Want to Go into the Food-Truck Business? Start on eBay

By Jim Motavalli / Posted on September 1, 2017

If you’re thinking about starting a food-truck business, you’re not alone. Grabbing a meal from a kitchen on wheels has swept the nation. Somehow a gourmet Cuban sandwich or Korean BBQ plate tastes better when delivered through a sliding glass window.

eBay Motors is on top of the food truck trend with many vehicles on tap, some of them already fully functional and others showing a lot of potential—and novelty value. A 1968 Citroën AX HY Van would certainly make a unique platform for grab-and-go nouvelle cuisine, n’est-ce pas? It’s here on eBay Motors. In this case, when customers say, “Pass the Grey Poupon,” you’ll be ready to oblige.

The Right Truck Is Crucial

What type of vehicle makes the best food truck? That depends on the realities of your business. How many people do you plan on serving daily? How many people will work in the truck? With three chefs and a cashier, a VW van may be too small.

Are you going to prepare food on the truck? Some municipal health codes don’t allow preparation or storage of food on board, so you’ll need to work out of a commercial kitchen—and won’t need as much prep space on the truck. If you plan to slice, dice, and cook on the truck, you’ll need to make sure all your equipment is up to code. Sinks, for instance, sometimes have regulated sizes.

The equipment you’ll likely need includes a hand sink, drain boards, grease trap, water heater, fresh and grey water tanks, exhaust hood and fan, stove/grille/fryer, interior lighting, non-slip flooring, ordering window, refrigerator, and freezer/prep space.

And the truck itself is crucial. According to FoodTruckr.com, “You should take your time choosing the best food truck for your business. If you’re looking at food trucks and not getting that special feeling that you’ve found ‘the one,’ hold off a little longer until you find a vehicle that fits both the needs of your business and the dream you’ve been envisioning along the way.” The website also suggests connecting with a local food truck owner and asking if you can see the inside of his or her truck—and find out what’s working and what’s not.

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