The truck suspension system

When it comes to medium-duty and heavy-duty trucks, the suspension system is key. Which helps support the different operations the truck performs.

Truck suspensions are also crucial for providing stability on the road. Since these vehicles are heavier and might also be carrying additional weight, the suspension must be able to assist with handling uneven roads. The suspension also helps prevent trucks from tipping.

The suspension also needs to help cushion the ride, so the load and truck remains protected from bumps and road imperfections. Also improving driver comfort. It allows the tires and axles of the truck to move independently from one another. Other way the axle is being attached to the frame directly.

Types of Truck Suspensions

There are two main types of truck suspensions to choose from: leaf spring and air ride. Each systems comes with its own set of pros and cons that you need to consider, when choosing the right suspension system for your truck.

Leaf Spring Suspensions

This suspension system is made up of steel leaves attached to the trailer’s frame to help it adjust to shocks from the road. The steel leaves are made up of several layers of flexible steel strips that form an arc shape with the longest layer at the top and subsequently shorter layers after that.

This system come with tons of advantages for trucks, including:

· Lower upfront purchasing and installation costs.

· Lower maintenance costs, especially within the first six to seven years of ownership.

· Longer lifespan requires less frequent replacement, which can be costly.

· Lighter loads to further cut down on costs when hauling a high volume of heavy loads.

At the same time, leaf spring suspension systems also come with a few disadvantages that you need to consider, including:

· Less functionality when it comes to less-than-truckload shipments may result in a rough and bumpy ride.

· Less resale value if you go to sell a trailer with a leaf spring suspension system.

· More exposed parts that are at a greater risk of rusting, corroding, and wearing down.

Air Ride Suspensions

This suspension system comprises air-based components like valves, airlines, and air springs bags instead of metal-based components like steel leaves. These components are then powered by an electric pump or compressor that pumps air into the valves, lines, and air bags or air springs.

Since air ride suspension systems are considered more modern and advanced than leaf spring, they come with a unique set of advantages, including:

· Smoother ride for both the driver and the trailer.

· Longer trailer lifespan since the trailer takes on less vibration.

· Safer transport of fragile goods since there’s less movement and vibration in the trailer.

Even though air ride suspension systems tend to be more advanced than the alternative, they still come with some drawbacks, including:

· Higher costs — both upfront for purchase and installation and for maintenance throughout the years.

· More breakdowns are repairs are needed for air ride suspension systems.

· Heavier weight on the trailer can impact fuel efficiency and may require more fuel overheads.

Truck Suspension components

Your truck’s suspension system comprises several different components. It’s important to identify these different components and how they contribute to the overall suspension system. Here’s a quick rundown to help:

Springs: The springs are one of the most important components of a truck’s suspension system. Springs are flexible and can help the truck adjust to the road so that the driver and the cargo don’t feel as much impact from bumps or holes in the road.

Wheels and tires: The wheels and tires are also important components of a truck’s suspension system, and the tires are the only components to touch the road as the vehicle is driving. As a result, the wheels and tires incur most of the impact of the road.

Shock absorbers: Shock absorbers help the springs adjust to bumps and holes in the road. The springs would cause the truck to bounce up and down without shock absorbers after sustaining an impact. With shock absorbers, the springs are supported and stay relatively stable.

Rods and linkages: Rods and linkages are designed to connect the different components of the suspension system.

Bushings, bearings, joints, and arms: Bushings, bearings, joints, and arms are designed to keep the linkages connected to the bigger components of the suspension system. They are also designed to help certain components slide and twist when absorbing impact and adjusting to the road.

Torsion bar suspension: Torsion bar suspensions feature a narrow steel tube attached to the wishbone of a vehicle that twists around its axis. The tube is also attached on one end to the chassis, and this end does not twist. If a wheel hits a bump, tension gets created when the tube twists. After a bump, the steel unwinds and pushes the wheel down again.

Coil spring suspension: A coil spring suspension is a common system that is found in the front and back of many vehicles and in the front of some trucks. These systems feature springs that are spiraled and allow for flexibility in the form of bending and twisting. They are the most versatile system.

