In today's market, we all have choices and that includes business decisions such as looking at both gas and diesel step van options for ISP contractors. Both step van options have advantages and disadvantages, so let's take a moment to review the differences.
How Price Affects Gas and Diesel Step Van Options for ISP Contractors
The most noticeable difference between gas and diesel step vans is the price. Typically gas-fueled step vans are priced less expensively than diesel, however the considerations include the year, model, condition, engine and resale value. As the leading supplier of new and step vans, MAG Trucks offers an inventory that includes an array of gas and diesel step vans. Let's use an example of a gasoline-fueled Ford chassis that is available on MAG's lot. This is a less expensive step van option than the diesel-fueled step van, which can be attributed to the following:
General step van maintenance is less expensive in gas-fueled step vans than it is in diesel-fueled step vans.
According to worktruckonline.com, "Over time, regular maintenance on a diesel generally will cost more than a gasoline engine," Jansen said. "The diesel engine has components that are either not found on a gasoline engine or require servicing more often. The oil reservoir is larger in a diesel engine and the water separator and fuel filters will require replacement more often. Gasoline engines have longer service intervals for engine oil, spark plugs, and engine coolant."
Here are some differences when evaluating Gas and Diesel Step Van Options for ISP Contractors:
Diesel Step Vans
- Diesel fuel is one of the most efficient and energy dense fuels available
Diesels typically get 20%-30% better fuel efficiency than the average gas engine.
- Diesel fuel contains more usable energy than gasoline
- Diesel step vans can go long distances before needing to refuel
This is a huge factor when your delivery route is 150 miles a day
- Heavier duty tow load
- Diesel engines have no spark plugs or distributors–they have glow plugs
- Diesel engines can withstand higher compression because the diesel engines commonly lasts much longer than gasoline engines before needing major repairs.
Diesel engines have the unique ability to move heavy loads without straining engines. While they will not win any top speed tests, diesels can move outrageous cargo loads slowly but surely.
- Many diesel-powered step vans clock more than 600,000 miles before they need their first major overhaul.
- Higher upfront cost
- Higher cost of maintenance
- Neglecting the minimal maintenance a diesel step van needs could become very costly
- Not as many diesel repair shops for scheduled maintenance and repairs
- 2010 and newer diesel trucks require diesel emissions fluid (DEF)
Gas Step Vans
- Lower upfront cost– gas step vans can be up to $10,000 cheaper based on the year, model, mileage, etc.
Gas work trucks in the 1,000 – 1,200 cubic foot range tend to be $10,000 – $15,000 cheaper than their diesel alternatives.
- Lower cost of maintenance and repairs
Gasoline engines are the most popular engine in the United States. Gasoline engines don’t need special mechanics or special parts to stay up and running. A Ford gas V-10 in a F59 P1000 is the same Ford gas V-10 in a consumer F-350.
- Repair shops are more common for gas step vans
- Can be more efficient for city and home delivery routes
Gas engines tend to be quieter than diesel engines. For the average person that drives a couple of hours a day at the most this isn’t a big deal, but when your vehicle is your office and you are on delivery routes for 8-10 hours a day, engine noise is a game changer.
- Lighter duty tow load
- Not optimal fuel economy
While gasoline engines have become more efficient over the years, they are still not as fuel efficient as diesel engines.
- Gasoline engines need more service for engine oil changes and spark plugs
Gas motors have never been able to tick the odometer as high as a diesel engine. While advancements in technology have made gasoline engines more durable, diesels still are more durable.
Whether you are searching for a gas or diesel step van, both engine options advantages and disadvantages. With the help of a reputable and experienced step van dealer, you can find the best solution for your needs. If you'd like to discuss your specific needs, visit MAG's website to view our fleet options of new and used step vans, and both gas and diesel options.