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Valentine’s Day: Treat Yourself!

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Valentine’s Day is coming, so we all know every store will be filled with cute teddy bears, gigantic cards, and boxes of chocolate. Flower shops will be working overtime to create the perfect arrangement of flowers and you will be left trying to decide what to purchase. Why not make this an excuse to shop for yourself this Valentine’s Day to find that perfect commercial truck? It’s already February and that means that we are getting closer to spring. Your commercial truck may need a fancy makeover once everything has […]

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Eating on the Road

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Driving a big rig is a unique profession. The constant traveling and long hours aren’t for everyone, but we all owe a great deal to the individuals who devote their careers to making sure that produce makes it to our supermarket shelves and the latest electronics are available to us at our leisure. Truck driving also has unique benefits that the rest of us might not get to experience- the flexibility of scheduling, the opportunity to see and experience large swaths of our country, and along with that, perhaps best of […]

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NADA 2017

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In 1917, the United States population was 101,961,000 people. A loaf of bread cost 7 cents, a postage stamp cost 2 cents, and the average price of a car was $400. It was also the year that the National Automobile Dealers Association was founded in Washington DC when a group of dealers joined forces to lobby Congress to reduce the 5% luxury tax on private cars. Fast forward 100 years, and Commercial Truck Trader is contributing to this rich history by attending NADA’s 100th annual conference and expo, January 27-29. […]

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It’s the haul-iday season…

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  Tying the family Christmas tree to the roof of the car, driving it home, and getting it set up is a job unto itself. Now imagine doing that with a tree more than nine times larger! The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree tradition began in New York City in 1933, the same year as the ’30 Rock’ building opened. The first tree was a 20 foot balsam fir decorated with cranberry strings, paper garland, and even some tin cans. Things have grown a bit since then- this year’s tree is […]

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Self Driving Heavy Commercial Vehicles: Ready or Not, Here They Come

In the trucking industry, the use of automated transmissions has significantly increased- in fact, they are now dominating many heavy truck OEMs’ order boards. As the use of automatic transmissions continues to rise, and automated consumer vehicles are working their way to becoming ubiquitous on the roads, how far off is the actual self-driving driving heavy truck, or, self-driving highway tractor from real-world, daily operation? Frankly, there are situations in which reducing the human element in an activity can lead to improvement- hence the explosive growth of automated transmissions in Class 8 trucks. These changes contribute improved fuel economy, reduced driver fatigue, and the opportunity for drivers to be more focused and able to collect data that will improve the bottom-line. The saying goes that “trucks move America,” and if safety, efficiency, reduced traffic congestion, increased interstate utilization, and reducing driver shortage are results of the self-driving truck, how can that be a bad thing? OEMs such as Freightliner in Nevada, and other third parties have automated trucks in real-world testing at this current time. As driverless technology advances and automated trucks accumulate test miles in varying conditions, environments and locations, self-driving trucks have the potential to be an amazing safety benefit. In 2012, 330,000 heavy trucks were involved in crashes, resulting in nearly 4,000 fatalities. Driver error was to blame for up to 90% of these accidents. Advances in driverless technology may eventually lead to actual communication between heavy […]

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Mary Had a Little Turkey

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November is the month of the turkey in the United States, as we gather with family and friends to enjoy a Thanksgiving feast.  But where did the idea of eating turkey on Thanksgiving even come from?  Since there are no leftovers from the 1600’s, there is some controversy about what was really eaten at the first Thanksgiving meal. Most researchers don’t believe that the main meat was actually turkey, rather fish and wildfowl, such as duck or goose, according to some Smithsonian archives. So where exactly did turkey come from? […]

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Conquering Road Rage

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Is road rage really a state of mind?  It can seem pretty physical when your blood is boiling and your heart rate jumps.  The Internet is crawling with nightmarish statistics of road rage encounters. Reports indicate that approximately 1500 deaths and injuries are the result of road rage incidents each year.  However, the purpose of this post is not to share distressing statistics about the results of road rage.  Instead, let’s discuss a proven method to curb your tendency to shout an expletive, raise that unpleasant finger, or slam that […]

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Our Version of Pumpkin Spice

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Did you know that the United States produces 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkin each year? That’s more than double the weight of the Empire State Building. According to Guinness World Records,  the world’s heaviest pumpkin was grown in 2014 by Beni Meier in Switzerland. It weighed 2,323 lbs- about the same as an adult polar bear.   The top pumpkin-producing states are Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and California, but Keene, New Hampshire holds the record for most lit jack’o’lanterns on display- over 30,581 and still growing. The unsung heroes of all this […]

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Severe Weather Preparedness

We all know how to prepare our homes and families for severe weather, but what about your vehicles and equipment? While it’s one thing to secure your home and personal property for an impending storm, other specific precautions must be taken on the job site. The below tips are designed to help you stay safe and prepared for a variety of weather events, whether at home or on the job. Thinking Ahead: Have a plan, pre-storm. A severe weather plan should be part of your emergency response procedures. Each of your employees should know what their role is and what is expected of them in the case of a severe weather event. If possible, monitor the latest weather reports on a storm’s path and check news coverage of areas that have already been affected. This will help you to have a better idea of what to expect. On your equipment yard or truck site, make everything as small as possible. Retract extensions on cranes and other machinery so that each vehicle is as compact as possible. Remove personal items from cabs in case windows are broken. Secure loose materials and chemicals. Anything that could become airborne needs to be tied down or moved indoors. Any hazardous materials that could spill or contaminate local water systems during a flood situation should be moved to a secure location. General Tips: If you have a generator(s), be sure it’s in good working order […]

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Newly Designed Virtual Showroom

Commercial Truck Trader and Equipment Trader Online are proud to announce the extensive and impressive updates we have completed to the Virtual Showroom. These updates will be accessible to our dealers with Inventory Management Tool, as well as potential buyers visiting the sites. Updates include –   Clean, modern layout –   Customizable showroom colors –   Social media integration –   Area to display special incentives with scrollable inventory items. Dealer Search Page Looking to find commercial truck dealers? Now with enhanced refinement filters and a clean, easy to navigate interface, finding the right dealer for you is made even easier. Dealer Search Result Page After narrowing down your search parameters to a specific area, a newly added map features dropped pins that designate the exact location of the dealers from your search query.  A left hand navigation column allows to further refine your dealer search by make, class and category. Dealer search listings have been enhanced with more predominate phone number, dealer description and eye catching buttons allowing you to viewing the dealers inventory, email the dealer and view the dealer’s website. Virtual Showroom Edit Showroom Tab Experience how your buyers see you with the newly added ‘Edit Showroom’ tab found within in the Inventory Management Tool. This tab is the complete solution to customizing your Virtual Showroom in the exact way you want to be seen by potential buyers. Customizable Gallery and Incentive Header Color Does your dealership have a specific […]

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Hashtag? You Mean Pound Sign?

Whether you’re an active Twitter user or not, the truth is that the use of the ‘hashtag’ has invaded most mainstream social media platforms, like Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Former Google developer and inventor of the hashtag, Chris Messina states in an interview with WCCO-TV, “It was one of those things where I had so many haters in the beginning that I thought this thing would never pick up… But, secretly, I sort of felt like, come on guys, this is the simplest thing that could work”. The hashtag, once considered a trivial Internet fad, has now rewired an entire generation’s understanding of a single, special character – the #. Certain members of that generation are destined to inherit the family dealership or even start their own, so in order to remain current and provide a solid platform to build on, let’s #EmbraceTheHashtag #Hashtag or #PoundSign? What is it? Previously known as a pound sign, the symbol comes from the abbreviation for weight, lb. This shorthand was incorporated into typewriter keyboards and eventually the modern computer. Now, as the reinvented hashtag, the symbol is a popular way of categorizing “like content” across social media platforms. Appropriated by Twitter in 2007, a hashtag allows content to be searched more effectively. Searchable content allows users to engage and connect with relevant individuals and businesses that they previously may not have had access to. Think of hashtags as keywords for tweets and posts. If […]

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IMT Enhancements

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With a new season comes new updates! We are proud to announce the release of Commercial Truck Trader and Equipment Trader Online’s Inventory Management Tool enhancements. Below you can find all of the great additions and features that can now be found within the IMT. Build a Video Brochure With One Button! Need a video brochure built or modified? Now you can create an individual video brochure without having to access each separate listing. Found under the ‘Inventory’ tab, the new ‘Video Brochure’ button allows you to build and modify […]

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Greening Your Fleet

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Being green isn’t just about recycling, hemp lotion, and eating superfoods like kale- new technologies are making it easier to “Green Your Fleet.” The Association for the Work Truck Industry, NTEA, “expects that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will release Phase 2 of their final rule for medium- and heavy-duty truck fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction this summer.” Some good news is that U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide emissions in 2015 were 12% below their 2005 levels. So what can you do to contribute […]