Truck rear suspension: The most common tendence was to install leaf suspension systems on the rear of pickup trucks, coil spring suspension systems installed on the rear of vehicles became popular when Dodge introduced them on their 2009 Ram 1500s. These systems combine a lot of weight-bearing capability with comfort.

Suspension Needs to Be Replaced

There are several signs that can indicate wear and tear on a truck’s suspension system. Even with proper maintenance, suspension systems don’t last forever and will eventually need to be replaced. Here are some signs that your suspension system needs to be replaced:

Bumpy rides: An increase in bumpiness and shaking on the road can mean there’s damage to the struts or other parts of the suspension.

Uneven tire wear: Suspension issues can cause uneven impact on your vehicle, causing irregular tire wear and tear.

Rocking or unstable body: Noticing your truck rocking forward, backward, or sideways when stopping or turning can be a sign of a suspension that is unable to properly stabilize motion.

Lowered vehicle: If you notice a sunken frame or your truck leaning to one side or the other when it’s parked, there could be damage to the suspension.

Leaking oil: Finding leaking oil on the shocks of your truck can be an indicator they are worn or damaged and need to be replaced.

Suspension Maintenance

No matter what type of suspension system you have, you need to ensure proper function. Schedule a preventive maintenance at any TruckMax location. This is the key to maintain your suspension system and prolong its lifespan:

• Thoroughly inspect the inflation levels and tread depth of your tires every 1,000 to 3,000 miles for any signs of irregular deflation, or wear that may be related to the suspension system.

• Rotate and balance your tires every 20,000 to 30,000 miles, keeping in mind that tractor tires may require more care and attention than trailer tires.

• Have your wheels aligned every 50,000 to 60,000 miles and thoroughly inspect the condition of your suspension system.

• Check the levels of your power steering fluid at every oil change, which should be around every 25,000 miles.

Be sure to take your truck to our trained diesel technician. Our technicians have the expertise to diagnose and repair suspension issues. This, along with the right replacement suspension parts will ensure your truck is riding properly. All this will keep you safe on the road. Contact us for your truck suspension parts!


Donkey Forklifts are the lightest, fastest, most versatile forklift in the industry. More than 1,500 lbs lighter. Over 5 miles per hour faster. Variable load spacing. Two deep stacking. Donkey Glide System®. Available in gas or diesel, Made in the USA.

The Donkey 3K “Burro” with 3,000 lbs. capacity is better than an all-terrain pallet jack and is also your best solution for smaller jobs. The Donkey 4K model is affordable and lightweight with a lifting capacity of 3,000-4000 pounds and is the lightest ride-on unit in the Donkey line up. The 4K low profile adds value where other forklifts can’t. The 4.5K model has standard features that include side shift, strobe light, smart backup alarm, and corrosion resistant features. And the 5K and 5.5K models has the power and durability for the heaviest loads.


We believe safety and efficiency go hand in hand. While other companies charge thousands of extra dollars for the safety of curb side loading and unloading, Donkey delivers yet again in its long line of industry leading standard features.


Not only are Donkey Forklifts pound for pound the strongest forklifts in the World, but when it comes to stability and safety, Donkey “sets the standard” in the truck mounted forklift industry.


If there is one thing, we at Donkey have learned after 25 years in the truck mounted forklift business it’s that ground pressure matters.


Designed with comfort in mind, each Donkey forklift comes standard with the industry’s only shock absorbing, low impact, seat suspension. Donkey’s industry leading 4.5 cubic feet of leg room gives the operator free range of motion to control the lift without being hindered in any way.


Making money is more than just selling products. At Donkey we understand that it’s the cost of delivering those products to consumers that will determine your true profits. Donkey truck mounted single axle solution requires No CDL driver, provides lower chassis costs, better fuel efficiency, and more.


Make the most of your money by increasing your payload, enhancing fuel efficiency, and lowering maintenance costs.

Donkey forklifts are now available in Florida. You can buy any model with lifting capacities from 3,000 lbs. up to 5,500 lbs. at TruckMax. Contact us to learn more about all available models.

