What is a Commercial Vehicle?


In the United States, a vehicle is said to be “commercial” if it is owned by a business or non-profit. However, if we end our explorations here, we might miss out on some of the nuances that go into the definition. So, what is a commercial vehicle, really? Read on to find out what other factors might allow your van or truck to earn the commercial designation in the Champaign area.

Commercial Vehicle Definition

For some drivers near Danville or Mattoon, the “commercial vehicle” designation might seem rather inconsequential. After all, as we’ve discussed above, all vehicles titled or registered to a company may qualify as “commercial,” in the conventional usage. However, since different legal codes apply to commercial and non-commercial vehicles, experts have tried to set down a precise, definite answer to the question, “what is a commercial vehicle?”

Even if a vehicle isn’t technically owned by a company, it might qualify as commercial in a court of law. Here are the qualifying characteristics set out by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations:

  1. A vehicle might receive the commercial designation if it has a weight rating of more than 26,001 pounds.
  2. Even a vehicle falls below this rating, it could be described as commercial if it transports any hazardous materials.
  3. If a vehicle is designed to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver), it probably qualifies as commercial.
2019 RAM Chassis cab with bucket lift

In some cases, these definitions allow a van or a truck to qualify as a commercial vehicle even if it is owned by an individual or leased to an individual by a neutral financial institution.

Find a New Commercial Vehicle With Sullivan•Parkhill Automotive Inc!

Looking for a new commercial vehicle for your business or non-profit? Your local Sullivan•Parkhill Automotive Inc dealership is an ideal place to start your search. Our lineup includes new Mercedes-Benz commercial vans, including the new Mercedes-Benz Metris and the new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. What’s more, we’re happy to help you upfit and customize your commercial van for any purpose.

Searching for a new commercial truck that can get more done on the jobsite? Find new Chevy Silverado trucks for sale in our dealership group’s new Chevy truck lineup today! Although not all Chevy trucks will automatically qualify as commercial, models like the Silverado 2500 and the Silverado 3500 are sure to have the power you need. A Chevy Silverado 1500 for sale can still get plenty of work done, even if its weight rating falls short.

2019 Mercedes Metris Van loading cargo

Get Behind the Wheel Today! 

Now that you’ve had a chance to answer the question, “What is a commercial vehicle?” we wouldn’t be surprised if you were itching to get behind the wheel. Contact us today to set up a test drive at our Champaign Chevrolet or Mercedes-Benz dealerships.


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