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Need A Big Rig? 3 Things You Need To Consider

If you need to purchase a big rig, a.k.a. a semi-truck, for your business, just like with any type of vehicle shopping, it helps to know what you want before you start the shopping process. Knowing what you want will help you narrow down and figure out exactly what you need, which will make the shopping and buying process more direct.  

What Type of Engine Do You Need?

First, you need to determine what type of engine strength you need. Will you be making simple trips around town or within a few hours of your base? If so, you may not need that strong of an engine. If, on the other hand, you will be sending this truck out on cross country drives, you are going to want to go for a much sturdier and stronger engine so that your semi-truck always has the power it needs. 

What Type of Trailer Do You Need?

Second, when you purchase a truck, you are often able to purchase a trailer to go with it. What type of trailer do you need? Do you want an open-air trailer that allows you to carry large objects, such as building supplies or factory equipment? Or do you want an enclosed trailer that is better for carrying cargo and pallets of supplies? Think about the type of trailer you want, and see if you can get the cab and the trailer together.  

What Type of Cab Do You Want? 

Next, what type of cab do you need the truck to have? If you are doing around town or local driving with the vehicle, then a day cab is all you need. Day cabs are smaller and have less room in them for the driver and their gear. They are more affordable and economical. 

If you plan on doing longer hauls with the big rig you are purchasing, you are going to want to go for a sleeper cab. With a sleeper cab, the front driving space is usually bigger, and there is an entire mini-living area behind the driving area where the driver can sleep and prepare basic meals. There are a lot of sleep cab variations, from really basic to more high-tech and comfortable.  

What Type of Nose Do You Want Your Cab to Have? 

Finally, you need to determine what type of nose you want the front of your cab to have. There are sloped-nosed trucks, which have a rounder front and allow you to carry a longer trailer while staying within the length restrictions for big rigs set by the federal guidelines. Or you can have a conventional nose truck, which has more of a boxy look but an easier-to-access engine. With a conventional nose truck, you usually get worse gas mileage and can't haul as long of a trailer. 

Before you start shopping around for a big rig for your business, determine what type of engine, trailer, cab, and nose that you want your big rig to have. This will help you narrow down your search and focus on checking out vehicles that really meet your needs. For more information, visit local dealers or visit sites like