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:::You've Got To Buy A Fleet Of Trucks: Which One? #4601583
12/12/17 01:22 PM
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I always glean things from this forum, and for that I am thankful. Today's hypothetical scenario:

You're a small business owner, with an auto parts store. You need to buy a fleet of five full size trucks to deliver auto parts.

The trucks must be full size; six cylinder only; low cost up front; cheap to maintain, and they need to last, because you plan on keeping them until they die.

Which to you buy? Ram (Dodge), Ford, or Chevy?

Re: :::You've Got To Buy A Fleet Of Trucks: Which One? [Re: NDL] #4601593
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My first question would be why do they have to be full size trucks?

Virtually every parts store uses compact trucks for a reason.

After that, Ford or GM. We've used both in work trim versions for many years with few major issues on trucks that get beat on in field use (construction observation and road maintenance).

Re: :::You've Got To Buy A Fleet Of Trucks: Which One? [Re: NDL] #4601594
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Ford Transit.


Cable ties should hold it
Re: :::You've Got To Buy A Fleet Of Trucks: Which One? [Re: MNgopher] #4601608
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Originally Posted By: MNgopher
My first question would be why do they have to be full size trucks?

Virtually every parts store uses compact trucks for a reason.

After that, Ford or GM. We've used both in work trim versions for many years with few major issues on trucks that get beat on in field use (construction observation and road maintenance).


I agree about using compact trucks for this hypothetical question.

Re: :::You've Got To Buy A Fleet Of Trucks: Which One? [Re: Olas] #4601617
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Originally Posted By: Olas
Ford Transit.


+1

The vans will keep the parts dry if you have to transport a few boxes or some parts that won't fit in the cab.


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Re: :::You've Got To Buy A Fleet Of Trucks: Which One? [Re: MNgopher] #4601620
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Originally Posted By: MNgopher
My first question would be why do they have to be full size trucks?

Virtually every parts store uses compact trucks for a reason.

After that, Ford or GM. We've used both in work trim versions for many years with few major issues on trucks that get beat on in field use (construction observation and road maintenance).


Not only that, I've seen a few parts stores just drive regular compact cars, not even trucks. I don't think there are too many parts that require a truck, not like people are buying engines or transmissions from an auto parts store. Mostly smaller stuff that easily fits in a car.

Re: :::You've Got To Buy A Fleet Of Trucks: Which One? [Re: jeepman3071] #4601623
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Originally Posted By: jeepman3071
Originally Posted By: Olas
Ford Transit.


+1

The vans will keep the parts dry if you have to transport a few boxes or some parts that won't fit in the cab.


+2

People who have these vans really love them. Good, reliable, cheap to fix, good on fuel.

They're very capable vehicles. If you can't fit it in the back of an appropriately sized Transit I don't see it going into a Pickup.


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Re: :::You've Got To Buy A Fleet Of Trucks: Which One? [Re: NDL] #4601624
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If you need v6 work trucks, Ill vouch for Ford F-150 trucks doing severe service. Ive seen them after being retired still being used by subsequent owners in the same severe terrain and use. Anything statesides should be easy...

Re: :::You've Got To Buy A Fleet Of Trucks: Which One? [Re: NDL] #4601627
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Neither. Unless you're hauling around bulky things like exhaust pipes, sheet metal, bumpers or things that need to be kept in a rack like glass a full-size truck is probably the worst thing you can do to your books, you'll be burning more gas.

I'd pick the Ford Transit Connect or Nissan NV200. You might not have your all your drivers deliver big things. But they are nimble, compact, enclosed, good on gas and decently cheap to operate.

Re: :::You've Got To Buy A Fleet Of Trucks: Which One? [Re: nthach] #4601638
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Originally Posted By: nthach
You might not have your all your drivers deliver big things. But they are nimble, compact, enclosed, good on gas and decently cheap to operate.


This is key. Maybe if each store needed two vehicles, you could have one compact fuel efficient car and one Ford Transit van for the bulky items.


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Re: :::You've Got To Buy A Fleet Of Trucks: Which One? [Re: NDL] #4601656
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If Chevy is still putting the 4.3 in their Silverado I would go with that. Solid work truck and would suit your purpose. That or a transit connect as mentioned.


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Re: :::You've Got To Buy A Fleet Of Trucks: Which One? [Re: NDL] #4601658
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Why do they all have to be the same? You probably will be better off with 1 full size and a couple compact, then maybe some vans thrown in or even a couple Prius V (40mpg).


"You keep asking questions PandaBear and you'll end up a vegetarian like my wife" - Camu Mahubah
Re: :::You've Got To Buy A Fleet Of Trucks: Which One? [Re: NDL] #4601662
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I used to deliver for an auto parts store. 99% of deliveries were for small things like a set of brake pads and an air filter. Occasionally we'd have some bigger items like a steering rack, exhaust pipe, or a few 5 gallon buckets of oil. A sub-compact car is plenty for most deliveries. A small van like a Transit Connect can easily handle anything else. My store had a few old Dodge Caravans with all of the back seats removed. Those were excellent for carrying lots of bulky parts. A new Transit Connect or similar van would be equally suitable with a touch more professionalism.


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Re: :::You've Got To Buy A Fleet Of Trucks: Which One? [Re: NDL] #4601663
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Here napa uses the last of their 20yr old rangers. They are replacing them with prius. Azone and oriley use nissan frontiers and pb uses a funky looking van.


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Re: :::You've Got To Buy A Fleet Of Trucks: Which One? [Re: redhat] #4601665
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Originally Posted By: redhat
Originally Posted By: jeepman3071
Originally Posted By: Olas
Ford Transit.


+1

The vans will keep the parts dry if you have to transport a few boxes or some parts that won't fit in the cab.


+2

People who have these vans really love them. Good, reliable, cheap to fix, good on fuel.

They're very capable vehicles. If you can't fit it in the back of an appropriately sized Transit I don't see it going into a Pickup.


+3


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