“You can’t buy happiness but you can buy a truck, and that’s pretty close.” – Unknown
That sums it up for business owners who rely on trucks and vans.
Purchasing custom truck bodies can be a positive venture that changes the way companies do business. But it’s no small acquisition.
Investing in a new commercial truck body is like a hurdling a financial Goliath. Even the smallest of truck bodies could cost a buyer thousands of dollars.
Customized truck bodies are used for different lines of business–construction, farming, and military. So, it’s important for buyers to ask the right questions to make sure they’re making the right investment.
Here’s everything you need to know about buying custom truck bodies.
How Much Are You Willing to Spend?
Depending on the size of your business, you must decide how much of your company’s budget you are willing to use on the purchase of a custom truck body.
Customized trucks range in price based on the model, the year, and its condition.
Consult a qualified chassis dealer with knowledge of custom trucks. He or she will be able to analyze your company’s budget and help find an affordable match that will pay off in the future.
What is it Being Used For?
Invest in a customized vehicle that suits your companies business needs.
A customized truck body is a truck that’s been modified from the original manufacturer.
So, if your business pertains to the towing industry, it would be wise to purchase a customized towing truck. The same goes for utility and other service type companies. Purchase a specialized service vehicle that fits the needs of the business.
What Type of Operational Licenses and Permits are Needed for Customized Truck Bodies?
Similiar to operating an Uber or a Lyft, driving a custom truck requires certain certifications governed by the federal government.
The Department of Transportation (DOT) regulates big trucks based on size and weight class. To operate a customized big truck requires a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).
Obtaining a commercial driver’s license requires training. The DOT requires drivers to take a certain number of training hours in a certified truck driving school.
That means your company would also have to use some of its budgeting to pay for training and medical expenses for employee drivers.
Putting your driver behind the wheel of a custom truck also requires specialized insurance.
Depending on what state you do business in — every state regulates trucking insurance differently — USDOT MCS-90 is required. You’ll have to carry weighty insurance for each truck driver.
Invest in a Custom Truck
Purchasing a custom truck is a significant investment. Size matters, cost matters, and business needs matters.
Custom trucks give your company a professional look but you must be smart about your initial investment.
Decide how much your company is willing to bankroll, the type of custom truck your business needs, how your company plans to utilize the vehicle, and how many employees you are willing to train.