When you are ready to begin exploring potential food truck builders, it’s important to have a plan in place to gather the most helpful information, which is why this post of Questions You Need to Ask Your Food Truck Builder will be helpful for you. Many factors come into play when investing in such a large business decision, and you need to feel comfortable with your builder, as you’ll be working closely together for the next several months, and beyond. Let’s check out Questions You Need to Ask Your Food Truck Builder.
This question is important to understand how the builder began fabricating custom food trucks and will help gauge their credibility within the market.
Understanding and determining which platform is best for your needs is crucial and should be outlined by the builder. Many factors should be considered when reviewing the differences, including vehicle maintenance, tow vehicles, budget, crew, etc.
Some builders over-promise and under-deliver, and to top that – are late on delivery. It’s important that your builder can clearly identify the entire build process – from design, engineering, exterior build-out, interior build-out, paint/graphics, training and delivery.
Who will answer design questions? Technical questions? Billing questions? This type of clarification is imperative to ensure your questions are answered in a timely manner.
Many builders still have the ‘back of the napkin’ mentality, which has worked for them in the past until it doesn’t. Understanding the engineering and design mechanisms that go into building a food truck is important. Not all builders have in-house design and engineering services, so that will be a differentiator
between those that offer innovative solutions and those that just can’t get there.
Most builders do offer a warranty, but to what extent? The industry standard is three years on craftsmanship. It’s important to understand how the warranty work is completed – the process, where the warranty work must be completed, expected downtime while work is being completed, etc.
Get a complete timeline of the build process in writing. Be sure you understand the timeline demands – what do you need to provide in order to continue pushing the process along? Will you be given weekly updates on the build process? Based on conversations with several customers that have built with
other builders, the biggest frustration of the food truck build is missing the deadlines.
Builders operate the delivery process differently, so it’s important to have a plan in place so you’re not scrambling at the last minute to get your food truck delivered to you.
Without financing and security of funds, a food truck cannot be built. Some builders are beginning to offer in-house financing to ensure their customers can receive secured financing. Ask about those options.
Ask the builder for a list of references for past projects. Getting a past customer (or current customer) on the phone can clarify the experience from the buyers point of view, and determine if this will be a good fit for you. Many builders will be happy to provide a list of references. I think it’s safe to say… if
the builder is hesitant to provide a list of past projects, they are trying to hide, or cover up, bad experiences.
We hope you found this post of Questions You Need to Ask Your Food Truck Builder helpful and insightful as you select a reputable food truck or food trailer fabricator. If you need any assistance with your selection process, or would like to consult with an expert, APEX Specialty Vehicles builds the most badass food trucks and food trailers on the road. RELATED: View the APEX Portfolio of past projects.
APEX Specialty Vehicles offers a different experience than most custom food truck builders. We invest in the design and engineering of your food truck upfront, so the build expectations are clear. We aim to provide you with a Scope of Work, Pricing, 3D Renderings/Drawings, and a Project Timeline so you are able to make the best business decision. Listen to our CEO, Brad Carlson, speak about his experience and the process of APEX. Are you ready to quote your project? Let’s get started!
When you are ready to begin exploring potential food or sampling truck builders, it’s important to have a plan in place to gather the most helpful information, which is why this post of Questions You Need to Ask Your Food Truck Builder will be helpful for you. Many factors come into play when investing in such a large business decision, and you need to feel comfortable with your builder, as you’ll be working closely together for the next several months, and beyond. Let’s check out Questions You Need to Ask Your Food Truck Builder.
What makes APEX different than other builders? Why is our design process more elaborate and detailed? Why are APEX food trucks generating the highest ROI? Let’s dig into APEX’s 7 Steps for designing a food truck of your dreams, and eventually building an unmatched bad ass food truck!
Specialty trucks and trailers can be built for a variety of uses – from food service to mobile retail and experiential. APEX recently had the opportunity to partner with FPR for the customization of a custom truck that doubles as a food truck and a mobile broadcast studio. Let’s check out some insight into how FPR launches Multipurpose Food Truck!
If you simply search “marketing trailers” within Google, you’ll come up with over 350,000 results. Within the results, you can see anything from a DIY trailer to a custom-built trailer, significantly ranging in quality and price. So, what are the key differences in custom-built experiential trailers and how can the pricing be so wide spread? Continue to read this post from the viewpoint of APEX, a leading custom builder of high-quality marketing and promotional trailers. We’ll review 5 Key Differences in Custom-Built Experiential and B2B Trailers to demonstrate why APEX trailers are an investment that offers peace of mind that your trailer will be on the road meeting the goals and will have minimal downtime. Let’s take a look!
When deciding on what type of platform is best for your needs, allow the APEX team to help understand the differences in marketing trucks and trailers. Both trailers and trucks have advantages and disadvantages specific to each buyer. A large aspect of the truck is having an all-in-one mobile marketing truck that is easily movable and contained within the vehicle. The advantages of a trailer can be seen in that same statement, as being able to use a variety of vehicles to tow a trailer and bring it to many other venues.