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Seeking advice regarding first purchase of truck


I am currently a truck driver out of Quebec City, Canada. I've been driving for 1.5 years and all I've ever driven is an automatic 2018/2019 Volvo VNL 760 and Freightliner Cascadia. I am looking to purchase my own truck and am seeking advice before diving in.

In preparation of purchasing my own truck I asked my company to drive their older manual trucks and so for 2 weeks now I've been driving a 2013 Freightliner Cascadia with approximately 600k miles on it (approx what I was looking to buy). Here's a few of the things I noticed (lots of rattle all over the place, truly lives up to the Freightshaker moniker) 1. Grinding rattle from under the gear shifter (gets very loud when accelerating or going up hill) 2. Small random rattle from inside the console (sometimes present even when idling) 3. Multiple rattles from the cabinets in the back (have to hit, pull, punch them before they'll let you sleep at night)

I've spoken to my company about the noises but they say its all cosmetic, none of the noises are symptomatic of a deeper issue and there is nothing they can do to fix it.

My question to people who own this truck or a similar model of a similar condition, is this a common thing among all Freightliners or have I just got a lemon here. Is there a way to solve the issue in case it pops up in my own truck?

Secondly, could you please look over my approximate monthly revenue and expenses break down and see if I'm missing anything here;

Insurance and plate fees will be covered by the carrier Revenue: $14,560 Expenses; Fuel: $4600 Oil Change: $250 Tires: $150 Truck Payment: $1700 Misc: $300 Monthly Pre-tax income: $7560

P.S all the dollar amounts are in Canadian Dollar.

Here is an example of the kind of truck I am looking to buy 2014 FREIGHTLINER CASCADIA CA125SLP Highway Tractor # STOCK: C-27436


Engine: DETROIT DD-15 Liters: 14.8 litre HP: 505 hp @ 2100 rpm Odometer: 880,322 KM Transmission: EATON-FULLER RTLO-18913A Speeds: 13 Front axle: 13,300 Rear axle: 40,000 GVWR: 52,350 lbs Suspension: AIRLINER Tires: 11R22.5 / 11R22.5 Wheels: ALUMINIUM / ALUMINIUM Brakes: AIR Wheelbase: 232 “ CA: 88 “ Spead: 52 “ Frame: SIMPLE

Thank you.

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