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Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Finally...the Time has Come

Hey Ken, I'll be in Springfield around the 29th or so to get my APU looked at and hopefully to get another student. Shoot me a message on here and we can meet up at the café and grab a bite to eat. Look forward to meeting you and good luck with your next adventure.

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Prime drivers: please weigh in on the different divisions

Everyone above posted very good advice. I drive refer for Prime and I enjoy it. Stay busy all the time and never have to worry about not having a load in my area. Most of the refer freight we do haul is some sort of food. Everyone has to eat so it's just evidence that the refer division will keep you busy. Either division you choose make sure it's the one you really want to do and I'm sure you'll enjoy it regardless of our input.

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Fighting boredom while at shipper/receiver

I have an Xbox one, TV and laptop to help with the lay over time we face at shippers and receiver's. But you have to find something that will keep you entertained even if it's playing hangman. But i couldn't agree more, that's the only part of the job where I feel it could be more organized and it would maximize the profit for the driver and companies.

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Questions about prime leasing

For one person to assume that Primes lease is exactly the same as everyone else may be the problem. Just because McDonald's and Burger King both make hamburgers doesn't mean they both will taste the same. Every company separates themselves from the other. Prime doesn't have the same trucks as everyone else. Our equipment is usually the best on the road. We have the newest equipment and technology. Allot of people say we're slow, well that truck you pass that's going 58 is getting 9mpg while your truck going 75 is getting 6mpg....that results in more money for operator. Not the company. I'm done trying to explain why one should lease, until you taste the cake you don't know how good it tastes.

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Questions about prime leasing

Once again this thread is about Primes lease. Not the industry as a whole. So Brett, your "facts" need some work more geared toward Prime specifically. I don't see how anyone can critique something in which they have not done. You might have heard things from other drivers about Primes lease but you have no idea how they ran their business. You can't take one persons opinion about something and automatically assume that's the way it is. If I believed everything I heard about the trucking industry I would've never came to the business in the first place.

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Questions about prime leasing

Once again this thread is about Primes lease. Not the industry as a whole. So Brett, your "facts" need some work more geared toward Prime specifically. I don't see how anyone can critique something in which they have not done. You might have heard things from other drivers about Primes lease but you have no idea how they ran their business. You can't take one persons opinion about something and automatically assume that's the way it is. If I believed everything I heard about the trucking industry I would've never came to the business in the first place.

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Questions about prime leasing

Everything I have said I have backed up with proof of how you can be successful. I'm still waiting on yall to say something based on fact about why leasing from prime is bad because everything I have seen has been based off of opinion.

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Questions about prime leasing

I find it funny that people are making comments on this thread and have no idea what they are talking about. I believe this post is about primes leasing program. How many leases have u done Brett? Because quite frankly you have no idea how Primes lease is. You talk about the bonus money they give you for signing a lease and you constantly mention miles. I'm lease operator. Miles don't mean anything. It's the revenue that matters. And you don't get a bonus for signing a lease. So once again unless you have done a lease through prime then I doubt this thread means anything to you.

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Questions about prime leasing

Starcar, once again I have only been driving for a year, I wanted to learn more about the industry (seeing where loads went and how they paid) before I decided to make that big of a commitment like buying my own truck. But to be completely honest, I do plan on buying a truck. Prime offers to do a lease called an "ace" lease. So after the completion of the lease the truck is yours. But i got a brand new truck that is still under warranty and will be the entire time I have it. So i dont need to worry about having a 27k bill from a blown engine. It's an entire different ballgame tax wise when u become a owner operator compared to just a lease operator. But I'm tired of trying to convince yall of how one could be successful leasing a truck. You can't fix stupid.

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Questions about prime leasing

My fixed costs include truck payment, insurance, tags and accounting. If you look at the checks I posted you can also see I hold back .06 cents per mile for an emergency fund. Once again whoever mentioned the part about blowing two tires....Prime takes money out of my settlements weekly for a tire fund. So if I was to blow a tire, I at least have some sort of money there to help. And name whatever week of whatever month and I'll post my settlement. And to say I don't qualify to be an instructor is bogus. I've already been training students. There is no secret to success. Leasing a truck adds more responsibility because your telling that company when u sign that paper that you promise to run and not worry about being home 3 days every 3 weeks. Different strokes for different folks, what works for me might not work for you. But for anyone to say that you cannot make more money from leasing is unrealistic. Especially only saying after all expenses that it would only be $30 / week. Some people aren't cut out to lease, it's kinda like the Marines slogan....the few, the proud. Upon completion of the lease, Prime also pays you a check depending on the condition of the truck from anywhere to 15-20k. CASH MONEY! If it was such a uphill battle being a lease operator, why do you see and hear about drivers at prime doing 2 or 3 leases? I know 4 guys that came into Prime at the same time I did, all 4 of us signed a lease within a couple weeks of each other. Only one person has left Prime and his reason was because he wanted to be home more. If you need to go home once or twice a month then of course leasing isn't for you. But if your like me and only take 3-4 weeks off a year then you'll understand how easy it is to be successful. I have had my truck since the first week of April. I got it with only 1100 miles. Right now I have over 70k. I run hard and focus all my attention each day on being the most profitable I can. If you have a business mentality, it's impossible not to be successful.

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Questions about prime leasing

I'd actually make $3500 not 2500

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Questions about prime leasing

For example, I picked up in Washington and I'm going to New York. Approximately 3000 miles....only 7000 lbs in the box. The load pays $5900. I'm getting an average of 9 mpg. So I will use 334 gallons of fuel. Let's say fuel is 3.75 / gallon. I'll spend $1250 in fuel. My fixed costs on my truck is $1100. Some simple math and we can see my total expenses would be $2350. With just this load by itself I'll make $2500. A company driver would only make half that....i don't understand the 3% profit margin.

