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What you need to know about becoming an owner-operator before your first purchase.

When it comes to understanding your trailer needs and building a successful life for yourself, it’s important to ask the right questions, talk to a trusted dealer, connect with people who have been in the industry for years, and learn from the experts.

We've collected some of our best tips from our 50 years of experience helping people like you head into their new journey of becoming an owner-operator and created this guide to:

  1. Get you thinking about the freight you're going to pull so you know what equipment can get the job done.
  2. Know what to consider when it comes to obvious and hidden costs of owning a trailer.
  3. Finding out about financing your new purchase and getting on the road.

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About CRTS

Locally owned and operated since 1971, CRTS, Inc. has risen from humble beginnings to one of the South’s largest and most respected dealerships. Specializing in semi-trailer sales, parts, service, financing and rentals, we have the experience and ability to provide you with the highest level of service possible in every facet of our organization. We have six locations covering North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia (under the name of Utility Trailer Sales of Virginia) with more than 115 team members who are dedicated to proudly serving the transportation industry.

At CRTS, we consistently have one of the largest inventories of New and Used semi-trailers in the region. If you are thinking of upgrading your current equipment, we are glad to work with you on trading in your trailers. Do you need a specialized trailer? We have access to the finest engineers in the industry to design and build a custom trailer to meet your exact specifications.

As this region’s leading independent semi-trailer dealership, we are proud to represent some of the top manufacturers in the industry, including:

  • Utility – Refrigerated Trailers, Dry Vans, Flatbeds, Tautliners
  • Peerless – Open Top Chip Trailers, Live Floor Trailers, Inwoods Chip Trailers
  • MAC – Dump Trailers, Refuse Transfer Trailers, Pneumatic Tanks, Aluminum Flatbeds
  • Trailstar – Dump Trailers
  • Wilson – Hopper Bottom Trailers, Conveyor Belt Trailers
  • Kentucky – Specialized Moving and Electronics Vans

CRTS offers service facilities with factory-trained technicians, the latest in tool and repair technologies, and we have the capability to perform any service task you may have, from routine maintenance to major wreck repairs. If you require professional painting services, our Ashland, VA location has a modern paint booth to accommodate you. We also stock an extensive inventory of parts for nearly every make and model of trailer on the roads today. Our parts experts will get you the right part for the job to keep your trailers running smoothly and safely.