Choosing The Right Auto Repair Services For Your Food Truck

Unlike your brick and mortar competitors, your kitchen is mobile which has its fair share of advantages; however, it can also provide you with your own set of disadvantages. If you have been worried about the poor performance of your food truck lately, it is time to get it checked at a reliable auto repair services shop.

Auto repair services provide regular preventive maintenance which will provide a longer lifespan of any vehicle but especially your food truck when it could mean lost days of business if it breaks down. It is can be a big expense even when new, but with the increasing age of your mobile eatery its maintenance requirements will grow over time. You will have various options in your area but choosing one depends on the type of vehicle you selected to be the base of your business as well as the proximity of the repair shop to your location.

Auto repair servicesTruck repair is also dependent on seasons. For example during summer, the engine needs to be taken care of, especially since the hot weather will put more stress on it on your daily runs. Going in for a full service is a wise decision to make in such a situation to avoid any inconvenience during the business day. Every truck owner should also be aware of minor problems related to their vehicle which can be easily fixed by themselves whenever required.

It is always advisable to start looking for an auto repair shop when you own a truck because one never knows when the need might arise. Here are some tips to find reliable services.

Choosing The Right Auto Repair Services For Your Food Truck

  • One of the best and most reliable options of finding auto repair services is asking friends and colleagues for references. If they have the experience of getting good service regularly, it can be a great option to choose.
  • The auto repair shop should have qualified professionals to carry out the repair and maintenance work with ease. A proof of high quality is the association of the repair shop with a NAPA Autocare, ASP or Parts Plus. This association ensures that the repair shop has undergone high scrutiny of service and also has satisfied customers.
  • The look and feel of a repair shop is also important. One can also take feedback from customers at the shop about the kind of service provided by the technicians and how satisfied they are.
  • Find out if the shop has technicians with certification like ASP, Delco or certification from manufacturers like Mercedes, Ford, and GM. This indicates how serious they are about their job and service provided. This also means that they are up-to-date with the latest technology which is actually a sign of excellence.
  • Also, it is not necessary that a larger repair shop will be better than a smaller one. Always check for prices in every shop you research because prices are usually competitive in any area.
  • Look for state-of-the-art equipment in the repair shop. Without a well-equipped store, complete repair cannot be guaranteed. This becomes even more essential if you own the latest model of truck.

Maintenance and it services are very important for any food truck. Although they may be difficult to afford at times, they are priceless when it comes to maintaining the good health of your vehicle. It is very important to make the right choice so that at some time you do not have to close up your kitchen because your truck cannot make it out of the commissary.

We hope this article will save some of you the headaches of having to deal with downtime because you did not keep up on your mobile kitchen’s maintenance.

Do you have any additional tips for choosing the right auto repair services for other food truck owners? We’d love to hear your thoughts. You can share your ideas in the comment section below or on social media. Facebook | Twitter

2017-03-31T08:44:11+00:00 By |Under the Hood|

About the Author:

Richard is an architect by degree (Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, Michigan) who began his career in real estate development and architectural planning. In September of 2010 he created Mobile Cuisine Magazine to fill an information void he found when he began researching how to start a mobile hotdog cart in Chicago. Richard found that there was no central repository of mobile street food information anywhere on the internet, and with that, the idea for MCM was born.


  1. car diagnostic Jul 11, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    nice article. i guess this will gonna be a helpful guide for those who are not familiar with the auto repairing of their car.

  2. Tom Richard Apr 10, 2013 at 12:01 am

    food truck equipment makes up core business assets, so protect systems by replacing worn fan blades and safety valves with properly maintained food truck parts.

  3. deannarjones6 Apr 8, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    Thanks for the information! My truck’s engine needs to be replaced with a new engine. It’s very important to me to find a technician that carries the best parts and does new parts installation at a fair price. I thought that your advice about finding a truck repair technician depending on the season was very insightful. Summer is coming up, so I’ll be sure to have my engine replaced by then.

  4. Natalie Darcy Oct 8, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    This type of thing would definitely take a new level of experience and a unique expertise. Not only is this type of automobile rather unlike anything else, it is the source of people's jobs. It takes a really quality company to get this done effectively and get you back to work. I agree that finding a good company like this has a lot to do with references as well as the general feel of the shop. I will keep this in mind as I try to find a good one near me!

  5. Rockford Johnson Feb 29, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    Great article Richard! I learned a lot about how to find the right auto repair services for my food truck/mobile truck. I like how you said that"The auto repair shop should have qualified professionals to carry out the repair and maintenance work with ease. A proof of high quality is the association of the repair shop with a NAPA Autocare, ASP or Parts Plus. This association ensures that the repair shop has undergone high scrutiny of service and also has satisfied customers.". I have learned from experience that if you want to have quality results, you have to hire quality labor.

