Buying your first vacuum truck is no small affair and a major part of your initial expenses, so that isn’t something that should be made on a whim. Vacuum trucks are very sophisticated pieces of machinery and making a mistake could set you back quite a bit and affect your business’s efficiency and bottom line. However, by following the proper steps and knowing what to look for, you should be able to make the right purchase for your business. In this article, we’re going to give you some essential tips for finding the perfect vacuum truck for your fleet.
Look for a Good Warranty
The warranty you’ll get will usually depend on factors like the truck’s condition and age for instance. Some manufacturers may offer no warranty on “as-is” units while others might offer up to six months on work-ready units. Fully rebuilt/remanufactured trucks might have an extended one-year warranty on them.
You should also be aware that the manufacturer will usually offer different warranties for the vacuum module and the chassis, so that’s something you’ll have to look out for. In some cases, dealers won’t be servicing both warranties. For instance, the chassis might be handled by the chassis dealer while the vacuum module might be handled by the company. So, it’s very important that you know who handles what before you make your final decision.
Also, know where the warranty will be serviced as well. If the truck dealer is located in Ohio and only services within this state and your business is located in Minnesota, then you might think twice before buying from them. However, some dealers will enter partnerships will local dealers to service warranties on their behalf.
Make Sure You have the Right Paperwork in Hand
Before you buy the truck, always make sure that you have the proper paperwork. Reputable dealers like Satellite Industries will be more than happy to produce a copy of the truck’s release of liens and a clear title. If the dealer in question cannot produce these documents, then you should look somewhere else. The dealer should also have a certificate that proves that the truck passed its annual DOT inspection.
Be Prepared to Pay for Quality
Too many people have unrealistic expectations when buying a unit. But like anything else, you get what you paid for. Remanufacturing units and making them work ready costs money, and dealers have to mark up their prices accordingly to turn a profit.
It’s not uncommon for dealers to put up to $90,000 on a machine, which ultimately translates into higher prices. Your best bet would be to go with a manufacturer that offers a variety of units for all budgets and in a variety of conditions.
Buying a vacuum truck should not be taken lightly, so make sure that you do your due diligence before you make any decisions. If you follow the instructions in this article, you should be able to find the perfect unit for your operation in no time.