Box Truck Buying Trends
Buying a box truck for deliveries or hauling supplies to a work site isn't the most glamorous purchase: many businesses are just looking for a functional truck that's big enough to get the job done, with little in the way of extras. But you've still got decisions to make: should you go new or used? How much should you spend?
We put together this inforgraphic to help. We compiled data from hundreds of BuyerZone users to show you what other buyers are chosing. Take a look and see how your plans compare:
What does it all mean?
There are a few points that stand out.
- More than half of our buyers are looking for basic dry vans: not terribly surprising, given the amount of businesses that just need to haul basic supplies and equipment around. We were surprised at the 18% who answered "other." Based on the user feedback we get in this category, there are a good number of buyers looking for specialized trucks tailored to a particular job: trucks for mechanics and plumbers with extensive tool and parts storage; trucks with custom racks for all kinds of materials, from uniforms to prepared food; even trucks for transporting livestock.
Our recommendation would be to look both for trucks that are already customized in the ecact manner you want -- but also to find a shop that could do the customization work for you and price it out. It could be cheaper to buy a basic shell truck and add the interior details you want.
- Overwhelmingly, our buyers are looking to contain costs by buying used. With 83% of users planning to buy a used truck, and 62% hoping to keep their costs below $25,000, it seems likely that the two are related. In most uses, box trucks aren't chosen for their good looks, so a truck with a few dings that runs well is an economical choice.
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