The Future of Millennials and New Technology

With another year behind us, the impact of the millennial generation continues to grow and shape the workforce. They encompass about half of the workforce in the United States. According to the National Automobile Dealer Association (NADA), millennials accounted for 60 percent of new employees at dealerships and 42 percent of the overall workforce. The … More The Future of Millennials and New Technology

Co-op Advertising Creates Enormous Advantages for Dealerships

It still surprises me when I come across a franchise dealer who is not fully utilizing his co-op advertising funds. To me, it’s the same thing as throwing half your paycheck in the trash. Co-op funds are earned by dealers. It’s not a present from the OEM. These funds are designed to help drive more … More Co-op Advertising Creates Enormous Advantages for Dealerships

The Right Stuff!

The movie “The Right Stuff” was the story of the early jet test pilots and the first seven astronauts selected by the NASA space program for the Mercury project. The courage and tenacity of these pioneers is a testimony to the human urge to go beyond danger and fear to reach what is often believed … More The Right Stuff!

Eating on the Road

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 … More Eating on the Road

NADA 2017

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 … More NADA 2017

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

Conquering Road Rage

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 … More Conquering Road Rage

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 – … More Newly Designed Virtual Showroom

IMT Enhancements

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 … More IMT Enhancements

Greening Your Fleet

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 … More Greening Your Fleet

Track What Matters

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 … More Track What Matters

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 … More Meet Terry Williams

Straight Outta NADA 2016

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 … More Straight Outta NADA 2016

The FCA Experience

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 … More The FCA Experience

World of Concrete 2016

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 … More World of Concrete 2016

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, … More Winterizing Your Fleet

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 … More Stay Visible On The Web

Social Media Etiquette for Business

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 … More Social Media Etiquette for Business

Is your truck prepared for a natural disaster?

 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 … More Is your truck prepared for a natural disaster?

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

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

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 … More Resale vs. Auction

Modern classics — The Volvo L30G and L35G wheel loaders

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 … More Modern classics — The Volvo L30G and L35G wheel loaders

Are you ready to take advantage of the power of Mobile Advertising?

We’ve still got mobile advertising spots left on m.CommercialTrucktrader.com and on m.EquipmentTraderonline.com! Reach the coveted mobile audience with a custom message in your geographic area. Check out this page and contact us for more info: https://thedealerconnection.org/heavy-equipment-and-machinery/mobile-advertising-opportunities/    

If It Were Me

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 … More If It Were Me

Google Searches and Dealerships – New for 2014

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 … More Google Searches and Dealerships – New for 2014

NEW ENHANCEMENTS: PART 3

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.  … More NEW ENHANCEMENTS: PART 3

IMT Enhancements

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 … More IMT Enhancements

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 … More World of Concrete 2013

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 … More From Our Perspective

Industrial News: From Our Perspective

– 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 … More Industrial News: From Our Perspective

Hot Summer

This heatwave is becoming dangerous! To our beloved truckers and other Commercial Truck Drivers, please be safe. -Your friends at Commercial Truck Trader ]

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 … More From Our Perspective

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 … More From our Perspective

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 … More

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 … More Advice from the Road’s most Seasoned Pros

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 … More From Our Perspective

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 … More From Our Perspective

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 … More 2011 Mark of Excellence – Uebelhor & Sons

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 … More From Our Perspective…

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 … More When Predictions Meet the Real World

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 … More John Deere Displaying World’s First Walking Forest Machine Prototype

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 … More From Our Perspective

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 … More From Our Perspective

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 … More Day One at MATS & New Trucks Unveiled

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 … More From Our Perspective…

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 … More From Our Perspective…

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 … More Nothing Like World of Concrete…

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 … More Nothing Like Word of Concrete…

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 … More Press Release from Our Friends at IronPlanet

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 … More Keep Your Machines Up And Running In Cold Weather

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 … More Meet One of Our Featured Dealers – Lou Fusz Ford

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 … More Coming Soon: Big Inventory Management Updates

[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 … More [UPDATED] Coming Soon: Big Inventory Management Updates

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 … More CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE 2011: News Release

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