Buying advice

Making the right purchasing decision is an essential part of keeping your business running, and Commercialmotor.com is here to help. From finding the right vehicle or trailer for the job, to the right legal service or the right aftermarket support, we have it covered. And if you are thinking about buying through Commercialmotor.com, find out why you can trust us.

 

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Photo of driver using his tachograph

Tachograph Analysis

Digital tachographs became mandatory in trucks first registered on or after 1 May 2006, sweeping away 25 years of analogue tachographs and paper charts. What has not changed, however, is the need to analyse tachograph data to ensure that drivers comply with the EU Drivers Hours rules and do not jeopardise their employer’s O-licence.
Mercedes Actros

Choosing a Euro-5 Truck

At Commercial Motor we’ve been testing trucks for more than 100 years, so to make your decision-making easier, we’ve compiled all the Euro-5 trucks tests that we’ve carried out since April 2007. That’s more than 150 trucks reviewed and rated.

What used truck can you buy if you go shopping with £20,000

For a decent, second-hand tractor unit that will give three or four years of good service, you need to budget about £20,000. Spend less than that and you run the risk of throwing away good money further down the line on trucks that have more value as an export or sold for parts.
Picture of a curtainsider trailer being emptied by forklift

Purchasing a used curtain-sided semi trailer

The curtain-sided trailer is the haulage industry’s everyday workhorse. It’s light, easy to load through the sides and rear, easy to repair, maintain and service – and it’s cheap.
Volvo FM

Purchasing a used Volvo FM

  The FM tractor was introduced in July 1998 as a successor to FL and a smaller brother to the FH. Sharing its chassis and 12.1-litre powertrain with the FH, the FM’s cab was more spacious than the cramped FL but less so than the FH, intended to strike a reasonable compromise for distribution tractors.