Know Operation Before Spec’ing Truck

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Know operation before spec'ing truckOverdrive Magazine September 2010 – Know operation before spec’ing……We’ve been talking about building your dream operation.  The final step is buying your equipment.  It’s the most fun part, but it’s also the most expensive, and one that owner-operators often mess up.

Only after you’ve decided on your preferred operation and located a carrier or set of shippers/brokers to use should you start the buying process.  To buy a tractor without an idea of its application is putting the cart before the horse (or, we might say, the trailer before the tractor). 
You might have decided to run an operation that is local or regional rather than long-haul.  Maybe you want to be in an expedited operation as a team, or a specialized heavy hauler with a drop-deck trailer……the properly spec’d truck is saving $12,000 – $15,000 yearly.

Over the last 10 years RigDig has reported an average over 93,000 federally reported tow-away accidents annually for class 3-8 trucks. Of these accidents, 2.9% resulted in a fatality.

VIN Cloning is a growing crime, where criminals take the vehicle identification number (VIN) from a wrecked vehicle while it is sitting in a junkyard, then create new VIN plates for a stolen vehicle of the same make, model, year and color. RigDig can protect you from purchasing a VIN cloned vehicle.

2.8% of all RigDig Reports run by users were for trucks that were flagged as either Junk, Salvage or had a serious Salvage Title.

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