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Mechanic Truck Bodies: A Complete Buying Guide

Mechanic Truck Bodies: A Complete Buying Guide
June 14, 2017 TheHoth
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Mechanic truck bodies are the workhorse of the service industry. Unlike regular trucks, these ones are custom made and tailored for service jobs of all types. Buying one can be a challenge if you don’t know what you are looking for.

This article is a complete guide to mechanic trucks and how to buy one. We’ll take you through what’s most important to think about.

Custom Mechanic Truck Bodies

Unless you are buying a used or spec truck, chances are you are going the custom route. If so, it’s important to know what you are getting yourself into.

Most mechanic trucks start with a basic platform: chassis and cab. They come in a variety of sizes. From this platform, you will build up all the different components you need.

Other custom features can include the mechanics and interior of the truck. This will vary depending on the truck provider.

Know Your Needs

The most important thing you need to know is how you intend to use the truck. What kind of jobs will it be involved in? What special equipment will you need?

Make out a list of the basic jobs and equipment you think you will need. Don’t forget about other important things like storage. The more you know about your expectations, the more you can find the right truck.

Shop Around

Different truck providers and manufacturers will offer different options and price points. Have a budget in mind before you begin and then start researching. Try to find a few different options.

See what basic makes and models each provider has to offer. Keep your list of needs handy. This can help you rule out certain options. For example, if you know you will need something with a telescopic crane, you will need a heavier duty platform.

Finally, make a selection based off of what a provider offers. Stay below your budget if possible. Remember the final cost will depend on extras. Service fees will also apply.

Extras and Add-ons

Now we get to the details. What are you going to add on to the mechanic truck? Common extras can be divided into two categories: truck and job specific.

Truck specific extras include mechanical options, storage, lubrication maintenance, even tires and paint color. These are less dependent on the job unless you need something heavy duty.

Job specific extras include cranes, welders, and air compressors. The tools of the trade should be present on your track, but don’t over do it. You don’t need every little thing.

Getting the Job Done

Take your time with your research and buying process. Mechanic truck bodies aren’t cheap, so you should make the right decision ahead of time. Continue to reflect on your needs and intended use of the truck.

Once you feel like everything is right, make the purchase. At that point, your job is done and the wait begins! Before you know it, you’ll have a new truck.

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