Today is July 24, 2010, and my 45 days was up on July 12.
No check in the mail.
After copious phone calls, and unanswered messages left at payroll, I finally decided to call Ryan in leasing to try to help me find out what's up.
Ryan got back to me yesterday, and told me checks would be in the mail for the remaining amounts of money either Friday, or Monday, and I should see them next week.
I know I got zapped for a few things such as brakes (which the contract states must be at 50%) and shocks, which were the original ones on the truck. It rode like it was on sleds when I returned it. I'm sure there were a few other things also, but until I get the statement, I won't know for sure.
Still, my total monies walking away from one year at ATS total just under $9500.
The ATS lease program does provide a means for a driver to run a truck as a business, and eventually have it paid for. There's lots of guys doing it. Lots of guys have done it. But you will earn every single dime, and work harder for it than anywhere else. You will spend more time gone than necessary, because that's just the way it works. @terrylamar is the ONLY person I talked to the entire time at ATS that claims as much home time as he does. Even veteran drivers at ATS agreed with me that the company goes out of it's way to keep you gone.
Trucking does not have to be that way. A driver who lives close the ATS freight should be able to run through home and still profit, and try as I might, I could never do that. I'm not sure if my FM was the problem or not, but as many people that told me that's how the place works, I think it's probably an informal policy ATS has.
Again, if you have a work ethic, are fairly intelligent, and can spend time in a truck like nowhere else you can make it at ATS. But if you have young children that like to see you, stay away.