Vehicles are crucial to people in a variety of jobs in Australia, but arguably none more so than tradespeople. As a tradie, you are likely to have a particularly busy schedule which requires an adequate vehicle to get you between jobs. No ordinary vehicle can meet the specific requirements needed for tradies either, as specific fitouts and storage requirements are often needed.
In this post, we look into how you can get the best deal on your trade vehicle. This includes everything from sourcing and purchasing the vehicle to the fitout and insurance protection options available.
Sourcing Your Vehicle
Your vehicle isn’t just a means of transport between your clients, it’s also where you’re likely to store your assets, important business records and various tools and objects that help you to complete your job. Depending on your trade, your requirements for a vehicle are likely to be very specific and non-negotiable. If you’re a tradie looking for a new vehicle, you need to consider what you’ll be using your vehicle for, and therefore what requirements will be needed.
A car broker can assist you throughout the entire purchase process by ensuring a vehicle that suits your needs is sourced at the best possible price. If you’re not entirely sure on the type of vehicle you need, you can talk to the broker about your requirements and they can help you to determine the best vehicle for your unique circumstances. Car brokers have access to dealer networks and can negotiate a price on your behalf to allow you to focus on other important business on hand. Once a suitable option that you’re happy with is presented to you, the car broker can even assist with the mechanical inspections and actual purchase process.
Each tradesperson has very different requirements for a vehicle based on the type of work they perform. For example, a carpenter may need a powerful vehicle with a lot of storage space that’s trailer compatible. They may also require a vehicle that can serve as a mobile base for operations and that can protect building supplies from the elements.
An electrician might be looking for a vehicle which can act as mobile workshop, inclusive of a workbench and a well organised collection of parts and tools.
If you have used a car broker to source your vehicle, they can often assist with the fitout of the vehicle too. At Car Search Brokers, we understand what it takes to secure a vehicle that fits the job and are committed to providing you with the end-to-end services you need. We’ll assist with a detailed brief, sourcing quotes, confirmation and payment and organising the vehicle for fitout.
If you’re in a position to purchase a vehicle outright, that’s fantastic! If not, you will likely need to look into options for financing, which can be difficult if you’re unfamiliar with the various options available. Different lenders offer a number of different rates and loan preferences, so you’ll often need to invest some time into weighing up these options.
Loan details you should consider include, but are not limited to:
– Interest rate
– Interest type – fixed v. variable
– Loan term
– Fees and charges
– Qualification criteria
– Approval process/time
– Dealer’s terms
Choosing the ‘right’ loan could help you avoid unnecessary fees associated with early exits or changes to the structure of your loan, in addition to saving you potentially thousands in the long term. At Car Search Brokers, we are partnered with Loan Search Brokers so we can help you to secure the best finance option for your vehicle and your financial situation. Our partnership enables you to experience an end-to-end process of sourcing, payment and financing. Our team are well connected with loan dealers around Australia and can assist in negotiating a great deal on your behalf.
Protecting Your Assets
Your commercial vehicle contains all of the tools and assets you require to complete your job, which is why it’s so important to ensure you are protected with a full-coverage insurance policy. It’s best to search around for options, however it is recommended that you consider an insurance provider who is familiar with trade vehicle policies and understand the importance of coverage on your tools and assets.
Car Search Brokers are also partnered with Trade Risk, one of Australia’s leading tradesmen insurance firms who have a range of trade vehicle-specific insurance options to suit the unique needs of any tradie.
Saving Time and Money
With such a range of factors to consider, a serious amount of time and energy needs to be invested to ensure you’re getting the best possible deal on your trade vehicle. Going to a car brokers, such as Car Search Brokers, can be of great benefit as we walk with you every step of the way.
With our years of experience and established relationships with business partners and dealer networks, our team can source the best deal on your trade vehicle. For more information or to get started with sourcing your trade vehicle, call Car Search Brokers today on 1300 650 890.