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Canada’s busy trucking industry shows no sign of slowing down, and with new drivers and trucks needed all the time, much interest is focused on the purchase of new vehicles – by both owner-operators and large businesses hoping to expand their fleet. International Trucks is one of the largest truck brands in the world and a popular choice among Canadians who need heavy-duty and medium-duty vehicles in a range of industries.
Buying a new truck is not cheap, and the majority of people will need financing to secure their purchase. At Smarter Loans, we work with local International truck dealers and some of the best truck financing companies in the country, to help you find the truck you need, and afford it.
Below you will see a list of top financing companies that specialize in International truck financing, as well as their rates and other information. You can choose to apply directly with one of these lenders by clicking Apply Now next to the company name. Or, if you need some extra help, either choosing your lender or finding the right truck, you can apply to get pre-approved for financing. Our experts will help you to assess your needs and financial circumstances, to ensure you are connected with a dealer and lender that’s right for you.
We can help connect you with the top International truck and trailer financing providers in Canada.
International Trucks, its owners and subsidiaries, have been known by a few different names over the years – International Harvester, Navistar International, Case IH. Importantly though, the heavy-duty trucking arm is known consistently as International Trucks, and trucks have been manufactured under this name since 1902. The company is based in Illinois and produces trucks in multiple locations, including the U.S. and Canada, and distributes to a worldwide audience. International trucks currently account for 11% of the North American trucking market.
International trucks are available in three major categories: medium-duty, heavy-duty and severe-duty. There are currently a few different series and model types that fall within these categories, and an almost endless combination of cab and engine choices:
|Series||Type||Available Models||Engine Options||Cab Options|
|CV||Medium-Duty||CV515||International 6.6||Day Cab
|LoneStar||Heavy- Duty||132in BBC||Cummins X15||Day Cab
Day Cab w/ Roof Fairing
56" Low Roof Sleeper
56" Hi-Rise Sleeper with Roof Fairing
56" Hi-Rise Sleeper
73" Hi-Rise Sleeper
73" Sky-Rise Sleeper
|LT||125in BBC||International A26
|RH||113in BBC||International A26|
Crew Cab (no sleepers)
Cummins X15 15L
The broad range of International trucks means that different models can be found across many industries in Canada, from construction sites to oil fields. Here are a couple of the more common models:
The ProStar is a versatile, heavy-duty truck that can be adapted to long-haul, heavy-haul, tanker and local tasks. It offers improved aerodynamics and drivetrain optimization for better fuel efficiency, a heavy-duty frame for stability, a powerful engine, hydraulic clutch, and surprisingly good manoeuvrability given its size. There are four axle configurations to choose from, and integrated safety features. All of this combines to make ProStar an obvious choice for Canadian long-haul drivers, especially those hoping to save on fuel costs.
There are four models in the severe-duty HX range, all of which are popular choices in Canada’s construction industry. The HX trucks are commonly used for general construction, heavy-haul, mixing, winching, craning and other similarly hard-wearing tasks, and with a sturdy build and enhanced maneuverability, they are adaptable to difficult or confined sites. There are three available transmissions, two engines (the Cummins X15 and the International A26), and four different configurations to choose from, with both set-forward and set-back axles available. This series also offers the industry’s only 3.5 million RBM 0.5in huck-bolted single rail frame.
International has nearly 1,000 dealers across the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Brazil, and with so many official dealerships to choose from, finding one near you should not be a problem. You can find your nearest International dealer here. These official dealerships are often the best place to start when you’re looking for a new International truck, as they will stock the full range of models, engines and customizations.
Other dealerships may have International trucks available, although their stock will vary. And there are also online marketplaces where you can find both new and used International trucks for sale. These allow you to search multiple locations to find exactly what you need, which is especially useful if you have a specific model in mind.
International trucks are known for being on the cheaper end of the spectrum, so many might automatically opt for buying new as an ultimately more cost-effective route than pre-owned. But while it is true that new vehicles have generally lower ongoing maintenance costs, don’t discount the many bargains that can be found in the used market. The savings you can find here might offset the higher operational costs. Do your research, and calculate your maximum affordable outgoings for repairs and maintenance. This could be the deciding factor between a new vehicle that costs more upfront, but comes with a service plan, and an initially cheaper used vehicle.
When contemplating a new International truck for your business, cost is probably your primary concern. Most will need financing in place before completing their purchase. Some people rely on the dealer they are buying from to access financing, but there are other options. You can search online to find the most attractive financing rates, a lender that suits you, and even to get pre-approved for a loan. But whichever route you choose, make sure you factor in your complete financial situation before committing to any loan.
One of International Truck’s primary selling points is its patented Diamond Logic technology, which equips operators with 200 safety and efficiency features and an onboard system that can be programmed by the driver to suit their particular needs. This system allows for onboard diagnostics, automated safety locks, automated headlights, intelligent adaptive safety measures for hazardous conditions, and more. No other major brand offers a customizable operating system of this kind.
The cost of an International truck varies by model, type, engine, and so on. Obviously the higher spec trucks with more customizations will cost more. New vehicles in the HX series start from around $180,000. Long-haul models, for example those in the LT range, start at around $200,000. Used vehicles are also available, in both current models and out-of-production models, and these can be found for as little as $30,000 for 10+ year old trucks. A five year old ProStar can be found for around $50,000.
Obtaining financing starts with finding a lender whose eligibility requirements you meet. Every lender will have different requirements, though in general they relate to financial position and credit score. Once you have found a lender, you must complete their required paperwork, submit it, and then wait to be approved for your loan. An alternative to this route is to pre-apply for loan approval online; this can mean you ensure approval and gain access to the best rates through online lenders, rather than relying solely on traditional brick-and-mortar institutions.
International trucks offer engines from the International range and from Cummins. The current offerings are: International A26, International 6.6, Cummins L9, Cummins X15, and Cummins B6.7.
International trucks are made across the world, and the company has major operations in six different countries. Canada’s vehicles are manufactured in Burlington, Ontario.
Navistar International Corporation owns and runs the International brands of trucks, engines and chassis. The company is headquartered in Illinois and employs 13,000 people worldwide.
A great place to get your International truck serviced is at your local authorized International dealership. Official dealers will have ready access to any parts you may need. They will also have International experts available to work on your truck. You may also find service options at other truck dealers and parts suppliers, though there might sometimes be a delay if a part needs ordering in.
Operational costs for most truck types are fairly uniform; the range is between $150,000 and $190,000 a year, for those truckers who cover 190,000km or more per year. The breakdown is as follows, shown as a share of per mile operating costs: