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Re: best vehicle for courier job? [Re: pandus13] #5384005 03/23/20 07:17 PM
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Better do a spreadsheet. Perhaps someone else has one already? I believe you are talking about an owner operator situation. There are a ton of costs such as:

Vehicle purchase or lease cost
Insurance
Fuel
Maintenance
Depreciation

One big mistake is that owner operators do not but away enough for depreciation.

Perhaps an owner operator can give us more info. I believe you are compensated by the number of packages you deliver. Correct me I’m wrong. The companies want reliability and quick delivery.

It would be great to hear of actual experience. I know of one courier who just leases trucks from Budget for this.







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Re: best vehicle for courier job? [Re: pandus13] #5384017 03/23/20 07:37 PM
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My list would be comfort>reliability>cargo space>fuel economy.


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Re: best vehicle for courier job? [Re: sloinker] #5384022 03/23/20 07:42 PM
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Originally Posted by sloinker
Gas is heading to a buck a gallon. 1970 Buick GS 455 stage 1. May as well have fun at work.

Oh my yes.


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Re: best vehicle for courier job? [Re: pandus13] #5384058 03/23/20 08:40 PM
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as mentioned in above posts.. depends on cargo load. prius v would be my choice for medical courier and i believe it's a solid rear axle, so you could probably fit the rear with a more heavy duty shock absorber.

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Re: best vehicle for courier job? [Re: pandus13] #5384066 03/23/20 08:48 PM
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Without knowing the intended cargo size weight, cant really make a recommendation.

Have experience with sprinters and have done pretty well.


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Re: best vehicle for courier job? [Re: pandus13] #5384086 03/23/20 09:03 PM
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Toyota Echos - 600k+ mile longevity.
do they make that car anymore?

Re: best vehicle for courier job? [Re: pandus13] #5384254 03/24/20 04:58 AM
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Does he own a vehicle currently? If he owns a usable vehicle that one till he figures out what he really needs to accomplish job and really wants to do this line of work.

If he needs a company name a magnetic placard works well to look "legit"

You give no description of what he is moving about as courier so hard to recommend anything if his current ride is not acceptable.

That all being said a 2.5 Jetta SportWagen is reliable/durable and has plenty of cargo space and they are not expensive vehicles.

Re: best vehicle for courier job? [Re: JimPghPA] #5384277 03/24/20 06:31 AM
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Originally Posted by JimPghPA
The number of miles you have to drive a hybrid to financially be ahead of the game (realize a savings) varies depending on if it is mostly city, mostly highway, a mix of both city and highway, and the size of the vehicle. They really save money if use a lot in city driving. In general the smaller hybrids require you to drive 15K miles or more a year to realize a savings, and the larger the vehicle the more miles you have to drive to be saving money.

There are websites where you can look up different hybrid vehicles and find the number of miles you have to drive them per year to realize a savings.


Do you mind sharing the sites that you are talking about?

Re: best vehicle for courier job? [Re: pandus13] #5384303 03/24/20 07:20 AM
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I have a lady friend that delivers medical supplies to several states. She has a Dodge Grand Caravan with the rear seats taken out. She is on her 2nd one in 10 yrs that ive known her.

I would think the comfort and ride would be worth it over a utility van.

US mail is also using Dodge Caravans in my area..

Re: best vehicle for courier job? [Re: Rand] #5384360 03/24/20 08:37 AM
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Originally Posted by Rand
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Originally Posted by sloinker
Gas is heading to a buck a gallon. 1970 Buick GS 455 stage 1. May as well have fun at work.


I've been reading that $29/barrel is the price floor and is close to the Saudi production cost so they'll just cut production if it looks to go any lower. Gas prices likely won't go much lower; $1.659 is the lowest I've seen here in the Dallas suburbs, with $1.759 being typical.


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At $2.8 per barrel, Saudi state oil giant Aramco has the lowest production costs in the world.


I think this is more about market share and an oil war to kill shale producers..

Two rabbits - kill off American shale oil and assist with global depression recovery.

Re: best vehicle for courier job? [Re: pandus13] #5384366 03/24/20 08:46 AM
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Always remember. The price of oil is not set by Saudi Arabia. It is set by the Chicago Mercantile futures market, based on the traders’ perception on how to make a dollar. Traders got to trade. laugh

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Re: best vehicle for courier job? [Re: madRiver] #5384412 03/24/20 09:45 AM
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Originally Posted by madRiver
Does he own a vehicle currently? If he owns a usable vehicle that one till he figures out what he really needs to accomplish job and really wants to do this line of work.

If he needs a company name a magnetic placard works well to look "legit"

You give no description of what he is moving about as courier so hard to recommend anything if his current ride is not acceptable.

That all being said a 2.5 Jetta SportWagen is reliable/durable and has plenty of cargo space and they are not expensive vehicles.

He owns a truck. I think a Chevy.

Hmm, wagons.
SO in this line of thinking, I would go for the suggested Jetta Sportwagen, (TDI are cheap, but I don't think he run a diesel until now), Golf Sportwagen, Mazda5 (they kind of eat gas), Prius V (they seem to have problems at 150k, and kind of expensive right now)

I think the already suggested Dodge Caravan/Chrysler minivan could make for a good bigger vehicle.
How are the Nissan Quest minivans? Do all have the trans problem?


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Originally Posted by pandus13
Originally Posted by madRiver
Does he own a vehicle currently? If he owns a usable vehicle that one till he figures out what he really needs to accomplish job and really wants to do this line of work.

If he needs a company name a magnetic placard works well to look "legit"

You give no description of what he is moving about as courier so hard to recommend anything if his current ride is not acceptable.

That all being said a 2.5 Jetta SportWagen is reliable/durable and has plenty of cargo space and they are not expensive vehicles.

He owns a truck. I think a Chevy.

Hmm, wagons.
SO in this line of thinking, I would go for the suggested Jetta Sportwagen, (TDI are cheap, but I don't think he run a diesel until now), Golf Sportwagen, Mazda5 (they kind of eat gas), Prius V (they seem to have problems at 150k, and kind of expensive right now)

I think the already suggested Dodge Caravan/Chrysler minivan could make for a good bigger vehicle.
How are the Nissan Quest minivans? Do all have the trans problem?


Prius engines are cheap if he knows how to drop one, a GEN IV to Prius V conversion fixes the exploding head gasket issue.

There are several priuschat threads on the swap

Re: best vehicle for courier job? [Re: pandus13] #5384870 03/24/20 07:00 PM
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This Transit 250 is a good size to walk inside. The question to me is can you make a decent living using a new truck.I’ve seen mom and pop coutiers using much older trucks. My Rock Auto Parts typically make it to the town 20 miles away using Fedex but the last 20 miles are in an independent courier in an older but probably well maintained truck. All the Fedex and Purolater Partner trucks I’ve seen look very new, possibly this is a requirement?

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Re: best vehicle for courier job? [Re: pandus13] #5384970 03/24/20 08:58 PM
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Saudi Arabia has very low production costs, but I saw that they need to clear $80 to pay for the entirely oil-dependent society. They haven't diversified!


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