|A: No, we do not supply used vehicles.
We prefer that our customer take the responsibility and choose the
appropriate used vehicle for their business. The vehicle is an extremely
important component of a food truck and the remaining life is
variable from one used truck to the next. As with any used vehicle
purchase it would be wise to have it inspected by a trustworthy mechanic
before taking ownership. Don't settle for just any "master" mechanic
that will sign a safety certificate. There are many mechanics that will
safety certify anything for the right price. It is not possible to
determine the years of service remaining and there are no food truck
builders that will offer any type of warranty on the used vehicle.
Used step vans are available for purchase through dealers, auctions, and
private sale. Many of these used vehicles are off-lease and have high
mileage. Most of them will require minor repairs before they can be
safety certified for the road. Below are some tips in finding the right
- There are many companies that use these vehicles on a daily basis.
Approach these companies and ask if they have any used trucks for sale.
You can get ahead of the middle-man and purchase directly at very
- Attend used truck auctions. These auctions take place every few
months and there are many good vehicles available.
- Search for a used truck online through Kijiji, Craigslist,
Autotrader, and Google Search.
- Don't limit your search to only local dealers, auctions, and private
sales. You can find good condition used vehicles with lower mileage in
neighbouring cities, provinces, and in the United States. Importing a
good condition used vehicle from the United States requires some
additional work but is worthwhile in the long term. The vehicles in the
southern United States often have much less underbody rust.
- Have the vehicle inspected by a mechanic that you trust prior to purchase.
Some used vehicles have already been modified, converted, and/or
prepared for some other purpose. Although some of the modifications can
be utilized, typically we require an empty bare truck. Some modifications
- Shelving - Typical with UPS, FedEx, Purolator trucks.
- Clothes Hangers/Rods - Typical with Uniform service trucks.
- Wall & Ceiling Panels
- Storage Compartments
These trucks come in many different configurations and sizes. When
selecting the right vehicle it is important to look at many factors. All
bodies are built on a custom chassis that is usually made by
The vehicle bodies are built by many manufacturers, the most common are
City. The body manufacturers Grumman Olson and Union City no longer
exist but many of their trucks are still in excellent condition. Grumman
Olson became Morgan Olson in 2003. Union City was purchased by
Utilimaster in 2005.
The most common step vans available at this time are Workhorse
chassis with a Utilimaster body. Although these are the most common we
find the best manufactured bodies are made by Grumman Olson / Morgan
Most truck dealers only refer to the length of the cargo area. These
lengths are typically 14, 16, and 18. It is equally important to find a
truck with a wide and tall cargo area. A narrow cargo area makes it
difficult to place equipment and still have a proper sized aisle. This
is important for efficient work flow. The height of the food truck is
important as well since you need head room to operate freely. The roof
would be ideally constructed of aluminum just like the walls and floors.
Some trucks use fibreglass for the roof which can crack and leak. This
also requires reinforcement around the hood stack which can be more
The important part of a used truck will be the underbody. This is
usually overlooked by most buyers. A good truck will have a clean
underbody that is relatively free of rust. Remember that the chassis and
underbody beams cannot be easily repaired. This is a costly repair.
If you require assistance in finding the right new or used vehicle please let