This is part of an ongoing series about the start up of a food truck called NaanStop. We will be launching in the first quarter of 2011. You can follow us on Twitter, on Facebook, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any feedback. Check back here for weekly updates!
If you’ve been following NaanStop’s path from idea to start-up, you’ve probably figured out by now that Samir and I like to do a lot of research before we make our decisions…maybe too much if that’s possible. Choosing a truck was no exception. After visiting and speaking with many commissaries, we chose the one we wanted to lease a truck from. 3 meetings later, we were ready to sign a lease.
I’ve seen a lot of other trucks sidelined by mechanical issues and I wanted to do some solid due diligence. So, the night before our meeting Samir and I made a page long list of everything we wanted to inspect. These trucks have hundreds of thousands of miles on them, so some issues are to be expected. But I wanted as few surprises as possible. If there were any issues, I wanted them fixed before we actually took possession of the truck. So, when we got on the truck, we flipped every switch, turned on every burner, and opened every door and window. Then we took the truck on a test drive and took a look under the hood.
The test drive was pretty exhilarating by the way. It felt great to finally be driving MY truck. The empty truck was a blank canvas to me and I started picturing where things would go and what the wrap for the outside would look like.
Our thorough inspection yielded a 26 point list of repairs. Almost all were small issues that were relatively easy to fix. Nevertheless, the folks at the commissary looked at us like we were crazy. They said most people just walk in, look at a truck for 10 minutes and sign the contract. So, I think they were kind of annoyed that we were taking so much time. I think they understood through that we were just thorough and that our thoroughness meant that we would probably take good care of their truck.
Now that we have the truck, it’s time to design our wrap…