Faced with limitations and pressures from the ELD Mandate, this company needed to make financial and operational changes to sustain operation of their current fleet of sleeper trucks and flatbed trailers.
A 40-year-old flatbed operator with 23 tractors faced some challenges after the new ELD Mandate was put into place. While the mandate helps eliminate paperwork, it also placed additional limitations on drive time. Once the tractor is running, “drive time” starts and can be impacted by stalled docking time (up to 4 hours per day), unexpected delays and normal downtime. Since the maximum running time is 14 hours per day, the efficiency of the fleet was adversely affected. In addition, a few of their long-term drivers decided to retire, rather than comply with the new regulations, forcing the company to park usable equipment. Finally, the company was hauling at contract rates which did not factor in the loss of productivity. This loss of productivity squeezed the company’s cash flow and weakened their financial statements, making it difficult to borrow for repairs and new replacement equipment.
After meeting with the trucking company, a representative from the CCG sales team recommended a debt consolidation loan. This new commercial truck loan paid off five other tractor and trailer loans that the company had with CCG and consolidated them into one monthly payment with newly established terms, providing more flexibility for the company. On top of this, CCG refinanced some older, free and clear equipment for the company, providing cash out to fund two engine replacements and future down payments on tractor and trailer purchases.
In addition to lowering their monthly payments by financing their equipment with CCG, the company has since re-negotiated their freight rates with their long-term shippers and hired new drivers. The principal no longer worries about making payroll, all their equipment is in good running condition, creditors are happy, and the company now has the cash down payment to purchase new tractors and trailers over the next few months.