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I have a 1986 tractor, it’s in good shape and it’s certified, yet many carrier won’t even talk to me. Why does it matter how old your truck is?
andykjv@xxx.com

Carriers are looking for reliable equipment. Even though your ’86 is certified and road-ready, the suspicion is that the truck might let you down at a bad time. There are carriers who will hire older equipment, but they’re getting harder to find. My advise would be to but together a list of all the previous year’s repairs and service events to show the carrier the truck is well looked after and isn’t prone to breakdowns.

Still, if the work isn’t there because of the truck, maybe it’s time to start shopping for a younger machine. Most carriers prefer something less than five years old.

Jim Park