Filtration Solutions for commercial trucks.

Commercial truck filtration is easy to take for granted. Best-working filters keep engine and cab air clean. Allowing both the driver and the diesel powerhouse to breathe deep. While filters become more efficient overtime, they reach a tipping point when they need some truck maintenance. When performing maintenance, it’s very important to replace filters with a brand new one.

A good filtration protect customers’ engines and mobile equipment, from first to last use, through innovative filtration solutions. It keep commercial engines running at peak capacity. With filters, coolants and fuel additives that increase uptime, reduce costs and leave a light footprint on the environment.

TruckMax Parts department offers superb product quality, and the industry’s broadest product line. A comprehensive portfolio of filtration products and technologies. Providing customers a single streamlined source for all their engine and mobile filtration needs.

TruckMax carry filtration for Hino Trucks, Isuzu Trucks, Volvo Trucks, Cummins Engines, and Mitsubishi Fuso Trucks. You can find the best selection of filtration for your commercial truck air, cooling, fuel, hydraulic, lube and transmission systems. Along with our other filtration products for any truck make. Finding the Right Filters is Easier than Easy.

Hino Truck filters

Fleetguard Filters continually develop, refined and improved their products by Cummins research and engineering teams worldwide. Cummins filters produces truck air, cooling, fuel, hydraulic, lube and transmission systems, along with other filtration products.

Fleetguard filters

Donaldson Engine Filters & Parts. Deliver a full line of aftermarket fuel, lube, coolant and air intake filters for diesel engines, hydraulic and bulk tank filtration. Plus exhaust system components.

Baldwin Filters is a global provider of filtration products and services.

Isuzu FleetValue Filters. As a second line parts supplied only through authorized Isuzu truck dealerships, are designed with the primary focus being: low cost of ownership, safe operation of your trucks, and superior quality. FleetValue Filters are designed and built to ensure your truck runs at its peak performance and stays on the road longer.

Whatever tough challenges you face, with TruckMax filtration you will find efficient and real solution. TruckMax has what it takes to be your one-source filter provider to keep your equipment running and your job on schedule.

For more info on TruckMax filters visit or contact us through our website.

Built strong to get the job done

With a strong mission of building the most reliable and innovative equipment in the industry, Jerr-Dan also empower the men and women of the towing industry who makes sacrifice every day to help other in need. In the nearly 50 years, Jerr-Dan has defined towing and recovery industry standards for performance, reliability, and service. Jerr-Dan offers an extensive range of light, medium and heavy duty wreckers, carriers, and rotators. Each truck offers superior engineering for strength and stability, reliability, and versatility to exceed the expectations of a demanding industry. The equipment is built and tested to maximum productivity. It is designed, engineered and built strong to get the job done, under the toughest conditions.

Jerr-Dan Heavy Duty Rotator

In supporting towing and recovery professionals, Jerr-Dan go above and beyond to deliver unmatched strength, performance and superior service from engineering to distribution. With a focus on quality and performance, Jerr-Dan is positioned for solid growth and industry-leading support for years to come.

We can mention Jerr-Dan Innovative No-Lube technology as a sample of the constant pursuit of excellence, as well as Jerr-Dan Side Recovery System (SRS), that offers versatility by adding unparalleled recovery capability to any unit.  The pivoting recovery boom makes recovery from either side of the vehicle possible. Available for Jerr-Dan carrier models, this SRS is the strongest more durable in its class. Jerr-Dan technology is designed to get the work done quickly and safely. Making Jerr-Dan carriers, wreckers and rotators tough and dependable so that you can handle whatever the road throws at you.

Jerr-Dan Wreckers lineup

This year, Jerr-Dan will have the usual strong presence at Florida Tow Show, providing our customers with a great show experience. TruckMax is a proud Jerr-Dan distributor, and will attempt with about 30 Jerr-dan equiped vehicles, Jerr-Dan parts and towing accessories. TruckMax personnel will be on hand to provide information on our full offering of solutions.

Visit or contact us to learn more about Jerr-Dan products and events.

