Do truck drivers buy their own trucks?
Posted: August 6, 2021
So you want to be a truck driver? That’s great! If you’re newer to the industry, you probably have a lot of questions about the trucking life. One question we sometimes hear is: who actually owns the trucks anyway? The answer is…it depends.
Truck drivers don’t have to buy their own trucks. They’re expensive pieces of equipment and just like owning a house, owning your own truck means you’re responsible for fixing things when they break. If the thought of owning your own truck makes you anxious, then being a company driver might be a better choice for now. This way, the company you work for is who owns and maintains the trucks.
When you purchase and own your own truck, that makes you an independent contractor or owner operator. There are many advantages to being an owner operator, especially when you partner with a carrier known for treating drivers well, like Dart. As an owner operator, you have the freedom to be your own boss, increase your earning potential and have more control over your schedule. Dart owner operators have two pay options to choose from, can book their own freight and receive unbeatable support from our team. Our top earners make over $200,000 a year.
If you don’t already own your own truck, consider choosing a carrier that has a lease purchase program to help you finance your truck purchase. Every company’s lease purchase program will vary, so make sure you’re choosing a company that is up front about the details of their program and what your take-home pay will look like after your costs are deducted. At Dart, our lease purchase program requires no money down with truck payments as low as $437 and a payment and maintenance account savings of $995 per month. It’s also important to ask about the equipment available for leasing. Our current lineup includes 2017-2020 Freightlner Cascadia or Kenworth T680 trucks and 2022 Peterbilt 579s. You can lease one of our 2020 trucks for only $2,200 a month.
Lease purchase drivers at Dart must have a CDL-A, be at least 21 years old and have a minimum of 12 months tractor-trailer experience. Reach out to us today to learn more about our lease purchase program and driving opportunities for owner operators. If you’re not ready to become an owner operator, join us as a company driver! Ask about our OTR and dedicated company driver opportunities.