New To Trucking Truck buying info needed

MrBusiness

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Ok I’m fixing to buy my first semi (yes I have driven them but for other people never owned my own) and I have a question. I need some direction when being an owner operator. I’ve made my decision on a few things such as: DD14 or DD15 Detroit engine, between 2014-2017 yr model, 13 speed, no lower than 3:42 gears, no more than 425,000 miles. And I’m looking at a Freightliner, Western Star, Mack, or 589 Pete.
So which is the best way to go for the money?
Also why does everyone say stay away from International trucks? Is it the ISX Cummins or what?
Please on facts no opinions
Thank you
 

pushbroom

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2016 and up were alot better. Lots of upgrades on those motors. X15's are doing really well so far. If you could get the service records off the truck that would be better. Lots of times used ones are a crapshoot.

I guess the other question is do ya really want to be a o/o? Got a large budget sitting aside for when the motor throws a rod out in the first 6 months?
I had a guy bring in his used truck he only bought 4 months previous and it needed block cut and a new head. Dude had no money, he was relying on some crappy aftermarket 3rd person warranty that deined the claim as it was "preexisting". He walked away from the truck and financial place sent it to the auction. Not sayin its gonna happen to you but sometimes working for a company aint as bad as people make it out to be. I guess the other question is if you have steady work for it. It helps massively if you are mechanically inclined and can deal with alot of the repairs yourself.
 

MrBusiness

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You make a great point. That’s one reason I’ve looked into the rig digs and looked for oil samples. I’ve also found some trucks that still had factory warranties on them. And to answer your other question yes I have a lot of work for it. I can actually take my pick from flatbed to reefer and also haul some cattle if I would like. I’m already an o/o but it’s with a hotshot truck. I like the LTL but I’m tired of being a ping pong ball all of the lower 48. And with a semi I have a chance to stay more local except with the bull wagon. I just have the chance to make more money while not staying gone in suck long intervals by being an o/o. But thank you for the great input.
 

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