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Meet the Thompson Family

May 4, 2022 David Thompson founded TEC Equipment in 1976. He built his business repairing and selling used trucks on a few simple ideas: teamwork, entrepreneurship and being customer-driven. David expanded the business in 1990 by purchasing a factory-owned Mack franchise in Portland, Oregon, then acquired the Volvo franchise four years later. In 1997 TEC…

TEC Equipment Expands to Three Midwestern States

Portland, Oregon – May 2, 2022 TEC Equipment, Inc., headquartered in Portland, Oregon, has purchased the Volvo franchise rights from North American Truck & Trailer in Omaha and Lexington, Nebraska; Sioux City, Iowa; and Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The acquisition also includes the rights for TEC to take over as Omaha’s Hino dealer in the…

Simplifying Semi Truck Financing

The decision to purchase a truck or trailer is a big one, and financing one can feel even bigger. But if you’ve never made a commercial purchase of that size, it can be pretty overwhelming. Finding the right equipment can seem like a breeze once you dig into obtaining financing and get flooded with banking…

How to Buy a Used Semi Truck - Securing The Best Deal

Our Top Tips for Buying the Right Used Semi Truck In this guide you will find information on: How to Choose a Used Semi TruckHow to Find a Used Semi Truck For SaleWhat is the Best Used Semi Truck to Buy Whether you’re a company driver looking to start out on your own, or a…

Meet Greg Beman, Seattle's Top Mack Expert

If you’ve purchased a Mack truck in the Seattle area in the last 30 years, you’ve probably met Greg Beman. But you may not have had a chance to get to know him and his history.   Straight out of high school, Greg took the route of many young men at the time and joined the…

Jubitz Truck Stop

The Best Truck Stops in the West and Beyond

When you’re on the road, there are just a few things you want: no traffic, good weather and a smooth ride. But when you need a break, you want a top-notch truck stop along your route. With 28 locations across the west and customers near and far, our team knows a few things about the…

Meet Merril South, TEC's Most Tenured TEChnician

One of the longest tenured employees at TEC, second only to founder and CEO David Thompson himself, is Merril South. He joined TEC at 20 years old. Before TEC was even a Mack or Volvo dealer, Merril was part of the team, repairing trucks and supporting TEC customers. Merril has spent his life around trucks….

7 Tips to Keep Drivers Happier on the Road

September 14th, 2021 Trucking is a hard job, and no one knows that better than truck drivers. Spending the time and effort to make the work easier has one major benefit: driver retention. And with drivers in the shortest supply the industry has seen in years, keeping drivers saves time and money. The research is…

TEC Equipment - Fontana Named First Volvo EV Certified Dealer

TEC Equipment – Fontana just earned the designation of the first Volvo EV Certified Dealer in North America and is excited to help customers introduce electric vehicles into their fleets.  “We’re proud to continue our partnership with Volvo Trucks and to have our Fontana location be the first to achieve the Volvo EV Certified Dealer…

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Tips for Better Semi Truck Fuel Efficiency

July 13, 2021 Have you seen your fuel costs climbing? As global shipping reaches new heights while diesel stockpiles run low, diesel prices are booming. Diesel hit $3.30 per gallon in the final week of June, the ninth consecutive week of increases, according to the Energy Information Administration. With diesel now 87 cents more than…

The Inventory Shortage and How to Manage It

If you’ve tried to purchase a new truck or trailer, or even some replacement parts, in the last few months, you know that supply is tight. Unfortunately, nearly every industry expert we’ve talked to predicts that this shortage will last at least until 2022.  First, let’s take a look back at how we got here….

Volvo VAH 630 Car Hauler

5 Safety Tips for Drivers of Car Haulers

Preventative maintenance. It hangs over all our heads and applies to nearly everything we have. As annoying as it may be, it’s also the easiest and least expensive way to make your car hauler last longer. A little bit of work every week is better for you, your hydraulics system and your bottom line than…

Choosing a Mack Engine for Your Truck

Which Mack engine do you need? If that’s a hard question, don’t worry, we’ll explain the differences between each option and help you choose which is the right option for your truck. While the engines may all seem very similar, they do have some important differences that impact cost, performance and success. The first option…