A checklist for effective truck specification

Buying a new truck is usually a long term decision, and even for small trucks involves a considerable investment.

Investing time to make sure you select the right type of vehicle can save you money and at the same time you can do something positive for the environment.

This guide has provided a step-by-step process to help you choose the most appropriate truck for your operation. The following is a simple checklist you can follow to help you make the right decisions when it comes to investing in a new small truck.

Step Checklist
1. Think about your needs
  • Understand the type of load you need to carry
  • Think about how much you need to carry—average, high and low weights.
  • Think about the types of roads will you drive on
  • Understand how much fuel you currently use
2. Look at purchasing options
  • Understand which purchasing option is best for you outright purchase or leasing, new or used
3. Choosing your truck
  • Have a general understanding of the options available for key vehicle components and how they will affect your vehicle and its operation
    • Chassis
    • Engine
    • Fuel type
    • Transmission
    • Body
    • Cab
    • Tyres
  • Build up the vehicle to match your delivery needs
4. Compare the costs
  • Develop a short list of options and compare costs between them
  • Consider likely maintenance costs and potential resale values
5. Explore other options for saving fuel
  • Consider other factors which could impact on the amount of fuel you use in your operation
    • aerodynamic features,
    • IT systems,
    • ancillary equipment,
    • Fuel efficient driver training and idling reduction
    • Other less obvious options