January 25, 2022
Specialty vehicles are used across an array of industries. With unique designs and layouts, these vehicles are built to meet the requirements of a variety of jobs, such as emergency response work, routine medical services, and other community endeavors.
For those who manage specialty vehicle fleets, acquiring new and used specialty vehicles is integral to ensuring that team members have the right vehicles for the job at hand. When searching for specialty vehicles, it is critical to choose the right vehicle manufacturer.
Not all specialty vehicles are designed to meet the same quality standards, and the quality of the work will dictate a lot about the longevity of the vehicle and the practicality of the layout.
Use the following six tips to help choose the right specialty vehicle manufacturer for your next vehicle purchase.
Many specialty vehicle manufacturers will focus their work on a specific type of vehicle. Additionally, they will often be connected to equipment manufacturers based on those specialties.
For this reason, before picking a team to work with, it is important to have a clear understanding of what you will need from the vehicle you purchase.
An excellent place to begin is by outlining the following details:
Once you clearly understand what type of specialty vehicle you need and the add-ons required, look for manufacturers that have experience designing vehicles for your industry.
For example, if you are looking for a mobile dental unit, you will want to choose a manufacturer that has designed numerous styles and layouts of dental vehicles. An experienced manufacturer is beneficial for a few reasons.
Specialty vehicles often come with a high price tag. These unique units are upfit with quality layouts and durable designs. Due to the equipment on-board and the specialized upfit of the vehicles, the cost of purchasing one can be a burden for many businesses.
For this reason, it is important to compare the financing options a manufacturer offers. A quality financing program will allow you to acquire the right vehicle for your needs without straining your budget. Take the time to compare what financing options are available to ensure that you get the best deal possible.
While numerous manufacturers offer the type of specialty vehicle you need, they might not all carry the same quality or variety of inventory.
As you narrow down your search, be sure to ask about inventory levels and compare the options a manufacturer is offering. You might find a quality manufacturer that checks most of your boxes, but if they have a limited inventory, it can make it difficult for you to find the right vehicle for your fleet.
A strong indicator that a manufacturer is designing quality specialty vehicles is when they are willing to answer any question you might have about the build. From the first time you contact the company to the day you pick out the vehicle to purchase, make sure that the team you work with is willing to answer every question you have.
Asking questions upfront and getting straight answers can help ensure that you choose a vehicle that will continue to serve your needs for many years. Additionally, this is a great time for you to learn more about the vehicle’s future maintenance needs, which can help you with long-term fleet management.
At the end of the day, when you are choosing a specialty vehicle manufacturer, you should never settle for less than 100% satisfaction with the vehicle you purchase. Any purchase for your business is critical, but the vehicle you choose is one of the most important tools for your team.
From ensuring the safety of your employees to preventing untimely repair costs, picking a vehicle that meets all your requirements is a must.
If you are looking to purchase a specialty vehicle, talk to the team at Summit Bodyworks. We are proud to manufacture good-quality specialty vehicles for an array of industries. We specialize in the following specialty vehicle designs:
Contact our team to learn more about our current inventory and equipment options.
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