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Think VROOM & SCREECH

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The Chicago Cubs. The Solomon Islands. The LA Lakers. A Round Trip to the Moon. What do these all have in common? They could be bought for about $1 billion. Add one more thing to that list. $1 billion is the amount of revenue lost nationwide each year due to theft of construction equipment and tools, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau. A study commissioned by the LoJack Corporation in 2014 found that 83% of equipment owners have been victims of theft at some point in their careers. So […]

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Track What Matters

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Phone calls, emails and walk-ins are all considered leads to a dealership and should each be handled as important as the next. With buyers becoming more savvy and conducting more research, it’s important that the highest quality experiences are provided. Since the “selling” is often done way before the dealer is even aware of the prospects, the dealer needs to know what actually works. But how do you know what works when it comes to your leads?  You can’t measure what you can’t track. If you can’t measure, you can’t […]

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Meet Terry Williams

Equipment Trader Online and Commercial Truck Trader welcomes Terry Williams to our organization in the position of Strategic Relationships Manager. In this newly-created role, Terry will be responsible for developing relationships at the manufacturer level with heavy-duty, construction, and agriculture OEMs. Terry has extensive experience in the field- he served as marketing manager for Volvo Trucks North America for several of their largest markets. He also held the position of Market Segment Manager and Managing Editor for Truck Blue Book. Terry most recently held the title of Corporate Marketing Manager for Bruckner Truck Sales. He lives in Blue Springs, MO with his two sons. We asked Terry a few more questions to get to know him a bit better:  If you could manage a construction project in any place in the world, where would it be and what would you build? Salt Lake City for the proposed new baseball stadium for the University of Utah baseball team If you were a piece of construction equipment, what would you be? Skid Steer with all the attachments What is your favorite kind of cookie? Warm Chocolate Chip What shows are you following right now? Better Call Saul, House of Cards, The Night Manager, What my kids pick on Netflix What’s the best gift you’ve ever gotten? Atari 2600 What’s your favorite vehicle air freshener scent? Days old deli sandwich wrapper with a hint of kids soccer cleats

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Straight Outta NADA 2016

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Were you part of the largest automotive industry event of 2016? Commercial Truck Trader sure was! Over a 4-day span, 16,500 car and truck dealers and 32,500 franchises (both domestic and international) descended upon the 2-million square foot Las Vegas Convention Center for an action-packed automotive extravaganza! The National Automobile Dealers’ Association Convention and Expo – or NADA as it is known – is a massive, annual  event for unveiling the industry’s latest technologies. It’s also a great opportunity to network and collaborate with current and prospective customers, as well […]

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The FCA Experience

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In February, Fiat Chrysler Automobile (FCA) hosted their annual BusinessLink Dealer Meetings at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida and the South Point Hotel and Conference Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Both meetings provided an intimate setting for the Commercial Truck Trader team to engage with an array of dealer personnel including Company Presidents, Directors, General Managers, Service and Sales Managers and Consultants. During the show, our team gathered insight on how Commercial Truck Trader works for individual dealers, as well as provided website demonstrations and built strong […]

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World of Concrete 2016

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The Equipment Trader Team attended the 2016 World of Concrete trade show in Las Vegas, NV on February 2-5. First introduced in 1975, this 41-year-old trade show boasts more than 55,000 registered industry professionals, houses more than 1,400 exhibits and stretches more than 675,000 square feet of exhibit space. Equipment Trader had a prime booth, located in the Central Hall of the convention center, which was in close proximity to the registration area. This allowed our team to be in the thick of the action as consumers took refuge inside from the unseasonably […]

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Winterizing Your Fleet

2016 is here and many states are experiencing cold frigid weather. The drop in temperature can take a serious toll on your dealership units. Below are some beneficial tips that will help you prepare your trucks for the harsh elements of winter and include them in your routine fleet maintenance. Check Fluids Ensure engine oil, antifreeze, transmission, brake and power steering fluids are clean and fill to the proper levels as these fluids are critical to the performance of a vehicle. Check the Battery Make sure battery cables and terminals are clean and tight. Remember that no matter what you do, a battery can fail without warning. Tire Safety Inspect the tread and tire pressure of your inventory. Extreme weather conditions may cause the tire pressure monitor system (if equipped) to engage if the pressure drops below the recommended PSI. Studded snow tires or tire chains may be an option to provide consumers. Fuel Maintenance Maintain FULL gas tanks. When operating a vehicle in the winter with a low fuel tank, condensation (water droplets) can form in the tank increasing the possibility of the fuel line freezing, preventing gas flow to the engine.  Replace dirty filters, such as air, fuel, and PCV. Diesel fuel is prone to waxing or gelling in cold weather. If equipped, use the Fuel Preheater or add anti-gel additives to the tank whenever you fill.  Windshield & Wipers Replace wiper blades that are more than six […]

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Stay Visible On The Web

With an ever-increasing demand from consumers to have ample amounts of information at their fingertips, it’s widely important for you as a business owner to make sure you are staying in front of them. From social media to search engine results pages, there are several key details one should remember: Organic search is all about the tagging and content In a consumers search term query, organic search will comprise most of the search results. This is the quickest and least expensive way for a business owner to get to the consumers. Emplace title tags, meta tags and header tags, which are all key pieces of information that are found in the HTML code and should be unique to your business. Remember; content is key. Have website content that is very descriptive and contains key words that a potential consumer will be searching for. Paid search has proven results that can work for you Would you be surprised to find out that out of every search query you perform, there is more than likely a company bidding on specific keywords, with hopes to have their ads be displayed to you on your search result pages? Every day companies spend millions of dollars for pay-per-click ads. These ads are highly targeted and extremely effective ways to drive traffic to your site and be the first search result a consumer sees. For smaller independent businesses, you do not have to have an enormous […]

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Effective Logo Design

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Are you looking to make a mark in the world and grow your business within the marketplace? Would you like to stand out from the rest of the pack? One way of accomplishing this is by having a unique, yet simple logo that reflects your business.  A logo is an essential part of a company’s brand. It works with other components of a business, such as the website, social media outlets and marketing collateral. Developing a logo that people recognize can be a difficult task and there are many things to […]

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Social Media Etiquette for Business

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Many businesses, small and large, use social media outlets as a way to enhance their business by connecting and engaging with current and prospective customers. Social media allows businesses to create a community around their company to share products & services, trends, ideas and generate leads. Although, it is important to share engaging content with your audience, there are some Do’s & Don’ts to remember when posting. Do: Choose an outlet that will support your marketing goals. Not all platforms will be beneficial to your business. Don’t: Feel it’s necessary […]

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Why do so many leads go unanswered?

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Why do so many leads go unanswered? Leads: a term used more often than necessary and is really just jargon for interested buyers. Interested buyers can turn into actual buyers, which equates to money in your pocket. So, why do consumers feel the need to call 5 different businesses before one will call them back? In our current technologically savvy world, the consumer has an abundance of resources at their fingertips; therefore, demand immediate interaction. So how do you, as an overworked, understaffed, and probably underappreciated business make sure you’re […]

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Is your truck prepared for a natural disaster?

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 Regardless of geography, at some point you’ll be faced with having to prepare for a natural disaster. Whether it’s a tornado, hurricane, earthquake or cosmic explosion, don’t be left ill-equipped. Below are some helpful tips to prepare yourself and your truck for when disaster strikes. Taking the steps to prepare your truck is critical for a safe evacuation. It’s most important to have a full fuel tank. Also, make sure to conduct a thorough vehicle assessment, including checking vehicle fluids (motor oil, brake, transmission, coolant etc…), tires, windshield wipers, brakes, […]

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Odyne Systems, LLC Wins 2014 Governor’s New Product Award

Odyne Systems LLC receives the 2014 Governor’s New Product Award. On June 4, 2015, the leader in medium- and heavy-duty trucks was provided the award by the Wisconsin Society of Professional Engineers, whose mission is to “support the ethical practice of Professional Engineering.” The Best of State, First Place award in the small employment category was granted to Odyne in recognition of the company’s excellent development of its Plug-in Hybrid System for Medium and Heavy Duty Trucks and economic contributions to the state through engineering innovations. Back in January, the company was also featured in 2015 Ford Alternative Fuel Buyers Guide. These innovations include plug-in hybrid electric systems that can reduce fuel consumption by up to 50%, improve acceleration, lower emissions, and provides for quieter operations at the work site. Additionally, the company can provide both heat and air conditioning to the cab without loafing the engine and waives the need for generators thanks to their large battery and exportable power systems. John Petras, VP of Engineering and Principle Investigator Odyne Systems, LLC expressed his excitement stating, “Our team has a passion for innovation and delivery of reliable, advanced hybrid system solutions. This award reminds us of the daily contribution that our engineering team makes to support energy independence efforts and environmental initiatives.” On a day-to-day, Odyne Systems, LLC stands as the leading manufacturer of hybrid systems for medium- and heavy-duty trucks. Their advanced plug-in hybrid technology allows trucks over […]

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The top ten “musts” when purchasing a commercial vehicle.

