How to Buy a Food Concession Trailer

Have you ever developed a craving for carnival food? You know, that delicious food which includes corn dogs, cotton candy and funnel cakes. If you like the foods sold mostly at county and state fairs then you are not alone. Millions of people love this food and you can make big money by selling it to them.

The first step to selling carnival food is you will need to purchase a concession stand or a food concession trailer. There are all different types and sizes of Food Concessions Trailers including everything from stationary concession stands to mobile catering trucks.

You must first decide on the type and size food concession which will serve your needs. This will in part be dependent upon the type of food product that you will be selling. Whatever types of food you sell, the trailers may come with refrigerators, freezers, ovens, fryers and sinks.

Select a food product which you will be comfortable working with because you will be spending a lot of time in the food trailer. If you do not like working around hot oil then do not consider French fries, fried dough or anything which requires a fryer. Choose a food, beverage or snack product which has a nice mark up and the potential for creating a profitable business.

Should you buy it new or used? This is a big question. As you know, starting a new business venture is expensive. You want to cut corners wherever you can and purchasing a used concession trailer is an easy way to save thousands of dollars. One of the pitfalls of buying a used food trailer is that it will either have no warranty or a very limited one. New trailers, like a new car, comes with a warranty usually based on a time period of a year or more. Some vendors of new trailers offer financing and the appliances of a new trailers come with their own factory warranties. You can have your trailer customized. The customization could simply be the way the outside is painted, including the graphic designs, awnings and skirts or interior customizing which includes the flooring and other fixtures. Once again, it is a lot less expensive to get a standard concession trailer rather than a customized one.

However, you may want to think about how a customized exterior can really set you apart from your competition. It is a terrific way to advertise your business too when pulling the trailer along the highways that you travel. It could very well be worth the extra money to customize the trailer’s exterior.

When buying a Food Concession Trailer, you can go directly to the manufacturer for a new one but I suggest buying them at a discount. Do not overlook auctions for finding concession trailers for sale. You might be able to pick up a new or used concession trailers at online auction sites and government repossession auctions. Always be careful to inspect (where possible) or ask all of your questions prior to placing your bid. Make sure that you are buying from a reputable person who has feedback above 95 percent positive. Most auctions sell the trailers as is, which means that you cannot get your money back if the trailer is not what you thought it was.

Questions to ask are; how old is it?How much use did it have? What was it used for? And how old are the appliances? If you have always wanted be in your own business and if you love carnival food, why not turn it into a profitable venture. Selecting the correct type of food product and buying either a new or used concession trailer is the foundation for your successful business.

Paying a discount price for your food concession will save you thousands of dollars, which can be used for food equipment or customizing your trailer. Those tasty foods like funnel cakes not only put a lot of calories into you system but they put even more cash into your pocket.