There are a number of factors one should consider when buying a Truck. A large fleet-owner of a driver-owner; you must keep these factors in mind in choosing your new truck.
Know your requirements well.
The type and amount of load the truck has to carry should a deciding factor in selecting the type of body your truck needs. Equipping a body larger than your requirement will result in excess fuel-consumption. Overloading also eats in a lot of fuel, also leads to a lot of wear and tear to the truck components.
Once you made a fair assessment on what type of truck suits your requirement, now it’s time to take a look at the options available on the market. A low cost truck maybe attractive at first look. But in the long run this can wear down your business. Maintenance and service cost play important roles so it is very important to consider the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). Try to compare the cost with at least a couple of brands or models. Also consider the re-sale value.
You wouldn’t want your truck to be in garage for certain number of days. So the availability of spare parts as well as reach of service points has to be taken into good consideration. Look for spare parts warranties as well.
A truck plays an important role in your day to day business, so it is important to invest some time in knowing your exact requirement and specifications and then consider the three major factors.