Landscape Trucks built tough

Been in the landscape business comes with many challenges. Since you will be required to travel to your customers with all the tools and equipment needed. You should make sure that you have the right type of truck to assist you with getting everything needed from one location to the next. Yet if you primarily do installations, you could be carrying tons of paving stones, shrubs, and compact equipment, so the towing requirements will vary.

Additionally, the weight of all these items must also match the specs of the truck. It is important to note that the weight that is towed will have a significant bearing on how long the different elements of the truck will last. For instance, the tires, transmission, and engine may give out prematurely if it carries too much weight each time a job is done. Many professionals in this industry will also recommend making sure this estimate is accurate because it will also determine how safe the vehicle is when it is in operation.

Whatever the case, you will need to decide if you need a standard cab size or crew cab. For instance, the standard size cab size seats are meant for at least two to three people, while the crew cab size landscaping trucks are made to fit up to three to four more individuals.

Buying landscape trucks for your business is not always difficult if you have created a customized plan that you can follow. In TruckMax, we have the perfect trained team that will help you with exactly what you need by already knowing what tow weight, fuel efficiency and seating amount you’re looking for.

Now, lets go in depth with our types of landscape trucks, built with selected aluminum, or steel materials. They are built 10-foot up to 16-foot, usually 96-inches wide, and may have canopy or not. Feature that avoids, together with the tarp and its ground level crank, creating garbage dumping while on the road.

Isuzu Truck N-Series with a 14′ aluminum landscape dump body.

Our landscape trucks also feature powerful hoist electric over hydraulic tilters, for a power and fastest 50-degrees dumping; 48-inch sides with wood more important in aluminum bodies, 48-inch rear barn doors, optional side doors, slanted body end, tunnel toolbox and/or side toolboxes, shovel rack, an ICC bumper with receiver hitch and 7-way electric plug and finished with reflective safety tape D.O.T. approved.

We can built our landscape trucks on any new or used chassis from 12,000 lbs GVWR to 19,500 lbs GVWR, form Isuzu Truck, Hino Truck, Fuso Truck, Ford commercial truck, Dodge RAM, etc.

Aluminum Dump Trucks

Aluminum truck bodies are a great choice for most industries. Even if aluminum bodies cost more money upfront than a steel alternative, they prove their value with a handful of benefits. Aluminum is lighter and naturally more resistant to corrosion.

In BABCO Truck Bodies division, our truck body fabrication company, we can custom build and install any landscape truck body. We can fabricate or can arrange to have built each body to your specific needs for the highest level of productivity and efficiency for your vehicle. Babco is the South Florida leader for commercial truck body fabrication.

We use the best quality aluminum and steel, the best design, and the strongest welding for all our commercial truck bodies and each truck is carefully crafted by our factory trained and certified technicians.

Steel Trucks

In TruckMax we specialized in meeting our customers needs and one of our goals is to fulfill and customized our customers bodies. That’s why we start with only the highest-grade materials possible.

Our Steel Bodies are built centered around high quality, durable, dependable steel, with the latest in Commercial Body Design and the best fabricators in the business. Because we buy in bulk, we can provide the most cost-efficient bodies available in the Commercial Trucking Industry.

Steel dump truck bodies are utilized in a variety of industries, from lawn care businesses to construction. They serve businesses in a variety of ways, from hauling more material to whatever you may need in your business. The way their built for durability and resistance for having superior performance comes from light duty to heavy ones.

Contact us or visit any of our conveniently located stores to learn more about our landscape trucks.

Custom built sanitizing service trucks.

When it comes to custom build commercial trucks, TruckMax Inc. has this as a main purpose in order to meet our customer needs. An example of one type of truck we build is the Sparkling Bins Trucks which are recognized by having a trash and recycle bin cleaning service is essential. We can have a new truck, Isuzu or Hino, built with any of these trash bin & dumpster cleaning systems.

Trash bins become foul, whether trash bags are used to contain the garbage placed inside them. Trash bin bags will certainly acquire nicks, rips, and slashes; so, odors, mush, and foul liquids will inevitably find their way into the bottom of the trash can.

