What to Expect from a Custom Fabrication Expert
Fabrication services may be required for several reasons. Some requirements are for specialty structures like racks or doors. Some fabrication is done to repair your truck or trailer after an accident. Whatever the need, it is important to find a fabrication expert that understands precisely what you are looking for and transforms that understanding into reality.
When looking for custom fabrication services, here are some important aspects that should be considered from a professional.
Precision and quality are essential for any fabrication service. Upfitting jobs should include everything from the metalwork to the fit and finish. All fabrication should look clean, professional, and as if it were part of the original design.
Fabrication is going to require downtime. Truck downtime can be expensive. How quickly can your fabrication specialist get you scheduled and how quick is the turnaround. More importantly, how well is the project communicated to you, so you schedule around the lack of truck and be assured of its completion.
If you are spending money to upfit a truck, knowing the level of experience of the fabrication shop is important. How long as the shop been in business? Are they experienced in the type of custom work you are commissioning them to perform?
Customer Service & Communication
As with any business service, the custom fabrication shop needs to listen well, offer a professional recommendation, and provide good communication before, during, and at completion. Any specialty item can vary greatly in how it is implemented. Communication is key to setting your expectations and delivering to them or beyond.
Why C&M Motors
C&M Motors is a locally owned and operated family business serving the greater San Diego area since 1982. With 2 locations to serve you (National City and Vista), we offer a more personalized experience and customized services to meet your business needs. Ask about our fabrication services and, if needed, our 24/7 emergency roadside assistance.
Give us a call to learn more and schedule your custom work.
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Tips for Buying Used Commercial Trucks
New trucks are very hard to come by right now. With the chip shortage and supply chain issues, commercial truck orders continue to be pushed out. The short-term solution, buy used and buy well. Here are some tips for making the most of that purchase.
Buying a Used Commercial Truck
The starting point should be a clear understanding of the important features that truck needs to have.
- What is the intended job for this truck?
- What size engine does it need? Will it be transporting large, heavy items?
- What configuration is needed? Does it need to seat just the driver or have room for additional team members (extended cab)?
- Will it be transporting temperature sensitive items? Does it need a reefer unit?
- Does it need any special racking, liftgates, etc.?
The next most important consideration is cost.
- What can your business afford?
- Is there a budget?
- Will you need financing for your purchase?
- How much of a down payment will you make?
- What length of financing term will you need to make the payments affordable?
The next question to consider is how urgent the truck purchase is. Once you have decided the level of importance, you can decide how much time you have to shop around.
- Is this truck essential to your business?
- Are you behind on deliveries?
- Is this truck needed for your growth?
Finally, and most importantly, is assurances that what you are buying has been well cared for. A history check on accidents, maintenance, upgrades, etc. will give you a sense of the truck’s overall condition.
A great way to purchase a sound commercial truck is to work with a reputable dealer who can acquire the right truck for you, check out all aspects of the truck, make any necessary repairs, add those important accessories, and support you for the life of the vehicle.
Why C&M Motors
C&M Motors is a locally owned and operated family business serving the greater San Diego area since 1982. With 2 locations to serve you (National City and Vista), we offer a more personalized experience and customized services to meet your business needs. Contact us if you are looking for a used commercial truck. Have all your truck buying details in hand and let us do the leg work. We will make sure you get a great workhorse that will last you for many years.
Give us a call to learn more.
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Getting the Most from your Truck Fleet – A Necessity with Today’s Shortages
Chip shortages, supply chain issues, and bottlenecks at ports have left small businesses and municipalities competing over scarce supply of commercial vehicles as businesses rebound from the pandemic.
As demands on transportation heat up for the holidays, the shortage of new trucks poses huge challenges on businesses to get their products to market. The chip shortage has contributed significantly to a reduced number of available new trucks, parts are challenging to acquire on short order, and yet the demand for transporting goods continues to increase.
How Can Businesses Overcome these Issues?
The best way to serve the growing transportation need is by utilizing your current assets to their fullest. Good fleet management software can help provide shortest routes, avoid traffic or construction, help find parking, and track the driver allowing the fleet manager to make the most of every truck. Another great way to get the most of your existing fleet is with predictive maintenance. Given that some replacement parts are challenging to get, it is best to keep your trucks well-maintained. Don’t wait for that part to be completely worn. Get a jump on ordering its replacement and getting it installed. Nothing is worse for the productivity of your fleet than to have a truck broken down on the side of the road.
