Hassett Automotive


When is a commercial truck or van not just a commercial truck or van?

After Hassett gets through with it.  And once they do, it will be precisely what the plumber ordered. Or landscaper, electrician, or virtually any mobile professional.

“Hassett is uniquely qualified to customize a truck to suit the individual needs of virtually any contractor,” says Ken Vighi, Truck Sales Manager at Hassett Ford-Lincoln-Subaru in Wantagh. “We’re Long Island’s only commercial truck dealership with a dedicated Commercial Truck Service Center. “It’s a completely separate entity from our automotive service center as it handles just trucks, no cars. With over 12,000-sq. ft., it allows us to provide a standard of quality, timely service, and affordability no one else can.”

Commercial truck owners have numerous options, starting with what Hassett calls its “Plumber’s Package”, the least expensive approach that installs shelving and other accessories on the inside of a van. Ken and his team also offer a “Utility Body Package”, where compartments are located on the vehicle’s exterior, either with an open back (like a pick-up truck) or an enclosed back for extra storage space (for vans). Both varieties are available in 10-, 12-, and 14-feet lengths — single- or dual-wheel versions — and feature load capacities up to 19,000-pound payloads. And because Hassett offers truck modifications with various chassis configurations, they can create a vehicle for whatever a particular job segment demands.

According to Vighi, Hassett carries a sampling of almost every truck in stock, including landscape or “dump” bodies, and insulated refrigerator vans for those hauling fresh or frozen foods. In addition, they stock enclosed box trucks from 10-15 feet in length for people who want to build a “rolling workshop”, so they can have a workbench on one side, and plenty of storage room on the other.

Just as important, Hassett can deliver beautifully customized commercial trucks quickly without sacrificing quality and affordability. “With cabs and chassis’ on the ground, we can put a standard or customized body on practically any vehicle in as little as four weeks,” states Vighi. “On the rare occasions when we don’t have something in stock, we can still get the job done in about a month. Either way, the finished product becomes the most valuable tool a professional can have.”

Whether a customer opts for a standardized or customized commercial vehicle, he or she is guaranteed complete satisfaction with their finished truck or van. However, if he had his way, Ken would go for a customized body any day. “I really do prefer ‘personalizing’ a vehicle, because that ensures every contractor gets precisely what they need and want,” he says. “They don’t have to settle for less in any way. Plus, they save money and productivity, because they’re not buying a truck that has too many features, or too few.”

In addition to being the only Long Island dealership with a dedicated Commercial Truck Service Center, Hassett is also the only one that hosts an annual New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) meeting focused in safety and vehicle requirements. “It’s not mandated by the state,” notes Vighi, “just something Hassett feels is important for our customers. NYSDOT inspectors come in for half a day, and provide the nearly 100 participants with critical information on safety features and New York State regulations. Those who attend have given us very positive feedback on these meetings.”

In addition, Hassett also holds a once-a-year seminar for the Nassau Suffolk Landscape Gardeners Association (NSLGA), where dealership management meets with members to learn about changing industry trends and requirements. For more information about Hassett’s commercial truck capabilities, or either of the aforementioned annual meetings, contact Ken personally at lifordtrucks@aol.com.