Keep Your Truck on the Road for Longer


Your truck is so much more than just a car. It’s your mobile office. It also serves as your day-to-day workhorse, shuttling you to and from various work sites and to meetings with clients where you need to make a good first impression. Maintaining your truck is important to ensure that it retains its look and value over time. This will also make the vehicle run reliably for as long as possible, thus increasing the value of your investment.

Here are some useful tips to maintain your truck and keep it on the road for longer.

Refer to Your Owner’s Manual or Manufacturer

Everything you need to know about keeping your truck on the road for longer is in the owner’s manual. From maintaining optimal fluid levels, to cleaning the vehicle, to maintenance checklists – it’s all in that book. Make good use of it.

Follow Your Truck’s Maintenance Schedule

Your truck has a recommended maintenance schedule detailing when and how to perform specific maintenance tasks and replacement of certain parts of the vehicle based upon its mileage and age. Find it and follow it. This will help to keep your truck running at its best by ensuring that you provide it with exactly what it needs, when it needs it. Don’t forget to note down any maintenance or repair jobs you perform on the vehicle on the logbook.

Have Your Truck Inspected On a Regular Basis

Routine inspections carried out by truck experts will keep your vehicle on the road for longer. Trained truck mechanics have the knowledge needed to perform specialist checks. They can give your truck a “doctor’s check-up”, comprehensively analyzing various systems, parts and components for issues. These professionals will be able to spot any potential problems early, helping keep you safe and truck running longer.

Change Your Truck’s Oil

To ensure a long life for your truck, don’t ever miss an oil change. Check your owner’s manual for the manufacturer’s recommendations for how often you should change your oil.

Rotate Your Truck’s Tyres

Rotating your tyres on a regular basis can help improve their performance and life expectancy. It helps ensure an even wear – because different driving conditions make tyres wear unevenly over time. It is recommended that you rotate your tyres every time you do an oil change.

Ensure Your Tyres Are Balanced

In addition to rotating your tyres, you should ensure the wheels are balanced. Well balanced tyres have their weight equally distributed around the axle. But pot holes, bumps and off-road missions can make them to become unbalanced, leading to problems such as vibrations, increased wear on your vehicle’s suspension and uneven wear on the tyres.

Make Sure the Wheels Are Properly Aligned

As well as rotating and balancing your tyres, you need to have them aligned. Rough road surfaces often cause tyres to become misaligned. This can lead to poor handling, low gas mileage and increased wear and tear on tyres. Having your tyres aligned will reduce these problems.

Check the lights

Inspect your truck daily and make sure your lights are in good working order. This will ensure you that you don’t get involved in an accident as a result of faulty lights.

Maintaining Your Truck’s Fluids

To keep your truck running smoothly and for longer, it’s important to check fluid levels regularly and ensure they are well maintained. Consult your owner’s manual for your truck’s specific needs.

Change Air Filter

Replace your air filter every 15,000 – 30,000 miles (check your vehicle’s manual) with a new, clean unit to boost the efficiency, performance and longevity of your truck’s engine.

Understand Driving Conditions

Evaluate your driving conditions and the level of wear and tear being experienced by your vehicle and determine the exact kind of maintenance needed. Talk to your mechanic about the best way to maintain your truck taking into account your specific driving conditions.

Avoid Overloading Your Truck

Ovoid overloading and keep your load evenly secured and spread across your truck’s bed to reduce pull. Exceeding your truck’s maximum permissible weight carries huge risk not only in terms of fines, but also in terms of damage it causes to your vehicle and the danger it poses to pedestrians and other motorists on the road.

So don’t use your truck when moving extremely heavy cargo or bulky or odd-shaped loads. Engage a truck hire NZ service, instead. Truck rental NZ providers have a variety of specialised heavy haulage transport vehicles that makes it easy, convenient and safe to move heavy cargo. They can also provide you with experienced professionals, including drivers, who can assist you to transport your heavy or awkward sized cargo.

Harris Transport – Safe And Affordable Transport Services All Over New Zealand

Don’t ruin your truck by attempting to transport over-sized, awkward or odd load with it. Just call the experts – We offer trucks, equipment and trained crane trucks NZ specialist designed to help you get your cargo from point A to point B in the quickest and safest way possible. Our truck hire NZ options include: an 8-wheeler hiab truck, Freightliner Argosy heavy hauler, 8-wheeler rigid Mitsubishi Shogun grabber truck, and a 4-axle flat deck trailer. That means whatever the size or shape of your cargo, we have the right truck rental NZ services, including crane truck, hi ab truck, equipment and trained drivers, you help you move your goods safely and in a cost effective manner. Contact us today.

The Basics of Relocating Overseas


Moving abroad is definitely not an easy thing to do, especially when crossing continents such as moving from Europe to New Zealand. Relocating overseas is a tedious process that requires thorough preparation. In order to stay on top of this endeavour and ensure a smooth relocating experience, there are some basic aspects you need to keep in mind.

Here are the basics of relocating overseas.

1. Finances

For starters, you won’t be moving very far if you don’t have the necessary savings or financial stability to back your plans. Even though you might think that relocating overseas might be better for you financially, the naked truth is that there are certain factors that can make expatriation a much more expensive option.

