There’s plenty to consider when shopping for a commercial truck body. It’s not enough to just get whatever is being offered to you at face value. If your business relies heavily on logistics, it’s only right to be meticulous of every piece of equipment you have in your armory.
And when it comes to your truck body, the following should be kept in mind as important points to look for before you make a firm purchase decision.
Knowing how much you can afford can save you time in finding the right product. For starters, it will help you set the price range and find options that fit within this set of prices.
Understanding the truck’s function can help you not only narrow down your list of options but also help you pick the best specifications that can go with that need. Start by asking what tasks are the trucks assigned to do and which designs suit these needs best?
It is not uncommon for trucks to serve multiple functions. If you need the truck for other logistic functions, you have to see to it that the design and build is sturdy and sufficient enough to accommodate the extra tasks.
Of course, aside from function, you have to keep in mind the specifications of the items that will be transported using the truck. This includes size, maximum number of pieces, and weight. Can the whole truck support the payload? How can you place the cargos in such a way that they will be transported securely? Will the kind of cargo be permanent or do they change from time to time? These are important questions to ask when choosing the body’s design.
Make sure your chosen features satisfy all the needs of the job. Of course, accessorial parts can always be added, if you are going to use the truck for other, more personal functions. But when it comes to features, being selective of parts that make the design sturdy and efficient is the first thing to cross out in your checklist.
A commercial driver’s license (CDL) is required for drivers or owner-operators to transport items inter-state. You have to check this first or hire someone who is, before you choose your truck body because if your trucks surpass the 26-lb limit, you might need to have a CDL license for it, or have a driver who is CDL-certified.
Loading and Unloading
Liftgate design is to be considered to properly load and unload your items and cargoes into and out of the truck. This might be dependent on the kind of items being transported, and how the liftgate is going to be used. If your load is heavy, you may have to use conventional or rail-type liftgates. If your truck has wide entrances or doors, you can go with a side loader. Or if you have various usage for it, you can choose a tuck away.
Finding the right truck body is easy if you know what to look for. Use this checklist to get the best truck body that fits your most particular business needs.