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How to Upgrade Your Van's Workload Via 'Uplifting' Outfitting your rigs for work.

By John Patrick Pullen

This story appears in the October 2015 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »



"Upfitting" is the industry's term for customizing a vehicle's cargo area for handling the tools or stock of your trade. You can save a bundle as long as you know the configuration that will work best for you.

Nissan offers upfitting as part of its sales process, baking the added cost of product and installation into the price of your lease, so there's less out-of-pocket expense. Mercedes-Benz has a similar service with its Sprinter vans. There are a few standard upfit systems that are not tailored for individual businesses; the vehicles come pre-drilled for cargo and shelving units, so the designs can be easily modified after you take delivery.

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