Truck Parts for the modification as I can. The easiest way to get used truck parts…

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Posted by Joel on Sep 05, 2015 |