Distribution business models are currently offering more benefits than centralization business models. The current climate sees many more customers confined to their homes, and delivering the products that they need will be the key to winning their business and meeting their needs.
The decision to make an investment in delivery vehicles that tick all the boxes will help your business to stay alive in uncertain times and beyond.
How to choose the right delivery vehicles.
When it’s time to invest in a delivery vehicle or a fleet of delivery vehicles, you will know, according to Entrepreneur. Most business people decide to buy delivery vehicles when using rental vans or personal vehicles just doesn’t feel efficient or safe anymore. When the cost of buying one or more delivery vehicles is less than the cost of renting trucks or vans or using other means to get products to consumers, it’s time to move forward. While shopping around, think about the model most suited to your business, and don’t forget to consider durability, horsepower, torque, fuel economy, carrying capacity, and towing capacity (if you need it).
Also, think about how much vehicle you really need. Some businesses need a lot of carrying capacity and do better with trucks or vans, while others do very well with cars, especially when those cars get stellar ratings for key features, such as power, performance and infotainment.
Are used delivery vehicles a smart option?
Used vehicles tend to cost less, but there are drawbacks. Some entrepreneurs prefer to buy new delivery trucks, vans or cars because they have learned from painful experience that used vehicles are more likely to break down. There is also the issue of warranties. A used vehicle may provide no warranty protection, while a new vehicle will generally come with a valid warranty that helps to neutralize the cost of repairs. So while it’s tempting to go for something used because it’s cheaper, it may not actually be the most affordable choice in the long run.
Leasing is also an option and might be good from a tax standpoint, but many business people like owning their delivery vehicles, rather than paying to drive them for set periods of time. Why? They want vehicles that will grow with their companies for years to come.
Add decals to your new delivery vehicle.
Once you’ve found a delivery vehicle that fits your business and has all of the right features, it’ll be time to turn it in to a moving ad for your business. Adorn the vehicle with decals that help you to build brand awareness with every delivery, or even while the vehicle is parked. When your branded vehicle starts moving around the city, people will take notice. Get creative by adding your company’s Instagram handle to the side, and your company’s phone number, too.
Buying a vehicle is always a big deal, and choosing the right delivery vehicle can make or break your business. Selecting a reliable, fuel-economical delivery vehicle will allow you to serve customers better and allow your business to grow. The research that you do before you buy will make all the difference. Be sure to take some prospective delivery vehicles for test drives, too, even if you won’t personally be making the deliveries.