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How much does a food truck cost?

How much does a food truck cost?

Food trucks and other specialty vehicles are a large investment. When customers hear our starting build price more often than not, they are shocked. On average an APEX vehicle starts at $80,000 - $100,000. However, when it is all said and done a fully custom build usually costs between $85,000 and $600,000. These numbers can seem big and intimidating at first glance, so let’s step back and discover what goes into the end price tag.

Various factors come into play when bidding the price of a build. Whether or not the customer already has the vehicle they are wanting to build on, or if they want APEX to outsource one is a big factor that can fluctuate the price. Regardless of who brings the building platform to the table, many changes will need to be made before starting to add new elements to the vehicle. Deconstructing and then reconstructing the truck will take several labor hours which will be factored into the bid price as well as the realistic timeline we will provide.

Custom builds can be extremely complex which is why an initial design deposit/retainer is required when beginning the process. On average there are about $5,000 because they take 40+ hours to create because of how specific they are. Once these 3D renderings are made and approved by both parties, the final build price will be determined. It is also important to understand that after the final decisions have At any time during the process the customer wants to make changes to the plans a change order will be made which can occur additional fees,
so it is important to work closely with us during the initial phases.


When building the vehicle only the highest quality materials will be used. Initially using the best of the best materials will save the customer money in the long run. Another factor to consider when looking at the price of our builds is that we include a 5-year warranty. This covers all labor defects and craftsmanship and transfers all manufacturer warranties for all installed equipment to the buyer. Note that normal wear and tear is not covered, and the buyer is responsible for normal maintenance and service. Having a warranty is important because it can and will save money and hassle over time.

Once customers sit down and think about the complexity of their build and what all will go into it behind the scenes, they are no longer surprised about the price tag. When it comes to each build a specific break down of cost can be made which will further personalize and rational the overall cost. Keep in mind that this large sum of money does not need to be paid in full upfront. Financing plans are encouraged but be mindful that there are milestones in the process that will require payment before proceeding with the build.

Now that the cost of a food truck or specialty build has been broken down a bit more are you ready to take the first step? Contact us today to start planning your process.


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