In honor of Commercial Truck Season, Commercial Truck Trader has created a list of top ten “musts” when purchasing a commercial vehicle.  Given the importance and immediacy that typically accompanies a purchase this large, the below list will hopefully assist in any current or future commercial vehicle purchases. First and foremost, it’s important to do your research.  Make sure to spend time online reading reviews and identifying the features that are critical to your vocation and vehicle. Next, start looking before your immediate need. Nothing makes for a worse buying experience than having to buy immediately, making rash decisions due to pressure. Research the type of vehicles that work for your vocation.  Use the “jobs” feature on the homepage search on CommercialTruckTrader.com to get an idea of the types of vehicles that are available. You’d be surprised how many new ones are out there. Make sure to buy from a dealership that you trust.  Some questions to ask when making this decision would be: Does the dealership have a good reputation?  Has it been in business for several years?  Does the commercial manager know the business?  Is the staff responsive and knowledgeable? Next, make sure to develop a relationship with a trusted commercial dealership.  Buy from someone who understands commercial needs. Are they offering any discount programs or incentives?  Does their financing meet your needs? Beware of fraud.  Remember, if the deal is too good to be true, it’s too […]

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Resale vs. Auction

Sometimes we’re asked the hard questions, such as “Why should I use you when I can sell my used units at auction?” Is resale or auction the way to sell a heavy-duty truck? Online resale of heavy-duty vehicles, capture much better prices than the same units do in auction. The difference between selling at retail and auction is very significant. Here’s some interesting information from Truck Blue Book that will help you with your understanding of how heavy duty units are sold. The average 2013 model sells at resale retail for 69% of its original value, and in auction it only gets 54%. And, 2010 model sells at resale retail for 58% of its original value, while the same unit at auction garners only 31%. So, what’s the big takeaway? Your dealers will do much better using CTT to sell their used trucks than they will at auction, regardless of the age of the truck. Let’s discuss equipment. Why is it better to use EquipmentTraderOnline.com rather than auction your pieces? We’re beginning to experience an interesting phenomenon in equipment sales that is exacerbating the pricing disparities between resale and auction. Right now, the average age of most construction equipment pieces in auction are 30% older than are the pieces on resale sites, such as ETOL. In other words, contractors who go to auction oftentimes have to settle for pieces that are much older than the used equipment for resale on […]

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Modern classics — The Volvo L30G and L35G wheel loaders

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It’s not easy improving on machines as popular as the best-selling Vo lvo L30 and L35 compact wheel loaders, but in their new G-Series guise, these models are more powerful and fuel efficient than ever before. The updated L30G and L35G wheel loaders from Volvo Construction Equipment may be compact — making them ideal for tight turns and work in restricted areas — but they possess the versatility and breakout and lifting forces expected from larger machines. And, both models feature powerful, new, fuel-efficient Volvo engines that meet the demanding emissions […]

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If It Were Me

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By Ken Taylor In twelve years working with commercial departments in over 150 dealerships I’ve learned a thing or two about what works and what doesn’t when a dealership makes the decision to start a commercial department.  It has gotten to the point that I know when to turn a dealership down that I know will not succeed.  This article is aimed toward any dealership who wants to create or grow a solid, successful and profitable commercial department. 1.  It all starts with support from the top.  If the dealer and […]

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Google Searches and Dealerships – New for 2014

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Today, I received a question from  sales rep: “Can you clarify in layman’s terms about keywords and Google using a new approach?  I have a lot of franchise dealers and a big objection is that so much of their budget goes to purchasing key words.” Of course! Here goes: As mobile devices with voice search as well as localized-intent search becomes more prominent, Google is relying less on keyword data to help them “position” websites in the search results pages. Instead, they are using “semantic search” that relies on the […]

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NEW ENHANCEMENTS: PART 3

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New Enhancements: Part 3   Mobile Website We realized our mobile websites, m.commercialtrucktrader.com and m.equipmenttraderonline.com were antiquated.  This year they would’ve been five years old, so before 2012 ended, we determined that we had to modernize them.  How did we do that?  We added all of the search filters we have on the web site to the mobile sites.  We also added a new map which pinpoints dealers nearby.  There’s also an opportunity for someone to advertise as a Featured Dealership here, on the front page of the app, for users who are local!  […]

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New Enhancements: Part 2

If you have a VIN handy while at your desk in the dealership, you can “pre-setup” adding inventory to Commercial Truck Trader by typing in the VIN, then letting us do the decoding.  This can really save a great deal of time manually selecting axles, engines, fuel types, make, model, and class, among a few other things.  We can match up to 19 fields with just a VIN, so consider this option when using the IMT Tablet app.  Then go out on the lot, enter in the mileage, take some photos, shoot a quick video of the truck starting up, the instrument cluster, and tires, come back inside and upload the data.     IMT Mobile IMT Mobile launched in 2011 and we’ve seen great growth in its user base.  It’s still fewer people than we’d like and we recognize that there are some design upgrades it could use.  Some of these trickled out in 2012, including a photo-resizing ability to deal with issues on certain mobile carriers, as well as fixes for iOS 6.x, which created challenges in our photo uploading.  IMT Mobile also just gained the ability to pre-set fields based upon a VIN!  We’ll continue to polish this up and make it as useful a time-saver as we can!  The kicker will be when we add a VIN barcode scanner to it.  It’s coming – we just have to resolve some issues between versions of Android and iOS.   The IMT mobile & VIN decoding are […]

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IMT Enhancements

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New Enhancements: Part 1 of 3 If I have to pick a single word to describe our focus in 2012, it would be “mobile”.  While we didn’t spend all of our time working purely on mobile products, we spent the vast majority doing so.  The biggest parts of this effort were the IMT Tablet and IMT Reports apps for iPad.  I’m very proud of these products and the team for building them, and while they’re not perfect, I think they are the beginning of truly changing how dealers can manage […]

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World of Concrete 2013

World of Concrete 2013 was a blast! Commercial truck Trader, Equipment Trader, and the Wholesale Industrial Network joined forces to exhibit at this fun show.  Our favorite highlights:  – cool CAT display of their new models  – Seeing our friends from RAM, RigDig, John Deere  – the John Deere simulator! Fun  We saw so many familiar faces and fans! Thanks to the over 2,300 folks who stopped by to say hello and grab some fun give-aways, and spin our prize wheel. Getting out of the office and mingling with our dealers and site visitors is the best part of the year! more photos at facebook.com/EquipmentTrader -Nadene Evans. Marketing Manager  |  Dominion Commercial

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Shipping Heavy Equipment

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By Terese Kerrigan of Freight Center Equipment Trader makes it easy to shop for heavy equipment, but did you know that shipping your newly purchased equipment can be just as simple? Shipping oversize or heavy haul loads can get expensive, which is why it’s important to shop around for the right carrier at the best price. Through FreightCenter.com, a third-party logistics provider with 14 years experience and UShip-approved carrier with 5-star reviews, shippers can get rate comparisons from multiple providers and possibly even start a bidding war. Although price is top […]

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From Our Perspective

Commercial Trucks Truck sales continue to surpass last year and point toward a sustained recovery; however, new orders for Class 8s have been down for the past six months. These kinds of mixed signals in the heavy-duty class sales make it difficult to forecast what next year will look like in big truck sales. We do know that we are still seeing replacement demand as the driver of most sales. Fleets are not likely to begin significant expansion until the economy shows sustained signs of recovery. Light and medium-duty sales are plugging along at a nice, sustained pace. Again, replacement demand is the primary driver. Fuel economy is an important concern for both fleet owners and owner/operators. At CommercialTruckTrader.com, we’re seeing some increased interest in vehicles with good fuel economy, based on the types of online searches conducted by our users. Overall, however, fuel economy doesn’t seem to be as important a criterion as many of us thought it would be. The fact that fuel is 15-20 cents cheaper than this time last year may have something to do with it. –Charles Bowles is the general sales manager for Commercial Truck Trader and Equipment Trader. You can reach him at charles.bowles@DominionEnterprises.com or by phone at 757-351-7289. visit http://blog.commercialtrucktrader.com for full post and comments.

