Buying a commercial vehicle: pros and cons
Buying a new or used commercial vehicle to better meet the demands of your business? Great, this probably means it’s growing, but if it’s your first time shopping for a commercial vehicle, the process can be a bit intimidating. While similar to buying a regular car, buying a commercial truck requires slightly different considerations. If you want to know the dos and don’ts of commercial car buying, you’ve come to the right place! Read on and be sure to follow these tips so you can get the ideal commercial vehicle for your business.
The advantages of buying a commercial vehicle
Consider your needs
What will your truck or van be used for? If you are a landscaper, you may want a truck with an open back so the plants don’t get crushed during transport. If you have a moving company, you may prefer a closed-back truck so valuables are not exposed to the elements. Decide what you need before you go to the commercial vehicle dealership so you know exactly what to order once you arrive.
Think about fuel costs
The bigger it goes, the higher the cost of fuel. With gas prices still high, it is important to think about this before purchasing your commercial truck. Also, many larger trucks run on diesel fuel, which is not the same price as regular grade gasoline. You will have to consider whether the cost of fuel will be offset by the higher profit potential of your new commercial vehicle.
Remember driving ratings
Some commercial vehicles require a CDL (commercial driver’s license) to operate. If you are hauling heavy goods or your new vehicle will be large, you may need a commercial driver’s license to drive it. Consider whether you and / or your employees have a commercial driver’s license or can obtain one.
What not to do when buying a commercial vehicle
Don’t go unprepared
You should make every effort to go to your local commercial vehicle dealer informed of what you want, as well as nearby comparable prices. Visit the dealer’s website for prices and also look at other dealers. If another dealer has a lower price than you prefer, they may work with you to come up with a price that agrees with both of you.
Don’t ignore used vehicles
A used commercial truck can still meet your needs effectively and will most likely save you money. If there is a model that is too expensive for your budget, consider buying it used. You can still get what you want and you will probably get a lot of life out of the vehicle. If you are nervous about buying used, ask if you can take the truck to a mechanic who can give you an unbiased opinion on its condition.
Don’t forget about custom options
Just like a regular car, you can customize your commercial vehicle to suit your needs! Many commercial trucks come in different lengths so you can choose what works best for you, and you can also add extras like a backup alarm. Ask your commercial vehicle dealer what they have available so you can get the perfect truck for your business.
Now that you know the dos and don’ts of buying a commercial truck, you can get a vehicle that will help you get your business where you want it to go!