The trades have heavy equipment. Your trade determines which equipment you need, but something that nearly every tradesman has is a vehicle. Knowing the right vehicle for your trade is key for any startup. You can’t get away from needing a vehicle, either. You don’t want to lease a vehicle, and if you’re just starting out you don’t want to buy new, either. That is why you should always look for a quality used vehicle for your business, first. You can save on the depreciation that hit the previous owners, and still get a great vehicle for your business.
For Single Tradespeople
When you are an independent contractor, you likely don’t need the bigger equipment that larger companies do. If you are an electrician, or a plumber, or any other tradesperson who needs a vehicle to transport their equipment, look at buying a smaller used pickup truck. Storage space is still the focus, so you’ll want something that can hold everything you need and let you take it all on the go.
For Larger Companies
When you are in the construction business, you need something than can haul some serious weight. That is why you need to buy used commercial trucks. You need something than can transport the heavy machinery you need, as well as construction equipment and other heavy items from construction site to construction site.
Deciding which brand of vehicle suits you and your business best depends on your individual circumstances. You need to:
- Think About Financing
No matter whether you are buying a commercial vehicle or a personal one, you need to have your finances in order. Going to the bank beforehand can let you know just what loans you are eligible for. As a small business, you can qualify for a lot more in business loans than personal ones. If you are denied, look at alternative financing options. Knowing what you can afford can help you decide which vehicle suits your business right now. You don’t want to overspend at the start; you will likely need the extra money for unforeseen events in the future.
- Know Your Needs
You will need to have a firm grasp of what you will be transporting. If you have a set amount of equipment, know the space and volume they need so that when you are searching for a vehicle, you know that it is the right one. When you are a larger business, you will need to think about how much weight the truck can pull. While you cannot prepare for the amount of equipment or objects you will need to transport, you can at least know in advance the limits of the vehicle itself.
The vehicle you need should always serve for function. It needs to do what you need it to, it needs to hold what you need it to hold, and it needs to pull what you need it to transport. If you want to further use your business’ vehicle for marketing as well as function, consider placing custom decal and advertisements on your vehicle. You can let the people in your community know about you while you are working!