The majority of offline businesses can benefit from a company vehicle of some sort. If you are a florist, then offering deliveries via a company van is likely to be a good choice; construction businesses undoubtedly benefit from service trucks; and even small retailers will find visits to suppliers easier to manage with a large, spacious vehicle that allows them to avoid costly delivery fees.
However, while these vehicles are incredibly useful when you have them, you first have to go through the process of actually buying them – and that can be easier said than done. However, help is at hand, and below, we’ve provided an effective, step-by-step guide to purchasing the perfect vehicle for your company with a minimum of stress.
Step One: Identify the type of vehicle you need
We mentioned a few useful vehicle types in the opening paragraphs, but it’s important to take the time to consider all of your options for the kind of vehicle you need. Try to keep an open mind during this process, asking yourself what your business truly needs from the vehicle; if you need to take supplies to road crews, you’ll need a lot of space, and will therefore likely be best served by considering the options for service trucks for sale near you. On the other hand, if you just need to make deliveries, you might not need a larger vehicle – a motorcycle may be more than sufficient for your needs.
Step Two: Set your budget
Go through your existing company budget and ascertain exactly how much you can afford to spend in the following areas:
- The purchase of the vehicle
- The branding of the vehicle – which will discuss in more depth soon
- The ongoing monthly financial requirements of running the vehicle, such as costs for gas
When you have workable numbers in mind, you can move onto…
Step Three: Exploring your options with the numbers in mind
Always take the time to shop around, considering the options available in terms of how they align with the affordable numbers you identified in step two – both in regards to purchase price, and ongoing costs. Aim to create a shortlist of around three vehicles that are suitable for your needs.
Step Five: Consider options for vehicle branding
Vehicle decals are a great way to help boost your business’ visibility and exposure, so study your three shortlisted options to see which would be most suitable in this regard. Ideally, you’re looking for a blank canvas: the doors and hood should be flat, smooth surfaces in order to form the perfect backdrop for your decals.
While the branding opportunities a vehicle offers are not important enough to influence your decision right from the start of the buying process, it can be a great way of cutting your shortlist from three down to one.
Step Six: Buy your new vehicle!
By the time you reach this step, you can be confident you are able to make an informed, affordable purchase that is just what your business requires to take things to the next level. Enjoy!