Investing in Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) can be a very costly experience but for those in the trucking and transportation industry. Nothing is more important than having a reliable commercial fleet. Strangely, most people confuse age with reliability and only think that a new truck can be reliable. This is obviously not the case as well built, well maintained used trucks can be just as reliable as brand new ones.
HGVs by design are built to last. As their main purpose is to transport goods over long distances, they are able to easily do hundreds of thousands of miles on the same engine. Otherwise what’s the point? There are certain HGV makers that have a reputation for high quality, for example a used DAF truck should easily be able to handle 200,000 miles. This is not the only reputable HGV manufacturer of course. Iveco, Scania, Renault and Mercedes are just some of the great names in heavy good vehicle manufacturing and there are plenty more.
Here is a little more information about HGVs:
• HGVs are also known as LGVs (Large Goods Vehicles)
• In the UK HGVs are separated into categories depending on the weight they can carry. In some cases they require a special driver’s licence.
• HGV vehicles are normally manuals, with a high number of gears but you might be able to find a decent automatic HGV if you search hard enough. Having said this if you can’t drive a manual yet you might want to start looking at some lessons as you will be able to find way more vehicles with manual gear boxes.
For a small business there are many great opportunities to pick up ex-commercial vehicles from larger corporations like delivery companies or supermarket. You can attempt to contact them directly or use an online truck auction. Many large corporations use online truck auctions to quickly get rid of their used vehicles so they are great place to find a cheap reliable used truck.