How to Choose a Class 8 Truck


Choosing a class 8 truck is one of the most important and expensive things you will do in the trucking business. Class 8 trucks carry many different types of freight, like general freight, refrigerated freight, bulk freight and flatbed freight, to name a few. That is why the choice you make of a class 8 truck is very important, and it has to be the right truck for the job.

  • Establish which kind of freight you will be carrying for your customers and the types of equipment they will require. If you plan to carry general, refrigerated or flatbed freight, you will find most of that type of equipment in stock at most class 8 truck dealers.

  • Decide how long your delivery jobs will be. You will need a tandem axle sleeper cab if you plan to carry your customer’s products over long distances. If you will be servicing your customer locally, a day cab configuration should be sufficient.

  • Determine the weight of the freight you will carry. When hauling bulky items like sand or rock, your equipment will need a more heavy-duty suspension as well as things like a wet line kit. As with general freight, virtually any dealer has these kinds of class 8 trucks in stock.

  • Determine if you will haul specialized freight, such as a heavy haul or over-dimensional loads. If so, it gets more complicated. You will almost certainly have to spec and order your class 8 truck unless you are lucky enough to find a used one in the dealer’s inventory. Pay strict attention to the weight and dimensions of the freight you will carry as well as the requirements of the equipment you will purchase. You may need a four-axle tractor and a heavier-duty suspension.

  • Know the specs you need for your class 8 truck and bring this information when you start looking at inventory. Most class 8 truck dealers can help you decide which type of equipment you will need.

  • Spec out and order your truck if the dealer you want to do business with doesn’t carry the equipment you require in stock. The dealer you choose should be able to furnish this service to you and assist you in making sure you get what you need.

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