Buying your first truck: What you need to know

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Buying your first truck: What you need to know

Is your business on the rise? If so, it might be time to also consider if your current vehicles are set up to the task and meet your current business needs. If you’re thinking of purchasing a truck to keep up with your growing business demands, make sure you have considered all the options.   To assist making this investment decision, here are some tips from our Sales Engineer, Jeff Gibson, on what you should consider when buying your first truck.

Capacity & Load

“The biggest tip I would probably offer when buying a new vehicle would be not to go too small,” Jeff says. “So many customers choose a vehicle that ends up being too small for their needs.”

So, ask yourself, how much load do you want to carry? For instance, are you a builder or plumber who’s been using a ute and are planning to expand your business? Or do you run a delivery business and are looking to upsize your payload capacity? If so, there are a number of positives in moving up to a truck – better manoeuvrability and visibility compared to a van, maximising space, increased chassis options and elevated seating, and most obviously, the muscle to carry your load. It’s also worth considering if you are ‘on the limit’ with capacity. Operating a vehicle at its maximum capacity for its life can reduce the efficiency and durability of the vehicle. This could result in additional down time. Think about it this way, if you weigh 100kg, would you buy a ladder with a 100kg limit or 120kg limit? A small increase up front in capital expense may result in a large benefit to your business down the line.

“Our Hino 300 series models form the basis of the Hino light duty range, which remains Australia’s best-performing, most efficient and most comfortable light-duty truck,” Jeff adds. “One of the best aspects of our 616 and 617 models in our 300 series range is that these 5.5-tonne trucks can be de-rated to a car licence class of 4.5 tonnes. This means that you can drive them easily with a standard car licence while still having the option to carry an extra tonne of weight if you get your truck licence. Also a great benefit for resale.”

“Upgrading from the 616-617, we have a 716 model with much greater capacity. If you’re running a large delivery or freight business, this model is the perfect choice,” Jeff advises. “The fact that you need a truck licence to operate these 6.5-tonne vehicles is offset by its advantages that include bigger chassis, wheels, and load carrying capacity; and if required, refrigeration without compromising the cab or engine size. The result is a stronger more durable solution for your business.”  

Hino trucks are conceived, designed and engineered under three strict brand guiding attributes: Quality, Durability and Reliability (QDR). In layman’s terms, they are over-engineered to ensure that they last for your business.

Performance & Reliability

The other questions you want to consider are; where are you planning to operate your vehicle? What are the distances you expect to travel? What sort of road environments will you likely encounter? 

“For me it's about choosing a vehicle that is built for longevity and has the durability for our great country,” Jeff says. “As opposed to some vehicles that are designed for the smooth, well-maintained European roadways, our trucks are designed and tested for Australia’s unique rugged environments And because most of our 300 series trucks come stocked with a powerful 4-litre engine, you get a much stronger, longer lasting vehicle.”

There’s a fine line between making it and breaking it in today’s competitive trucking industry, so get yourself ready and plan for the future. Asking questions will get you everywhere. Play it smart, and maybe catch you on the road!

 

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