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.