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Different Types of Commercial Vehicles

Commercial Vehicles

When you are working professional, the right vehicle is essential. Many jobs have different requirements concerning equipment and materials. If you are responsible for taking what you need along with you, the right vehicle can be the difference between an easy or complicated project. Many individuals who have jobs in construction, for example, need a large vehicle that has a lot of cargo space for their many tools and materials. This is why so many businesses use trucks or vans when a job requires something more than a car. That doesn’t mean, however, that a truck or van is always the perfect vehicle for the task. In fact, many types of vehicles can be used for professional uses. The most important thing is that the vehicle is right for the job. This will vary depending on the job itself and the working professional who uses it. If you’re looking for a new commercial vehicle to use on the job, it’s helpful to think about the different types available to consider.

Commercial Trucks And Vans

 

The most common type of commercial vehicle is a truck or van. Both of these types of vehicles offer the maximum amount of cargo space built right in. A truck, through its included bed, is able to separate cargo from people, allowing you to carry more passengers in addition to tools and equipment at the same time. Vans, on the other hand, often maximize cargo space at the expense of passenger capacity. The advantage of the van is you get extra protection and security for anything you carry since everything is enclosed.

Both trucks and vans also have the advantage of more powerful engine options. Heavy-duty trucks, for example, are workhorses in many industries that have a lot of hauling and trailering. When you need to tow something that most other vehicles cannot pull, a large truck with the V-8 engine will always be the best option. Vans tend to have less towing capacity and are more common for hauling cargo inside the interior.

Unfortunately, a truck or van is not always the best option. If you need a vehicle that will not be pulling a lot of cargo, you may be spending too much money on something you cannot fully utilize. Trucks, in particular, can be over twice as much as a typical car. Therefore, if you choose a truck or van, make sure you will have the need for the extra power, cargo space, and towing capacity.

Commercial SUVs

 

In recent years, more and more working professionals have turned to SUVs as a great alternative to traditional commercial trucks. While most SUVs cannot provide the same towing capacity as a heavy duty truck, many full-size SUVs on the market today are capable of respectable towing capacity. In fact, they may be a better alternative for pulling smaller trailers with tools or machinery such as landscaping equipment.

The advantage of an SUV over both a truck and a van is its interior versatility. SUVs are the go-to personnel carriers in many industries. If you have a lot of people to carry around to a worksite, for example, it can be more economical and efficient to transport them in one vehicle. With a full-size SUV having a seating capacity for eight or nine people, getting your crew to the job site has never been more cost effective.

Most SUVs have some form of rear folding seats, allowing you to configure the interior to your liking. If you have more cargo to haul, fold down a few seats to maximize the square footage you have available. In addition to the extra space, storing your tools inside will allow you to secure them with the built-in locks.

Midsize SUVs make good commercial vehicles on smaller jobs. Since they have less interior space, choose a midsize option if you have a few tools or people to carry around or have a job that requires frequent stops in different locations. This will help you maximize your fuel efficiency without sacrificing as much space and towing capability as a car.

Commercial Cars

 

If your needs don’t require a large number of tools, materials or supplies, a car is always going to be the best option. Sacrificing the most amount of cargo space and towing capability, a car is all about getting people to their destination. The real advantages of having a smaller vehicle are better fuel economy, more maneuverability, and a no-nonsense approach to transportation even if you have many people to carry at a time.

The best thing about using a car for a commercial vehicle is the various styles they come in. With many more options than just a typical sedan, you have other options if you need a bit more cargo space. Check out a hatchback or station wagon, for example, for a little bit of extra cargo space inside.

Modern cars come with a whole range of engine options as well. This means you could potentially find a car model that has more towing capability than some compacts or crossover SUVs. Combined with folding seats, many hatchbacks and station wagons also offer the same amount of cargo space with improved fuel efficiency mixed in.

Finally, most commercial cars are more affordable than their larger counterparts. This is why major corporations will often keep a fleet of company cars available to their employees for specific jobs and tasks. Spending less on gas and costly repairs are also added perks to commercial cars since money is always a factor when you are running your business.

Making The Right Choice For Your Professional Needs

 

Ultimately, no one single vehicle makes the perfect commercial car, truck, van, or SUV. It all comes down to your specific needs and what is required for each job and business. Often, this means you have to look at your individual requirements such as the tools you use, the materials you need to carry, the number of people you must transport, etc.

The perfect commercial vehicle is one of the can handle all of these needs without being too expensive in initial cost or daily operation. Once you have determined what you need from a commercial vehicle, set the budget right from the start so you know you will not be spending more than necessary for your business. You can always change this budget later on as you begin to research and see what is available and what you get for the price.

Finally, take the time to explore your options. Some manufacturers build commercial vehicles right at the factory pre-configured with the most common or useful features for the professional. If you need something like a truck or van to carry equipment, research additional accessories or modifications you can make such as adding toolboxes for better storage, and organization.

The right commercial vehicle can make the difference between a successful project and financial failure. When you find the right vehicle, jobs will be easier to accomplish with less effort. Take the time to list your needs, research your options, and make the right decision to give your business a boost.

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