Have you been thinking about investing in a truck or delivery vehicle for your business? If you have been, then now is a great time to add that vehicle to your fleet thanks to the Section 179 deduction. Understanding the tax code can get confusing, but don’t worry. We’ve got you covered! Keep reading to learn more.

What is the Section 179 Deduction?
You may have heard of the Section 179 deduction before. If you haven’t, buckle up because you’re going to want to hear this. The Section 179  deduction allows businesses to write off up to $1,080,000 on any new or used truck, trailer, or delivery vehicle that is purchased, financed, or leased and put into service before the end of the calendar year. This means that you have until December 31, 2022, to take advantage of this deduction. For more information and to find the answers to your tax code questions, visit Section179.org.

New or Used
Now that you know the basics of the deduction, it’s time to decide if you want a new or used vehicle. There are pros and cons for both. With new vehicles, you know the truck’s entire history and you can relax knowing that you’ll have less maintenance costs up front and in most cases an extended factory warranty. The con, of course, is that new vehicles have a higher price tag than used, but they also typically get more miles per gallon. Used vehicles, on the other hand, are a great option if you don’t want to spend as much and don’t mind the potential maintenance costs. Also, just because a truck is used does not mean that it is “old.” Trucks can be traded in or sold for a variety of reasons. Our team works to make sure that every used truck on our lot is in excellent shape.

Diesel or Electric
Diesel prices have been all over the place this year, which may make you think twice about going with a diesel powered vehicle. However, electric vehicles have their cons too. As of now, electric vehicles can only travel so far before they need to be charged. Charing takes much longer than driving up to the gas pump and filling up your tank. If you don’t have time to wait, then an electric vehicle may not be the way to go right now. Also, electric vehicles are more expensive than their diesel-powered alternative. One other thing you have to consider is that with an electric vehicle, you can say goodbye to oil changes, but you will still have some maintenance needs. 

How We Can Help
Our experts at Lee-Smith can help you answer these questions and others like if you need a day cab or a sleeper or if you need a refrigerated truck. Give us a call at 423-622-4161. You can also explore our current inventory by visiting our website or downloading our app. It’s available for both Apple and Android devices.

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The holiday season is in full swing. As we all know, many people were unable to visit their families last year due to the pandemic. However, this is not the case this year. In fact, AAA is estimating that more than 100 million people will travel on the roads this holiday season. That is a 27.6% increase from last year. For truck drivers and delivery drivers, this means the roads will be much more crowded while they are out helping Santa transport packages across the country. Drivers, your safety on the roads is very important to us at Lee-Smith. While you are out and about delivering joy over the next few weeks, here are some important tips to keep in mind. 

Distracted Driving is Dangerous Driving

Always keep your eyes on the road. This is important at all times but is especially crucial when driving on busy roads. During the holiday season, it can be easy to get distracted by the large number of other drivers on the road and by holiday lights and displays. However, distracted driving kills. In 2019, over 3,140 people lost their lives as a result of distracted driving according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA). Don’t get distracted by technology like cell phones, GPS, and dispatch devices while behind the wheel either. Every time you send or read a text message while driving, the NHSTA says you take your eyes off the road for 5 seconds. That may not seem like a long period of time, but when you’re traveling at 55 miles per hour, that is like driving the length of a football field without ever looking up. A lot can happen over that short period of time. Please keep your eyes on the road and make sure to take breaks so you can have a few minutes to relax and check your devices.

Defensive Driving is Key

You can stop yourself from driving distracted, but unfortunately, you can’t stop others. Keep a safe distance between your truck or delivery vehicle and other drivers. This is extremely important if you are in areas where there is snow or ice on the roads. Also, it’s your job to watch out for distracted drivers by practicing defensive driving. Over the holiday season, there will be people on the roads who have had a little too much of Grandma’s spiked eggnog. Watch for those individuals. Road rage will also be an issue due to impatient drivers and the stress of the season. Do your best to keep a distance from these drivers, and when you are making decisions, anticipate what those dangerous drivers will do. 

Take Care of Yourself

By law, truck drivers can only be on the roads for 11 hours over a 24 hour period. This is to help reduce distracted driving due to exhaustion. Please use your non-driving hours to take care of yourselves. Make sure you get plenty of sleep so that you will be awake and alert when you get back on the road. Also, take time to check in with your loved ones. Your mental health matters, and we know being away over the holidays can take a toll. Make sure to eat a solid meal too. Self-care is essential to doing your job well.

