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What To Expect When Financing Your New or Used Trailer

Posted by David Shepherd on Jun 29, 2022 3:49:00 PM

For many owner-operators and smaller fleets, working with a trailer dealership on financing can be a stressful and confusing process. How do you know you’re getting the best deal? What kind of credit score do you need to get the payments you can afford? Can you find someone who has the experience and knowledge to find the lenders that are the best fit for you? 

At CRTS, we take a thoughtful approach to trailer financing. We believe a dealer should do their homework on behalf of their customers so that you can get the best financing option to fit your needs and goals. Your buying or leasing experience should be as straightforward as possible. 

Many dealerships handle financing by turning you over to a finance company and stepping away from the process. They’re often very friendly people, but they aren’t thinking about your financing needs or options. Your credit application could be sent to as many as six or seven separate lenders, in a bulk group email, to see which lender will approve the financing. 

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Semi-Trailer Customizations That Strengthen Your Business

Posted by David Shepherd on Jun 3, 2022 3:55:00 PM

Every fleet is different. Your trucks run a certain product to certain parts of the country, making a certain series of stops along the routes. Your operation has its own set of business and financial goals and you have your own set of uniques. 

As a result, you have specific challenges that other fleets don’t have. The success of your business depends on hauling trailers that best fit your own unique needs. 

At CRTS, we understand the importance of equipping your trailer with the right options. That’s why we work with you to understand your situation and offer trailer customizations that can help you run more efficiently. Here’s how we do that.

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The Top 3 Aerodynamic Devices to Help Reduce Fuel Costs

Posted by David Shepherd on Mar 2, 2022 3:42:34 PM

Your fuel costs are the largest expense in your fleet’s budget, and your trailers are the biggest contributors to fuel consumption. Trailers are heavy, boxy, and enormous, creating a great deal of wind resistance that guzzles fuel. 

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How to Know When It’s Time to Trade or Sell Your Semi-Trailer

Posted by David Shepherd on Jan 26, 2022 9:26:02 AM

Trucking is critical to keeping the nation running. Over 72 percent of all freight in the U.S. is transported by semi-trailers. In a time when supply chain is more important than ever, the trucking industry is at the core of America’s economy and business.

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Why CRTS Refuses to Profit from Trailer Shortages

Posted by David Shepherd on Dec 22, 2021 2:21:29 PM

As just about anyone in the trucking industry knows, supply chain bottlenecks and labor shortages are creating a historic shortage of semi-truck trailers. Everything from aluminum and steel shortages to lumber shortages is slowing down production on new trailers and aftermarket components.

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Repairing Your Dry Van Trailer? Know These Important Dos and Don’ts

Posted by David Shepherd on Nov 1, 2021 3:56:47 PM

Damages to your trailer can occur for many reasons. If your dry van trailer has suffered significant damage, you need to get it back on the road as fast and as cost effectively as possible.

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Top Questions To Ask A Dealer When Buying A Used Semi-trailer

Posted by David Shepherd on Sep 28, 2021 2:22:16 PM

When buying a used semi-trailer, the big question on everyone’s mind is how much it’ll cost. While it might be your biggest question, it should also be your last question. The cost of a trailer depends on several factors, and you won’t know if you’re getting a good deal until you get all the information first.

At CRTS, we want to help you get the best trailer for your needs. If you start your conversation about the price, you’re more likely to get a cheap trailer that doesn’t serve your needs. While it’s important to protect your bottom line, purchasing the right trailer will be more economical in the long run. And you have our promise to help you find the trailer you need for your application. 

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How to Choose the Right Specs for Your Reefer Trailer

Posted by David Shepherd on Jul 23, 2021 1:05:24 PM

At CRTS, we take the time to get to know our customers before we try to make a sale. Some semi-trailer dealerships are happy to make the biggest sale, but we want to set you up with the best refrigerated trailer to meet your needs. That might not give us the most lucrative deal, but it will give us a happier customer.

When you come in, we’ll sit down with you and find out what kind of freight you’re hauling, and where you’ll be pulling freight. We try to spec our stock trailers so that most drivers can use the trailers that are on the lot. But you may have specific needs that require customized options and specifications. We can help with that, and we’re always ready to help you order a trailer to meet your specification needs.

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What to Expect from CRTS That You Won't Get With Other Dealers

Posted by David Shepherd on Jun 2, 2021 10:33:41 AM

CRTS has been around for a long time. This is our 50th year in business, and we’ve been a Utility dealer and a Peerless dealer from the start. When you’ve been around for that long, you develop a reputation among your customers. 

Our customers come to us because they know that there are at least two things they can expect from CRTS that they won’t find anywhere else — the level of experience and the quality of the service they get.

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Long-term Considerations of Owning a Trailer You Shouldn’t Overlook

Posted by David Shepherd on Apr 20, 2021 4:16:22 PM

We’ve had customers who bought trailers they didn’t need, and we hate to see it happen. We want to serve our customers’ best interests, so we’ll guide you based on the information you tell us about your needs and operations. 

It’s critical to evaluate your needs before you buy a trailer and to think through the long-term considerations. Here are a few considerations to evaluate before you begin working with a trailer dealer. 

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For 50 years, CRTS, Inc. has been a trusted partner to hundreds of transportation firms. We accomplished this by putting our customers first, providing unequaled service, and offering the best semi-trailer products available. 

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