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Commercial transit vehicles can be used for a variety of purposes, but they are great for cargo space, hauling small to large loads, and towing. Many businesses use them for the cargo space and hauling capabilities so that they can deliver their goods easily. There are multiple makes, models, and sizes available so if you are currently looking for or considering the purchase of a transit vehicle, you should educate yourself on what is available before shopping. Five of the best transit vehicles are the Ford Transit, the Ram ProMaster, the Chevy Express, the Nissan NV, and the Mercedes Sprinter. Read on to learn more about these five options, their starting prices, and things to consider before purchasing one.

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How much can I expect to spend on a transit vehicle?

The price of transit vehicles can vary, but before shopping, it is good to have a base price to work with. A new transit vehicle can be as low as $26,000 and go up from there. The make and model, amount of cargo space, and hauling and towing capabilities can affect the price you pay.

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Is the Ford Transit a good choice for a transit vehicle?

Whether you are using it as a passenger van or a cargo van, the Ford Transit offers great features at a great price. They get an estimated 24 MPG city and 29 MPG HWY. They include a WiFi HotSpot, safety features such as forward collision warning and a safety canopy system, wireless charging capabilities, and Alexa. It has a nice amount of cargo space and can squeeze into tight spots. The 2019 model provides storage space between 104.8 cu. ft. and 127.4 cu. ft. and can haul around 1,500 lbs. depending on which wheelbase you choose and the prices start at $26,845.

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How does the Ram ProMaster compare to the Ford Transit?

The Ram ProMaster provides much more storage and hauling capacity than the Ford Transit. The Ram has up to 460 cu. ft. of cargo space and can haul up to a 4,680 payload. It also costs slightly more with prices starting at $29.995.

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How much cargo space and hauling capabilities does the Chevy Express provide and how does the price compare to the Ram ProMaster?

The Chevy Express is a larger cargo van than the Ram ProMaster. It can carry up to a 4,282 lb. payload and tow 10,000 lbs. The Chevy Express is priced only a couple thousand more than the Ram starting at $31,900.

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How does the Nissan NV compare to the Chevy Express?

Though the Nissan NV's warranty beats Chevy's warranty by two years, it is a much smaller vehicle. The Nissan NV can carry a maximum 2,730 payload, tow over 2,000 lbs., and has 234.1 cu. ft. of cargo space. The price starts at $28,850, which is a couple thousand less than the Chevy.

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Is the Mercedes Sprinter worth the cost?

While this would be a personal decision, it is important to note that it provides 319 cu. ft. of cargo space, max 3,814 lbs payload, and 5,000 lbs of towing. Some of these numbers outrank the Ford, Ram and Nissan, but the Chevy has the Mercedes' numbers beat. The Mercedes starts at $57,400, which is a great deal more expensive than the other four options. 

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How do I choose the best transit vehicle?

Choosing the best transit vehicle is basically going to come down to two things: what you need it for and your budget. If you will only be carrying around small boxes and need to fit in really tight spaces, you will probably want to go with a smaller transit vehicle. Larger loads will require a vehicle with more cargo space. The amount of money you have available to spend can help you narrow down your choices, as well.

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Where can I get a good deal on transit vehicles?

One option is to consider used transit vehicles that can be purchased at auctions or at used car dealerships. For deals on new ones, the dealerships will often provide discounts and rebates. For instance, Chevy is currently offering up to $6,000 off of "Year-End new Cars". Some dealers offer rebates that add up to thousands of dollars. Additionally, dealer financing is an option to consider.

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