Purchasing a Ground Route

Discussion in 'FedEx Discussions' started by Boxmover, Jun 26, 2013.

  1. Boxmover

    Boxmover New Member

    I am debating purchasing a small ground route that has 4 pick ups and 1 line haul per day. The route already has a driver. The truck is old with a million miles. What are some things I should look out for, other than the old truck?

    i am new to this forum, first time poster.

  2. thedownhillEXPRESS

    thedownhillEXPRESS Well-Known Member

    I would start by looking into the guy trying to sell you a route and a truck with a million miles on it.

    Then browse through the "Ground is a scam" threads and some others that fancy your interest to get an idea of what you are up against.

    BBSam is a very "pro" ground contractor.

    Nick (with some number after his name) is a very anti ground contractor.

    Play them off each other.

    I would personally rather invest in a port a Jon business instead of Ground.
  3. CJinx

    CJinx Well-Known Member

    A good investment; everybody poops. As long as you don't mind having to take everyone's crap.

  4. STFXG

    STFXG Well-Known Member

    Sounds like a step up from what he's taking from Fred...
  5. Boxmover

    Boxmover New Member

    Who or what is "Fred"
  6. Cactus

    Cactus Just telling it like it is

    Oh boy... better look into a different business opportunity. I'd hate to see you walking into this blind.
  7. Boxmover

    Boxmover New Member

    can you explain upon this?
  8. Boxmover

    Boxmover New Member

    Thats why I'm on here trying to learn. Any help or information would be greatly appreciated.
  9. STFXG

    STFXG Well-Known Member

    Learn about the company you want to partner with. Then learn about the company you want to buy. Do your research and then come with specific questions. If you haven't heard of Fred Smith then you haven't even started. Good luck.
  10. STFXG

    STFXG Well-Known Member

    Or just pm Northbound He's the only line haul contractor around here. :)
  11. Boxmover

    Boxmover New Member

    Thanks for the response. I guess one of my concerns is the ISP model change. The guy selling the route is classified as PSA. Also, I've read in certain places that FedEx requires an owner to own multiple routes. I was told by the owner of this route that is not the case. He only owns this route?????
  12. Boxmover

    Boxmover New Member

    ​Tahnks, I'll do that immediately. :)
  13. sjh

    sjh Member

    Wait, is this a Linehaul route, or is it a Ground route? I don't think Linehaul has requirements for owning more than one route. But I'm fairly clueless in that area. Ground "technically" requires it, but there are ways around it (forming an LLC with other single-route owners). We know plenty in our terminal who do that.

    Also, there is a requirement that you must have a year of driving the same size truck (or tractor) as you will be driving within the past three years. Have you? And I might be concerned with the truck. Is it old, or just have a lot of mileage? Whose engine is inside?

    There are a lot of questions to be asked, so if you just heard this could be a good venture but haven't looked at numbers personally, you'll get screwed so fast.
  14. Boxmover

    Boxmover New Member

    The route has 4 pickups and 1 linehaul per day. Averages 350-400 miles a day.