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Industrial News: From Our Perspective

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– Equipment Update-  Agricultural equipment sales have seen a good year so far. The Association of Equipment Manufacturers’ June Flash Report Retail Sales indicates that tractor sales are doing just fine, with a total year-to-date farm tractor sales growth of 6.7%. Construction equipment sales continue to struggle, and will do so until the economy gets into gear. We’re still seeing some increases in rental rates, which may eventually push some renters into becoming buyers. We aren’t anticipating any real breakthrough sales increases until there is tangible growth in housing and […]

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From Our Perspective

By Charles Bowles Equipment Congressional passage of H.R. 4348, otherwise known as the highway bill, will certainly help to boost the equipment marketplace. The funding uncertainty had caused many projects to become delayed or postponed.  This will enable transit, road and bridge construction to continue without more delay. This is especially good news for construction dealers, contractors and workers. Regardless of your politics, not renewing this funding would have been a huge mistake. Visitors to EquipmentTraderOnline.com generated nearly 4 million page views in June creating a year-over-year growth rate of nearly 20%. It looks like we’re starting to see a little more action in the sale of new machines. Let’s hope the trend continues. –Charles Bowles is the general sales manager for Commercial Truck Trader and Equipment Trader. You can reach him at charles.bowles@DominionEnterprises.com or by phone at 757-351-7289.

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From our Perspective

By Charles Bowles Commercial Trucks We all are breathing a sigh of relief now that Congress has passed the Highway Bill that will fund construction programs through September 2014. This will enable transit, road and bridge construction to continue without the fear of more delay. The trucking industry depends on a strong infrastructure to operate efficiently, and passage of this bill will create jobs and spur economic growth – all things that trucking depends on for its success. Regardless of your politics, not renewing this funding would have been a huge mistake. Visitors to CommercialTruckTrader.com generated over 7 million page views in June. We are seeing signs that the Class 8s are getting a lot of attention in searches, due in large part to the tremendous tightness of supply nationwide. The top searched makes for June were Ford, Chevrolet, Freightliner, International, GMC, RAM, Peterbilt, Kenworth, Isuzu, Mack and Volvo.  –Charles Bowles is the general sales manager for Commercial Truck Trader and Equipment Trader. You can reach him at charles.bowles@DominionEnterprises.com or by phone at 757-351-7289. visit http://blog.commercialtrucktrader.com for full post and comments.

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Optimize & Catch More Buyers Online!

Optimize & Catch More Buyers Online!

I bet if you’re a seller on one of our sites that you really like getting phone calls about a piece of inventory you’re advertising for.  That is, after all, the first step into closing a sale, right? What if I told you that the first step into closing a sale is the information you put into the advertisement?  Makes some sense, right?  That’s what dealerships have been doing with TV commercials and print advertisements for years.  Before the consumer calls, they want to see something that is pretty close […]

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Here’s a Guest Post from our friends at I80 Equipment. Enjoy! Buying Used Bucket Trucks from a Reputable Dealer Many businesses need to buy used bucket trucks every year in order to make their companies more efficient and get the quickest return on their investments. Being in the market for a bucket truck can be a time consuming and nerve racking experience if you’re not sure where to begin looking. Buying from a reputable dealer is the best way to go because they can offer assurance you can’t get from auctions or individuals […]

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Advice from the Road’s most Seasoned Pros

Here’s a fun infographic from our friends at Atlas Van Lines! Road Trip Tips by Atlas Van Lines Here is the link to the infographic: Road Trip Tips. And for more information about the infographic and the King of the Road survey, you can visit: Survey reveals favorite food, coffee, hotel and other highway essentials and King of the Road 2012 survey.   visit http://blog.commercialtrucktrader.com for full post and comments.

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From Our Perspective

By Charles Bowles Commercial Trucks Replacement purchases still account for the great majority of heavy-duty truck sales. Couple that with a steady drop in diesel prices and we have a continuing sales growth pattern for Class 8s. According to several sources, however, it’s leasing companies that are driving the current sales growth. We still aren’t seeing a large quantity of good, used heavy-duties. They are hard to find, and when found, many have a lot of miles on them. It appears that we’re going to be in this pattern for quite a while: just enough supply to satisfy replacement demand, but not enough to help loosen up the tight supply in the used sector. We are analyzing some interesting data from the visitor activity on CommercialTruckTrader.com.  The makes for which visitors are searching are varying by area of the country from which the visitor resides. For instance, in the Southwest, Peterbilt is the top-searched heavy-duty, followed by Freightliner and International. On the East Coast, International and Freightliner are statistically tied for top-searched, followed by Mack and Peterbilt. On the West Coast, the top searched heavy-duty brand is International, followed closely by Freightliner, with Kenworth a distant third. –Charles Bowles is the general sales manager for Commercial Truck Trader and Equipment Trader. You can reach him at charles.bowles@DominionEnterprises.com or by phone at 757-351-7289. visit http://blog.commercialtrucktrader.com for full post and comments.

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From Our Perspective

By Charles Bowles Equipment We’re finally seeing a wee bit of movement in the world of heavy equipment. The number of new units posted online has increase slightly over the past few months, which is a sign that dealers are seeing some mitigation in the risk associated with placing new equipment on the lot. The rental business is still a large and growing part of the equipment industry, and we see little change in that over the next few months, particularly as the economy remains somewhat unsettled. The dealers and private individuals that post units for sale on EquipmentTraderOnline.com have begun to show more activity over the past three months. Listings have grown by 11% since April. The leaders in the number of current units listed on EquipmentTraderOnline.com, by manufacturer, are Caterpillar, John Deere, LeeBoy, Bobcat, Genie, JCB, Komatsu, Case, Kubota and JLG. –Charles Bowles is the general sales manager for Commercial Truck Trader and Equipment Trader. You can reach him at charles.bowles@DominionEnterprises.com or by phone at 757-351-7289.

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2011 Mark of Excellence – Uebelhor & Sons

Commercial Truck Trader would like to take this opportunity to congratulate one of our dealers for a recent award.  Uebelhor & Sons fleet and commercial sales team received two awards at the GM Fleet and Commercial sales conference held in Savannah, GA on April 3rd and 4th.  They were honored as the third largest dealer in overall sales and the most improved sales. In addition, their U & S Fleet and Commercial department received the 2011 Mark of Excellence award. This award was only given to 2 dealers in the Southeast Region, which consists of dealers from Puerto Rico to Indiana. The award honors dealers who not only surpass their sales goals, but also maintain a superior level of customer satisfaction (CSI).  Uebelhor & Sons is located in Jasper, IN and specializes in Pickup Trucks, Vans, and Box Trucks. They carry all top manufacturers, including Chevrolet, Toyota, Ford, and GMC. They can be reached at (877) 853-5629. Congratulations Uebelhor & Sons from all of us at Commercial Truck Trader. visit http://blog.commercialtrucktrader.com for full post and comments.

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Spring Cleaning & Site Updates

Spring is always especially busy for us in the technology group.  While we deal with increasing amounts of website traffic, we also work to upgrade critical systems while building new products for our future.  Our Architecture group has moved our webserver traffic onto a smaller cluster of much more powerful computers.  This makes us much greener in the amount of energy we burn as well as improving our website’s performance.  This new infrastructure also makes us much more “cloud compatible”, should we ever need to scale up or down depending on how slow or fast website responsiveness is. Meanwhile, the software team is working new tablet-optimized versions of CommercialTruckTrader and EquipmentTraderOnline.  We’ve noticed that nearly 10% of our traffic now comes from mobile devices, and the majority of that traffic is from iPads.  Knowing that this traffic is only going to grow, we want to make sure we have a great experience for all of our tablet users! A few of you may have also seen a glimpse of our new iPad-based IMT, also known as Project Quantum.  It’s in a very early stage, what we call an “alpha”, and being tested by our field representatives at some dealerships.  As we move ahead with squashing bugs and optimizing it, we’ll start to distribute this to some test dealers to gather more user experience feedback. In between all of this work, we’ve been working to increase how findable ads are in […]

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Spring Cleaning & Site Updates

Spring is always especially busy for us in the technology group.  While we deal with increasing amounts of website traffic, we also work to upgrade critical systems while building new products for our future.  Our Architecture group has moved our webserver traffic onto a smaller cluster of much more powerful computers.  This makes us much greener in the amount of energy we burn as well as improving our website’s performance.  This new infrastructure also makes us much more “cloud compatible”, should we ever need to scale up or down depending on how slow or fast website responsiveness is. Meanwhile, the software team is working new tablet-optimized versions of CommercialTruckTrader and EquipmentTraderOnline.  We’ve noticed that nearly 10% of our traffic now comes from mobile devices, and the majority of that traffic is from iPads.  Knowing that this traffic is only going to grow, we want to make sure we have a great experience for all of our tablet users! A few of you may have also seen a glimpse of our new iPad-based IMT, also known as Project Quantum.  It’s in a very early stage, what we call an “alpha”, and being tested by our field representatives at some dealerships.  As we move ahead with squashing bugs and optimizing it, we’ll start to distribute this to some test dealers to gather more user experience feedback. In between all of this work, we’ve been working to increase how findable ads are in […]

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From Our Perspective…

By Charles Bowles Equipment Construction equipment sales are still sluggish, particularly those related to the housing market.  Leasing continues to be a bright spot in the equipment market, with the posting of consistent year-over-year increases. Grain prices are helping to drive equipment sales in the agriculture sector. The sale of implements and zero-turn mowers are also showing nice growth in certain parts of the country. In March, EquipmentTraderOnline.comdelivered nearly 5 million page views to its visitors. This voluminous amount of searches enables us to construct a good picture of market activity. Here are the top four searches by make for March 2012: (1) John Deere; (2) Caterpillar; (3) Kubota; and (4) Bobcat. Both construction and agriculture are well represented in the demand for equipment. –Charles Bowles is the general sales manager for Commercial Truck Trader and Equipment Trader. You can reach him at charles.bowles@DominionEnterprises.com or by phone at 757-351-7289.