  6. Patricia Anderson Mar 23, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    It is good to know that truck repairs are dependent on seasons. Summer is coming so my family food truck is probably due for some auto repair. My dad is mostly in charge of the business so I'll just remind him about the need to have the engine taken care of. You mentioned only summer maintenance what kind of things do you need done to the food truck before winter?

  7. Laurie May 2, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    These are great tips, you definitely want to find a shop where the technicians are certified. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Sam Wilkins May 27, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    My sister recently bought a food truck, but she needs to hire a diesel mechanic to repair it. Great tip about asking for references from friends or colleagues. That sounds like a great way to find someone you can trust with your truck. I will send my sister this article to help her out.

  9. emily bennette Jun 28, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    My best friend just bought her first food truck. She has been having some issues with her truck recently. It is good to know that it would be a good idea for her to take it to a diesel auto shop.

  10. Jorge McMillan Jul 5, 2016 at 11:43 am

    This is a concept that a lot of people don't take the time to think about when it comes to food trucks. Along with making sure that customers are happy, these food truck owners are also worrying about making sure that their trucks are working properly. Like you mentioned, if food truck owners are worried about the performance for the truck, it is time to get it checked.

  11. Katie Anderson Sep 20, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    It makes so much sense to go to a qualified mechanic for food truck services! They can be a complicate fix and it takes someone with enough experience on them. Thanks for sharing! Most people don't know the undertaking that a food truck can be.

  12. Jalu Sakti Oct 14, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    I love your idea to ask colleagues and friends for references of good truck repair services. If you can get a referral from someone you trust, chances are, you will like that company just as much as they do. Not only that, you are making sure to find a company that is trustworthy. I would start there if I was in need of finding a truck service.

  13. Johnny McCarron Nov 17, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    I really like your advice to go with someone with experience. I think that the best way to know that you've got someone good is by looking at the references that your friends might give you. Do you have any tips about finding a good mechanic? I think I may need to take a look at this so I can have a pleasant experience with my possible car issues.

  14. Olivia Nelson Dec 12, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    I agree that a large repair shop will not aways be better than a smaller one. I would imagine that you would need to consider things like their record and the experience before you choose any shop, large or small. I'm looking for someone to help repair my truck's brakes so I'll have to consider a variety of things more than just the size of the operation.

  15. Jeff Evans Dec 20, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    I just got a truck not too long ago with some transmission problems. I want to make sure that I take it to the best shop I can. It's interesting that they have certain associations that ensure quality repair shops and I will have to look out for that. Thanks!

  16. Johnny McCarron Mar 8, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    I really like your advice to make sure you are looking for state-of-the-art equipment. You really want to know that the people who are working on your auto have a good system to work with. Do you have any other tips about finding a good auto repair company? I have a bad vehicle, but I'm sure it can be repaired with the right guys.

  17. Alice Jones Apr 18, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    Asking friends and family members about their preferred auto mechanic is a good idea when you're searching for someone to fix your truck. My brother owns a food truck and he's looking for someone to help tune it. By asking around they know that they'll get a trusted opinion. I'll show my brother this article.

  18. gloria durst May 8, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    I found your comment about the look and feel of an auto shop really interesting. I agree that you would want to inspect a shop before you visit in order to find one that feels good to you. My brother is looking for an auto body shop for his truck so he'll have to find one that has a good atmosphere.

  19. Taylor Bishop Jul 3, 2017 at 9:00 am

    Honestly, I hadn't considered that the seasons could affect truck repair. I never took into account how much stress the engine undergoes in the summer. I'd be interested in learning more about the different repairs that are associated with the different seasons.

  20. Gloria Durst Jul 19, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    I like how you say that you would want to consider the look and feel of an auto shop. It would make sense to find out what kind of environment a shop has before you choose it. My car needs some pretty minor repairs, so I'll have to check out a shop personally before I take it there.

  21. Jack Titchener Jul 27, 2017 at 8:58 am

    I really like your tip on state of the art equipment. My foodtruck is my livelihood so I need to make sure that if something goes wrong, the autoshop is capable of capable of repairing it immediately. Thank you for the auto tips!

  22. Gloria Durst Aug 21, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    I like how you say that you want to check out the look and feel of an auto shop. It would make sense to find something that is going to be able to accommodate your needs as well. My sister is looking for an auto shop, so she'll have to find one that has a good look and feel.

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