Where to Buy Food Truck Equipment, Part 2

LOGISTICAL EQUIPMENT & CONSIDERATIONS: Before you bolt anything down inside of a soon to be food truck, go over local health, fire, and safety codes to understand all requirements. There will definitely be aspects of the law that weigh in on what you’ll need, like a required hand wash sink separate from a larger utility sink.

Code may also apply to electrical and plumbing layout, generator location, propane systems, lighting, fire protection, and food storage and handling.

Other logistical items you might want to install are a hood exhaust system, a water heater, an air conditioner, exterior lighting, a service window with a drop down ledge for condiments and utensils, an awning to protect these items from weather, trash cans, floor mats, and a POS system.

Know the weight limit your truck can hold and don’t purchase supplies that add up to weigh more than this allotted amount. Also research the maintenance necessities for all appliances to get a feel for their life span and what additional costs may have to be invested.

NEW & USED MARKETPLACE OPTIONS

Dedicate some time to researching online marketplace options, developing a budget, asking other food truck owners where they purchased equipment and supplies, locating local restaurant and catering supply businesses, and finding out if there are any restaurants in your area going out of business.

Local associations or even Craigslist and EBay can be good places to start the search for closing establishments.

This way, you will be prepared when it is time to dig in and find the perfect pieces for your mobile kitchen. Compare prices from restaurant liquidators, online suppliers, and estimated auction outcomes.

Don’t be afraid to haggle at liquidation centers or with owners closing down their doors. They are often willing to go down on price and might agree to adding in a free prep table with the purchase of several appliances. Wield your negotiation skills and save on your equipment.

If you have properly planned out where items will be stored, you will know what you can purchase in bulk. Bulk stores will definitely save you money, but if you can’t store everything, it might not be worth it.