Buying a Commercial Vehicle: Dos and Don’ts

Are you buying a new or used commercial vehicle to better meet the demands of your business? Great – this most likely means you’re growing – but if this is your first time purchasing a commercial vehicle the process can be a little intimidating. While similar to buying a regular car, buying a commercial truck requires slightly different considerations. If you want to know the do and don’ts of commercial car buying, you’ve come to the right place! Read on and make sure you follow these tips so you can get the ideal commercial vehicle for your business.

The Dos of Buying a Commercial Vehicle

Do consider your needs

What will your truck or van be used for? If you’re a landscaper, you might want an open-backed truck so plants aren’t crushed during transport. If you run a moving company, you might prefer a truck with an enclosed back so valuables aren’t exposed to the elements. Decide what you need before you go to the commercial vehicle dealer so you know exactly what to ask for once you arrive.

Do think about fuel costs

The bigger you go, the higher the fuel cost. With gas prices still high, this is important to think about before you purchase your commercial truck. In addition, many larger trucks run on diesel fuel which is not the same price as regular grade gasoline. You’ll have to consider whether the cost of fuel will be balanced out by the increased profit potential of your new commercial vehicle.

Do remember driving qualifications

Some commercial vehicles require a CDL (commercial driver’s license) to operate. If you will be transporting heavy goods or your new vehicle will be large, you may need a CDL to drive it. Take into account whether you and/or your employees have a CDL or are able to get one.

The Don’ts of Buying a Commercial Vehicle

Don’t go unprepared

You should do your best to go to your local commercial vehicle dealer educated about what you want, as well as comparable prices nearby. Check out the dealer’s website to see prices and look at other dealers too. If another dealer has a lower price than your preferred one, it is possible they will work with you to come up a price that is agreeable to both of you.

Don’t ignore used vehicles

A used commercial truck can still effectively meet your needs – and will most likely save you money. If there is a model that’s 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’re 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 meet your needs! Many commercial trucks come in different lengths so you can choose what works best for you, and you can also add in extras such as a backup alarm. Ask your commercial vehicle dealer what’s available to you so you can get the perfect truck for your business.

Now that you know the do and don’ts of buying a commercial truck, you can get a vehicle that will help take your business where you want it to go!

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