The term "commercial vehicle" gets thrown around a lot in the auto industry. But do we actually know what a commercial vehicle truly is?

Turns out, there's more to a commercial vehicle than simply looking utilitarian or being associated with a business. There are specific stipulations that define a commercial vehicle, as well as some general information that's used to differentiate them.

Your commercial vehicle experts here at Bayshore Truck Center are here to help you get it all sorted out. We've put together a brief summary to help you better understand the world of commercial vehicles.

Designation and Classification

The classifications for commercial vehicles can be somewhat broad and often vary from state to state, but they're still important designations compared to the typical personal passenger vehicle.

The simplest definition states that commercial vehicles are cars, trucks, or SUVs that are registered to a company instead of an individual person. That's a pretty broad description that includes everything from rental cars to heavy-duty industrial trucks.

Generally, however, commercial vehicles are dedicated to serving specific business needs. Hauling more than nine people; carrying deliveries or bulky cargo from site to site; up-fitting for specific equipment: these uses and more are among the most common seen among commercial vehicles.

Body Styles and Applications

Typically, commercial vehicles are expected to accomplish tasks that personal passenger vehicles are rarely subjected to. That means there's a premium on function and utility over form or creature comforts. A range of body styles have emerged as some of the most common commercial vehicle types.

Cargo Vans: These basic vans are built tough and designed to carry large loads of cargo. Whether you're shipping deliveries across the town or moving equipment to various work sites, a cargo van can be a useful tool. Rather than benches of seats in the back, you'll find an empty cargo area that can easily be upgraded with shelves and other helpful utility features.

Passenger Vans: These vans are aimed at moving paying passengers, and they're much more than your typical family minivan. Most full-size commercial passenger vans can carry anywhere from nine to 15 passengers -- sometimes even more. From giving tours to ferrying passengers from parking lots, these vans are the backbones of many businesses.

Custom Up-Fit Vans: Some businesses need vehicles that can serve as mobile offices or workstations. That's where up-fit conversions come in. Manufacturers like Ford produce basic van platforms with modular customization capacity, allowing businesses to fit the specific gear and interior layouts they need for their jobs.

Work Trucks: Unlike the often-luxurious trucks that drivers often choose for personal vehicles, work trucks are designed for functionality and utility first. Often seen roaming construction zones or making parts deliveries, these basic-yet-tough pickups are among the most common commercial vehicles on the road.

Chassis Cab Trucks: Chassis cab trucks come without a bed attached, instead displaying an exposed ladder frame. The benefit of this kind of truck is that businesses can easily convert them to the body styles they need with attachments. Common chassis cab conversion styles include stake bed, dump body, service body, flat bed, and other truck variations.

What Kinds of Commercial Vehicles Does Ford Offer?

You can find all sorts of Ford commercial vehicles at Bayshore Truck Center.

  • Ford Transit Vans
  • Ford Transit Connect Vans
  • Ford Ranger
  • Ford F-150
  • Ford Super Duty

Reach out to the staff at Bayshore Truck Center to start the conversation about your commercial vehicle needs. We'll work with you to find the ideal fit for your utility requirements.

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