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Old 11-08-2017, 09:58 AM   #1
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For many plumbing contractors, their vehicle is both their office and their storage area, so a dependable vehicle is vital to transport valuable tools, equipment, and materials to and from job sites. If you brand your vehicle, it also acts as a rolling billboard for your company and services.

Tips for Choosing a Work Vehicle

Vans, pickups and service trucks are all work vehicles favored by plumbers, but which one is right for you? One of the most important factors to consider when looking for a new work vehicle is that it provides suitable storage and organization options so you can easily locate and access whatever items you need when you need them.

When searching for a used or new work vehicle, consider the following points:
1. Will the vehicle be used solely for business or will it pull double duty as your personal or family vehicle? Depending on where you live, insurance rates and business-related taxes may be affected by either one of these scenarios.

2. Fuel costs fluctuate. Take into consideration that diesel and hybrid options may help keep operating costs manageable in the future, although the upfront cost will undoubtedly be higher than a traditional, gas-fueled vehicle.

3. New or used vehicle? If the vehicle will be used specifically as a work truck, is it really that important to drop possibly thousands of extra dollars on a big, shiny beast bristling with all the bells and whistles? A solid, well-maintained, used vehicle will do as good a job without breaking your planned budget.

4. You will have to consider vehicles that are the right size for your professional purposes – especially if you commonly carry lengths of pipe with you. The majority of plumbing contractors in large metropolitan areas have to maneuver around busy business districts, through tight alleys and park under low-hanging signs or awnings. However, construction sites and residential neighborhoods usually offer adequate parking for larger trucks

5. Look for a vehicle that can be easily upfitted to handle your future needs. No matter if you prefer a pickup, a cargo van or a mid- or small-size service truck, look at vehicles already fitted with a tow package or roof rack to hold extra tools and materials.

6. Keep your marketing efforts in mind when choosing a vehicle. Rolling billboards are highly effective advertising tools, so consider how you can add your company name, logo and contact information for your vehicle.

7. Give yourself enough time to find the right vehicle. Staying within your budget doesn’t mean you need to settle for the first reasonably-priced vehicle you see.

8. Be sure to select a vehicle large enough to transport all the tools and equipment you use regularly, as well as yourself and possibly one or more crew members for larger jobs.

9. Factor in long-term maintenance and operating costs and any extra upfitting expenses when looking at basic, bare-bones work trucks or vans. For new vehicles, most manufacturers offer a range of commercial package options.

10. Lease or Purchase? If you prefer to buy a vehicle, hunting for the right loan is as important as hunting for the right truck. For vehicles used strictly for business purposes, the monthly payments are tax-deductible – a leasing plus.
Choosing the Right Work Vehicle for Your Plumbing Business

Purchasing or leasing a new or new-to-you work vehicle doesn’t have to be a stressful decision, as long as you take your time, do some research and consider all your options before committing to a new or used rig for your plumbing business.

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Never did care for a truck. To hard to get into when a camper shell is on. Box type vans all the way, so you can stand up.
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I prefer a Step-van you can walk around in them and they are easier to
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I don't believe you. A van that a 6'6" tall Scandinavian man can comfortably walk upright in. Hmm I just don't believe that it exists.

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I don't believe you. A van that a 6'6" tall Scandinavian man can comfortably walk upright in. Hmm I just don't believe that it exists.

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