Purchasing a refrigerated truck is a huge business decision.
While the benefits it will offer your business are undeniable, you need to make sure that the truck (or trucks) you buy is going to be worth every single cent you spent on it. In today’s article, we list five key points to consider when you’re on the hunt to buy a refrigerated truck.
Naturally, cost is going to be a huge deciding factor for any purchase. While an overly cheap refrigerated truck may mean that the truck itself isn’t exactly going to be of the best quality, that doesn’t mean that an overly expensive truck is going to be worth the money you’re forking over. Purchasing a refrigerated truck is a big investment, so you want to make sure you’re getting a good quality truck for the price you’re paying. No, it’s not necessarily going to be cheap, but make sure you inspect the entire truck before committing to any purchase. There’s nothing worse than buying a truck with your hard-earned money only to then find out that it wasn’t truly worth the amount you paid – an impulsive purchase can often to lead to this problem.
Cost is the obvious thing to consider. But how much you’re willing to pay is determined by how much the truck itself caters to what you need. If you’re going to take on a refrigerated truck, then make sure you’re buying that is the right size for your professional needs. But don’t just judge this based off your current needs. This truck is going to be an investment. Like any investment, it needs to benefit you now and into the future. How big do you see your business becoming? As your business grows, do you think the load size of your refrigerated truck will need to grow with it? If this is the case, then going for a truck that’s at least a little bigger than what you currently need may be a smart investment for your business in the long run.
3. Temperature range
The entire point of a refrigerated truck is that it can handle freight that needs to be kept at very specific temperatures. Different trucks will offer different temperature ranges, so you need to assess what types of foods, drinks, and other produce you’ll be focusing on transporting and jot down a summary of what temperatures your refrigerated truck must absolutely be able to reach. There would be nothing worse than buying a refrigerated truck to only then realise it can’t reach the temperatures you need for large portions of your freight.
4. Fuel efficiency
Driving a refrigerated truck around can be a fairly costly affair, especially when it comes to fuel costs. That’s why assessing a truck’s fuel efficiency (both when the refrigeration is in operation and when it isn’t) should be a deciding factor. Depending on the truck, the refrigeration may be added by insulation, which helps make cooling both more effective and less taxing on fuel consumption.
5. Age and overall condition
The thing with refrigerated trucks is that they’re always evolving. New technology and more efficient designs are constantly being applied and implemented. If the truck you’re going for is fairly old, it could mean that the product you get isn’t going to be as good as it could be. That’s not to say older trucks aren’t a worthy investment, it’s simply something to be mindful of (after all, new technology can still be installed on old trucks). Just as important as age is the overall condition of the truck. You should probably avoid any second-hand truck that wasn’t maintained well by its previous owner. If a truck looks like it’s been through the school of hard knocks (sans the worldly knowledge), then it could end up being a little too rough on you.