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“Challenging.” That seems to the fashionable description for the tough economic times in which we find ourselves. Capital budgets are being cut to the bone – and then trimmed some more.

That’s where our sister website,'s series of free Buyers’ Guideswill come in handy to road haulage businesses.

Cutting a route through the purchasing jungle to find the shortest path to the wisest buys the independent Buyers’ Guides cover all topics - from AdBlue to yard counterbalance trucks, with more to come throughout the year. The aim? To give you the expert information and case studies on products and services that underpin your business...before you spend a penny.

While the Buyers’ Guides won’t teach a granny how to suck eggs, so to speak, they do take an impartial, analytical and objective approach to the task of buying. Where necessary, the Commercial Motor Buyers’ Guides pay heed to the rules that so often impact on what hauliers do and what we buy, be it choosing the right engine oils, cutting costs on driver uniforms or analysing tachographs.’s free Buyers’ Guides are not about brands. They don’t aim to conclude that brand X is better than brand Y. That choice is too heavily influenced by factors such as individual circumstances, local suppliers, business relationships and, of course, prices quoted on the day.

They summarise the essential characteristics of the types of products or services that are available, highlighting pros and cons and concluding where there are likely to work best. Then it’s down to you to provide the local commercial input to find the best fit for your business.

There is no commercial influence or bias. Where appropriate and whenever possible realistic market prices and quoted along with commentary on value for money or apparent shortcomings of products or services.

There will be a regular flow of new free Buyers’ Guides throughout the year. The first topics to be tackled over the coming month or so include:

Can you afford to miss out? Visit our sister site today and access the free Buyers’ Guides.