The Green Industry's Resource Center

Thread Tools   Display Modes
Old 05-07-2013, 10:08 PM
larryinalabama larryinalabama is offline
LawnSite Fanatic
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Ragland Al
Posts: 15,068
Originally Posted by alldayrj View Post
Dollar per mile
Posted via Mobile Device
That sounds fair.

Seriousley I agree with every post!

I probably wouldnt do it.
Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-2013, 10:20 PM
Southern Lawn Care, LLC Southern Lawn Care, LLC is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Alabama
Posts: 315
I wouldn't even consider doing this. In AL you can't add insurance to a vehicle that is not in your name. At least State Farm told me that. I had to "buy" my own truck from dad that he gave me in order to have it in my name and add to insurance policy.
Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-2013, 10:27 PM
4 seasons lawn&land's Avatar
4 seasons lawn&land 4 seasons lawn&land is offline
LawnSite Gold Member
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: NY
Posts: 3,529
i only gave my guy a 20 plus the gas we used last month when all my stuff done broke. But I pay him 20 an hour so...
Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-2013, 12:25 AM
Will P.C. Will P.C. is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 957
Regarding business ethics, this is not a good idea. As the owner, you provide the trucks and equipment.

He might think this justifies some sort of equity in your company on top of his hourly wage. He also might think this gives him leverage on other employees and yourself by acting like a boss instead of worker.

What happens when you do get this extra route built up and going strong and then he quits? Not only quits, but poaches some employees, grabs a few of your yards, and decides to run his own business.

The guy must be pretty young or stupid to be willing to put the wear and tear on his personal vehicle for your company.
Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-2013, 01:38 AM
herler herler is offline
LawnSite Fanatic
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 5,145
No, the only way he can do this is if your company were to purchase the truck from him.

We don't loan our tools to the customers and we don't use their tools.
The same goes for employees.

It's a personal vehicle that does not belong to you.
It's not a commercial vehicle, it is neither registered nor insured as such.
Your company does not own it.

No, not unless he sells it to your company, tag, title, and all.
Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-2013, 02:42 AM
94gt331's Avatar
94gt331 94gt331 is offline
LawnSite Bronze Member
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 1,609
I have a guy that helps me with his truck from time to time when one of my truck is in the shop, i pay hime extra for anytime he uses it. Not a big deal if you have a good relationship with your employee. Wouldn't make a habit of it, but why not nothing wrong with working together from time to time.
Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-2013, 06:32 AM
rootytalbot rootytalbot is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: East Tennessee
Posts: 273
Back when I worked for a big company - a laborer stopped in the shop on his way out to the job (in his personal truck)- shop foreman says, ''can you take this material with you''.
Labor -''Sure''.
On the way there he gets in a wreck. His daddy, the lawyer, sues the company because Labor was "transporting" materials. He wins, company pays.
Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-2013, 09:17 AM
MOturkey's Avatar
MOturkey MOturkey is offline
LawnSite Silver Member
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Bolivar, MO
Posts: 2,720
Personally, I think this is one of those situations where although it sounds great in theory, in practice it might be less desirable. I might consider borrowing a truck from a friend for a day, if mine broke down, but never on a long-term basis. I can see the possibility of all the issues raised by others, plus a few more. My advice? Thank your employee/friend profusely for his offer, and politely decline. If you can't afford another truck right now, then now is not the time to expand. Just my opinion. Good luck.
Neill Prater
Dependable Mowing Service
Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-2013, 02:53 PM
sehitchman sehitchman is online now
LawnSite Senior Member
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: West, GA
Posts: 701
Over the years I've seen Uhaul and Home Depot trucks pulling commercial landscape trailers. I always figured it was to get by until the company truck was repaired. As the others have said, this has the potential to be a problem, but for a day or two, I'd probably risk it.
My wife said "you're on lawn toy restriction"

Last edited by sehitchman; 05-08-2013 at 03:02 PM.
Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-2013, 04:43 PM
Blades Lawn Maintenance's Avatar
Blades Lawn Maintenance Blades Lawn Maintenance is offline
LawnSite Bronze Member
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Baton Rouge, La
Posts: 1,232
If I was working for someone I would never put more wear and tear on my personal truck just to help out my boss.
“Life takes on meaning when you become motivated, set goals and charge after them in an unstoppable manner.”
*Les Brown

"There is no such thing as failure. There are only results." – Tony Robbins

Enough Said...
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Layout Style:

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ©1998 - 2012,™ - Grand View Media
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:05 AM.

Page generated in 0.09537 seconds with 10 queries