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From Our Perspective…

By Charles Bowles Commercial Trucks It doesn’t appear that there will be a slowdown in commercial truck sales any time soon. According to WardsAuto.com, Domestic medium- and heavy-duty new truck sales rose for the 27thstraight month in March. And, the supply continues to tighten in the used sector. We are, however, seeing some decreases in specific classes of trucks. Medium-duty sales are still a mixed bag, reflecting, in part, the reliance on the housing sector for certain truck types. Until the housing market kicks back into gear (any gear, please!), we’ll see continued fluctuations. CommercialTruckTrader.com is beginning to see variances in the types of searches based on truck type within specific regions, and this makes sense. Different industries in different parts of the country drive sales. For instance, in the Central Plains, Convention sleeper is the number one searched truck type, follow closely by day cab and box truck. In the Northeast, searches for dump trucks account for 25% of the searches on the site last month. And, in the Pacific region, Utility truck and straight truck searches each account for 15% of total searches in that region. –Charles Bowles is the general sales manager for Commercial Truck Trader and Equipment Trader. You can reach him at charles.bowles@DominionEnterprises.com or by phone at 757-351-7289.   visit http://blog.commercialtrucktrader.com for full post and comments.

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When Predictions Meet the Real World

Until this month, few studies have ever compared the EPA’s cost predictions to the actual cost of meeting its motor vehicle emission mandates. A recent study completed by NADA/ATD, which looks back at the 2004-2010 medium- and heavy-duty truck emissions mandates, reveals that the EPA underestimated actual compliance costs on average by a factor of two to five. It shows what can happen when a regulatory proposal – based on far in-advance predictions – seeks to set mandates far in the future. Importantly, the study documents the real-world market disruptions that can occur as a result. The lessons learned from this report apply directly to the proposed MY 2017-2025 fuel economy regulations for light-duty vehicles. That rulemaking, combined with previous Obama administration fuel economy mandates, will raise the average price of a vehicle by $3,000, according to EPA and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates. When faced with unreasonable federal regulatory mandates that increase motor vehicle costs, buyers of light-duty vehicles – similar to what commercial truck buyers experienced – will seek out less expensive alternatives in the marketplace. Let’s hope this study gives regulators and lawmakers pause when considering what we’ve found.  Here are remarks I gave on the issue at a press conference March 8: Having been in the truck business since 1991, I recall all too well when the 2004, 2007 and 2010 truck emissions regulations were implemented. With each set of regulations trucks became more expensive, […]

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John Deere Displaying World’s First Walking Forest Machine Prototype

We are fans of robots here at MetalMiner. From the nimble small ones to the sizeable giants, we appreciate the skill – and metal – it takes to create these sci-fi creatures. That being said, when we stumbled upon this blast-from-the-past machine from John Deere, we were a little excited: Source: Deere.com Manufactured back in 1994 by John Deere’s research and development unit in Finland, this walking forest machine was the first prototype of its kind – and quite a fearsome thing to behold. According to a recent John Deere news release, the machine was “the first to be equipped with a harvesting head and accumulated approximately 2,000 working hours during testing. Sensors in the machine’s legs reacted automatically to soft, sloping, or uneven terrain, while a computer control system distributed weight and support equally to all six legs. The machine simply walked over obstacles that crossed its path, and the machine operator was able to adjust the ground clearance and height of every step.” To celebrate John Deere’s 175th anniversary and the John Deere Pavilion’s 15th anniversary, a new exhibit was installed at the Pavilion on Feb. 15 displaying the spidery machine. Did the creepy, walking coach in Beauty and the Beast inspire the John Deere Team?  Image source: where-there-had-been-darkness.blogspot.com Why is it so important to the company? More than just being the first of its kind, the machine “[paved] the way for future developments in productive and environmentally friendly […]

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From Our Perspective

Congress’s passage last week of a 90-day extension to the funding of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will allow for the continuing operations of existing projects; however, it will keep the construction industry in limbo. Without a long-term funding plan in place, investments in new equipment are unlikely to take place, thereby perpetuating sluggish domestic construction equipment sales. Coupling that with the continuing decline in home prices and housing starts makes it unlikely that we will see a significant rebound in domestic equipment sales in 2012. EquipmentTraderOnline.com is seeing a large increase in the volume of trailers for sale on the site. And, it’s not one type – it’s many different categories of trailers. We’re observing a ramping up in the manufacturing of trailers (based on the volume of 2012 models), which portends good things for the economy as a whole. –Charles Bowles is the general sales manager for Commercial Truck Trader and Equipment Trader. You can reach him at Charles.Bowles@DominionEnterprises.com or by phone at 757-351-7289.

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From Our Perspective

Truck sales continue their much-needed growth. While at the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) in Louisville, KY a couple of weeks ago, I was astonished at how upbeat the industry is. Based on a number of conversations I had while at MATS, a number of owners will be expanding their fleets, thereby growing unit sales beyond the replacement demand phenomenon we’ve seen for the past 27 months. That is terrific news. Not only were the people at MATS excited about the unit sales growth, they were excited about the new models that were being showcased. There are a lot of interesting new wrinkles in commercial truck offerings in all medium- and heavy-duty classes. A greater degree of attention is being placed on green trucks – hybrids and alternative fuel vehicles. Based on attendee interest in these vehicles at both MATS and the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, Indiana in March, it’s likely that we’ll continue to see rapid growth in the production of green vehicles. And, with fuel prices continuing their incredible upward climb, green vehicles are starting to look much more attractive to fleet owners and municipalities. We’re observing an increase in the number of green vehicles listed on CommercialTruckTrader.com. Although the total green units online is still very small, it’s growing every month. –Charles Bowles is the general sales manager for Commercial Truck Trader and Equipment Trader. You can reach him at Charles.Bowles@DominionEnterprises.com or by phone at 757-351-7289. visit […]

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Day One at MATS & New Trucks Unveiled

By: James MenziesLOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kenworth, Peterbilt and Navistar all introduced new truck models today, on the eve of the Mid-America Trucking Show. Kenworth T680 Kenworth came out with a new T680, which the company boldly claimed is 10% more aerodynamic than the current best-in-class truck model, resulting in a 5% fuel economy improvement. The truck was designed to last 1.5 million miles. Kenworth officials said the new truck, with an 83-inch wide cab, can provide an operational savings of up to $4,000 per year over its existing models, which it already claims to be the best when it comes to fuel economy. “Simply put, the Kenworth T680 is Kenworth’s most aerodynamic truck ever,” said Preston Feight, Kenworth chief engineer. “The T680 is designed to smoothly slice through the air, setting an industry standard for aerodynamics and fuel efficiency.” Other features include: excellent forward lighting; a 30% larger door; a cab that’s 40% quieter compared to today’s offerings; and 65% more interior storage. During a demonstration, the large door closed with a subtle ‘swoosh,’ prompting Feight to giddily declare: “This is an incredibly capable door; just the sound of it is beautiful.” On first glance, the entry into the sleeper cab has been noticeably widened. The passenger seat swivels a full 180-degrees and can be used as a comfortable place from which to work on the foldout desk. The dash has been reconfigured to accommodate a ‘Driver Performance Centre’ with […]

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Keep Your Eyes on the Road

Keep Your Eyes on the Road

Texting. Talking on the phone. Eating. Searching for a radio station. At some point while driving, you’ve probably participated in at least one of the above distractions – leading you to take your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel and your mental focus off driving.These types of diversions increase your risk of crashing. For example, when using a cell phone while driving, you’re four times as likely to be involved in a crash. According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), distracted driving is a factor in between […]

