Nuisance fees: Fair treatment when you turn in a trailer?

Nuisance fees aren’t just annoying. They can cost you big.

Remember video rental stores? They were a product of the 1980s—the decade that produced jelly shoes, wine coolers and “The A Team.” Sure, video stores were really convenient. You could pick up a hit movie to watch at home, but it might cost you a princely sum, especially if you returned the videotape an hour late or forgot to rewind it.

That’s what’s known as a nuisance fee. Continue reading

Leasing trailers frees capital for fuel change

Carriers that are on the small side can feel like innovation is a luxury they can’t afford to even think about, let alone pursue. But sometimes the only way to meet your long-term goals is to take a chance on something innovative. That’s what Sheehy Mail Contractors did when they decided to switch their fuel from diesel to natural gas for their fleet of 96 tractors. Continue reading

Get a free guide to size & weight limits by state

Do you transport goods over state lines? Where do you go for state transportation regulations?

Have you spent time searching one website after another for size & weight legal limits?

Have you ever wondered how many pounds you can add legally to your gross vehicle weight if you have an idle reduction unit? (Up to 550 pounds in Connecticut.) Do you know which states require written proof of the weight of an auxiliary power or idle reduction unit? (Colorado’s one of them.)

Would you like a handy guide that has all the answers?Size & Weight guide for all states Continue reading

Buying vs leasing trailers: decision-making tool

We’ve written quite a few words about buying vs leasing trailers. (Here are links to part 1, part 2 and part 3 of our series and to a nifty infographic.)

To wrap up the series, we’ve built an assessment tool for fleet managers that can help you build a framework for talking about how to add trailers to your fleet.

When you evaluate these 15 categories in the context of your customer’s requirements, which drive your fleet requirements, you’ll get a picture of what’s most important to your operation. And that can jump-start your financial analysis.

Just click a few buttons and add up your points to see which way you’re leaning: toward buying or toward leasing.

You can fill out the categories more than once and you can save your choices.

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Buying vs leasing trailers: where will your capital go?

This is the third post in our series on buying vs leasing trailers.


Rick and Steve make a decision about buying vs leasing trailers—conclusion

When we left Rick and Steve at the end of our last post, they were narrowing their choices about the five reefers they needed. Now they’ve made their decisions.

Rick and Steve walked out to the yard to look over their new reefers.

“That 2012 we just bought kinda stands out, doesn’t it?” Rick asked.

“Yeah, but Huge Store won’t care how pretty it is as long as it runs well,” said Steve.

“True.”

“The four we leased from Add-a-Few look good, though, don’t they?”

“Yeah. I didn’t realize we could lease brand-new trailers.”

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