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You’ve decided to open a new food truck to share your secret recipe with the world. Congrats!

After some basic research, you’ve learned that a food truck costs way less than the $750,000 opening a brick and mortar restaurant costs.  You’ve even made a basic business plan for your new mobile food business. Now what?

Where Can I Buy a New Food Truck?

You quickly realize buying a brand-new food truck isn’t like purchasing a new car. Unfortunately, there are no food trucks ready to drive off the dealership lot. Instead, food truck builders make everything to order to meet your exact specifications and your local health department codes, .

There are dozens of food truck manufacturers scattered all over the country. As a result, there’s a lot of variation in the build quality, cost, and customer service that these different builders offer! How do you choose?

How Do I Find a Good Food Truck Manufacturer?

If you’re struggling with where to start, look for businesses with 4 stars and above from review sites like Google and Yelp. You want an experienced builder with a strong track record of customer satisfaction. If no local food truck builders have good reviews, expand your search to nearby cities. Some food truck and trailer builder hotspots include Los Angeles, Houston, Florida, Indiana and the Tri-state area.

A food truck is your biggest purchase. Going local, isn’t nearly as important as choosing someone who knows what they’re doing. Remember, you can always drive your completed food truck back home or have it shipped.

What Should I Ask Food Truck Builders?

The next step is to call around to reputable and experienced builders. like Firefly Fabrication, and schedule a free consultation

There are a couple of things to look for in a good food truck or trailer manufacturer. Firstly, they should to past projects they’ve completed similar to yours. Secondly, they should demonstrate a genuine eagerness to help you understand the process. Thirdly, and most importantly, they should guarantee that your food truck will pass your local health department requirements.

Plus, a good builder should be able to advise on:

  • your menu
  • kitchen equipment and layout
  • truck safety systems
  • financing options
  • commissaries
  • business licensing requirements
  • graphic wrap design and installation

Also, a builder should be able to talk knowledgeably about the tradeoffs of buying a food trailer vs. a food truck given your situation. 

They should even be able to field questions about the benefits and costs of buying a new food truck or trailer vs. buying a used food truck or tailer.

So Should I Buy a New Food Truck or New Food Trailer?

Yes, but only if you find a great food truck manufacturer that you trust.

Since food trucks are custom-built and the biggest investment in your new food truck business, make sure you are 100% confident in the builder you choose. They should be able to guarantee your food truck will be able to operate legally, reliably, and safely for years to come.

The bottom line? If a food truck manufacturer can’t or won’t answer your questions about buying a new food truck, find one who can.


If you’re thinking about buying a new food truck or new food trailer, call Firefly Fabrication today at (941) 524-4981. Get your custom food truck or trailer shipped to you in as little as 12 weeks.