OK, you've gotten this far and you like what you see. There are always options to any truck purchase so let's take a look at the four that you have.
Buy a Used Truck
There are some people who refuse to buy used and always purchase new but they are in the minority these days. Everyone is looking to spend less and make it work so that they really feel they got a great deal. I don't blame them one bit. Let’s take a look at that scenario.
Adding all of the above options will finally be getting you close to our finished product. So you spend a few bucks and now it's time to pop that big slide-in unit into the truck, and now you're ready. So you get it in there with your two tanks, hose reel, some LGRs and a few fans and now it's out to that first job. But you start driving it and the front end feels a bit heavy and the truck leans a bit to the left as you look at it from the rear. The problem is you bought a 3500 and you are overweight with your payload. Being over the GVWR (gross vehicle weight rating) will get you fined at weigh stations if you are heading out of state not to mention the stress that the weight puts on your suspension. If your plans are to use a large slide-in truck mount such as a Pro-Chem Everest or Titan 875, you will be over the GVWR of your truck once it's loaded.
Buy a New Box Truck
Purchasing a new vehicle has many benefits. You have full warranty, you don't buy someone else's problems and you're starting with a nice, clean truck which you can depreciate, finance at low interest rates and set up without having to gut someone else's interior and/or try and cover faded lettering from someone's exterior.
Factory Order One
Ordering your own restoration truck to your specs is a very viable alternative. Once you've taken the time to design it then you need to get several quotes together and all the time you're hoping that your sales rep is translating everything properly to whoever might be putting the body on. That part is difficult. The sales person doesn't know your industry, doesn't share your imagination and is going to want a good profit margin to build a customized truck. Then there's the time frame. Four to five weeks turns into six to eight. Incentives change so you may lose out on rebates you counted on when you got your quotes together. Since rebates are designed to sell merchandise on dealer lots, they all have expiration dates and dealers won't guarantee any of them unless you pre-pay before you even see your truck. In the meantime, jobs you could have already been making money on with one of our trucks are passing you by. To make matters worse, in most cases we will be less expensive than your ordered truck and we will have the specs dead on.
Buy One of Ours
It's hard to put a dollar amount on someone's time. Ever tried to put one on yours? $100/hr? Maybe $200/hr for an owner of a restoration company would be an accurate estimate. Even if you're fortunate enough to have a Project Manager or the like to put a truck together for you, you can only hope for the best.