I was once where you guys are. Many of us were – Questions. Questions. Questions. Am I making the right decision? Bottom line is do some footwork – save some heartache.
Before you post here on our advice on a cart, (and believe you me, we’re happy to give our opinions) I highly recommend you get on Craig’s List, restaurant supply brokers or search eBay for local carts for sale. Even if you’ve eliminate only one cart manufacturer – you’re ahead of the game. Go and look, feel, poke around, ask questions, make the seller demo the cart, etc and see what cart feels right. What does your business plan call for? A griddle? Grill? Simmered/steamed dogs only? One steam pan? Two? Can you do chili? Cheese?
My views on quality took a sharp turn after looking at a few local models. I drove 200+ miles to Houston to poke around, fire up and get a demo of my Top Dog cart. The seller was (is) a Roadfood member and went over the cart with a fine tooth comb. No regrets at all.
I’m not saying we’re not willing to throw out our opinions – a few recent “what about this cart” threads will testify to that – but you wouldn’t buy a car sight unseen or without a test drive – why take a chance on a cart that may be a primary source of income? Hope this helps.