What to Look for in a Trucking Lease Purchase Program

For many truck drivers, becoming an owner-operator is the gold standard in the trucking industry. Lease purchase programs are a great way to move toward that goal. If you’re considering a lease purchase program, always make sure to “read the fine print.” The details can be the difference between a life-changing experience and a massive headache. This article will cover what you need to know when looking for a great lease purchase program to take the next step in your trucking career.

Why Do Drivers Love Lease Purchase Programs?

A lease purchase program is one of the paths of least resistance to owning your own truck. If you’re not ready to buy a truck outright, a lease purchase can be a great option. At the end of your lease, you will own a truck while avoiding the large down payments when buying a truck directly. Monthly payments for a lease purchase program range from $300 – $1,200 per month, making the option accessible for most professional drivers. Because the program is through a carrier, you don’t need to establish an individual line of credit.

Choose Your Own Truck

Lease purchase programs are the first step to taking ownership of your trucking career. Part of that process is deciding which type of truck to purchase. The type of hauls you want to do will determine the truck that’s best for you. Choose a truck that fits your career direction and meets your personal equipment preferences.

As you navigate your options, make sure the lease purchase company has enough loads for you. You must get enough miles to support yourself, so only choose a program that can prove they have a sufficient number of loads for you.

Build Your Reputation

As an owner operator your most important asset becomes your reputation. Carrying freight for a lease purchase company sets the foundation for your reputation. You can start building your connections while working under the lease purchase agreement. By the time your own the truck, you’ll be able to apply for new contracts with confidence and a good name.

Enjoy the Perks

A great lease purchase program comes with service and maintenance benefits. Good companies will even keep a maintenance account for you. They may fully or partially cover the cost of preventive maintenance, training, and performance reporting. Ask about and read the fine print on the contract about maintenance costs and perks closely. If you are responsible for footing the maintenance costs on your own, plan on setting aside 15-25% of each paycheck to offset the cost.

Common Red Flags

If the lease purchase contract seems off, get a second opinion. Here are some common red flags you should look for:

  • Unreasonably high missed payment penalties
  • If the company is putting on the hard sell and pushing you to make a quick decision or won’t allow you to get a second opinion
  • It’s unclear if the company can provide you with enough miles
  • There’s a balloon payment at the end of the contract that will make you stay on with the same company instead of pursuing new opportunities

 Is a Lease Purchase Program Right for You?

A lease purchase program can be a great way to take the leap to become an operator. At the end of the day, it’s a very personal decision. The main thing you want to do when choosing the right company is making sure they’re transparent with you. Understand what you want going into it, and make sure the company checks your boxes. The program should be flexible. The company should allow you to talk to drivers that have completed or are in the program currently so you can get their opinion.

Discover how the Hill Bros. Lease Purchase Program works, and see if it’s right for you.

Driver Pay Increase!

Hill Bros is happy to announce the following changes to driver pay:

  • Over the road mileage pay drivers in our P2 program will see base pay increased by 3 cents per mile from .47 to .50 cents per mile.
  • Over the road mileage pay drivers in our P1 program will see base pay increased by 3 cents per mile from .42 to .45 cents per mile.

The above pay changes are effective immediately!

In addition to the above changes, due to high seasonal demand from our customers, we are increasing pay in the following incentive programs through January of 2021:

  • Productivity pay will be increased 2 cents per mile for all who qualify.
    • Currently, drivers who qualify, earn 2 cents per mile on all miles driven in the month following the month that they have earned the incentive.
    • Starting here in October, all who qualify in October will earn 4 cents productivity pay on the miles they run in November.
      • November qualifiers will earn 4cpm in December
      • December qualifiers will earn 4cpm in January of 2021
      • January qualifiers will earn 4cpm in February of 2021
  • Safety and Compliance incentive will be doubled from $50/month to $100/month.
    • Those who qualify for the incentive for the months October through January will earn $100 in each of those months.

Currently, the above productivity and safety incentives would revert back to their standard levels in February – 2 cents per mile for productivity and $50/month for safety and compliance.  As we approach January, we will evaluate our book of business and our ability to continue these incentives at these levels.

We value all of our drivers and will continue to evaluate our ability to increase pay to our drivers!

Please stay safe!

Hill Bros Way Award Winners!

The executive team wishes to recognize the following folks that were instrumental in the ELD project to move us to Transflo Laptops.  This effort was a large technology upgrade for Hill Bros that will enable a lot of future innovations to how we communicate with and share information with our drivers.  Since it impacted how we communicate with drivers every day it had a large amount of pressure to get it right!

Grow and Develop Award Winners

The following drivers volunteered to test the new ELD units and provided  hands on feedback to the rest of the team.  Each of these drivers will receive a one-time payment and a certificate in recognition of their efforts to “Grow and Develop”  themselves as well as Hill Bros!


Find a Way Award Winners

The following  Office folks received a Hill Bros Way Framed Certificate in recognition of their ability to “Find a Way” to work on the project and balance their regular tasks.  Thank you for your  commitment to Hill Bros!

Caren Smith


Ubon Udofia

Relentless about Improvement Award Winners

The following Office folks received a Hill Bros Way Framed Certificate in recognition for their ability to be “relentless about improvements”.  These folks were instrumental in getting the project completed.  Thank you for your  commitment to Hill Bros!


Ryan Hill

Michael Johnson

Kent Garman

Raul Soria

Troy Fulton

Caleb Anderson