So, what does all that mean to you? Our latest highly effective ultra-high-pressure trash and recycle bin curbside cleaning system leaves your dirty smelling bins disinfected, deodorized, and smelling fresh. For all your needs, simply leave it to the professionals.


The bestselling Dual Bin washing system | capacity to clean 200 bins per full tank of water | dumpster cleaning capable with wastewater system *optional | pressure washer ready for driveways – patios – sidewalk – store fronts.

Isuzu N-Series SB4 Dual Trash Bin Cleaning System Flatbed Truck
  • Whisper Wash Maxima 36” Surface cleaner
  • Whisper Wash Mondo Force 48” Surface cleaner
  • Hydro-Teck stainless steel 26” surface cleaner with a full wastewater recovery system with 50ft hose
  • Wastewater Filtration System 15 – stage – filters from 1,000 micron down to 5 microns
  • GPS Tracking Device
  • Aluminum Diamond Plate Flatbed
  • Scheduling System


  • Dual Bin System-525 gallons clean water tank – hopper 525 gallons holding tank (cleans approx. 200-225 Maint. bins)
  • Universal grabber residential style – Dual bin high speed hydraulic lifters
  • Aluminum side panels with doors 10ft x 5ft with open door alert sensor system
  • (14ft flatbed req. not included in price)
  • Pro Magnum Series: Honda GX 690 Electric Start 3500 PSI @ 8 GPM – Stainless steel frame Lifetime warranty
  • Hot water pressure washer – 3000-watt on-board generator 120-Volt
  • Winterizing system included
  • Trigger gun and spray nozzles 25ft retractable – Spring loaded with a 25ft hose for exterior cleaning of bins
  • Stainless steel hose reel with 100ft hose trigger gun – 36” Lance for Pressure Washing
  • Stainless steel two extreme 360 ̊ spinning heads
  • Optima deep cycle battery for hydraulic pump connected to truck’s alternator, on-board battery charger, & kill switch
  • High res. back up camera 7” screen -Back up beeper -2 front/2 rear commercial amber & white strobe lights
  • Commercial dumpster wastewater recovery system
  • Design your brand, company logo, graphic design & full truck / trailer wrap
  • Website Ecommerce & Routing Software (Free hosting 1styear / req.$85/each per month hosting after 1styear)
  • Spare Parts Package
  • $1,500 Credit Towards Transportation (when using our transportation broker).


The latest model capable of cleaning 2-4-6-8-10 yard commercial dumpsters | cleans approximately 30 commercial dumpsters per full tank of water | pressure washer ready for driveways – patios – sidewalk – store fronts.

Isuzu N-Series SB5 Commercial & Residential Dumpster Cleaning System Flatbed Truck

Optional Upgrades

  • Hydro-Teck stainless steel surface cleaner 30” vacuum recovery – 50ft 2” hose with 150’ hose reel
  • Whisper Wash Maxima 36” Surface cleaner
  • Whisper Wash Mondo Force 48” Surface cleaner
  • Wastewater Filtration System 15 – stage – filters from 1,000 micron down to 5 microns (16ft flatbed Needed)
  • GPS Tracking Device
  • Aluminum Diamond Plate Flatbed | 16×8
  • Scheduling Routing System


  • 525 gallons clean water tank – 525 gallons holding tank for grey water (16ft flatbed Req. not inc. in price) PTO Driven tandem 14 GPM High speed hydraulic pump dumpster lifter – Electric remote controls Lifts 2|4|6|8|10-yard dumpsters & lifts 1 residential 30 to a 96-gallon bins
  • Aluminum side panels with doors 9ft x ft with open door alert sensor system
  • Stainless steel frame Lifetime Warranty-Hot water pressure washer at 24GPM-3500PS -Diesel engine 37HP
  • Trigger gun and spray nozzles 25ft retractable – Spring loaded with a 25ft hose for exterior cleaning of bins
  • Stainless steel hose reel with 100ft hose trigger gun – 36” lance for Pressure Washing
  • Motorized adjustable 3 stainless steel extreme 360 ̊spinning heads to accommodate different size dumpsters and residential bins
  • High resolution dual back up camera 7” split screen – Back up beeper – 2 front/2 rear comm. Amber & white strobe lights
  • Design your brand, company logo, graphic design & full truck / trailer wrap
  • Website Ecommerce & Routing Software (Free hosting 1styear / req.$85/each per month hosting after 1styear) Spare Parts Package
  • $1,500 Credit Towards Transportation, when using our transportation broker.

