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Food Trucks for Sale – should you buy new or Used?

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Purchasing a used food truck is often the most affordable way for many new business owners to break out into the industry. However, if you are thinking of purchasing the cheapest food truck for sale available, then you may want to think things over. Think of the old saying “you get what you pay for”. If you are looking to invest in your business, then you need to invest in your business.

The truth of the matter is- many people think that the food truck industry is an easy and affordable way to start up a business, but only part of that is true. Yes, it is far less expensive than opening a restaurant or leasing a space, however there are other expenses associated with starting a mobile vending business.

For those new to the industry, we have taken the time to point out a few things that you need to consider before purchasing the cheapest version of food truck for sale.

List of Expenses

  • Purchase of Food Truck
  • Wrap and Graphics
  • Permits and Local Licenses
  • Website and Marketing
  • Register and POS Equipment
  • Uniforms, Screenprinting
  • Paper Products (cups, napkins, utensils)
  • Cookware (pots, pans, racks)
  • Fire Extinguisher and First Aid
  • Commissary
  • Phone/Internet/WiFi Access
  • Labor Costs
  • Food | Beverage | Merchandise (stock)
  • Fuel
  • Parking Permits
  • Repairs and Improvements


Considering the list of things that you would now be responsible for, does it still make sense to buy cheap? Sometimes purchasing something and making your own improvements and is the best way to go, but consider some of the options and accessories that you may need. When you sit down and price out the costs to add accessories to an existing truck versus starting with a newer version, you will have your answer. Taking a leap of faith into this type of business requires thought, organization and preparation, however it can be the most rewarding job of your life.

Here at AllaCart manufacturing, we specialize in custom fabrication and improvements necessary to run an efficient mobile vending business.  We are not a fly by night business, this is our job- our life- our commitment to the industry since 1972. Regardless of what you have or still need, we have the ability to enhance the features of your truck to make it work for you.

As a one stop shop, our options and custom features include (but not limited to):

-Electrical Wiring

-Generator Systems

-Refrigeration and Freezers

-Cold Storage Compartments

-Cooking Accessories (Grills, Stoves & Heating Devices)

-Towing Accessories (Trailers) and Mobile Capabilities

-Dispensers and Point of Sale Equipment

-Roof Options, Overhangs and Enclosures

-Complete Exterior and Graphics


Regardless of your level of experience, we are here to help you with anything we can. Do not be fooled by the standard food trucks for sale advertisement, as we know it takes much more than that to successfully establish a thriving business.  We are here to help you from beginning to end and can fabricate as little or as much as your budget will allow. Please contact us for a free quote and we will be happy to respond to you as soon as possible.

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