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, or the right legal service, or the right aftermarket support we have it covered.

 

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Purchasing a used Renault Premium

The Premium Long Distance tractor unit is easily the most important model in the Renault Truck range, accounting for around 70% of the marque’s UK truck sales. In recent years, it has held around 10% of the UK tractor unit market. Although that might not sound a great deal, closer analysis reveals that the Premium is a star among what can loosely be described as fleet tractors.

Purchasing a used Daf XF105

Unveiled as the successor to the XF95 at the Amsterdam show in October 2005, production of the Daf XF105 started in January 2006. Whereas the XF95 had a Euro-3 XE 12.3-litre engine, the XF105 sported the new 12.9-litre MX, claimed to be up to 4% more economical. Early XF105 units were Euro-4, but Euro-5 versions were also available from the outset.

Purchasing a used Daf CF85

Daf launched the CF85, or the ‘compact forte’ , in late 1992, offering a smaller cab than the XF’s ‘extra forte’ . The 85 part of the designation was a logical follow-on from the short-lived Leyland Daf 80-series, which was essentially a hybrid that married a Leyland Roadtrain with Daf’s 11.6-litre WS engine.

Purchasing a used DAF LF

Daf’s LF45 7.5-tonner boasts astounding longevity and success. Its origins can be traced back 30 years to the Leyland Roadrunner of 1984, and it has been the UK’s top-selling 7.5-tonner since 2005.

Purchasing a used Scania R-series truck

The introduction of the R-series in spring 2004 marked a change in Scania’s model designation system. Out went chronological (1-,2-, 3- and 4-series) numbering, replaced by a prefix indicating cab-mounting height, followed by the engine power rating in hp. R-series, the highest cab mounting, was joined later in 2004 by P-series, the lowest.