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From Our Perspective…

Equipment The end of stimulus funding for transportation and the overall malaise of the economy are taking their toll on construction equipment sales. When you add to that the pull-back of construction spending by state governments, the short-term sales outlook for construction equipment is not so great. A bright spot in the construction industry is the rental segment. More businesses are turning to renting rather than buying, as more companies and municipalities are increasingly hesitant about committing to major capital purchases. We are seeing rental rates inch up, which may have the effect of moving some potential renters to buyers. We’ll see how this plays out over the coming months. An interesting fact that we have observed on EquipmentTraderOnline.com is that buyers have begun to search farther away to locate the piece of equipment that they need. In fact, 60% are searching within a radius of between 100 – 250 miles from their home ZIP code. Contrast this to the fact that only 3% of all searchers are limiting their radius to 50 miles or less. What this tells us is that price and unit scarcity are forcing potential buyers to search greater distances to find the piece of equipment that they need, at a price they can afford. Commercial Trucks Domestic commercial truck sales, particularly in the heavier classes, are showing significant growth over last year. It appears that this trend will continue throughout 2012, as replacement demand is […]

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From Our Perspective…

Commercial Trucks Domestic commercial truck sales, particularly in the heavier classes, are showing significant growth over last year. It appears that this trend will continue throughout 2012, as replacement demand is driving these results. Light-duty is still making headway over last year, but the growth is not as pronounced as it is in heavy-duty. The ties that medium-duty sales have to the housing market are still hampering sales, and it is unlikely that we will see a big spike in medium-duty until housing gets back into high gear. We are seeing a large increase in the number of units for sale on CommercialTruckTrader.com. Although we normally begin to see unit growth on the site in the spring, we are seeing greater volume than we have in several years.  We are also noticing unit growth on our private dealer network, WholesaleIndustrialNetwork.com. From our perspective, it appears that this will be a good spring and summer for commercial truck sales. Equipment The end of stimulus funding for transportation and the overall malaise of the economy are taking their toll on construction equipment sales. When you add to that the pull-back of construction spending by state governments, the short-term sales outlook for construction equipment is not so great. A bright spot in the construction industry is the rental segment. More businesses are turning to renting rather than buying, as more companies and municipalities are increasingly hesitant about committing to major capital purchases. We […]

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Nothing Like World of Concrete…

The 37th Annual World of Concrete Show happened in Las Vegas in January 23rd– 27th.  Since 1975, this show has been the industry’s ONLY annual international event dedicated to the commercial concrete and masonry construction industries.  One word to simply describe this show is massive – indoor and outdoor exhibits, leading suppliers showcasing innovative products and technologies, exciting demonstrations and competitions.   There was something going on every minute we were there – we defiantly started off 2012 strong at World of Concrete!  Plans for next years’ show are already in progress…  We hope to meet so many more of our loyal fans and readers so make your plans now! Don’t take my word for it; here are some reviews from some of our participants: With 55,000+ visitors, the World of Concrete convention was larger than initially anticipated. PayloadGlobal had a fantastic initial debut. Visitors to the booth were captivated by this unique offering.  Interest in the world’s first search engine for the industrial was great and many people came to the stand after hearing about the product from other attendees through word of mouth.  We had a great show and look forward to next year’s attendance. Mitch Cristow – Director of Global Business Development World of Concrete was the perfect venue to showcase the Dominion Industrial suite of marketing and advertising solutions! We spoke to hundreds of attendees about our international search engine, our wholesale platform, and about our two […]

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Nothing Like Word of Concrete…

The 37th Annual World of Concrete Show happened in Las Vegas in January 23rd– 27th.  Since 1975, this show has been the industry’s ONLY annual international event dedicated to the commercial concrete and masonry construction industries.  One word to simply describe this show is massive – indoor and outdoor exhibits, leading suppliers showcasing innovative products and technologies, exciting demonstrations and competitions.   There was something going on every minute we were there – we defiantly started off 2012 strong at World of Concrete!  Plans for next years’ show are already in progress…  We hope to meet so many more of our loyal fans and readers so make your plans now! Don’t take my word for it; here are some reviews from some of our participants: With 55,000+ visitors, the World of Concrete convention was larger than initially anticipated. PayloadGlobal had a fantastic initial debut. Visitors to the booth were captivated by this unique offering.  Interest in the world’s first search engine for the industrial was great and many people came to the stand after hearing about the product from other attendees through word of mouth.  We had a great show and look forward to next year’s attendance. Mitch Cristow – Director of Global Business Development World of Concrete was the perfect venue to showcase the Dominion Industrial suite of marketing and advertising solutions! We spoke to hundreds of attendees about our international search engine, our wholesale platform, and about our two […]

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Press Release from Our Friends at IronPlanet

IronPlanet to host February 2012 auction in FloridaLeader in online auctions brings global marketplace to winter Florida auctions   PLEASANTON, Calif. (Nov. 8, 2011) – IronPlanet® (www.ironplanet.com), a leading online marketplace for used heavy equipment, will host its first onsite and online auction from February 21 – 24, 2012, at the Fantasy of Flight attraction near Orlando. “Each year, the February auctions attract buyers and sellers of equipment to Florida,” said Greg Owens, Chairman and CEO of IronPlanet.  “We’re very excited to give our customers the opportunity to participate in the Florida winter auctions with the same convenience and confidence they’ve come to know and trust at IronPlanet.” Featuring equipment from Ring Power and other sellers, items can be previewed starting February 14 both in person at Fantasy of Flight and, just as with every IronPlanet auction, online through detailed inspection reports that come with the IronClad Assurance® guarantee.  Buyers can place bids online in advance of the sale using IronPlanet’s PriorityBid service.  During the four-day auctions, bids may be placed live at Fantasy of Flight or online through a computer, tablet, or mobile device. “We’re bringing the world of IronPlanet to Florida in February,” said Owens. “With equipment onsite, both our global bidders as well as the buyers located in Florida will be able to take advantage of our online auctions and exclusive IronClad Assurance, resulting in better prices for the equipment we sell.” Consignments for the February auction in […]

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Mahindra Max is Coming Out

Moments ago we received an exciting email from one of our manufacturers, Mahindra, about their newest product launch.  After looking into it, we decided it was a “must-share”… Mahindra is coming out with a line that is called Mahindra Max.  This line will showcase revolutionary sub-compact tractors and focus on “Max Value, Max Performance, Max Maneuverability and Max Versatility”.  Equipment Trader Online would like to wish them much luck and success on their endeavor that will launch in a few short days. Below was quoted and taken directly from their website, Mahindra Max: “You’re an early observer. You’re about to get a glimpse of the most revolutionary sub-compact tractor introduced into market. Stay tuned as  each day we are gradually releasing more details, videos, content and  features about the newest member of the World’s #1 Selling Tractor.”

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Keep Your Machines Up And Running In Cold Weather

Written By: Garrett Ginglen Cold weather can be hard on machines. Here are important tips to keep your machines running in great condition during cold weather. Cold Weather Recommendations: Always maintain your machine per the Operation and Maintenance Manual during cold weather To better prepare your machines for cold weather, try the following: Use block heaters Use enclosed storage facilities when machines are not in use Be sure to install the correct lubricants Provide the correct cooling system protection for the conditions you will be working in Inspect all rubber parts weekly Keep all batteries fully charged Always fill the fuel tank at the end of the shift Check the air filters on a regular basis when snow is present Before your shift, run the engine until it reaches operating temperatures Never remove the air cleaner element when snow packing occurs If your machine is shut down for more then 16 hours, the engine will cool to the external temperature Do you have tips for keeping machines running at peak performance during cold weather? Please share your comments below.

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Calling all CTT Fans!

We have so many new plans and great ideas rolling around here at the home office of CommercialTruckTrader.com and we would love to get some of our customers feedback of what we have been doing.  As part of our preparations, we are scanning our communities and followers to determine and understand why we are a part of your life… Whether you just want some awesome information on the trucking industry, you are trying to buy or sell a vehicle –  or if we are  where you browse while you should be working 😉   We would appreciate it if you could take the time to answer a few questions, should not take more than 5 minutes or so.  Your responses will help us to grow and better serve you.  As a reward, you will have a chance to win a $100 Amazon.com gift card. Thanks everyone! visit http://blog.commercialtrucktrader.com for full post and comments.

