The decision to buy a new or used garbage truck can be a difficult one. The way technology is changing and emission standards are pushing everyone to go “Green”, garbage trucks are becoming more complex and expensive! Many people are struggling with this decision and we here at RDK hope this article will help.
NEW Garbage Trucks
They have sensors that monitor just about every part on the truck and this requires extensive knowledge on how to keep them running. This can scare many individual business owners away because their mechanics are not comfortable working on the new garbage trucks. So What do we do? We buy what is familiar. This will keep our customers and mechanics happy! This leads them into looking for used inventory. Now be careful, buying used can be tricky if you do not talk to the right dealer! People in our industry know that reputation is important and buying a quality product from someone who has extensive knowledge and experience in the used garbage truck market is KEY.
Many accounts do not have this luxury. Their contracts require them to buy only new and are left with a false feeling of reliability. OH and to add, did you know it costs 10,000 dollars for your warranty? Which is well worth it because your first repairs may cost you $20,000. The new trucks we have seen have had more problems due to the new technology not functioning well. I wish we could say the new garbage trucks are great and buy yours today, but that is simply not the case. Many of our customers are experiencing more downtime then ever before with the newer trucks. This costs them money and they end up getting used trucks to fill in.
This being said, there are a few benefits of buying new. First, it is a good image for your company. You are now “going green” as they put it. You will also have good customer service and the knowledge from the dealers regarding the new trucks. New tires, brakes, and CNG are a given benefit of the new trucks as well. Your extra warranty may cost some money but having that safety net will give you ease of mind. Lets just hope the downtime isn’t a serious problem for your new garbage truck and you will be just fine.
USED Garbage Trucks
They are proven to be road warriors and can handle the toughest of conditions. The used garbage trucks have stood the test of time and hard work. With less downtime and good mechanics nearby, which may know these trucks better than their family, you will be satisfied with your used garbage truck and her performance.
Over the past few decades a used garbage truck has been looked at as the hand-me-down. People were more inclined to buy new to get the warranty and the prestige of owning a new truck. Nowadays, a used garbage truck will give you more bang for your buck! Especially if you get one from the right dealer. The used garbage truck market is filled with dealers but knowing one that puts exceptional quality in your working fleet is key to your companies success. These used garbage trucks will give you hard work day in and day out. They have been completely gone over and over to make sure every part and piece is in great condition. Did I mention parts are everywhere for a used garbage truck? They cost less too!
With proven technology, less downtime, and your mechanics knowledge, buying a used garbage truck is a no brainer. Don’t deal with the expensive prices of buying NEW or the downtime that will occur when you are on the road and need to pick up for accounts. It is almost a no brainer to go used!
THE RIGHT DEALER
Make sure you know who you are dealing with. We have seen some rough trucks come out of some dealerships that have been advertised as IN GREAT CONDITION. Yeah right! That truck barely runs and if it did we do not want it in our fleet. This leads to buyers remorse and a lot of money down the drain. This is exactly what you do not want! Talk to someone who has extensive knowledge and experience in the industry. Speak to their staff and ask them questions! Ask for photos, videos, and look at their inventory up close.
We here at RDK pride ourselves in our work. The inventory you see on our website and on our lot in Tampa, Florida are considered to be top tier in the industry. The PREMIUM quality of a used garbage truck on our lot speaks for itself. With a combined 80+ years of experience under our roof, we know how to talk trash! We live to make our business partners happy because when they succeed, so do we
Become our business partner today! Call today or inquire further on our website.