For many of us, besides the purchase of our home, our commercial vehicle may be the most expensive and important purchase you will make. You will be using the truck or cargo van on an almost daily basis whether going to the job site or soccer practice or just having some fun.

So before just going out and purchasing any old or new commercial truck you'll want to do some homework first.

For instance you will want to answer some basic quesitons such as what will I be using the vehicle for because maybe instead of buying a car you may need a minivan.

Will you be mostly driving long or short distances?

Will you be hauling or loading, do you need an enclosed cabin or open air, or will you be needing a lot of storage? Will that storage need to be secured?

What exactly will you be hauling or loading?

These are just a few of the questions that you will want to have answered before you can then start to answer questions such as should I buy a new or used commercial vehicle.

Once you've answered a few of those questions you can then start to narrow your search down and thanks to the internet your job is even easier.

Below are 7 tips that will help you find and buy the right commercial truck for you.

1) Determine how much you want to spend before you start to look at commercial vehicles. Deciding how much you can or want to pay before you start looking will help you make better choices. For instance you've heard the old saying don't go to the grocery store hungry well the same is true here.

2) Read up and watch some videos of the make and model of the vehicle you may be considering purchasing because you may find that the car or minivan you are looking at may not be right for your needs after all.

2) There really is a good time to buy a truck and that tends to be at the end of the month because most dealerships have quotas that need to be met and they are usually more willing to work a deal.

4) Ask a number of questions and request a carfax report about the vehicle you are looking at as well as view any damage that may be visible. Does the salesperson seem knowledgeable and are they more interested in listening to your needs then they are in making a sale.

5) You will want to test drive the car since you will be the one driving the car. Drive the truck or van on different road types and for at least 15 minutes. This will give you a chance to hear the engine, test the acceleration levels as well as check the brakes.

6) Work with dealerships that have been in business for at least 10 years. There are a lot of fly by not operations that will just sell you any old car and not be around when you need help. Chances are that a dealership that has been around for at least 10 years will be around another 10years.

7) Have fun, yes, have fun the old days of dreading buying a business truck or trailer are long gone because there is so much information out on the different types of makes and models. You don't have to feel like you were taken advantage or that you purchased a lemon. If you follow these simple tips you will be light years ahead and on the road to enjoying your new vehicle.