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Meet One of Our Featured Dealers – Pro-Tech

Meet One of Our Featured Dealers - Pro-Tech

CommercialTruckTrader.com has many dealers who our team and customers have come to know over the years… In honor of Thanksgiving and the holiday season, we would like to feature some of our dealers over the next few weeks. Stay tuned for a dealer that may be in your area… Tell them we sent you!!   Pro-Tech offers a robust product line of containment and multi-use plows, blowers, brooms and blades to help its customers address multiple surface conditions and applications with confidence. Through quality, price and availability, Pro-Tech delivers proven […]

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Happy Holidays from Marketing

Happy Holidays from Marketing

We want to take the time to wish all of you cheer and joy as the 2011 holiday season approaches. It is a time of sharing and caring, and also to think about what 2012 may bring us. We have so many new products and initiatives for 2012 we want to work on, and all of our teams are excited to get started! As 2011 comes to a close, we are also thankful for our dealers, partners, and wonderful team. Here’s to a GREAT holiday season! Nadene E,Marketing ManagerTrader Industrial […]

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Meet One of Our Featured Dealers – Pro-Tech

Meet One of Our Featured Dealers - Pro-Tech

EquipmentTraderOnline.com has many dealers who our team and customers have come to know over the years… In honor of Thanksgiving and the holiday season, we would like to feature some of our dealers over the next few weeks. Stay tuned for a dealer that may be in your area… Tell them we sent you!!   Pro-Tech offers a robust product line of containment and multi-use plows, blowers, brooms and blades to help its customers address multiple surface conditions and applications with confidence. Through quality, price and availability, Pro-Tech delivers proven […]

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Happy Holidays from Marketing

We want to take the time to wish all of you cheer and joy as the 2011 holiday season approaches. It is a time of sharing and caring, and also to think about what 2012 may bring us. We have so many new products and initiatives for 2012 we want to work on, and all of our teams are excited to get started! As 2011 comes to a close, we are also thankful for our dealers, partners, and wonderful team. Here’s to a GREAT holiday season! Nadene E,Marketing ManagerTrader Industrial Brands visit http://blog.commercialtrucktrader.com for full post and comments.

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Meet One of Our Featured Dealers – Lou Fusz Ford

Meet One of Our Featured Dealers - Lou Fusz Ford

CommercialTruckTrader.com has many dealers who our team and customers have come to know over the years… In honor of Thanksgiving and the holiday season, we would like to feature some of our dealers over the next few weeks. Stay tuned for a dealer that may be in your area… Tell them Commercial Truck Trader sent you!! Welcome to Lou Fusz Ford in beautiful Chesterfield Valley, which is 30 minutes West of St. Louis! We have assembled a staff of Professional Salespeople to assist with your Commercial Vehicle needs. And, yes […]

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UTA Annual Meeting: Fun in the Sun

UTA Annual Meeting: Fun in the Sun

  We at Commercial Truck Trader are really excited to tell you all about our experiences at the Used Truck Association Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, AZ!  This meeting took place last week and our team was there from Wednesday through Saturday.  Our team members from Norfolk, VA were excited about the weather Arizona was expecting… Coming from weather being in the 40’s in Virginia, to sunny and 80’s was what we needed!   The resort was absolutely beautiful and with the sky being so clear, we could see for miles.  Scottsdale […]

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Coming Soon: Big Inventory Management Updates

I know it’s been some time since I’ve blogged and that’s because we’ve been working hard on several new initiatives.  I would like to mention some of the upgrades we’re implementing into our Inventory Management Tool. We’re focusing mainly on these User Experience upgrades: Easy application of Premium or Featured Photo features Easy Ad Copy Easy upload of multiple photos Easy feedback mechanisms Pricing assistance IMT Mobile Easy Application of Premium or Featured Photo FeaturesWe’ve been working with our friends with CycleTrader and RVTrader to upgrade the Inventory tab in the IMT. This will soon include thumbnails as well as quick-click application of features and the adjustment of prices, among other things. Easy Ad CopyWe’re integrating a mechanism that will allow our IMT users to easily copy the basics of a listing into a new listing. This way if you have seven 2003 DEERE 225C LC RTS you need to sell and hate the process of entering year, make, model, class, and photos, you’ll be able to copy them from ad to new ad easily. Easy Upload of Multiple PhotosUsing some technology from our friends with PowerSportsNetwork, we’re integrating a similar JavaScript-based photo upload tool. This will allow users to upload many photos simultaneously. Easy Feedback MechanismWe’ll be adding a new button to the IMT’s navigation which will allow you to send us feedback about any section, part, or operation that the IMT provides. We’re serious about hearing what our […]

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[UPDATED] Coming Soon: Big Inventory Management Updates

I know it’s been some time since I’ve blogged and that’s because we’ve been working hard on several new initiatives. One of these we’ll talk about a whole lot more after the Used Truck Association Convention in Scottsdale, AZ next month. For now, though, I’ll mention some of the upgrades we’re implementing into our Inventory Management Tool. We’re focusing mainly on these User Experience upgrades: Easy application of Premium or Featured Photo features Easy Ad Copy Easy upload of multiple photos Easy feedback mechanisms Pricing assistance IMT Mobile Easy Application of Premium or Featured Photo FeaturesWe’ve been working with our friends with CycleTrader and RVTrader to upgrade the Inventory tab in the IMT. This will soon include thumbnails as well as quick-click application of features and the adjustment of prices, among other things. Easy Ad CopyWe’re integrating a mechanism that will allow our IMT users to easily copy the basics of a listing into a new listing. This way if you have seven Ford F-350’s you need to sell and hate the process of entering year, make, model, class, and photos, you’ll be able to copy them from ad to new ad easily. Easy Upload of Multiple PhotosUsing some technology from our friends with PowerSportsNetwork, we’re integrating a similar JavaScript-based photo upload tool. This will allow users to upload many photos simultaneously. Easy Feedback MechanismWe’ll be adding a new button to the IMT’s navigation which will allow you to send […]

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Should you jump into Google+?

Over last couple weeks, I’ve spent quite a bit of time figuring out Google+.  Part of that process is understanding who is going to get the most out of the product, how it fits in with Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter both from a personal and professional point of view.  In doing that, it’s been a challenge to remove myself from the “geek factor” and imagine what my non-IT friends or colleagues would experience by participating in the G+ community.  (I use G+ as short-hand for Google+.) Let me first start with a quick synopsis of what Google+ is.  Yes, it is a social network, but it is different in subtle ways.  It looks similar to Facebook in that it has a three column layout, Circles and Sparks on the left, posts from those you’ve “circled” in the middle, and a few links for mobile apps and invites on the right column. You can use the list of circles on the left to filter the news feed, called the “Stream”, in the center column.  So if you create a circle for “Musicians”, then add Daria Musk and Trent Reznor to that circle, you can click on the “Musicians” label on the left to only see posts from them. So how do you circle someone?  Where Facebook and LinkedIn require you to “confirm” the relationship, on G+, you can “circle” anyone.  This is super easy to do by basically hovering over anyone’s […]

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Place An Ad Update & Other Stuff

Can you believe the year is more than 1/2 way over?  I cannot, but we’ve been busy updating the site so time has been steadily passing for us.  Which is nothing new, but I did want to highlight some of the specific updates we’ve done and foreshadow some new stuff in the works, too! Did you know we have a Place An Ad process on CommercialTruckTrader that lets you place a single ad with various features online?  From the homepage you can click the “Sell” tab, then select a make and model combination and enter your zip code.  On the next page you can select a package with various whistles and bells to help you sell your vehicle. Now, depending on what zip code you entered, you may see a different package page.  In our markets which still have magazines, you will see four options.  Yesterday, we changed this for markets that do not have magazines. We have narrowed the options to two packages.  One is our loaded “Deluxe” package with every feature possible and an extended run time of 16 weeks with 16 photos.  The other is the opposite:  a no-frills 8 week with 8 photos “Basic” ad.  This “Basic” ad has the ability, after you enter your basic vehicle data, to upgrade to additional features. We have included video with both packages.  Video is a great boost of content and allows sellers to show buyers details that photos don’t […]

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Keeping Pace with Change

Most of us have been impacted in some way, shape, or form over the last five years by a steadily accelerating technological revolution.  Begun in the ’60’s and ’70’s with the rise of mainframe computers, transforming in the ’80’s with the personal computer, again in the ’90’s with the wide spread use of the internet, and now, in the early 21st century, transitioning with the adoption of the smart phone, the technological advances have moved even the most mundane tasks to an electronic medium. Here at CommercialTruckTrader.com we’ve watched this transition since the mid ’90’s when we first launched the TraderOnline.com family of websites.  At that time, our magazines were mid-stride, being very lucrative for the company.  As the decade moved on and later into the ’00’s, we saw dramatic declines in content and distribution.  Fewer people wanted to advertise in the magazines and fewer people were picking them up in their local 7-11’s. It forced us to re-envision ourselves. We’ve learned that to keep pace with change, we have to be willing to entertain ideas that just a few years ago wouldn’t have seemed necessary.  It’s easy, however, to get caught up in the tide, always looking for the next-best-thing and never really finishing what you already have underway.  In web-culture, we refer to this as the “Oooo!  Shiney!” complex.  It appears as hot new versions of software or hardware that make existing applications look dull and mundane.  Or it might be that new ways […]

