Fleet Solutions for Construction

Construction

Gas and diesel trucks, cargo vans, and other commercial vehicles for all segments of the construction industry

Merchants Fleet is your one-stop shop for all your construction vehicle needs. We offer the latest selection of trucks, cargo vans, and other commercial vehicles that are ideal for transporting equipment, tools, and heavy machinery. We understand that traveling to and from job sites can take its toll on your fleet, which is why we offer comprehensive fleet maintenance programs that can improve the lifecycle of your vehicles. Plus, our telematics and connected vehicle technology, TotalConnect, gives you the insight you need to make data-driven decisions.

We can also upfit your commercial vehicles to accommodate your budget and business needs. Whatever you need to get the job done — we can help.

Construction Fleet Management Overview

Benefits of partnering with a fleet management company include:

  • Lower Costs
  • Improved Fleet Safety
  • Key Data to Manage Your Vehicles
  • Faster Deployment to Job Sites
  • Trackable Fuel Spend
  • Visibility Into Vehicle Lifecycle Costs
  • Ability to Monitor Equipment
  • Option of Electric Vehicles

 

Vehicle Considerations for Construction

There are no major differences in vehicles for residential, commercial, and industrial construction sectors. Here are some major considerations that apply across all three:

Diesel vs. Gas

It’s no surprise that fuel consumption is a top consideration. Initially, diesel engine-equipped trucks have a higher acquisition cost, but you also need to consider the total cost of ownership (TCO). This includes the total fuel, maintenance, depreciation, and financial spend over the truck’s lifecycle. If properly maintained, diesel engines typically have a longer service life compared with gasoline engines.

Your choice of a gas vs. diesel engine will depend largely on mileage. Typically, 30,000 to 35,000 annual miles is a good baseline to start seeing the fuel economy advantages of a diesel engine. But there’s a lot to consider, which is why Merchants Fleet is here to help.

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½ Ton vs. ¾ Ton vs. 1 Ton vs. 1½ Ton

You will likely see diesel trucks listed by the ton. This is just a classification based on their payload capabilities, otherwise known as the maximum amount of weight they can hold in the cargo and passenger areas.

For example, a ¾ ton truck offers more power and towing capabilities than smaller trucks and is a good middle-ground option for anyone whose diesel rental truck needs include heavy lifting. A popular example of this type of truck is the Ford F-Series.

A 1-ton truck can tow anywhere from 35,000 to 37,000 pounds and has a weight capacity of up to 7,800 pounds, depending on the make and model. If you’re looking for even more power and payload and towing capabilities, consider a 1 ½ ton diesel truck, which typically comes as a classic cab that you can upfit to your needs.

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Vehicles for Construction

We have trucks, cargo vans, flatbed trucks, and more to accommodate your business needs. Some of our most popular vehicles for the construction industry include:

  • Ford F-250
  • RAM 2500
  • Nissan Titan XD
  • Chevy Silverado 2500 HD
  • GMC Sierra 2500 HD
  • ½ ton pickups from Chevrolet, Ford, and RAM
  • Flatbeds (3/4, 1, 1½ tons) from Chevrolet, Ford, and RAM
  • Service bodies (1 tons) from Chevrolet, Ford, and RAM

Cargo Vans

  • Chevrolet Express Cargo Vans
  • Ford Transit Cargo, Crew, & Passenger Vans
  • GMC Savana Passenger Van
  • Mercedes Sprinter Cargo, Crew, & Passenger Vans

Upfit Applications

We provide vehicle upfitting services for any type of vehicle — Class 1 to Class 8 trucks; light, medium, and heavy-duty vehicles; electric or gas-powered; commercial buses, vans, and shuttles; and passenger vehicles. We can also upfit any electric truck or van model we carry to best suit your needs. We have staff and vendor partners that specialize in electric vehicle (EV) upfitting. Plus, if you need a specific vehicle that isn’t available as an EV model, we have vendor partners that specialize in electric vehicle conversion.

Here are some of the most popular upfits for construction vehicles:

  • Logos, Branding, & Decals
  • Floor Drawers
  • Roof Racks
  • Ladder Racks
  • Power Locks
  • Drawer Units
  • Hitch Accessories
  • Contractor Big Rigs
  • Pickup Truck Hitches
  • Tonneau Covers and Truck Bed Covers

Leasing & Funding

We offer flexible leasing and funding options for all types of construction vehicles, including:

  • Open-End Lease
  • Closed-End Lease
  • Short-Term Lease
  • Rent-to-Lease
  • Value Lease

We’ll work with you to customize your financing terms and structure. Electric vehicle fleet leasing and funding is also available.

Fleet Fuel Management

In partnership with Mastercard® fuel credit cards, we offer fleet fuel management programs backed by a nationwide vendor network for security, convenience, and cost management. Through our comprehensive program and fuel partnerships, we help you save, whether you have gas-powered or electric vehicles.

TotalView

With TotalView fleet maintenance reporting, you can access purchase order data, backup documentation, and key reports through TotalView, our fleet management software, and easily track maintenance expenses and vehicle maintenance history. TotalView also allows full visibly into your employee fuel spend you can prevent fraud and identify areas for cost savings.

Fleet Maintenance

Control spending and simplify maintenance with our fleet maintenance programs. Benefits include controlling costs, reducing administrative burdens, minimizing downtime, and eliminating unpredictable expenses.

Our Merchants Fleet Roadside Assistance program provides fleet maintenance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Whether it is a flat tire, dead battery, or empty gas tank, you and your drivers will have a toll-free number to call — any time of day or night.

In addition, our network of ASE-certified technicians will take care of all your fleet maintenance and repair management needs, in addition to offering guidance and support for routine services or emergency repairs.

TotalConnect

Merchant Fleet’s connected vehicle technology, TotalConnect, powered by MOTORQ, gives you the deep visibility into your fleet in order to make effective, analytic driven improvements. With TotalConnect, you can expect:

  • Real-Time Data to Guide Important Fleet Decisions
  • Seamless Integration of Fleet Data
  • Cost Savings Potential
  • A User-Friendly Data and Analysis Platform

Telematics & GPS Tracking

Our telematics system combines GPS technology and the connected vehicle to provide everything you need to know about your fleet. Control operating expenses, utilization, productivity, and security. Increase fleet efficiency through monitoring emissions, driver routing, GPS tracking, speed and idle times, systems diagnostics, and more. Telematics are easily scaled and customized to suit your construction business needs; fleets of all sizes can benefit from this technology.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of a construction fleet management solution?

Benefits include lower costs, improving fleet safety, easily tracking your fuel spend, and full visibility into vehicle lifecycle costs. Contact us for more information — we’d be happy to review the many advantages!

What kind of fleet leasing and funding terms are available?

We offer a variety of flexible leasing and funding options designed to meet your budget and needs. These include open-end leases, close-end leases, short-term leases, rent-to-lease, and value leases. Electric vehicle leasing and funding is also available.

What are the best vehicles for construction?

Some of our most popular vehicles for the construction industry include Ford F-250, RAM 2500, Nissan Titan XD, Chevy Silverado 2500 HD, GMC Sierra 2500 HD, and ½ ton pickups from Ford/Chevy/Ram. We also offer flatbeds and service bodies from Ford, Chevy, and RAM.

What upfits do you offer?

Upfits will depend on your specific needs. Some of the more popular upfits for construction vehicles include logos and branding, trailer and hitch options, shelving and drawers, roof racks, ladder racks, and power locks.

How long does the upfitting process take?

It depends on the number of vehicles and which types of upfits you’ve chosen. Contact Merchants to discuss your upfit needs, and our team can provide more detailed information about potential costs and timeframe.