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Trucker Offers Advise on Buying a Used Semi Rig


If you’re considering becoming an owner operator, obviously the most important decision you will make is in the purchase of the truck.  Many drivers will look for that truck with all the shiny chrome and “toys” that come with it … and that’s fine, as long as they know they can move the freight they need in order to make the payments.

However, always keep in mind that when entering into trucking as an owner operator, you must face the situation as a real and viable business venture.  There are many good, used semi trucks that one can purchase for around the $15,000 mark, that will get the job done.

Here’s a great post by Trucker Jim giving valuable insight into what you need to know when buying a used semi truck ….


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By: Allen Smith

Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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5 Responses to Trucker Offers Advise on Buying a Used Semi Rig. - Post a Comment

  1. Truck Jobs

    So very true… why drop $50,000 on a newer truck when you can get a used one that does the same thing for around $15,000?

  2. ET

    CAT engines r the best

    • jim 12 year vet

      i have owned my own rigs for 12+ years along with driving them i own a common carrier too and buy and sell trucks so i can tell you cats might pull ok but they break and are expencive to maintain parts are expencive guzzle the fuel with bad fuel millage and cats requiere more maintnence than cummins which are cheeper pull about the same and last longer and are good on fuel economy and detroits are cheep require less maintanince and get great fuel economy you can make the decision on whats better but personally due to the reasons i listed im not impressed by cat at all

  3. Test Drive Technologies

    If you are int he market for a pre-own semi-truck or semi-trailer it would be a good idea to have a pre-purchase inspection performed by a qualified & certified independent vehicle inspection company. Stop in and see us at

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