Why buying a new truck or van can save you money
Vehicles are among the biggest investments a business makes, so it’s understandable that owners would want to squeeze every last mile out of their pickup trucks and vans before replacing them.
But it’s also important to understand the opportunity costs incurred when you keep a vehicle in service too long. Statistics indicate a lot of businesses are doing that in the United States.
The average age of light commercial trucks on the road in the United States in 2015 was 11.5 years, according to this report by Statistica.com, up two years from a decade earlier.
Ram’s light commercial vehicles help boost productivity by offering fleet management tools like Ram Telematics™ that use available GPS and wireless technology to help manage fleets. Additionally, the Ram ProMaster City offers Best-In-class 28 Highway MPG and Best-In-Class Max Payload of over 1883 lbs. providing better fuel efficiency and expanded payloads compared to the competition.
The commercial-grade 6.4L HEMI® V8 gasoline engine available on the 2018 Ram Chassis Cab uses Fuel Saver Technology to shut down cylinders during cruising or downhill stretches to optimize gas mileage. The optional 6.7L Cummins® Diesel 16 engine has oil change intervals of up to 15,000 miles.
Upgrading to a new commercial van or other vehicle with more cargo space and telematics can cut down on supply runs and other trips. The Ram ProMaster City® can handle a maximum payload of 1,885 pounds, tow up to 2,000 pounds, accommodate a pallet between its wheel wells and go more than 400 miles on a full tank of gas on the highway.1
The key to taking advantage of these advances in engineering, of course, is selecting the right vehicle for your trade. That’s never been easier, thanks to the body building and upfitting options offered by Ram Commercial vehicles.
Below are a few tips to help you make the right decision.
- Know your payload needs: Before you begin searching models, calculate your maximum payload needs and make sure you understand the difference between payload and towing capacity. “Maximum payload” refers to how much weight the vehicle can carry, including passengers and cargo stored in the cab and bed, and the weight exerted by the tongue of any trailer in tow. In other words, every additional passenger and pound of cargo you load into the vehicle reduces how much you can tow.
- Check body building and upfit guides: Once you know your payload needs, check towing guides that specify maximum trailer weights by model. The Ram Trucks Towing Guide automatically displays truck and van models based on the maximum payload and towing needs you specify, while the Ram Upfit Guide allows to you explore ways to customize its trucks and vans for specific trades.
- Don’t underbuy: Buying less payload capacity than you need poses safety as well as financial risks. An underpowered and overloaded vehicle will burn through brakes, tires and suspension more quickly. Be sure to consider local weather, topographical and road conditions when selecting a vehicle. If you will be towing in hilly terrain, you may want to ask the service manager at a local dealer whether you should upgrade the powertrain, brakes, suspension or other components of the vehicle.
- Based on 16-gallon tank with EPA estimated 28 highway mpg with 2.4L engine and nine-speed automatic transmission. Actual mileage may vary.