Contact us to learn more about any of these cleaning system trucks.

The New Power of Hino Trucks USA

Here’s the all new Hino L Series trucks, replacing the previous conventional lineup, now known as the L6 and L7. You’ll immediately see the new exterior design including a bolder front fascia and optional LED headlights.

 Open the door and you’ll be greeted with a re-engineered interior with high-end automotive grade finishes. It was built with commercial use durability and an eye towards increased functionality. A new steering wheel controls, and a large 7” LCD multi-information display. Also, more storage and increased leg room, safer and more comfortable.

 Speaking of safety, the new Hino L Series has integrated an entire suite of new safety systems. This ensure you and your cargo get where they need to be quickly and safely.

 The new L series is maximizing your business’s functionality with new wheelbase options, extended cab and crew cab configurations. No matter what your business needs, there’s a Hino L Series there to help you do more.

Proven Reliability

With nearly 40 years in production, the Cummins B6.7 TM is already the proven champion of medium duty fleet reliability.

 The EPA 2021 B6.7 builds on this legacy of reliability and durability while lowering the total cost of operation. It help to keep trucks on the road longer. New for EPA 2021, the B6.7 features upgrades that allow for extended engine maintenance intervals. Including longer oil drain intervals, more time between fuel filter changes and a completely maintenance free crankcase ventilation filter.

Driveline Components You can Trust.

Proven US made driveline components on a standard 34” frame powered by Cummins. Marry the efficiency, and durability of the Cummins engine to a first class selection of industry proven drivetrain components. Then, attach everything to an ultra clean, solid frame. The result? Great performance from components you know and trust.

Contact us to learn more about this new line of commercial trucks. With the most powerful, trusted and proven components in the US market.

Do You know Isuzu Trucks recommended service intervals?

To keep your Isuzu commercial vehicle running at optimal performance, Isuzu Trucks experts recommend servicing your truck every 8,000 km or 150 engine hours. See the detailed schedule below for more information.  

Request a service appointment today and let our experienced, skilled technicians take care of your Isuzu truck. Whether you need an oil change, fuel filter replaced, or DPF cleaning, we can help with all your service needs. We also recommend a fuel filter maintenance schedule to get optimal fuel usage. 

The Volvo VHD: Tough Trucks for the Tougher Jobs.

VOLVO VHD 300 Axle Back

Whether you need tight maneuverability for straight-truck applications like concrete pumpers and mixers or a bridge-law compliant wheelbase for an end-dump tractor, the VHD offers the versatility to meet your needs with available axle-forward and axle-back configurations.

Tough Inside and Out

The new VHD is designed to set a new standard for vocational trucks, and that includes driver environment. Volvo Truck’s latest interior enhancements are found throughout the VHD’s cab.


Our highly-trained uptime team manages service and schedules repairs 24/7, while our fleet management solutions provide unprecedented control over your operations.


Volvo’s commitment to safety protects your business by helping drivers avoid or minimize accidents, reducing cargo loss, downtime, and accident-related insurance costs.

Driver Productivity

The VHD offers redesigned working and living spaces, optimized to put the driver comfortably in command, maximizing productivity.

Fuel Efficiency

Innovative technology. Optimized power. Improved aerodynamics. Learn how the VHD helps you squeeze the most profit out of every drop of fuel.


This Daycab provides maximum maneuverability on the jobsite, available as straight-truck or tractor in various vocational applications: Roll-Off Trucks, Concrete Mixer Trucks, Crane Trucks, Dump Trucks, Mining/Quarry Trucks, Plow Trucks, Refuse Trucks, and more.

