A door dealer’s work truck is designed to take a real beating. Yet, when you spend a significant amount of money to purchase a truck, you want to make sure it serves you well. While you aren’t going to pamper your work truck the way you would a luxury sedan, there are a few steps door dealers should take to get the most out of it, both in longevity and in functionality.
Know Where You’re Going
Your work truck does you no good if you’re lost on the way to a job. One of the first accessories you should buy for a work truck is a reliable GPS system. The GPS will help you get to and from jobsites, prevent wrong turns when traveling in unfamiliar areas and help you navigate your way around the inevitable construction you’ll face. Install and learn how to use a reliable GPS system to get the most out of your truck.
Keep It Stocked
Keep your truck stocked with anything you need on the road. First, consider your business needs. Will you need certain tools and supplies? Keep a small stash inside your truck. Invest in a crossover or rail-to-rail toolbox to install in the bed of your truck. Make sure that it locks so your valuable tools are protected when your truck is sitting in a parking lot. Doing so will ensure that you always have access to the tools you need when you’re called to a job.
If your work requires parts for your customers, such as if you work in construction or home repair, make sure you add plenty of replacement parts to your truck. You don’t want to lose valuable time running to the hardware store over and over again for that missing bolt or valve. Take stock of the parts you tend to use on a regular basis and keep plenty of them stocked in your truck.
Follow the Service Schedule
You know that manual that came with your truck? Pull it out and read it. Pay attention to the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule. Keep up to date on the required oil changes, brake service and tune-up. Proper maintenance may cost you a little upfront, but it will save you thousands on unnecessary repairs in the long run. Keep that truck running well by paying attention to the service schedule.
Check Fluids and Tire Pressure Regularly
Your truck’s tires need to be properly inflated to handle the load you dump in the bed. Read the manual to see what the recommended tire pressure is, then check it regularly. It takes just a few minutes to add some air to the tires if it’s needed, and this can help prevent a costly blowout at an inopportune time. As you add air and check tire pressure, look at the tread to make sure it’s wearing evenly.
Don’t forget to check all of your fluids regularly. Oil, the most important engine fluid, can be checked weekly. You’ll also want to check power fluid levels, radiator overflow and the brake cylinder reservoir. Finally, check the transmission fluid levels. If any of these fluids are low, take the truck to the mechanic to look for leaks.