Lease Drivers?

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James W.'s Comment
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What are some good companies to go lease with? I've been a company driver with PTL and thinking about leasing but not here. Lease operators barely make enough to make their truck payments. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks and be safe out here

Errol V.'s Comment
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Lease operators barely make enough to make their truck payments.

Well, James, this web site focuses on helping new drivers get started in the industry, we always take a pass on questions about owning and leasing. You should check with the owners/operators group OOIDA.

And if you're going to say the line I quoted, why do you want to work harder for the same amount of money?

OOIDA:

Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association

Who They Are

OOIDA is an international trade association representing the interests of independent owner-operators and professional drivers on all issues that affect truckers. The over 150,000 members of OOIDA are men and women in all 50 states and Canada who collectively own and/or operate more than 240,000 individual heavy-duty trucks and small truck fleets.

Their Mission

The mission of OOIDA is to serve owner-operators, small fleets and professional truckers; to work for a business climate where truckers are treated equally and fairly; to promote highway safety and responsibility among all highway users; and to promote a better business climate and efficiency for all truck operators.

Rick Dees's Comment
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I really don't understand why leasing is not discussed here..thinking of it myself down the line. If it's a walk away lease what do you have to lose? Look into KLLM or maybe Riverside Transport..I haven't done it but have talked to some who have and are doing ok.

Errol V.'s Comment
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I really don't understand why leasing is not discussed here..thinking of it myself down the line. If it's a walk away lease what do you have to lose? Look into KLLM or maybe Riverside Transport..I haven't done it but have talked to some who have and are doing ok.

Here's what Brett wrote. There's others, just enter "Lease" in the search box.

Leasing A Truck: Do The Rewards Justify The Risks?

Rick Dees's Comment
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The only thing that makes me consider it is "The walk away lease" . I owned a buisiness for 5 years so sort of know the risks..luckily we sold it and made it out alive. I have talked with a few lease drivers who are pleased...but who knows, people say anything.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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You guys baffle me.

James says that lease drivers barely make enough to cover their truck payments... yet he's interested...?

Rick owned a business for 5 years and sounds like it wasn't as good as he had hoped. So he sold it and "barely made it out alive". Yet the subject of owning another more risky business and less rewardful business is on his mind?

(Facepalm)

Baffle:

A partition or separator within a liquid tank, used to inhibit the flow of fluids within the tank. During acceleration, turning, and braking, a large liquid-filled tank may produce unexpected forces on the vehicle due to the inertia of liquids.
LDRSHIP's Comment
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You guys baffle me.

James says that lease drivers barely make enough to cover their truck payments... yet he's interested...?

Rick owned a business for 5 years and sounds like it wasn't as good as he had hoped. So he sold it and "barely made it out alive". Yet the subject of owning another more risky business and less rewardful business is on his mind?

(Facepalm)

People who want to be business owners have the drive to do so. Owning a business is a headache and struggle. But sometimes the reward of satisfaction of making it work is worth it. Sometimes, just getting by, but standing on your own 2 feet is worth the risk of losing it all.

Baffle:

A partition or separator within a liquid tank, used to inhibit the flow of fluids within the tank. During acceleration, turning, and braking, a large liquid-filled tank may produce unexpected forces on the vehicle due to the inertia of liquids.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

Diver Driver's Comment
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You guys baffle me.

James says that lease drivers barely make enough to cover their truck payments... yet he's interested...?

Rick owned a business for 5 years and sounds like it wasn't as good as he had hoped. So he sold it and "barely made it out alive". Yet the subject of owning another more risky business and less rewardful business is on his mind?

(Facepalm)

But you know, Lease guys make the big bucks ! (Gross income)rofl-3.gif

Baffle:

A partition or separator within a liquid tank, used to inhibit the flow of fluids within the tank. During acceleration, turning, and braking, a large liquid-filled tank may produce unexpected forces on the vehicle due to the inertia of liquids.
Daniel B.'s Comment
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Ya know, I know a lot about it. I used to be a lea.......oh nevermind can't talk about it.

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Ernie S. (AKA Old Salty D's Comment
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Ya know, I know a lot about it. I used to be a lea.......oh nevermind can't talk about it.

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Daniel, you have finally decided to admit you were a lease driver @ Prime before you left........About time....

Ernie

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
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