Its time now to choose how to get your concession trailer or concession stand built. Are you going to build it yourself or have someone like a manufacturer build it?
If you are thinking about building it yourself then just click on the link “Building your concession trailer” (coming soon!) and it will explain step by step how to do so. If you are wanting to start out in this business by purchasing a used concession stand, please click on the link “purchasing used concession trailer” (coming soon!) and I will get into that in detail.
If you are wanting to have someone else build it for you just keep reading.
There are very few companies out there that actually build concession trailers complete. A lot of them say they build or sell concession trailers but all they sell or offer is a box trailer with a couple awning windows installed. This is not what I mean when I say concession trailer manufacturer.
You are needing a manufacturer who will build you a complete trailer with all equipment installed ready to go. I will have a links page on this site listing the top manufacturers in my opinion.
You can call and or email each one and get a price quote and feel for each manufacturer and make your choice from that. Depending on your budget the price range will vary greatly.
You can expect $9000.00 or so for a bare trailer with only electrical, plumbing, cabinets, windows and lights to over $35000.00 with everything you may need.
Get your list I had you make in step 3 and start calling manufacturers. Tell them what you need and request a price estimate.
Sometimes you may run into a salesman that has a car salesman attitude. You know the ones that try to tell you what you want without really knowing you or your needs.. steer away from these people. They don’t care about you or your business. They are just out for your money.
Look for a manufacturer that wants to meet your needs and build the trailer how you like it. Now keep in mind that even the nicest salesman will need to make a few changes and make a couple of suggestions. This is because not everything you want in this trailer will either fit or be logical but you can tell the nice ones who are basically working with you the best they can from the ones who just want to pump out trailers whether it meets your needs or not.
Once you decide on a floor plan and equipment you will need to pay a deposit so they will know you are serious about the purchase. The deposit is non- refundable in most cases so do your research and shopping before you decide on any one manufacturer. The deposit in most cases will be ten percent. One or two out there might ask for twenty percent but I would not pay any more than that up front, its just not good judgment on your part to do so.
Before you commit with your deposit find out about shipping and delivery. Most of the time the manufacturer is not in your hometown and it has to be delivered to you somehow. Maybe you want to pick it up yourself when it is completed so find out if they allow this.
You should also find out how much they charge to deliver and how they deliver it to you. If it would be more feasible to have it delivered to you rather than pick it up yourself and don’t mind spending the extra money then that is the way to go. The average cost for delivery is between $1.50 and $2.50 per mile. Don’t forget to ask how long the wait time is on the completion of your trailer from the time you send your deposit. It will usually range from 4 to 12 weeks depending on what time of the year you order.
The concession season in most cases is from March until October. Most everyone who is thinking about getting a new concession trailer does so and orders in the months of December thru March so the manufacturers are very bogged down during this period of the year. The best time in my opinion is to place your order from August to November. You should have the least amount of wait time during these months.
Ok now while we are waiting for your concession trailer to be built we can move to step seven..