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7 Things You Should Know About Tractor Trailer Rentals


									If you have recently taken the plunge and gotten your CDL to drive semi-trucks, you
may wonder how to get started in the owner/operator trucking business. Many
companies will finance your endeavor, if your credit is good enough and if you have a
large amount of money to put down on a rig. If, however, you are not in the latter
group, you may think about a tractor-trailer rental to get you started.

1- A look through the local yellow pages or a quick search online will reveal a number
of tractor-trailer rental companies. Every type of truck, from Mack to Freightliner,
from a small moving truck to a big 53-foot trailer or flat bed is available for rent. The
most important question for you to answer is what do you need the truck to do for you?
What are you looking to accomplish?

2- When you have successfully answered these questions, it is time to go rental
shopping. Speak with other truck drivers, the instructor at your school, perhaps even
someone at the Department of Motor Vehicles, any of these sources will be able to
recommend a rental company based on their past experiences.

3- Call the companies that you would like to do business with to make an appointment
with a salesman. This is not like renting a car, there is a lot of money involved and
you need to make sure that you are going to be happy with the transaction. The
salesman can help with demonstrating features of a truck, letting you test drive it and
arranging for delivery of the truck.

4- If you are interested in owing a truck in the future, speak with your salesman about
any rent to own options that they may have. The tractor-trailer rental company may
also be able to help you with financing if you choose this particular rental option.

5- Even though renting a semi-truck isn't exactly like renting a car, there are some
similarities. For example, trucks come with many of the same options as their smaller
passenger car counter parts. Many of these options such as, air conditioning, leather
seats, and heated mirrors are nice, but also raise the price and most people can live
without them.

6- You may be able to get a special rental rate depending upon the length of time that
you need to have the tractor-trailer rental for. The more time you can commit to
renting the truck, the more the price goes down. Many rental companies will rent by
the week, month or even by the year.

7- These tips should give you some insight as to how to rent a tractor-trailer that will
suit your wants and needs. The most important thing that you can do is to shop around,
get the best price and the best truck that you can afford that will meet your needs.

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