Advantages of Purchasing a Used Truck

If you’re in the market for a new vehicle, then you have probably noticed how expensive buying even a relatively small new truck can be- and the sticker price is just one part of the equation. New trucks are not things that you usually buy outright – you’d tend to buy them on finance, and that means you will end up paying interest on them. Used truck wholesalers like QLD Trucks can get you pretty good deals on finance, always beneficial to shop around.

In addition, new trucks – while they look really nice and will inevitably handle like a dream – are expensive to insure, because the insurance cost is based on the value of the vehicle. So, buying a used truck can save you a lot of money.

Why Buy Used?

Let’s face it; trucks are built to last. When you buy a used truck, you’re buying something that someone has had for a few years, and that they want to upgrade now.  As long as the truck is in a good state of repair, it will have many more years of life left in it, perhaps even a decade of decent driving. Unless your ‘image’ is a vital part of your job, there’s really not that much extra benefit to driving a new truck compared to a used one.

Vehicles depreciate by a huge amount in their first year. When you buy a brand new vehicle, you essentially end up throwing away a huge amount of money simply by getting behind the wheel and driving it out of the lot for the first time. After that, they lose a fair amount of value over the next couple of years, but the curve does slow down. In fact, if you were to buy a used truck that was several years old, take good care of it and maybe replace a part or two, if the time came to sell it on in a few year’s time, you might even find that it has held most of its value, so the cost for you to upgrade to a slightly newer model would be minimal.

You would save  a lot of money on insurance by driving an older model of truck, and there’s another benefit too – those older trucks are less appealing, for the most part, to thieves.

Caring for Older Vehicles

Perhaps the only real downsides to working with older vehicles is that they do need a little more care and attention. Brand new vehicles usually have a warranty and a service agreement. The good news is that you can usually get a similar deal for used trucks if you buy them from a reputable dealer – especially if you run a company and have more than one truck. With those service deals, you can be confident that your truck will be kept in tip-top condition, and that you will be covered should it ever break down.

The Ownership Question

Finally, there’s the issue of ownership. When you buy a truck on finance, you don’t really own it yourself. Missed payments are an issue, and if it’s in an accident then yes, you’re insured and the insurance will pay off the loan, but it’s a messy and stressful situation.

When you own a truck you have more freedom. It is yours to drive, rent out, paint, modify, or otherwise use as you wish; within the realms of the law of course. The site Yelp! can help you find truck dealerships and wholesalers, be sure to check the customer reviews to get the best dealerships.

Purchasing a used truck is a great way to get started building a fleet, or to free yourself from the financial burdens commonly associated with truck ownership. It gives you freedom and a sense of pride in having a vehicle to call your own. If you’re serious about buying a truck for your business, check out the Australian GST rules to make sure you know how much tax to expect.

Check it out, you could pick up a beauty like this one! 🙂

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It May Surprise You But These Foods are Packed With Sugar

Sugar word cloud concept
Sugar word cloud concept

If you’ve made the decision to cut your sugar intake, recognising the risks of too much sugar in your diet, it may surprise you to learn about a number of foods which you probably didn’t even know where bad for you. Sweets and cakes aren’t the only foods loaded with sugar, there are some foods disguised as “healthy” that actually have a pretty high sugar content.

The main culprits are

  1. Sauces such as BBQ, marinara, tomato sauce and salad dressing: between -22 grams per serving
  2. Peanut butter:  4 grams per two tablespoon serving
  3. Packaged cereals:  Some “healthier” varieties contain 18 grams of sugar per serving
  4. Oatmeal:  Flavoured versions can contain 12 grams of sugar per serving
  5. Flavoured yogurt: Up to 18 grams of sugar per serving—more than a serving of ice cream.

Source: http://www.self.com/trending/2016/05/12-surprising-foods-that-are-packed-with-sugar/

 

 

Evaporated Cane Juice is Still Sugar

sugarAn article on Gizmodo.com recently warned us not to be fooled by food labels, in particular those that replace the word sugar with the more healthy sounding “evaporated cane juice”.

Because more and more people are becoming sceptical about sugar content, due to their awareness of the risks associated with excessive sugar consumption, the word sugar is being replace with the greener and fresher souning evaporated cane juice, but been warned, it is still sugar.

Read on at: http://gizmodo.com/evaporated-cane-juice-is-just-sugar-1778951255

Do You Really Know How Much Sugar You’re Eating

fdaIn The United States Michelle Obama on behalf of The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has introduced new nutrition labels that include calorie counts in oversize lettering.

Labels also include a line detailing the quantity of added sugars contained in packaged foods.

This is a significant development given that it has been proven that cane and beet sugars that added to foods are causing many diseases from obesity to heart disease and diabetes.

Find out more at: http://www.vogue.com/13439806/fda-nutrition-labels-michelle-obama-added-sugar/

 

How Much Sugar Should We Really be Eating?

honeyWe are all aware that consuming too much energy from fat or carbohydrates including sugar will cause you to gain weight but sometimes its the sneaky sugars that we aren’t aware of that do the most damage.

This is important because if we don’t pay attention the excess weight will increase your risk of lifestyle related diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that we limit our intake of “free sugars” to less than 10 per cent of our total energy intake, although ideally 5% would be best for our health.

Some of the foods that contain free sugars include sucrose or table sugar, as well as naturally present sugars in honey, syrups, fruit juices etc.

Read the full story at http://www.sbs.com.au/topics/science/humans/article/2016/05/24/how-much-sugar-it-ok-eat

 

 

How Much Sugar Are We Really Consuming

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Figures from the ABS reveal that Australians are consuming more sugar than ever before, despite the onslaught  of messages about the risks of a high sugar diet.

And it seems the problem is even worse in teenagers.

There is now specific dietary data that details exactly where these sugars in our diet are originating and the situation is not surprising. Soft drinks and fruit juice are 2 of the main culprits.

The World Health Organisation has recommended our sugar consumption only make up 5 per cent of our total daily calorie intake, that equals around 6 teaspoons of sugar a day.

According to statistics teenage males are consuming the most sugar in Australia.

Let’s learn more from:http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/diet/new-abs-data-reveals-how-much-sugar-australians-really-consume/news-story/979263910569a4c55bb0051551bdce1a

Australians Cut Down on Sugar but Love of Honey Worrying

honeyA new study found that Australians may be cutting down on sugar, which is good, but they are opting for “natural sugar substitutes” like honey.

It’s good that we’re avoiding artificial sweeteners, sugary foods and drinks and fatty meats and dairy products but research firm Ipsos found that consumers are still buying too much natural sugars such as honey, which in excess  can be just as harmful.

Alarmingly the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows more than half of all Australians are exceeding World Health Organisation’s recommendations to have less than 13 teaspoons of sugar a day. This includes honey and sugar naturally present in fruit juice.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/business/consumer-affairs/australians-are-cutting-down-on-sugar-but-love-of-honey-worryies-health-experts-20160429-gohys0.html#ixzz47XAomkmn