If your commercial truck that hauls products and does deliveries isn't working like it once it did, it may be time to get it services or consider replacing it. You'll have to decide if you want to keep putting money into it, or if you want your staff driving a truck that is at the risk of breaking down. If you aren't sure what to do, consider the following so you can make the best financial investment for your business.
Tune-Up and Inspection
Have the heavy equipment repair professionals examine the truck and give it a tune up. Ask that the tune-up include the following:
- Oil replacement
- Top off fluids and look for leaks
- Lubricate gears and internal mechanical components
- Tire balance and rotation
After the tune-up, the mechanics should hook the truck up to a computer that does a scan of the electrical and other internal parts and can report if there are major issues throughout the vehicle. Once the tune-up and inspection is completed, you can see what damages need to be fixed and what the cost will be.
Have the Vehicle Appraised
What is your commercial truck valued at? You can look at other online classified sites to see what similar trucks are selling for, you can research what vehicles like yours have sold for in your area recently, and you can take the truck to a heavy duty equipment dealership to see what they would give you for it if you traded the truck in. Once you know the value, you can move forward with making the decision to repair and fix the truck up or to replace it.
Repair Cost vs Replacement Cost
If the cost to repair the truck and to make it run better is only a small fraction of the vehicle's value, and you think you can get a few more years out of it, consider investing the money to do the repairs. If the repairs are more than half the value of the truck and you could get a good amount of money trading it in for another new or used option, replacement may be best.
What's best for you will be determined by how much money you want to spend and if you can afford to get a new truck for your commercial property. If your company heavy duty truck is starting to look and run rough, it's time to take action. For more information, contact a local repair company or go to websites to learn more about repair services in your area.