In this episode of Food Trucks 4 Thought, we cover how to get started with purchasing a food truck, what equipment can be installed in a food truck, and what to consider when comparing food truck builders.
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“Hi, I’m Ashley with Prestige Food Trucks and you’re watching, Food Trucks For Thought. In this video series, I’ll be answering frequently asked questions to inform those interested in entering the food truck industry.
Question number 1, how do I get started with purchasing a food truck?
The first thing you will want to do is research. Food Truck regulations can differ from state to state, so you will need to research what the restrictions are in the area where you plan to operate your food truck. Start by looking for what permits or licenses you will need, and if there are any specific guidelines to what size your step van has to be, or type of fuel it has to use. You will also need to research where you will store your truck when not in use and which food distributors you will want to partner with.
The second part of the research will involve how you plan to finance your investment. You will have to analyze your options and check if you are eligible for grants, if you will qualify for a loan, if you will need an investor, or if you will use your personal savings to fund your new business.
Question number 2, what equipment can be installed in a food truck?
You will have to consider the size of your step van and your local regulations when choosing your equipment. A few things to consider are the wattage the chosen equipment will pull from your generator, the size of your exhaust hood, and what size step van will be required to fit all of your equipment. If you unsure if a piece of equipment will be a good fit for your truck, we suggest asking your food truck builder for professional advice.
Question number 3, what should I consider when comparing food truck builders?
When comparing food truck builders, we recommend looking at how many food trucks or trailers they have built and what is the level of quality of their work. Pay special attention to their kitchen layouts and the brand of the equipment they frequently use. Ask if they offer any warranty on their fabrication and what kind of support you can expect from them once they deliver your truck.
Lastly, research their business online and look for pictures of their past clients and their contact information, so you can reach out to them for an honest referral. Be sure to check their website and social media channels for clues on how they treat their customers and how they stand against their competitors. Also, spend some time reading online reviews and looking for any media coverage they may have had in the past.
Well, that’s it for this video! Thanks for watching and if you have any questions leave a comment below and we’ll be sure to answer you back!