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Want to buy an ice cream truck? Ice cream vehicles are an important investment. You're buying a storefront on wheels!

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Your vehicle needs to attractively market your business, provide transportation economically, and pass safety and sanitary regulations.

Without your vehicle, you would not have a business. Don't buy impulsively. Do your research. Inspect the vehicle carefully. Know what features you want.

This page overviews what you need to know when you buy an ice cream truck - we'll talk about truck features, types of ice cream vans, considerations when buying an ice cream vehicle, and additional considerations for buying a used vehicle.

You can even shop to buy an ice cream vehicle now!


  • Truck Equipment
    • Awning/Canopy
    • Bubble (High) Top Roof
    • Ballast: helps provide lighting, necessary for night time serving
    • Inverter: gives power to items on truck that need electricity
    • Sink/Holding Tank

  • Serving Window Features
    • Sliding Window: can slide vertically or horizontally
    • Third Track Window System: includes screen panel and movable or removable glass panel
    • Talk Through System: provides security while making communication easy

Types of Vehicles
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  • Custom Made
  • Step Vans
  • Converted Vans
  • Converted Pick-Up Trucks
  • Converted Buses

Considerations When You Buy an Ice Cream Truck

  • Know the regulations for vending vehicles in your area.
  • Know the truck features you need.
  • Shop around, looking at several different models and suppliers.
  • Research the make and model of the vehicles you are considering in resources such as Consumer Reports.
  • Inspect the vehicle during the daytime on a clear day. This will allow you to inspect the car more carefully and will prevent blemishes from hiding.

Additional Considerations for Used Vehicles
An inspection provides insight on how well the vehicle was maintained.
A trusted mechanic should check the vehicle for any major problems.
Minor problems can be used to negotiate a lower price.

  • Maintenance and Repair Records
    What types of problems does this vehicle tend to have? How often does the vehicle have problems? What is the average cost per month you can expect to pay on maintenance? Has this vehicle ever been in an accident?
  • Oil Change Records
    How often was the oil changed? When was the last oil change?
  • Mileage
    How many miles are on this vehicle?
  • Gas Mileage
    What is the gas mileage in the city? Highway?
  • Exterior
    Are there any dents? Rust on the body or underneath? Ripples in the metal? Is the paint job still good?

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  • Tires
    How old are the tires? Are the tires in good condition? Cracks? Uneven wear?
  • Interior
    Is it clean? Is it in good condition?
  • Equipment
    Does the vehicle come with any equipment? Does it work?
  • Freezer
    Is it in good condition? How big is it?
  • Music Box
    Does it work? How many different tunes does it play?
  • Underneath Vehicle
    Fluid leaks?
  • Under Hood
    Cracks or wear in belts or hoses?
  • Test Drive
    Brakes firm? Engine relatively quiet?
  • Safety Features
    Do they work?

An ice cream vehicle of any kind is a big investment. If you do your research and know exactly what you're looking for - you'll be happy with your choice for years to come!

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By Jenn Fraiser

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