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Questions about prime leasing

And just to add, I don't do anymore paperwork than a company driver. That goes back to hiring Abacus. Some people are just set in their ways, but once again until you have done a lease with Prime specifically then I doubt this thread is entitled to anyone's opinion then those who have.

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Questions about prime leasing

If I was only making an extra $30 / week after all my expenses I wouldn't and I'm sure other drivers wouldn't be doing leasing as well. The business has changed since 15 years ago.

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Questions about prime leasing

Thanks RedGator I didn't think anyone would see my side...Daniel does have an extreme fan club and I was worried they would throw me under the bus. But yes it would be in Terrys best interest to talk to other lease operators to see how well its working out for them as well.

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Questions about prime leasing

Maybe so, but your basing your opinion on leasing through hear say. You haven't done it. Your assuming leasing is a bad thing. And once again your further validating my previous post.

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Questions about prime leasing

Terry your comments are spot on. Guyjax approach was professional. Some other moderators need to handle differences in opinion the same way. Some people act like being a moderator is a job title. They also say they have retired from training only after one student. Some people aren't smart and hard working enough to handle and run their own business. We call those guys company drivers. That's why they get the short trucks haha. The proof of the pudding is in the eating and I honestly feel the argument I have made is a valid one backed up with facts not opinions.

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Questions about prime leasing

This thread is about Prime Leasing and yet none of yall are talking about the topic of this thread. Yall must be new to forums. Usually the people that comment are the ones who have some information about said topic. Guyjax you said yourself that you had 2 trucks and bought a house and cars and all this jazz so your comments completely contradict themselves. Jolie, I already talked about having to pay taxes on that money so maybe you should fully read the thread before you comment next time. And yet after all these comments no one has yet to give a good reason of why leasing from Prime is bad besides having a truck payment when you take time off or being broke down. But anyone with anything between their ears knows that, it isn't a surprise to anyone. If there wasn't any risk there wouldn't be any reward.

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Questions about prime leasing

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Terry, just a few settlements, you can see....you definitely can make money leasing......

Posted:  4 years, 2 months ago

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Questions about prime leasing

First of all let me answer your question Terry, sorry i have been running hard here lately and havent had time to check my email. I appologize. Ill send you a PM with my cell number which is the best way to contact me. But yes, i do use Abacus for my tax purposes because of two reasons. One, they work with Prime and i dont have to save all my receipts for fuel or other purchases on my card (oil, antifreeze, wipers, oil changes). The only receipts i do have to save are lumper receipts because on their end it looks as if i just took a cash advance. If you didnt have Abacus you would have more responsibility to save those purchases and receipts for tax write off purposes. Two, I am new to this industry, only been driving for about a year and want to focus all my attention on being as profitable as I can with the least amount of stress as possible. I have heard some people say that they arent a good place to do taxes with because they charge so much but they try to make it so at the end of year you dont have to pay as much in. For example, my first quarter they sent me an estimate of $4000 (im single, not married with no kids barely any exemptions). I immediately called them worried because i only had my truck two months, and their explanation was that they wanted me to have enough money paid in to where i didnt have to pay any at the end of the year. It might seem fishy to some but you have to understand that not many drivers take the initiative to put money aside for tax purposes throughout the entire year and then wonder why they have to pay so much in. They seem to understand the industry and i just felt more comfortable having someone there in Springfield that i could communicate and work with while im at the yard. I also went ahead and got an LLC with them, they made it extremely easy and only charged me $300 dollars to do which i can make in payments each week out of my settlement. Another thing about leasing is its always good to seperate yourself from your business just in case you do encounter any trouble on the road like an at fault accident. It will protect your personal assets. If you have learned anything about being a truck driver, you will understand that you will be at the terminal more than youll be home. (If you plan on making money) But once again, its just a personal preference, just like leasing, you can ask 10 drivers and 5 will say good and 5 will say bad. My personal experience with them has been good. But like i said, ill send you a PM with my cell number and if you have any questions at all, dont hesitate to ask, I personally want to see everyone at Prime be successful. Dont let anyone at Prime or any outsiders tell you that you cant be successful being a lease operator, if you have any kind of a business mentality and want money, you will learn extremely quick how to be profitable. Most of people who frown on leasing havent even done it. Plain and simple. Take care.

Now to Daniel B, my business model is to make money, and that i do. Your excuse of being charged over a grand for a tire is complete non-sense. If you knew anything about Prime's Leasing program you would know that they take money out of your settlement each week for a tire fund. So even if i was to blow a tire right now it would cost me half as much as what you think if anything at all. The idea of paying over a grand for a truck payment does worry allot of drivers, especially drivers who are more focused on being at home then they are out on the road. It takes money to make money and i never see the money that does go to that payment. Within one load my truck is paid for, by load 2 im paying for all my fuel, 3rd load is straight profit. I dont know you personally, but i do know that you spend allot of time on this forum helping fellow drivers which is good, im happy for you, but you also spend allot of time taking luxurious bike rides while im out here turning wheels and making money. So for a fellow driver to come on this forum and ask a question about something in that which you have not done, i dont understand how someone could be so negative? You must be listening at the truck stop to all the stories people tell you. If thats the case you might want to check out the three little pigs or little red riding hood they are pretty decent stories too. You dont know me, so for you to say im not trustworthy, dont know what im talking about is an insult. If you want we can start posting our settlements weekly to see who is more profitable. You know we can update it about as often as your bike ride thread, you always have the best threads so we can add another to the list. Its funny that you would tell him to look towards other forums for answers when your a moderator, you should be able to provide him with all the answers and information he needs. Unless you havent done it before....maybe thats the reason, EH?

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