Should I Lease Or Buy A New Spotter Truck?

Jun 27, 2024

Warehousing, distribution, ports, and railyards operations are an integral part of any supply chain, and the efficiency of these operations can greatly impact overall productivity and profitability. One crucial aspect of warehouse operations is the use of terminal tractors, also known as yard trucks or spotter trucks, which are specifically designed for moving trailers and containers within the warehouse premises.

When it comes to acquiring spotter trucks, businesses have two options: leasing or buying. Let’s explore the key benefits of both leasing and buying spotter trucks for these operations.

Why You Should Lease A New Spotter Truck


Leasing a terminal tractor allows businesses to avoid the upfront costs associated with purchasing a new vehicle. Instead, they can make fixed monthly payments, which are often lower than loan payments, enabling better cash flow management. Turbo can craft a leasing plan to meet your requirements.


Leasing provides businesses with the flexibility to upgrade or change their spotter trucks as their needs evolve. This allows them to stay updated with the latest technology and industry standards without the hassle of selling or disposing of outdated equipment.

Maintenance and Repairs

When leasing a terminal tractor, the responsibility for maintenance and repairs often lies with the leasing company. This eliminates the need for businesses to allocate additional resources for servicing and ensures that the equipment is always in optimal condition. Our Turbo Service Solutions program will keep your spotter truck running efficiently.

Tax Benefits

Lease payments for terminal tractors are typically tax-deductible as operating expenses, providing businesses with potential tax advantages. Consultation with a tax professional is recommended to fully understand the specific benefits applicable to each business.

Why You Should Buy A New Spotter Truck

Long-term Investment

Purchasing a terminal tractor allows businesses to own the equipment outright, providing long-term value and potential cost savings over time. Once the vehicle is fully paid off, there are no more monthly payments, resulting in reduced operational expenses. If purchasing a terminal tractor is best for you, Turbo has an inventory of used terminal tractors for sale.


Buying a spotter truck gives businesses the freedom to customize the vehicle according to their specific requirements. This includes features such as specialized attachments, safety enhancements, and branding options, enabling a tailored solution for warehouse operations.

Asset Appreciation

Unlike leased equipment, purchased spotter trucks can appreciate in value over time. This can be advantageous if the business decides to sell or trade in the vehicle in the future, potentially recouping a portion of the initial investment.

Operational Control

Owning spotter trucks provides businesses with complete control over their usage, scheduling, and maintenance. This level of control allows for greater operational efficiency and the ability to adapt to changing demands without any restrictions imposed by a leasing agreement.

Let Us Know How We Can Help

Whether you lease or buy a terminal tractor, Turbo has customized leasing plans to meet your needs and a supply of used terminal tractors from which to choose. Call 844-468-8726.