3 Critical Uses for Step Vans

3 Critical Uses for Step Vans

In this time of uncertainty, medical supplies and equipment, medications and food are at an all-time low and in critical supply. Healthcare facilities are scrambling to track down necessary medical equipment to adequately and safely combat the COVID-19 pandemic. However, many industries are the lifeline for these resources, resulting in the busiest and longest work hours on the front lines. Those industries include trucking companies, delivery/transport drivers, medical supply companies, pharmaceuticals, grocers, and so many more. The main source of food, supplies, and mandatory items are transported by tractor-trailers and step vans. Let's explore the 3 critical uses for step vans.

3 Critical Uses for Step Vans

1: Delivery and ISP Contractors

Delivery and ISP Contractors utilize step vans for their delivery routes and have proven to be critical in this COVID-19 pandemic. The ability to have a step van stocked up with essentials and deliver those goods to hospitals, medical facilities, nursing homes, grocery stores, pharmacies, etc. is crucial right now.

MAG partners with hundreds of ISP contractors and delivery companies across the United States. MAG's difference is their extensive refurbishment process for delivery contractors. The process brings used step vans up to ISP standards in the most streamlined process out there.

  1. The first step is to begin the refurbishment process for the vehicle, specifically for used step vans.
    1. MAG Trucks has onsite mechanics that perform the following all before the truck even begins the reconditioning process. This is done to ensure the truck is suitable for our customers.
      1. a mechanical inspection
      2. computer diagnostics
      3. a road test
    2. If any issues were found during that inspection, MAG will address the issues and bring the truck to a mechanically-sound state, while beginning the transformation into an Independent Service Provider truck, food truck spec, or any other custom modifications needed to reach the customers' needs.

2: Food Truck Builders

During this time, many food truck businesses have found innovative ways to continue their business and even ways to give back to the community. MAG Trucks has partnered with some of the highest quality food truck builders across the country to provide the perfect walk-in van that will be refurbished to a custom food truck. Let's explore some examples of how food truck businesses have stepped up during COVID-19.

Example: Valley restaurant owner converts business into food truck during coronavirus pandemic

Tip #1: Nationwide Delivery MAG Trucks is centrally located just outside of the Kansas City area, but delivers step vans across the nation within 7-14 days. From Kansas City area to either coast or even across the ocean, MAG Trucks hires the most dependable delivery drivers to ensure your new or used step van is delivered to you on-time, as you specified, and without issues. We understand the importance of a food truck builder receiving the truck punctually, as there are modifications, design and engineering, graphics, and equipment installation to take place before being delivered to the food truck owner.

Tip 2: Ask for Details of the Specific Unit Not all dealers have pictures on the vehicles on their website. Why not publish those photos?  MAG Trucks posts pictures and videos of units on our website, which helps the customer visually enter the step van and anticipate the updates needed to bring the unit to food truck standards. Pictures should be easily accessible to the customer, so be sure you ask for each angle and part of the vehicle!

Tip #3: Questions to Ask the Step Van Dealer As the buyer, let's explore some questions to ask the step van dealer to ensure you are well prepared for the purchase. Below is a sample list of questions to ask...

  1. Does the dealer have a warranty? If so, what is included/excluded?
  2. Did the step van undergo a mechanical inspection? Can you get a copy of the report? MAG has an in-house mechanical team that inspects every used step van upon arrival at the MAG lot.
  3. Does the dealer offer financing options? Some dealers offer financing options, and out of those, many have higher than standard rates. MAG keeps the rates competitive with outside lenders, aimed at making the transition for our customers an all-in-one type of experience.
  4. Delivery timeline: Does the customer arrange delivery? Does the dealer? What's the timeline?
  5. Will the dealer refurbish anything that can be done before the customer receives the truck? MAG has the ability to refurbish the truck to fit your needs - from adding a window, cutout, serving window, awning, etc... MAG can ease the fabrication timeline by getting it done in house and within your timeline.

3: Linen and Uniform Companies

Linen and textile companies across the country look to MAG Trucks as the go-to provider of the most reliable step vans on the market. One of the differentiators is MAG's understanding of the must-have modifications for linen trucks, ensuring each step van is equipped before hitting the road. A walk-in van is the textile industry truck, and MAGs hundreds of new and used options on the lot are equipped with standard equipment, including custom shelving, backup cameras, comprehensive warranty, and nationwide service. MAG's team focuses on making sure each purchase is quick, easy, and meets all their needs.

#1: Custom Shelving is one of the Must-Have Modifications for Linen Trucks

MAG Trucks has an in-house fabrication team that can accommodate any modification requested by the customer. From a standard shelving package to a locking system or drawers and additional shelving space, MAG has a design and engineering team on hand to make any vision a reality. Linen and textile companies are always trying to find ways to increase productivity and payload capacity, and MAG has experience with hundreds of other linen and uniform companies nationwide to do so.

#2: New and Used Step Van Options

Not all step vans are equipped to meet the needs of all customers. MAG Trucks is unique because our lot is stocked with a large inventory of ready to go new and used linen and uniform step vans. The 100+ trucks on our lot range in price determined by the year, make, mileage, and program specific to the linen customer’s demands. Options on the lot include:

  • New Ford & Freightliners
  • Used Ford & Freightliners
  • Gas and Diesel Options
  • MT45 and MT55
  • Roll-up or Swing Rear Doors
  • Range in Mileage

The process of purchasing a step van can be daunting for someone searching. Even a quick google search of linen step vans can result in thousands and thousands of step vans, so as a consumer it's important to have the knowledge and understanding of what to ask. Some questions can include: What is the warranty? What are my limitations for taking the vehicle for service needs? What are your finance options? Do you perform DOT inspections on-site? Who do I contact after the purchase with questions?  We hope this article was helpful as you review the 3 Uses for Step Vans. If you need a new or used step van, let the team at MAG help you out! 800-888-4614 or fill out the contact form: https://www.magtrucks.com/contact/

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