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How to Balance Truck Application Against Resale

How to Balance Truck Application Against Resale

Your primary goal is to spec a truck to meet the intended job function, but how it is spec’ed has a direct bearing on future resale value. Therefore, it is similarly important to maintain a remarketing mindset when identifying specs.

March 14, 2018

How to Avoid Over- and Under-Spec'ing Pitfalls

How to Avoid Over- and Under-Spec'ing Pitfalls

Spec’ing a medium-duty truck is a complicated process that requires hundreds of decisions and choices, with each potentially impacting another. It is a science to achieve the balance between over-spec’ing and under-spec’ing a truck.

February 5, 2018

How to Maximize Truck Resale Values

How to Maximize Truck Resale Values

Regardless of the vocational application, companies are in the business of “manufacturing” used vehicles. Today’s new truck is tomorrow’s used truck. How you spec a truck has a direct bearing on its future resale value.

November 8, 2016

Consequences of Extended Truck Replacement Cycles

Consequences of Extended Truck Replacement Cycles

The more expensive the asset, the longer it is kept in service; however, the need for short-term cost savings prompts some fleets to even further extend cycling parameters and defer replacements.

August 19, 2016

Spec'ing Trucks to Maximize Productivity

Spec'ing Trucks to Maximize Productivity

The No. 1 consideration when spec’ing a truck is payload. The weight of the payload determines the engine displacement, transmission, size of tires, and frame type. You determine the payload by determining the fleet application.

August 15, 2016

20 Spec'ing Mistakes that Negatively Impact Truck Resale

20 Spec'ing Mistakes that Negatively Impact Truck Resale

When spec'ing a truck, it is critical to find the balance between building a truck to perform the intended job function and ensuring there will be a strong secondary buyer demand in the resale market at the end of its lifecycle.

July 15, 2016

14 Tips to Improve Upfit Spec'ing

14 Tips to Improve Upfit Spec'ing

We give you 14 suggestions about how to improve fleet truck upfitting from our "dream team" of 18 subject-matter experts in part 2 of our two-part series.

September 18, 2015

18 Ways to Improve the Upfit Planning Process

18 Ways to Improve the Upfit Planning Process

A “dream team” of 18 fleet truck experts was assembled to discuss ways to optimize the upfitting process. In part 1 of our two-part series, these subject-matter experts reveal how to avoid common upfitting mistakes. It all starts with proper planning.

September 8, 2015

Top 10 Trends in Chassis-Mounted Auxiliary Equipment

Top 10 Trends in Chassis-Mounted Auxiliary Equipment

Key trends in auxiliary equipment specifications focus on driver productivity and idle reduction using telematics, safety enhancements with crash avoidance sensors, and maximizing space using multi-function equipment.

May 26, 2015

Top 10 Trends in Truck, Van Upfitting

Top 10 Trends in Truck, Van Upfitting

Among the top trends influencing commercial fleets are an increased focus on designing upfit equipment to enhance safety and driver productivity, greater use of lightweight materials, and standardization of upfit specifications.

May 26, 2015

Operating Expenses for Medium-Duty Trucks Increase

Operating Expenses for Medium-Duty Trucks Increase

The high cost of fuel was the key reason for increased operating expenses. The spike in fuel prices also contributed to the higher cost of replacement tires and, indirectly, to higher maintenance expenses.

March 1, 2007

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