You will initially spend much more in the first few months when you are setting up your home and learning the area. If your company isn’t providing accommodation, be aware that in some countries they expect you to pay three months’ rent plus a deposit upfront, whereas in others one months’ rent plus a deposit is acceptable. In New Zealand rent is paid weekly and usually the landlord requires two weeks’ rent and a deposit of another two weeks. However, quality and price varies considerably and it is therefore a wise decision to have some money put aside for unexpected expenses on top of your budget until you are paid.

Moreover, you will need to adapt to the new way of life and that can take a while: it is not just a case of culture but also small things that you would otherwise not expect to be different, such as bill payments, immigration registration, etc. To top it all, you need to start looking for a job and it might take a while until you find one. You need to have enough finances to live until you find your dream job in New Zealand. This makes finances an important aspect of your relocation process that should not be avoided.

2. Location

In addition to finances, you need to find the right location in New Zealand to move into. In case you are sent by your own company, they should probably send you to a specific location and they may even have accommodation already set up. If you can choose your own place to live, ask someone who has lived in New Zealand which places have a good reputation and which are best avoided. As a western expat, moving to New Zealand might prove one of the best experiences of your life, especially if you love nature and you want to live in a friendly, active environment.

3. Work Options

Another basic aspect of relocating overseas has to deal with the work options available to you. You should have at least two or three work opportunities lined up for you. Whatever your experience, it is imperative to familiarize yourself with the working environment in New Zealand and to have some basic knowledge about the employment industry in your target city. New Zealand has lists for occupations where there are skill shortages and identified areas of future growth. If your occupation is on one of these lists, it greatly increases your chances of being granted a work visa or even residency.

4. Truck Rental NZ Options

Lastly, you have to be aware of the options available for truck hire in NZ. If you relocate to New Zealand and you want to bring your car with you or other voluminous goods, you might want to consider working with an experienced company offering truck rental services.

Harris Transport offers the best truck rental and transportation services in all New Zealand. With a large fleet of transportation vehicles, we cater to all the needs of expats, whether residential or commercial. Even though we are a family operated business, our clients include some of the biggest companies in the country.

We are proud to be members of some of the most prestigious institutions and affiliate groups in the country, including the National Fire Protection Association, the Heavy Haulage Association of New Zealand and many other smaller organisations.

Harris Transport Group is also partnered with Manurewa Recycling Ltd who are a well-known NZ owned scrap metal and recycling company to give you ‘Cash for Scrap’. Manurewa recycling provide a high level of customer service whether you are enquiring as a trade or a public customer. They recycle non-ferrous and ferrous metals.

With us, relocating overseas becomes less of a burden. Contact Harris Transport today and get a free quote for your transportation needs.

Truck Hire with Harris Transport Group


Need help with truck and mobile crane hire? Harris Transport Group, New Zealand (NZ) is a truck hire company based in Auckland that serves the whole of New Zealand. As a small family owned company we provide a fast, friendly and reliable service. Grant Harris (owner of Harris Transport Group) has partnered with Dave Ewen of Transport Engineering Specialist Services to bring you a combined 30 years of experience in transport and truck rental NZ wide.

We guarantee to provide a high quality service at a competitive price. We can pick up and deliver door to door using our team of qualified and experienced Hiab drivers. For safety, all drivers are trained in best practice for safe loading, load security and risk management.

Mobile Cranes NZ

The ‘Fleet’ consists of Hiab trucks, specialised grapple grabber trucks (self-loader) and even certified pilots should they be required depending on your load dimensions.

Volvo FL12 8-wheeler Hiab Truck Hire NZ Information

A rigid 8-wheeler with a rear-mounted 12 metre reach Palfinger capable of lifting from 1.5 tonne when fully extended up to 7.5 tonne close in. The flat deck area is a roomy 6.7m x 2.48m providing ample room for all sorts of loads, including 20 foot containers.

The flat area can be utilised for precast concrete slabs/blocks, house trusses/frames, palletised timber, shipping containers, mobile homes, temporary office units, sleep-outs etc. Our trucks are supplied with lifting chains and straps to secure any load safely.


  • 8 wheeler rigid truck
  • 12 metre reach Palfinger
  • 6.7m x 2.48m flat deck
  • 1.5 to 7.5 tonne lift capability (depending on reach)

Mitsubishi Shogan Grabber Truck Hire NZ

The Mitsubishi is an 8 wheeled rigid truck with a grapple claw grabber that has a 9 metre reach. The claw is multi-use and can pick up almost anything from cars, scrap metal, house demolition waste to rocks and other large general waste.


  • 8 wheeler rigid truck
  • 9 metre reach claw
  • grapple claw grabber

Pilot Vehicle Hire

If your intended load will be over dimensions for safe road transportation, you will need the services of a pilot vehicle. This can be arranged easily with our partner company (Transport Engineering Specialist Services) when you book your truck rental in NZ. We have three Class 2 vehicles available and can offer a route survey prior to transportation, along with CB radio and hand-held devices if required for on-road communication. For peace of mind all pilot vehicles are the latest models for reliability. We are also a member of the Heavy Haulage Association of New Zealand.


There is a basic list of costs on our website: and a PDF you can download. For a comprehensive list or quote contact us with your requirements and we will give you a breakdown. We charge by the hour, with charges for a pilot vehicle starting at $55 per hour (not inclusive of GST) and our trucks at $140 per hour.