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“Expect the unexpected” is a mantra among all businesses and yet it's especially true for trucking in the waste management industry. Despite best intentions, stuff happens; and whether it's a last-minute breakdown, accident, or unexpected delay, trucking companies need a “plan B” to keep their operations on the road.

Renting is one solution that can make both financial and logistical sense for fleet operators. Moreover, says Zach Martin, Vice President of Sales in North America for Big Truck Rental, it's one that's gaining traction: “Historically, renting was frowned upon with a stigma that only poorly run fleets need rentals. Now, however, fleet managers recognize how renting for short- or long-term periods can generate immediate benefits and propel revenue growth.”

Certainly, he adds, renting can help overcome a number of common refuse truck challenges. Moreover, it but assist companies in obtaining the capacity and resources to take advantage of growth opportunities.

Among the upsides of renting include:

  • Seizing new business: When faced with a new opportunity, renting allows companies to jump right into a new contract route without the rest of its business. As well, using this short-term solution during a client's trial period allows companies to put off purchasing additional trucks until the long-term contract is secure.
  • Reducing maintenance costs: Instead of pushing your trucks to the limit, a rental plan can ensure the fleet is well maintained and running smoothly. Companies can assign older trucks to cover as much ground, which risks the possibility of needing more maintenance.
  • Facilitating growth strategies: The last thing companies want to do when their business is growing is to cause a slowdown. Renting trucks allows owners to manage their fleet on their terms, therefore letting them carry that momentum on until they’re in a better position to make financial decisions.
  • Fires & Storms:  It's possible for a load of refuse to ignite on fire, bringing the day’s work to a grinding halt. While the truck is dumping the trash into the street and working with firefighters to get the blaze under control and cleaned up, renting allows companies to put another truck on the road to cover the rest of the route without delay. As well, sudden hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and snow storms can greatly increase the need for debris collection. The lucrative opportunity is available only to flexible companies with fleet availability.
  • Breakdowns: Truck breakdowns are all too common. It takes time and money to replace these trucks – a gap that can be bridged with instant garbage truck rentals.
  • Special events: From natural disaster responses to municipal event preparations, you may never know when you’ll be called upon for additional support. Renting additional garbage trucks can help companies respond to the surge in demand. 
  • New equipment delays: Investing in new trucks is a viable solution, but it can take nine months to a year to get the custom orders off the assembly line.
  • New technology uncertainty: New trucks can come with dysfunctional chassis and computerized engines or have trouble with monitors and emissions. Rentals can serve as a quick replacement while these issues are worked out.

Maintaining a fleet can be costly and sporadic. Breakdowns and unexpected situations can occur at any moment and leave a fleet's team stuck in the mud.

After all, adds Martin: “Growth opportunities and fleet challenges aren’t always predictable, but renting is a viable strategy for getting you the trucks you need immediately without putting a strain on your current fleet and operations.”

Zach Martin is Vice President of Sales in North America for Big Truck Rental. To learn more about the benefits of renting, and to find a solution that fits, visit www.bigtruckrental.com or email BTRSales@bigtruckrental.com.