If you are looking for the perfect used hot dog cart to be a local hot dog vendor, you need to know exactly how to find it. The idea of having a hot dog cart means it caters to your customers needs as well as yours as a vendor.

Things You Will Need

Money to Purchase a hot dog cart

Step 1

Start by identifying what exactly you need for your hot dog cart and how much space you need on your cart. Is a small cart usable or is a larger cart necessary? A cart needs to have access for the actual hot dogs, the hot dog buns and condiments. Additionally, access to napkins, utensils and even accessories to make the hot dog a combo could be on your hot dog cart.

Step 2

Once you know what you need for your hot dog cart, you need to decide how far you are willing to travel to buy the cart. This is important to decide as you need to start looking online and around the community. A safe distance (to make sure you can actually see the hot dog cart before purchase) is 100 miles.

Step 3

Start looking online at the different websites that offer business opportunities and business equipment. These include Craigslist and Kijiji. Look for those ads that are serious and have pictures of the actual hot cdog art you will be buying.

Step 4

Once you have found a hot dog cart that might fit your specs, you need to contact the buyer with one very important question before going a step further. You need to ask: Did this hot dog cart pass all the health department requirements in its last review? This is the most important issue of any hot dog cart because if it doesn't pass, you can't sell hot dogs and improvements are too expensive to do for someone getting into the hot dog vendor busines..

Step 5

After you have determined the hot dog cart is acceptable with the health department and can be licensed after you purchase it, arrange to see the equipment in person. You will be looking to see if the equipment is too worn and it there isn't any structural damage.

It can take several weeks to find the perfect hot dog cart. You need to be able to use the hot dog cart easily to make money which means nothing should impose on the use of the cart and the ease of serving the hots dogs to customers. It needs to be eye appealing as well for customers to approach the hot dog cart without feeling like it is dirty.

Tips & Warnings

You can also check for hot dog carts at eBay. Another great resource is Restaurant supply companies in your area.