Truckers looking to purchase a used semi-truck in the Phoenix, Arizona area will have no trouble finding deals on America’s most popular tractor, the Freightliner. The professional freight mover’s nationwide navigation and freight-matching app Trucker Path notes on the company blog that Freightliner is the nation’s largest-selling semi, accounting for 40 percent of the semi-tractors on U.S. roads. The authors added that over 190,000 truck buyers chose Freightliners in 2017, outstripping the combined sales numbers of its nearest competitors, Kenworth and Peterbilt. If you are in the market for a used freight mover, and any Used Freightliner trucks phoenix az catch your eye, you may be on the right track to getting a strong truck at a price that will let you haul a load down the highway – without driving you into bankruptcy.
The story of the Freightliner’s history and popularity is an interesting one. First manufactured in 1942 for the Portland, Oregon-based Consolidated Freightways, the Freightliner met the company’s need for open-road muscle to conquer the steep mountains of the western United States. A combined marketing agreement for general commercial sales with the well-established White Motor Company of Cleveland, Ohio led to the increasingly popular tractors being referred to as “White Freightliners.”
Trucks carrying the red and green Consolidated Freightways logo ceased roaming the nation’s highways with the company’s bankruptcy in 2002, but the Freightliner truck brand far outlived its parent company and is going stronger than ever. Currently owned by Germany’s Daimler Group, Freightliner North America is currently the largest domestic manufacturer of heavy trucks and chassis. The firm employs more than 1,000 American workers staffing manufacturing plants in Cleveland and Mount Holly, North Carolina. Additional associated work forces build a range of the Detroit Diesel and Cummins engines that go into the Freightliners in Detroit, Michigan.
Freightliners are available in a range of sizes and capabilities, with the muscle to match. Still suited to the towering landscapes of the Western U.S. for which they were invented, Freightliner’s largest available prime mover packs 605 horsepower that delivers 2050 foot-pounds of torque to get heavy loads through those mountain passes. Gross vehicle weight ratings for the company’s severe duty semi-tractors range up to 210,000 pounds, with other highly-rated chassis available for applications such as dump trucks, cement mixers, non-combination vans, roll-offs and even cranes. Available driver comfort configurations include day cabs, mid-roofs and raised-roof sleepers.
While a new Freightliner semi-tractor might set you back $150,000 or more, even a quick look around the Phoenix, Arizona area will find you many used Freightliners with a price tag of less than half of that, some with less than 300,000 miles on those strong Detroit Diesel or Cummins engines. The bottom line for you as a truck buyer is there are many opportunities in the area to lay your hands on a solid Freightliner that can make you money on the road for years to come.