Commercial Vehicle Classes

June 16th, 2022 by
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With so many different kinds of new commercial vehicles for you to choose from, how do you know which one is right for your business? There are various factors to consider with a commercial vehicle, but if you understand the commercial vehicle classes available, you’ll have an easier time deciding which one best fits your needs.

Whether you’re in the HVAC business or looking to start a delivery business, there are many different vehicle classifications that can likely help support your vocation. Learn about the different truck classes and vehicle classifications today with the experts from Jim Ellis Commercial Division!


Vehicle Classifications & Popular Occupations

There are technically eight commercial vehicle classes available. With each class falling under the light-duty, medium-duty, and heavy-duty categories. Each commercial truck class and commercial vehicle classification is mostly determined by its gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR).

The higher the GVWR, it’s likely the more performance it offers and thus is offered a higher classification. Let’s take a look at the different vehicle classifications, their categories, and some of their popular occupations:

Light-Duty Vehicles

Light-duty vehicles are one of the most popular options for small businesses. It can range from cargo vans that plumbers use to pickup trucks that concrete and general contractors may use. Light-duty vehicle classes range from 1-3:

  • Class 1: GVWR of 0 to 6,000 pounds
  • Class 2: GVWR of 6,001 to 10,000 pounds
  • Class 3: GVWR of 10,001 to 14,000 pounds

Medium-Duty Vehicles

Many medium-duty vehicles include options like box trucks if you’re in the delivery business or boom trucks that can help electricians have easier access to hard-to-reach places. Here are the vehicle classes in the medium-duty category:

  • Class 4: GVWR of 14,001 to 16,000 pounds
  • Class 5: GVWR of 16,001 to 19,500 pounds
  • Class 6: GVWR of 19,501 to 26,000 pounds

Heavy-Duty Vehicles

If you’re looking for a vehicle to tackle the most serious jobs, you’ll want to look at heavy-duty vehicles. From garbage and natural gas trucks to cement trucks and semi-trailers, heavy-duty vehicles will offer all the performance you need. You’ll most likely need a commercial driver’s license (CDL) to operate a heavy-duty vehicle, so keep that in mind:

  • Class 7: GVWR of 26,001 to 33,000 pounds
  • Class 8: GVWR of 33,001 pounds or more

Learn About Commercial Truck Classes & More With Jim Ellis Commercial Division!

Now that you’re fully aware of the different truck classes, are you ready to find the right one to add to your Buford business fleet? Contact us today, and we’ll be more than happy to help you discover the next steps!

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