The Volvo VHD is available as straight-truck or tractor in various vocational applications: Roll-Off Trucks, Concrete Mixer Trucks, Crane Trucks, Dump Trucks, Mining/Quarry Trucks, Plow Trucks, Refuse Trucks, and more.

Engines: Volvo D11, 325-425 hp, 1,250-1,550 lb-ft. | Volvo D13, 405-500 hp, 1,450-1,850 hp lb-ft.

Transmissions: Volvo I-Shift for Severe Duty – 12 speed, Volvo I-Shift with Crawler Gears – 13, 14 speed, Alison 3000 RDS, 4000 RDS & 4500 RDS Series.

Tougher Made Smarter

The new VHD comes with Volvo Dynamic Steering (VDS), a revolutionary Volvo innovation that greatly improves performance on a job site and on the road. VDS dramatically reduces the driver’s steering effort on rough and tight job sites. The reduction of steering feedback from the road enables drivers to navigate with ease.

The VHD’s highly flexible body builder module is designed so the interface between the truck and body behaves reliably. It helps troubleshoot issues between the truck and body by communicating fault codes. 

The new Volvo VHD combines power and advanced technology, achieving the engineering team’s original goal—set a new standard for vocational trucks. With the new design, the VHD is now the best looking vocational vehicle available, while the innovations found throughout the truck make it much more than eye candy.

Contact one of the TruckMax specialists to learn more about the all new Volvo VHD.

The new Volvo VHD combines power and advanced technology, achieving the engineering team’s original goal with the new design.

Getting a Tax Deduction for Buying a commercial vehicle.

You can get a tax benefit from buying a new or “new to you” car or truck for your business by taking a section 179 deduction. This special deduction allows you to deduct a big part of the entire cost of the vehicle in the first year you use it if you are using it primarily for business purposes. 

A section 179 deduction is a special kind of tax deduction that businesses can take to reduce expenses. You can elect to take this deduction on the cost of certain types of business property. including business vehicles, instead of (or in addition to) recovering the cost by depreciating the property.

To qualify for a section 179 deduction for a business vehicle, it must be bought and put into service during the year in which you are applying for the section 179 deduction. Being placed in service means that a business asset is ready and available for specific use in a business or for the production of income.

In addition, the vehicle:

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section 179 commercial vehicle

Want to know the details?

The most important qualification for section 179 deduction purposes is business use. You can only take a section 179 deduction for vehicles used more than 50% of the time for business purposes. The deduction is limited to the amount of use and can’t be taken on personal use.

Section 179 deductions work like depreciation. The purpose of depreciation is to spread the expense (and tax deductions) of owning a business asset like a car or truck over the life of that asset.

Normally, depreciation is deducted as an expense to the business over the life of the equipment or vehicle. But a section 179 deduction allows you to take more of the expense of the purchase in the first year.

There are two limits on the amount you can elect to deduction under section 179.

Dollar Limits. The total amount you can take as section 179 deductions for most property (including vehicles) placed in service in a specific year can’t be more than $1 million. In other words, all section 179 deductions for all business property for a year can’t be greater than $1 million. The dollar amount is adjusted each year for inflation. There is also a “phase-out” limit of $2.5 million.

in addition to the general dollar limits, the maximum section 179 expense deduction for sport utility vehicles placed in service in tax years beginning in 2019 is $25,500, based on a specific IRS description of the vehicle type.

Business Income Limit. After you apply the dollar limit, the total cost you can deduct each year – including section 179 deductions – is limited to the taxable income from your business during that year. In other words, you can’t use a section 179 deduction to cause your business to have a loss. If you can’t take all or part of a section 179 deduction in one year, you can carry it over to the next year.

The calculation for this limit is complicated and it’s different for each business. See the instructions for IRS Publication 946 for type of vehicle and further details.

How to Take the Deduction

You or your tax preparer will need to complete IRS Form 4562 Depreciation and Amortization. Follow the instructions for Part I.

Key Requirements and Restrictions

Contact us to learn more about what your chances are by using Section 179 for your business.