C&M Motors – Your Trusted Commercial Truck Dealership
At C&M Motors, we are here to help you with all your truck needs. Our parts department will help you find that needed part. Our fabrication team will help you customize that truck, so it works efficiently for you. Our maintenance team will help you keep your truck running so you can keep up with customer demands. Our sales and service teams are working hard to bring you quality used trucks that have been thoroughly checked and ready for active duty. We also offer 24×7 roadside assistance to help you when disaster strikes. We will get you back in the driver’s seat as quickly as possible.
Call us today with your truck needs.
The New 2021 Hino Trucks
Hino Trucks introduced a new series of trucks for 2021. The new offerings were showcased at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show (NACV) in Atlanta. Visitors to the show were able to see the new offerings which included updated designs, added connectivity, and additional safety features.
The new 2021 Hino trucks include the M Series which are Class 4 and Class 5 trucks. In addition, the new Hino L Series was presented which are Class 6 and 7 conventional trucks. These new offerings will replace Hino’s current Class 4-7 models. The XL Series rounds off the offering with Class 7 and 8 trucks.
The new 2021 Hino trucks will offer a larger cab configuration, greater flexibility and durability, and improved connectivity.
The M Series trucks are upgraded with a new grille design, optional LED headlights, and HD 6-speed Aisin automatic transmission with gear hold feature. They also sport the first fully integrated lane departure warning system, steering wheel controls, and a new gauge cluster in a 4.2 inch LCD multi-informational display.
The new Conventional line, the L Series, comes with upgrades to the front fascia, offering a new bold design, plus new optional LED headlights. The cab interior has been given an automotive grade finish designed, clearly designed for commercial use and improved functionality. Steering wheel controls, a 7 inch LCD multi-information display, more storage and leg room, really add to the driver tools and comfort.
Hino trucks have always been built with safety in mind, but now there are even more new safety features available. Electronic stability control, a collision mitigation system, lane departure warning, active cruise control and driver’s seatbelt sensor are among the long list of Hino safety features.
Extended and crew cab options will enable Hino trucks to better serve customers’ operational needs, as well as open new markets for its trucks. The 30 inch extended cab will have seating for five and the 44 inch crew cab will have full-size doors and seat six passengers. Hino has even equipped it with zoned A/C and heat for full comfort.
As with many vehicles, chip and parts shortages have affected production, roll-out, and delivery this year. Hino announced the opening of a nearly 1 million-sq.-ft. truck manufacturing plant in Mineral Springs, WV, to help boost its production capabilities and drive growth.
New Hino L Series trucks are expected by end of year. Contact C&M Motors for pre-sale options on these great new trucks. Don’t miss out; supplies will be limited!
New Hino Truck Upfitting Options for Your Business
At C&M Motors (San Diego and Vista) we love our Hino trucks. Our customers love them too. From the superior engineering to the high retained value of these workhorses, these trucks are strong, dependable, and easily customizable.
Customize Your Hino for Your Specific Trade
Hinos are a great choice for your business, and nothing makes business more efficient that a truck that has been customized to the special needs of your trade. With a great chassis to work with, the possibilities for upfitting your truck are endless. From boxes, flatbeds, and winches and liftgates, shelves, and refrigeration options, Hino is a great option for many industries.
Hino Medium Duty for Electrical, HVAC, Plumbing, and Landscaping
Hino Medium Duty trucks are just the right size for light commercial and residential home services industries. These great trucks are maneuver great in the city and in residential areas. They can be equipped with shelving units, generators, and drawers to keep parts and workers organized and prepared for every situation.
Hino for Construction
Hino Heavy Duty trucks are perfect for the construction job site. Selecting a crew cab base makes transporting your crew easy and convenient. Flatbed options are great for hauling heavy equipment while open or covered boxes can be used for transporting materials. Need to dump dirt, gravel, rock, or bark? A hydraulic ram can be installed to make those jobs easy that require filling and dumping.
Hino trucks is a great choice for transporting goods. Whether it is fresh or frozen produce, office equipment and furniture, flowers, and more Hino help make deliveries simple and streamlined. Refrigeration boxes keep those cold items at the optimum temperature and the truck size and maneuverability are perfect for city driving.
Why C&M Motors
C&M Motors is a locally owned and operated family business serving the greater San Diego, Vista, Temecula, and San Clemente areas since 1982. With 2 locations to serve you (National City and Vista), we offer a more personalized experience and customized services to meet your business needs. Give us a call to learn more.
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