When doing research on upfitting your commercial truck or van, you are likely to run across dozens of articles discussing the best steps to take. While this information is definitely useful, knowing how NOT to upfit your commercial vehicle can save you from a lot of headaches.
For over 30 years, our McAllen fabrication and upfitting experts at Camco Wheel & Axle continue to provide nationally recognized services to a broad range of clients working in various industries. We’ve seen what obstacles can arise in the upfitting process, and we’ve learned what steps to take in order to avoid them.
We believe that it is our responsibility to not only provide you with clear and meaningful advice about truck or van upfitting but to also help you avoid the pitfalls that end up costing you thousands of dollars more down the road. Consider the following tips on how NOT to upfit your commercial vehicle, and then contact us at (956) 781-4800 when you’re ready to have qualified experts handle your next upfitting project.
1. Placing too much emphasis on costs and not enough on value.
Let’s be honest, upfits for your commercial truck or van can be costly. While we’re definitely not saying spend everything you have, disregarding the true value of your investment can lead to a poorly made decision when it comes to choosing the right upfit specialist. While you can certainly find cheap upfitting service providers, the quality of their work can end up come back to haunt you. Plus, there are always “hidden costs” that seem to miraculously arise, raising the price on the project in the process. Adding to this is the probability that many inexperienced upfitters may not have the qualifications to complete the project in a timely fashion, keeping your vehicle out of commission and costing your business money.
It’s also worth noting that a professionally done upfit can be deducted during tax season and when properly spec’d is sure to make up for its cost over time. Remember that value is the name of the game.
2. Thinking you can do it yourself.
Maybe you know a thing or two about upfitting. You might even have a friend who’s quite handy with electrical work. Why spend more when you don’t have to, right? Wrong.
There’s a number of things that can–and often will–go wrong when working on an upfitting project. To begin with, should you decide to do an in-home upfitting project, you become the sole party responsible for any mistakes you make. That includes any issues that occur down the road – both literally and figuratively. You essentially render your warranties worthless and can be held liable should any modifications lead to an accident.
Then there’s the actual costs. Many would-be upfitters will only calculate the costs of the materials, but what about the amount of time you will have to take off work to complete the tasks? How long is your vehicle going to be out of commission? What if the project takes longer than you expected, or something goes horribly wrong?
The idea that you can do it yourself at a reduced cost may sound like a good idea – but believe us – you can quickly lose more money than you intended. Let the professionals at Camco Wheel & Axle provide you the quality services you need that will maximize your commercial vehicle’s earning and efficiency potential.
3. Not caring about the look of the vehicle after the upfit.
We completely understand that getting your vehicle back to work is the highest priority you’ll have. However, it shouldn’t lead to accepting a half-done job that leaves your vehicle looking in worse shape.
Your commercial truck is your office, and you’ll want any client who sees your office to appreciate the level of professionalism you display. Any work done that looks cheap will be noticeable, and clients may be a little hesitant to recommend you to others, ultimately hurting your bottom line.
This goes for both the exterior and storage areas. If shelves and storage bins are poorly built, this can result in inventory and tools scattered all over the place, thus causing your workers to spend more time digging around for them. This can lead to the project deadline having to be extended for something as simple as not being able to find the right tool.
It’s completely acceptable to care about the look of your vehicle. Your customers definitely will.
4. Failing to check references and experience.
If it’s your first time getting a truck or van upfitted, overlooking this key step in the process can be a huge mistake when you’re spending thousands of dollars on a project.
Asking for and verifying references can prove to be an invaluable source of information from other parties. This can give you the insight you need to figure out whether the company has the experience and expertise required to upfit the commercial vehicle your industry uses, or whether they are out for a quick buck.
How NOT to upfit your vehicle is just as valuable as knowing what you should do. At Camco Wheel & Axle, our fabrication and upfitting experts know exactly how to get the job done right.
We work extra hard at Camco Wheel & Axle to meet your spec requirements and upfitting needs. Our services and products are designed for optimal performance, all while staying within your budgetary guidelines.