Hi, my name is Tim and for the past two years I have made a living as an ice cream vendor in Boston. I remember when I first had the idea of running an ice cream truck business, I was put off by the mistaken belief that the upfront costs involved – the truck, equipment, and stock – would make it unfeasible for my budget. However, after doing some research on the different options available, I found that this was not the case; in fact, there are many options available that make getting started easy and affordable. Here are two things anyone thinking of buying an ice cream truck should know:
First of all, you don’t have to buy your truck outright; To be honest, I would not suggest buying a vehicle unless you are committed to making this a long-term business venture. If you want to buy your truck, a good place to start is Craigslist. With a little research and persistence, you can find some really amazing deals by searching the site from your local area. If you keep going like this, you should be able to find a truck that will cost you no more than $ 3000- $ 5000.
The second mistake many people often make is thinking that ice cream trucks are made for a purpose. The truth is that very few of these trucks were built to sell ice cream. Most of them, including mine, are just converted pickup trucks and pickup trucks. Converting a truck or van is a relatively simple process, all you really need is a side window and your freezer bolted to the body of the vehicle and you’re good to go. It’s probably best to have a professional do the conversion for you, but if you’re mechanically inclined and have the right tools, it’s definitely a do-it-yourself project. If you search hard enough, you should be able to find a used truck for less than $ 1,000. Estimate another $ 1,000 at least for a cold plate freezer (I have some tips on my site for making a cheap freezer if you don’t want to get a cold plate) and another hundreds to install your service window and buy paint to paint your truck. Make sure you buy thick Plexiglass for your service window (I got 1/4-inch from Home Depot) and note the size of the Plexiglass you can buy before cutting the window hole so that you only have to buy one piece (what will). it probably costs around $ 100).