Contributing author Joey Slaughter is the owner of Blue Ridge Transport, LLC. A Ringgold, VA based carrier. Joey started his company in 2010 after serving time as an unhappy employee with a local trucking company. The time spent there was not fun but, in hindsight, was a turning point that propelled Joey into the wonderful world of being an entrepreneur. Please visit JoeySlaughter.net for more insightful blogging.
I’ve driven Freightliners for the majority of my career. I started in 1992 with a Freightliner FLD that took me all over the country without a distracting GPS, cell phone or satellite radio. Anyway, fast forward to 2010 when I started my own business and needed to buy a truck for the first time. Without doing any real homework, I started looking at Kenworths, Internationals, Volvos and Peterbilts-pretty much anything but a Freightliner. I wanted to be different than the majority of trucks on the road. However, when it was time to put down some money, I started looking at the different truck manufacturers extremely close and calculated sales prices and total costs of ownership. After these calculations, it became clear that Freightliner would be best choice for me.
Firstly, I was able to get more truck for the money. Used Freightliners overwhelm the pre-owned market every year due to the vast numbers of them being turned in by the big fleets as they upgrade to newer Freightliners. This keeps the price below the competition and the large fleets have strict service schedules that help with peace of mind that you’re getting a well maintained truck.
Secondly, I bought my truck at a SelecTrucks dealer which is a Freightliner affiliated company. These trucks are available with warranties which cost extra, but add peace of mind which is very important to a new owner-operator. They even have a premium used truck line called “SelectCertified” which go through a 148 point inspection and have longer warranties available.
Yes, I work with Freightliner today, promoting their brand at truck shows and by blogging on their website. However, my endorsement of their product has nothing to do with that affiliation as I spent most of my career in Freightliners and when it was time for me to buy my first truck, I bought a Freightliner.