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CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE 2011: News Release

CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE 2011 attracted nearly 120,000 registered attendees; the shows were the global industry gathering place for the year and the largest gathering in North America since 2008 for the construction, construction materials and fluid power/power transmissions/motion control industries.  The shows were held (in March) at the Las Vegas Convention Center.  Attendees said they were at the shows to examine the newest equipment and product technologies and innovations to help them prepare for future business; exhibitors cited the high quality of customers and reported strong purchases and sales lead to new as well as existing customers. International Scope International registrations accounted for a record of 24 percent of the total, representing more than 150 countries.  CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE 2011 were among a select group invited to participate in the U.S. Department of Commerce International Buyer Program, which facilitates the participation of international visitors.  The shows hosted 42 official international customer delegations from 37 countries, organized by the U.S. Department of Commerce as well as in-country associations and related groups. On the Show Floor Altogether on the show floor there were more than 2,400 exhibitors taking more than 2.34 million net square feet of exhibit space.  IFPE was the largest ever, and CONEXPO-CON/AGG’s exhibit space was the second largest in the show’s history.  Reinforcing the global scope of the shows were ten international exhibit pavilions-IFPE with pavilions from China, Italy and Taiwan and CONEXPO-CON/AGG with pavilions from China, Finland, Germany, […]

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With Featherlite Model 8270 semi stock trailer, bigger can be better!

CRESCO, Iowa (May 26, 2011) – Featherlite offers stock trailers in many lengths and configurations, including semi livestock trailers up to 53 feet, to serve any size of farming operation.  New for 2012, Featherlite’s semi livestock trailer Model 8270 is now available in lengths starting at 34 feet, giving farmers and commercial haulers even more options when choosing a Featherlite. Standard base lengths now include 34 ft., 38 ft., 42 ft., 46 ft., 48 ft. and 53 ft., but length can be added or reduced to custom fit the trailer to a livestock hauler’s needs. In addition, Model 8270 measures eight feet, six inches wide with an inside height of 7 feet. Its standard features include a heavy duty center gate and a full swing rear door with roll up gate, center cam lock and “Western” hardware. The semi stock trailer features a durable corrugated aluminum treadplate floor, air ride suspension, bright LED wraparound lights and a convenient escape door. Featherlite’s trailers are protected with an 8-year limited warranty and also come equipped with Featherlite’s easy, lower maintenance wiring harness.Options include a full-width loading ramp, clean out trap door and load lights, among others. For more information on Featherlite Model 8270 or any of Featherlite’s other stock trailers, call Featherlite Trailers at 800-800-1230, visit a local dealer or go to the web at www.fthr.com.

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We need your feedback!

A few months ago I had referenced how we are changing gears to try to solicit more user feedback from the site.  We would be doing more beta programs, providing more options for you to share your opinion, and making sure we consider points that our users made. To that end, we put together two very simple surveys, one oriented towards the “consumer”, or users coming to the site for informational and purchasing purposes.  The other survey is oriented towards our dealership customers, or those that provide the majority of content on the website. That’s a long winded way of saying, “We need your help.” If you come to our website to look for something to buy, or just information, then please take our nine question consumer survey! If you use our website as a dealer to sell, then please take this quick eleven question survey! You may wonder how we’ll use this information for our two main goals.  We aim to provide the most leads we can to our dealerships and we also aim to make the process of finding what you want to buy as easy as we can.  Our perspective on what’s “easy” and what’s not can be different from either of those perspectives, buying or selling. This increases in complexity with different search habits within user groups and whether someone is new to the site or has been using it for a long time.  Someone who has used the site […]

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We need your feedback!

A few months ago I had referenced how we are changing gears to try to solicit more user feedback from the site.  We would be doing more beta programs, providing more options for you to share your opinion, and making sure we consider points that our users made. To that end, we put together two very simple surveys, one oriented towards the “consumer”, or users coming to the site for informational and purchasing purposes.  The other survey is oriented towards our dealership customers, or those that provide the majority of content on the website. That’s a long winded way of saying, “We need your help.” If you come to our website to look for something to buy, or just information, then please take our nine question consumer survey! If you use our website as a dealer to sell, then please take this quick eleven question survey! You may wonder how we’ll use this information for our two main goals.  We aim to provide the most leads we can to our dealerships and we also aim to make the process of finding what you want to buy as easy as we can.  Our perspective on what’s “easy” and what’s not can be different from either of those perspectives, buying or selling. This increases in complexity with different search habits within user groups and whether someone is new to the site or has been using it for a long time.  Someone who has used […]

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IE9, CSS, and our websites [UPDATE]

A few weeks ago, I blogged here about how our sites were not compatible with Internet Explorer 9.  Because of that blog post and tweet, an individual from Microsoft reached out me via Twitter to learn more about what wasn’t working correctly.  Through the exchange of some emails, Microsoft offered to add our sites to a compatibility list provided that we would be working to resolve our incompatibility with IE9’s standards mode. At the end of last week, the TraderOnline family of sites began to operate correctly in IE9 due to this work Microsoft had done.  We have been working in parallel to update how we load CSS to fit better into standards.  This week we’re testing this update and hope to roll it out to the sites in the very near future so we don’t have to rely on Microsoft’s update. It was a pleasure to work with @MarkFeethamMSFT and it reflects well on Microsoft that they’re willing to work with other companies who directly rely on their software to get users to their products.  My thanks to them for the support while we work to correct our incompatibilities!  I owe them a few frosty beverages! You can follow Microsoft on Twitter @Microsoft, updates about Internet Explorer @IE,  and they also have a help Twitter account @MicrosoftHelps. – Ryan ryan.goodwin@dominionenterprises.com@IndustrialDev visit http://blog.commercialtrucktrader.com for full post and comments.

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Nissan Commercial Vehicles

One minute you’re working onsite, the next you’re creating contracts or taking calls from customers. Do it all more effectively and comfortably with the new Nissan NV. It’s the little things (like driving comforts) and the big things (like cargo room) that help you run your business more efficiently than ever, maximizing your mobility and profitability. Keep You, Your Staff, and Your Business Running StrongOvertime on the road in cramped quarters can be a real bizkill. Stay on top of your game for the next customer appointment with the NV’s truck-like driving position and ample leg and foot room. In the spacious cargo area, store everything you need and keep it in its place so projects always stay on schedule. Take the Hassle out of the Work DayGet in and out of the van carrying materials and equipment with ease—wider doors make it a cinch. With the NV High Roof, walk in and get to work without bending over backward. And when it comes time for routine service, get to the engine fast so you can get back to business even faster. There’s no traditional van “doghouse,” so under-hood access with the NV is a breeze. Make the Most of Each MinuteWith your laptop and hanging files in the lockable center console, anywhere can be a great place to access project details or catch up on paperwork. No more digging for invoices or waiting for headquarters to get you specs. […]

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Sany America Introduces New Equipment Models

Sany America introduced several new equipment models at the recent Conexpo show in Las Vegas.  Here are a few of the highlights: Concrete Sany America’s Concrete Pump Truck division made a dramatic statement at the show by introducing 4 new pumps for the North American Market.  The 37 meter and 40 meter pumps are brand new utilizing a Z-fold design.  Sany engineered the 40 meter pump to ride on 3 axles with full 5” pipeline on the entire boom.  The 56 meter, with a 5 section RZ boom,  was engineered to meet the most stringent DOT weight rules.  But the 60 meter pump was the talk of the show.  A 5 section RZ boom, X style outriggers, and 5” pipe were all features that turned heads.  When you couple these benefits with Sany’s standard features, including Single Side Support, Auto piston cup retraction, high / low pressure switch, and the SYMC system, Sany decidedly offers the best value to the customer.  Sany America now offers a full line of truck mounted concrete pumps ranging from 28 meters to 60 meters for the North American market.  Dirt Sany America introduced 3 new hydraulic excavators the SY215, SY235, SY335 and a newly redesigned motor grader the SMG200 at Conexpo. Utilizing components from world renowned manufacturers such as Cummins, Rexroth, and Hydac, just to name a few, the earthmoving products captured the attention of all the attendees who passed by the display area.  […]

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IE9, CSS, and our websites

IE9, CSS, and our websites

The wonderful world of web browsers is always tricky to navigate as a web developer.  Subtle differences in how each major browsing engine works can surprise web masters at inconvenient times.  One of these small differences is affecting our TraderOnline.com websites and while it looks fairly simple to solve on the outside, it’s actually causing a bit of a head ache with us. Each browser engine enforces various parts of the HTML and CSS specifications in different ways.  Some are more strict and others are less strict.  IE9, by default, runs strictly […]

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