If you're nearing the end of your tax year and want to spend money in order to get a tax write-off, or if your business is struggling to move as many products as you'd like, you may be looking into purchasing one or more small trucks.
For many businesses, light-duty trucks are a necessity. If you don't know much about trucks, you may think there's not much difference in the trucks on the market. Many people can also fall into the trap of paying more under the assumption that they will get a vehicle that's better. Because more money means more quality, right? This isn't exactly true.
One thing that can change the price of trucks is the equipment and accessories included. Some will have air conditioning, cruise control, stereos and CD players, Bluetooth compatibility for phone calls, or seats with added comfort/support. If your drivers are going long distances in difficult climates, then these may be necessary. But if they're not, you'll need to evaluate what you really want to be spending money on.
Another thing that is often overlooked in making truck purchases is fuel economy. Having a fuel efficient vehicle is good the for the environment, good for your company's image, and will save you petrol money over time. They may cost more to purchase, but as countries begin to impose hefty fuel taxes, and stricter fuel efficiency laws, fuel efficient vehicles should not be overlooked. Often you won't be sacrificing much in power; fuel efficient trucks
usually have more than enough grunt to get the job done. A good example of this is Mitsubishi's Eco Hybrid Fuso Canter, which is affordable and eco-friendly.
If you're starting a new business or looking to expand, you may be looking at buying multiple lightweight trucks. If you're buying new, remember that many manufacturers with light trucks for sale will give you a discount if you purchase five vehicles or more. Make sure you ask around and see who will give you a discount and who won't, instead of just taking the asking price at face value. You may save more money this way.
If you're really looking at saving money, you can consider buying used light trucks. There are various pros and cons of buying used trucks. The most obvious pro is that you will be saving money in the short term. If you're looking at making a quick, short scale purchase to get a tax write-off, or just need a truck for a small amount of time, this may be the best option for you.
However, if you want to buy multiple trucks, and you want them to stay with your business for a long period of time, new is probably the best way to go. This way you will have manufacturer warranties, a cleaner company look, and they will generally last longer than used trucks.
Buying the same truck new will give your business a more uniform and professional look. But, if you definitely can't afford new, you can buy used, clean the truck up, and even print a logo onto it.
Purchasing the right light truck for your business can be a tricky task. There are many models to look into, and their size, power, fuel efficiency, and equipment are all things that should be considered when making that decision. It's also a good idea to consider purchasing a used truck if you're looking to get a bit more bang for your buck.