Garbage collection can be a very profitable industry, and if you are interested in getting involved in it, you should know a few things about getting started. When you first start out, you may find that purchasing used garbage trucks is the way to go to ensure you’re profitable each month. From deciding on the type of truck to understanding how to get the best deal, here are some helpful tips that you should follow when buying a used garbage truck. Your garbage collection career can start here!
Decide What Type of Truck You Need
First things first: decide on what type of truck you need. Yes, even garbage trucks come in different varieties. There are various types of garbage trucks out there for you to choose from. Depending on the type of work that you plan on utilizing your truck for, you’ll need a type that will allow you to operate effectively. The most common types of garbage trucks are side loaders, rear loaders, front loaders, recycling trucks, and roll-offs. Narrow down your list to ensure that you’re only investing your time to look at garbage trucks that will perform as you need.
Realize New Trucks Take Lead Time
If you’ve considered purchasing a new garbage truck, you should be aware of the fact that new trucks take lead time. Usually, this can run anywhere from three to six months depending on the manufacturer. If you’re looking to get started as soon as possible, it may be better to invest your money in a used truck that you can put on the road right now.
Look for Service Records
An easy way to see whether or not a garbage truck was properly maintained over its life is to ask for service records. Companies that take care of their trucks will have detailed service records of all the maintenance and repairs that were performed on the truck along with their service dates. When at the garbage truck sales lot, be sure you always ask for the service records.
Purchase from Refuse Centered Dealers
While it may be tempting to purchase a used garbage truck from any old dealer that lists one at a reasonable price, that’s not always the best option. Dealers who only handle garbage truck sales every now and then likely don’t have the expertise to properly check over the equipment. Instead, focus on purchasing your truck from a respected dealer who solely handles refuse trucks. They’ll have the right staff that knows how to properly evaluate the truck.
See If There’s Still an Existing Warranty
When you buy used, you want to be aware of your warranty options. Most warranties for garbage trucks last for a specified period of time no matter who owns the truck within that time. Other manufacturers may have it in their paperwork that the warranty is void once the truck title is transferred. It’s best to know this information upfront.
Buying a garbage truck can be a great investment for those in the refuse business. While buying new is always an option, sometimes you may find it more reasonable for your budget to purchase a used one. By following the tips above, you’ll be well on your way to purchasing a good truck for your refuse company.
By Brooke Chaplan
who is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home and residing in Los Lunas, New Mexico.
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