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What to Consider When Buying a Used Box Truck For Your Business

Owning a box truck is one of the vital parts of any cargo transport business. Whether you are a moving company, a transportation or logistics company, or need a box truck for shipping inventory to distributors, you should understand that it requires some quality research before buying a commercial truck.

First, It is important to note that a box truck is a specific category of a truck with these characteristics: The cargo box is totally separate from the cab area and cannot be accessed from the cab area. Instead, the cargo box is bolted to the chassis of the frame. As with all commercial vehicle investments, you've got to decide what size box truck you may need for your specific requirements. At Longwood Truck Center, we carry a large variety of used box truck sizes from 12 ft., 16 ft., 24 ft., and 26 ft. box trucks to fulfill just about any need.

There are many benefits to buying a used box truck from Longwood Truck Center. The first obvious benefit is the cost of a used box truck in good condition is less expensive than purchasing a new one. In addition, unlike new vehicles, the value of a used box truck doesn't significantly depreciate after purchasing it. Plus, with the right graphics, your cargo box's exterior walls could also be an excellent spot to advertise your business, whether it is parked in a commercial lot outside your business or as a moving billboard while in use.

Either way, buying a used box truck serves as a cost-effective investment if you buy right.
Here are a few things to be aware of when shopping for a used box truck:

Type of Truck Required

There's really no point in buying more truck than necessary, as it will only incur costlier insurance. However, knowing the type of cargo you intend to carry can be an essential factor in making your decision. Other considerations are the rear door type, chassis wheel size, and cargo flooring.

In the end, you'll have to choose between a Light and Medium Box Truck or a Heavy-Duty Box Truck. Depending on your state, a larger truck may require a driver with a commercial license. In addition, you'll have to choose between a gas-powered or diesel-motor box truck. Typically, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, diesel-powered box trucks will get 30% - 35% better mileage than gas-powered box trucks.

Condition of Vehicle

At Longwood Truck Center, we have a large inventory of Off-Lease Box Trucks that have all been inspected and serviced at our in-house service department.

We thoroughly inspect the commercial vehicle before we list a truck for sale on our used truck lot. In addition to painting the box truck, we replace the tires with new ones, conduct a full-service oil change, replace all filters and inspect the brakes. If the brakes are not at least 70%, we will replace them as well.

All of our box trucks come with a warranty, so you can be confident that when you purchase a box truck from Longwood Truck Center, you can be sure we will stand behind the vehicles' condition.

Frequently Asked Questions About Buying A Commercial Vehicle:

Do I need a CDL (Commercial Drivers License) to drive a box truck?

This is a common question from customers looking to buy a used truck from Longwood Truck Center. In Florida, the Department of Motor Vehicles does not require a CDL if the truck weighs less than 26,000 pounds. The weight is determined by the GVWR or Gross Vehicle Weight Rating.

Longwood Truck Center carries a wide range of Non CDL Box Trucks from 10ft, 12ft, 16ft Box trucks up to Non CDL 26 ft Box Trucks that a driver would only need a normal driver’s license to operate.

What is the difference between a Non CDL Box Truck and a CDL Box Truck?

A Non CDL Truck is 26,000 lbs or less. If the GVWR is more than 26,000 lbs you would require at least a class B Commercial Driver’s License or CDL. The Florida Department of Motor Vehicles offers a handy widget to determine whether you will need a CDL to drive a specific truck or commercial vehicle depending on your use and the number of passengers in the vehicle.

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