Rent your next truck

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Big Wheels -

A NEW pro­gram al­lows op­er­a­tors to run Sca­nia trucks with­out buy­ing them.

The Swedish brand has launched the Truck Rental pro­gram, which en­ables op­er­a­tors to rent Sca­nia mod­els up to two years of age.

Sca­nia says it is the only in-house na­tional truck rental pro­gram in Aus­tralia.

It has just in­tro­duced the rental op­er­a­tion in Vic­to­ria, but plans to also roll it out in New South Wales and Queens­land in the next few months.

Sca­nia will of­fer a range of prime movers with sleeper cabs for short to medium-term leases. They will all fea­ture Euro 5 spec­i­fi­ca­tion en­gines.

Sca­nia says the rental agree­ments will be struc­tured to give cus­tomers op­ti­mum flex­i­bil­ity, with terms rang­ing from one to 24 months.

The rental fee will in­clude reg­is­tra­tion and na­tion­wide road­side as­sist.

That means cus­tomers only need to add fuel, driv­ers and in­surance cover.

Sca­nia de­nies the rental pro­gram is be­ing in­tro­duced to get rid of a sur­plus of un­sold trucks.

‘‘To the con­trary, we are or­der­ing trucks specif­i­cally for the rental pro­gram,’’ says Sca­nia Aus­tralia spokesman, Alexan­der Corne.

The man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Sca­nia Aus­tralia, Roger McCarthy, says the com­pany is re­spond­ing to the mar­ket.

‘‘Our mar­ket re­search tells us there is a clear de­mand for a pre­mium truck rental prod­uct di­rectly from a pre­mium truck man­u­fac­turer,’’ he says.

‘‘Sca­nia Truck Rental has been es­tab­lished for many years in key mar­kets over­seas, and we are con­fi­dent the con­cept will be at­trac­tive to many op­er­a­tors here in Aus­tralia.’’

McCarthy says the rental op­tion could help op­er­a­tors who might not want to make the com­mit­ment of buy­ing a new truck.

Sca­nia Truck Rental should prove at­trac­tive to op­er­a­tors who have a need for ex­pan­sion of their Prime Mover fleets to meet peak de­mand, as well as to those op­er­a­tors look­ing for long-term flex­i­bil­ity in their ve­hi­cle fleets, he says.

McCarthy says the Sca­nia truck rental pro­gram has kicked off suc­cess­fully.

In fact, a con­tract was se­cured for 12 Sca­nias within days of con­firm­ing the pro­gram.

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