Regardless of how affordable one truck model may be when compared to the others, commercial trucks are often far from cheap. As a business owner, you need to ensure that you choose a truck that gives maximum value for your money
This article discusses two factors that you should consider when choosing between different truck models.
Compliance With European Emission Standards
Vehicle emission standards for trucks in Australia are derived from the European emission standards. These standards continue to evolve and become more stringent in a bid to reduce the emission of harmful exhaust gases into the atmosphere. The latest edition of these standards is the Euro 5 regulations, which Australia adopted in the year 2013.
You need to consider these standards when buying a truck because you may need to make various upgrades on your preferred truck in a bid to comply with the European emission standards. Examples of the upgrades referred to include the installation of Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) systems or Exhaust Gas Re-circulation (EGR) systems.
SCR systems are installed within the truck's exhaust and they cut down on harmful emissions by reducing harmful nitrogen oxides into water vapour and nitrogen gas, which are both harmless gases. EGR systems are installed closer to the truck's engine and they work to reduce the combustion temperatures in the engine compartment and to reduce the production of nitrogen oxides. EGR systems often work hand in hand with diesel particulate filters installed in the truck's exhaust system. These filters trap and eliminate particulate matter (e.g. soot particles) from the exhaust system.
The Type Of Truck Body
The most suitable type of body for your truck depends on the type of commercial activity for which the truck is to be used. For example, if you intend to use your truck for transportation of furniture and similar household items, the box body would probably be your best choice.
Box truck bodies are made to be rigid and they feature solid sides. The rigid nature of this body provides adequate protection for household items in transit so that these items arrive in one piece. A box body with a cab that extends over the driver's cabin would be a good choice if you're looking for a new truck with additional storage space.
If you'd like to buy a truck for product distribution, one with a curtain-sider body would be a good investment. The curtain-sider body is made up of a roofed frame and adjustable curtains fixed to either side of this frame. Such a truck would be advantageous for product distribution because the adjustable curtains allow for easy loading and unloading of the truck from its sides.
For more information about features you may want for your truck, contact a company that specializes in truck sales.