Buying a Semi-Truck from a Dealer vs a Manufacturer

When you’re shopping for a new semi-truck, who you buy it from can be just as important as what you buy. Generally speaking, there are 2 good options for buying a semi: buying from the manufacturer, or buying from a dealer. There are pros and cons to each option, so keep reading to learn and get a comparison of your buying choices.

Used or New?

When buying from a manufacturer, you’re typically going to be buying a new truck. These are right off the manufacturing line, with no previous owners, accidents, or repairs. This gives them an edge in terms of reliability, since you’re unlikely to need any extensive repairs any time soon. Additionally, the manufacturer generally has a robust warranty on all their new trucks.

Dealers more often sell used semi-trucks. Of course, you shouldn’t assume that “used” means the truck will be in poor conditions. Reputable dealers ensure that the used trucks they sell are extremely high quality, and can still provide reliable service for years to come. While they may need maintenance sooner than a new truck, they can still offer you durability and reliability on many long hauls, and at a much lower price than a new truck.

What Options Are There?

If you buy directly from a manufacturer, they’re only going to sell their own models. Of course, they’ll likely have several different models with different classifications, cab styles, features, and so on. This still provides you with some variety to choose from when you’re shopping. However, if you want to compare that type of truck to any others, you’ll have to visit multiple locations.

If you buy from a dealer, however, you’ll likely be able to compare trucks from several different manufacturers in a single location. Used truck dealers will buy and sell trucks from all top-brand manufacturers, giving you a much wider variety of options to choose from. 

What’s the Best Choice?

Ultimately, there is no right or wrong choice when it comes to choosing between the manufacturer and the dealer. If you’ve owned a certain make of truck in the past, and you’re confident you want a new model from the same company, buying from the manufacturer may be best for you. On the other hand, if you want to explore your options and stay within a tighter budget, it’s likely a better idea to look for used truck dealers in your area so you can more thoroughly explore the differences between various makes and models of semi-trucks.

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