I may be wrong but AFAIK you don't need an O license if you are only hauling your own goods, or a restricted O license at most.Are you in the UK aleary5a? If so the purchase cost will be less but the running cost a lot higher. Operators licence, saftey checks and you may also not even be qualified to drive one depending on your licence. Do not underestimate the cost of advertizing your Operators licence application in the local press, there as so few local papers that the ones which are left are in a position to insist that you do it on their terms (large costly advert)
In essence Trucks in UK can’t and shouldn’t fail MOT, they must be up to standard every day of the year. An MOT fail can bring DVSA to your door for full inspection of everythingI used to have one to move hay and straw between farms. Not much good in a soft field but cheaper to run loads back and forth with. Keep in mind you’ll have to have an inspection every certain number of miles or 12 weeks which ever comes soonest. If still the same as 2o years ago. I took it for a full mot at the ministry testing station. Was cheaper than an half an hour at a dealers. Unbiased report and no need for an annual mot as it was constantly getting a new one. Given a list of fails that you can fix yourself or give to a repair man. You’ll be on a tachometer too.
We ran a couple of rigids that failed the brake test a few times (brakes were fine) and that was flagged up and brought them to our door. They said " do it again and you will lose your operators license".In essence Trucks in UK can’t and shouldn’t fail MOT, they must be up to standard every day of the year. An MOT fail can bring DVSA to your door for full inspection of everything
Remember it's the 8.25 tonne less the towing vehicle gross plated weight, leaving gross trailer weight,My C1 licence allows up to 8.25 tonnes vehicle and trailer. don't think tacho required for transport of your own goods.