Trade Secrets

Trade Tip #1

The dirt service road of an oil well can be driven on by all types of trade trucks.  Thus, you can use them as a bypass to the main streets.  In the image below, you can see alloy and computer trade trucks using the dirt paths as a shortcut when getting around the city.


Trade Tip #2

If you have a trade depot or trade port that has everything set on export, you don't need the garages. Go ahead and demolish them or turn them off.  The delivery trucks for exported items come from the global marketplace.

Trade Tip #3

Trade trucks are bugged and occasionally will disappear for no good reason. If you notice that your imports are not coming in or exports are languishing in the depots, it's a good idea to demolish all of your garages on the trade depot/trade ports and reconstructing them.  That will "reset" you back to normal and the trucks will start shipping again.

7 comments:

  1. This is the best idea ever. In all of space and time. Time, by the way is actually, Wibbily Wobboly Timey Wimey Stuff. Kudos if you get the reference.

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    1. Reference is to the Doctor..... Tennant revision to be precise!!! Regards Redwazza

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  2. For Tip #1, I highly recommend getting the two following mods by Oppie. They allow you to build service roads and pedestrian paths without having to build an Oil Well or University.

    http://community.simtropolis.com/files/file/28633-university-pedestrian-paths-in-the-roads-menu/
    http://community.simtropolis.com/files/file/28634-oil-well-service-road-in-roads-menu/

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  3. Also as oil service roads cannot be bridged or tunnelled a good workaround is to create the bridge in dirt road or a tunnel with low density road and connect to the service road.

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  4. Useful practical tips, as ever! Thnx

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  5. I don't know if it's a bug. I'm trying to gain as much profit as I can from petroleum so I can get a commerce division and get all the benefits throughout my region. I've added lots of trade depots and extra oil jacks but my profits are stuck on $99 000, despite me adding more trading depots and storage lots. Any advice to what I could do?

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    1. If you need to upgrade your HQ, just stop exporting for a while. Keep producing oil, but let it fill up your trade ports by setting them to Use Locally. Once they're full, export it all at once. You'll hit the number fairly easy that way.

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