Keep Track of Fuel Levels

Don’t let your fuel tank get low in the colder winter months. Keeping your fuel tank topped off is beneficial in several ways. For one thing, it adds weight to your tires giving you better traction. It also saves you from the nightmare of having water built up in your fuel lines. You don’t want your truck to not turn on, stall, or experience other engine troubles due to the presence of water in the fuel tank. (Source)

Don’t Speed

We know traffic congestion can put you behind schedule, but do not speed. Like distracted driving, speed kills. In 2019, the NHSTA said 5,005 people were killed in crashes involving large trucks and 159,000 others were injured. Not all of these crashes were a result of speeding, but it most likely played a factor in a number of these fatal crashes. We want ALL drivers on the road to safely make it home to their families this holiday season. 

Turn On Your Headlights

They say “seeing is believing,” so turn on your headlights so you can see everything in front of you while you help Santa make his deliveries. Your headlights will help you watch for animals like deer that enjoy roaming the roads this time of year. Make sure to check your headlights regularly to ensure they are working properly. Clean off any snow or dirt that has built up on them as well. 

Call Lee-Smith

If you notice your truck or delivery vehicle is acting up, then give us a call at (423) 781-6858. Our service team will be happy to help. Learn more about our service department by clicking here

Thank you, truck and delivery drivers, for all of your hard work this year. You all have kept our country going, and we truly appreciate you. Please drive safely out there this holiday season. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at Lee-Smith, Inc.!

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Spring is approaching faster than ever, and that means people are ready for their annual spring cleaning! We know your cleaning companies are in full swing this time of year. From commercial to residential companies it is crucial to have the supplies and transportation your staff needs to complete the highest quality of work. Stop buying company cars, paying for gas for multiple vehicles, and stop inconveniencing your employees. Give your crew the cleaning vehicle they need to succeed.

Benefits Of Owning A Cleaning Vehicle:

From commercial to residential cleaning, your team will need a long list of supplies that include but are not limited to cleaning chemicals, vacuum cleaners, brooms, and mops. This is a lot to carry around in a small vehicle. When employees are using their own personal vehicle, they will have to load and unload their supplies on a daily basis. With a cleaning vehicle, the supplies can stay loaded until employees need them at a job site. On top of having to carry a large load in an impractical vehicle, it can be unsafe for your team to breathe in chemicals in such a tight space. Long-term exposure to cleaning chemicals can lead to chronic respiratory problems, allergic reactions, and headaches. By owning your own cleaning vehicle, your employees will have a separate mode of transportation that will provide a set space for supplies as well as lessen the risk of chemical inhalation.

A New Cleaning Vehicle Means New Opportunities

Maybe you are looking to expand your business from residential cleaning to commercial cleaning. Commercial cleaning requires larger equipment and more supplies in general. It is nearly impossible to clean large commercial buildings without the right equipment and a way to get it there. Maybe you are looking to expand your team, but you don’t want to finance multiple new company cars. By owning a commercial vehicle, you will not only be able to hold more supplies but also more people. Maybe your company is looking to advertise more and get the word out about your business. A key benefit of owning your own fleet of commercial cleaning vehicles is that you can customize them with your logo, company name, and contact information. You will become a traveling billboard!

What to Consider When Purchasing a Cleaning Vehicle

The safety of your team is of utmost importance when it comes to shopping for a commercial cleaning vehicle. Vans are a preferred method of transportation when it comes to cleaning vehicles. This is because cleaning tools and supplies can be secured, you do not have to lift heavy equipment into a truck bed, and they protect your costly supplies from bad weather. At Lee-Smith we offer different packages you can add to your vehicle that will make getting your equipment to and from a breeze. You also need to make sure that your employees are safe while they are inside the vehicle. With a commercial cleaning vehicle, large mirrors will help you avoid blind spots, you’ll be able to strap down cleaning supplies and tools to avoid injuries that can be caused when items are loose in the truck, and steel safety partitions will help protect the driver even further. At Lee-Smith we offer different packages you can add to your vehicle that will make getting your equipment to and from safely and easily. 

Kargo Master Van Interior Packages take the guesswork out of where to begin uplifting your cargo van. With our strong easily adjustable shelving, partitions, and accessories, our van packages have everything you need to put your van to work. Our professional designers and product engineers have created customized van packages for specific service categories to help you easily outfit a van based on input from experienced industry tradesmen.

Cost of Purchasing a Cleaning Vehicle

There are a wide variety of options as well as prices when it comes to picking out a cleaning vehicle. Here at Lee-Smith, we will work with you to find the vehicle that will work best for you and your team at a reasonable price Financing options are also available. 

Ready to Move Forward?

Are you ready to move forward? Let’s set up a meeting to talk about what you are looking for in a truck so that we can help you take your cleaning business to the next level. Give us a call at 423-622-4161 or visit our website at https://www.lee-smith.com to get more information on purchasing today!

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