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inexpensive trucks for starting out o/o's

i've been searching for the so called inexpensive trucks that i keep hearing about for $10,000 - $15,000; the ones that i do find for that price have excessive cosmetic body damage & needing mechanical repairs. could someone point me in a direction where i may not be looking? i've looked on truckpaper.com & found the trucks i stated above

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If you are starting out, don't expect to buy a brand-new or like-new truck. Most trucks around $10,000 to $15,000 will need inspections and some kind of mechanical repairs. Cosmetic damage (paint, bumpers, mirrors) can easily be fixed on some, it's more difficult on others. I would focus on the interior (does it leak?), the power train (vibrations? noise? hard shifting? EGR issues?) and get a history report (has it been stolen, involved in wreck, flooded?).

If it's a newer design (International ProStar and I-series, Volvo VN, any PACCAR product (Peterbilt/KW), Mack or Freightliner), you should not have issues getting cosmetic items repaired, and you'll probably want to personalize the truck anyway. If it's significantly older (WhiteGMC, Ford, or anything else pre-1992) you may run into issues getting parts. Take a look at junkyards, parts warehouses and dealers if you need anything- they'll be happy to help.

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http://www.truckpaper.com/listingsdetail...

Look at this if you are near Galva, IL

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When CA finally forces me to upgrade, my truck will be for sale in that price range.

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So they want everyone to buy brand-new equipment on that left-coast state (or at least have a $15,000 DPF retrofit). You could always move to Texas or Illinois and still run with your current truck- no retrofits or replacement required. Just be prepared to pass the toughest CDL tests in the nation if you move to either state, and you'll be set.

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i've had my license since i was 18 & am 40 now, so that is not needed.

just a cheap truck & i think i found 1, it's an old fleet truck with high miles, mid roof sleeper (with or w/o roof fairing), automated transmission, decent rears. 07, freightliner century, 58" mid-roof sleeper, 2:64 or 3:42 rears; from low 20's to mid to upper 20's, some low 30's

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I bought one of these $10-15k trucks. The seller lied his @$$ off about the truck. It cost another $10k to get it into a fair condition. The a/c control box had to be replaced, $1k, the computer also, another $1k. The freightliner shop did a, so called free VIZ check. They found kigpin problem, tie-rod problem, on and on. I had them do a dyno for $250, I have 82% power to the ground this is ok. Paid for the ECM report, which they couldn't read. I asked them to steam clean or de-grease the engine & drive train in order look for leaks. They didn't do it. And I had it at the shop for months, too. So time was not a problem. After all this work they still failed to examine the truck for leaks. I have a slight oil leak on drivers side, towards the front of the head between block & head. I have it on the road and its doing ok, actually pretty good. If I would have bought a more expensive truck it could have still cost me the same amount of money to fix.

The best deal I found was a FL Classic a shop was selling because the owner couldn't pay for the rebuilt engine. The truck was in great condition, new paint, etc.. I couldn't believe the deal, & I failed to act, it was sold before I could drive the 250 miles to look at it. I saw it on Craigslist. I saw another good clean FL Classic on CList also, for 15k. I just didn't act, the economy was bad, & I was really looking for an Aero truck anyway. This said, I would look in craigslist. You have to look day after day after day. Or you could loose out like I did. I get 6.2 to 6.5. I put super singles on about two wks ago. I think I'm get 6.97 now. I'll have keep checking this out to verify.

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That's terrible if they can't read a simple ECM report. I would have taken it to a different shop at that point. Good job on getting the truck running, and I hope it serves you well into the future.

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My 2006 International 9400i is being traded in next week. ISX 435 ST, 13 spd, 3.42 rears. 72 inch mid roof sleeper. Sliding 5th wheel. Current oil sample... Iron 4, Lead 9, Tin <2, Aluminum 3, no water, no glycol, no fuel in oil. Average mpg over its life above 7 mpg. New brakes, drums, cans last fall. New tie rod ends last fall. New turbo in February. Stainless Steel Protec deer guard (it will take down a deer real nice!), Espar bunk heater put in last fall, built in Xantrex inverter/charger. Tires at 70% or better. 874,000 miles on it.

