What is a Commercial Vehicle?

2021 RAM Chassis Cab on a Dirt Road
When a business needs things done, in many cases average passenger vehicles won’t do. Because their operations require enormous amounts of driving, heavy loads carried daily, or simply a custom vehicle to suit a particular job, businesses commonly rely on commercial vehicles. What is a commercial vehicle? Put simply, a commercial vehicle is generally a truck or van built and solid to conduct business, and as such is generally much heavier duty than a normal car or SUV. Pickup trucks are often used in this role through their heavy duty guise, but vans often have specialized variants built from the factory for certain professions and variants built partially-finished for easy customization by an aftermarket company for a business use.



What is Considered a Commercial Vehicle?

There are legal requirements for commercial vehicles, both in terms of registration and operation. Depending on your location, and because of their heavier weight and more challenging driving dynamics, you may need a commercial vehicle driver’s license, or CDL, to operate a commercial vehicle legally.

So, legally, what is considered a commercial vehicle? According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), if a vehicle meets one of these conditions, it can be classified as a commercial vehicle:

  • Having a GVWR of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Designed to transport more than 15 passengers including the driver for no compensation
  • Designed to transport more than 8 passengers for compensation
  • Designed to transport hazardous materials in quantities requiring the vehicle to be placarded

Popular Commercial Vehicles We Offer

Here at Cornerstone Auto, we offer Monticello and Anoka businesses the full range of commercial vehicles from across the industry. If you want to know more about any of these vehicles, check our inventory and get in touch with us!

  • Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD Chassis Cab
  • Chevrolet Express Van
  • RAM ProMaster®
  • RAM Chassis Cab
  • Ford Transit
  • Ford Super Duty® Chassis Cab
  • And more!

Our Commercial Vehicle Specialists are Here to Help

Businesses from Ramsey, Coon Rapids, and beyond all rely on commercial vehicles for their employee’s livelihood, and it’s obviously important that those wheels keep turning. If you’re in need of heavy duty business equipment near Big Lake, be sure to consider our car buying tips and payment calculator.


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