Dealer offering $21,000. I'll sell it for the same amount. Title clear. I you won't have to dump money into it to put it to work. I am getting a new glider truck, and if that deal wasn't to my liking, I would just keep this one and run it some more. I sure am not losing money with it. I just wanted something pre-egr and spec'd more perfect for my operation. Never know when that opportunity would end, so I jumped on it.

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I have a 1991 T-600 it has about 2.5 million on it , i replaced the engine in 2009 with a 1999 DDIV 500 hp i have owned this truck since 1994, I grease every couple weeks myself as this gives me the chance to inspect as i grease.I have not had a break down since installing the engine that hat almost 800,000 miles on it, i was only going to run for a year but what the heck its still running good and oil samples are good with my bypass filter on it. If you buy an old truck take a mechanic with you pay him a $100 or so to do a detailed inspection, also oil sample everything with oil, I find its better if you buy a used truck from a retiring O/O since they care about the equipment they own. I do all work on my truck except for the engine work such as overheads, etc... Learn to do as much as you can with an old truck or you will go broke. I just replaced brakes, drums, s-cam bushings and seals, it cost me about $700 in parts. For a shop would have been a couple thousand or so. If you dont know how to do alot of repair get with a local mechanic that will help you if he will. I am pretty good figuring out how to do things but i do ask for advise from local shops that i am friends with. Hope this helps Good luck

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i sell you mine for 13,5

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I have found a bunch on craigslist. You really have to inspect good and its sad to say but dont take sellers word on anything. They may say they ran forever with no problems. Thats their luck. I will be selling a midroof columbia probably next month. 2001 detroit 500 hp, 10 speed, 800,??? Miles. About $12,000

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Truck paper.com

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found some old fleet mid-roof trucks, like schneider, maverick, etc with automatic tranny's. high miles on schneiders but for price it may be worth it; any advice on this?

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Sell you mine for twelve(K)..

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Taylor / Martin Auction in Charlotte this month has some '03 Columbias with pre-EGR Series 60. I think they're old swift trucks, with those goofy 2.93 rears, but some seem to do ok with em. These trucks go for around 10K, and you can pull oil sample, ECM.... the trucks are usually on site 4 days ahead of auction. Overnight the oil sample... that's the only check I would do, along with lifetime mpg report. Taylor and Martin has website.... check out the pic's . Use Kevin's title report to check for accidents.

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We have a 2004 Volvo 780 for sale. Owner/ operator specs. Tri-pac, gulf coast filter, 77 inch sleeper with workstation. All records for oil samples and work done to it. Asking $19,500. Look forward to your reply.

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99 red Volvo cat 600k mint condition 20k 717.632.8360pa

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If u are truly looking for a truck,you may call ma at 309-840-0161,I have a 2000 FLD,12.7 Detroit,10 SPD,3.42 rears,1.1 million miles,NO INFRAME,just new bullgear, new steers,75%recaps on rear,MAXWELL START MODULE,FASS already installed can possibly have wide singles,$16500 located in Peoria,IL

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Forgot to mention it also has fully fuctional RIGMASTER,this truck needs absolutely Nothing to start making money other than better rear tires,if u go to the 9+mpg group you will find a pic its white with green stripes

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A new truck is $113,000 for a bone stock Columbia glider to over $160,000 for a fancy new CARB compliant truck. The first truck I mention is a great starter truck; the second will likely finish you.

When new trucks are in that price range, what do you realistically think you can expect for $15,000? The answer is obvious; not much... certainly nothing you can bank on or build a successful business around.

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Here's info on a truck you might want to entertain if you want more info leave you r email add & I'll send you a list of work:

Use the money I put into the truck as mentioned, plus the value of the used truck its self, as a measure when making an offer.

You can buy a $15,000 truck but you will end up putting $10's of thousands into it in tires, brakes, repairs, etc. Save your self time of the road by buying this truck where by so much work has been done.

I have oil tests that show the engine is in great condition.

$11,000.00 work was done at a licensed Freightliner shop.

KW T2000

Full gauge package

Detroit Diesel 12.7 L 1.2M

Synthetic oil. Recent oil change. Almost new filters. Truck is ready to go to work.

Super 10 easier to shift.

3:90 rears

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