Honda Civic Winter Rig... 35MPG check it out

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Oasis360, Nov 18, 2011.

  1. Oasis360

    Oasis360 LawnSite Member
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    I have a medium-sized Ford Ranger that I use for most of the year's yard cleanups / maintenance, which works great for what I ask of it... My idea is that since Winter is here and I am going to try and make most of my services revolve around my Pressure Washer, why couldn't I use my 91 Honda Civic Sedan to cart the pressure washer around in and do only ground level work on Fences, Decks, Concrete, and Patio Furniture??? It gets 30-35MPG and this would allow me to spread my service radius out to almost 40 miles, and the cost effectiveness with fuel savings would really look nice on profits as well...

    Winter is slow, and driving the Ranger @ 15MPG just isn't very cost effective for one-time jobs like Pressure Washing. I just did a Full-Tuneup on the Civic as well so using it would allow me to do seasonal repairs on the Ford and maybe even get it ready to be sold, as I plan on upgrading to either a Straight 6 300CID F-250 or a Diesel F-250 for next Spring.

    As far as professional image is concerned, I have Magnet-Logo's that can be transferred from the Ranger to the Civic (they don't look all that out of place either) and both vehicles are registered to my business... Has anyone ever done this before??? It seems like a great idea, as the pressure washing equipment doesn't weigh all that much and is fairly compact.

    Let me know what you all think, I appreciate all the feedback I can get as I am new to FT Career Landscaping
     
  2. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
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    I think you could end up leaving money on the table. Say said customer needs other work done that you can't perform with such civic or you don't have all the equipment to perform a task not spoken about before hand. Sounds like you're a handyman, pressure washer, and landscaper doing this out of a civic doesn't seem smart. I know fuel is a cost but it should be in your bid. IMHO I would focus on selling more and making a dollar rather than saving a nickle.
     
  3. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    So who's gunna run yur business when u die from inhaling fumes from gas cans etc... With the heater on when its 30deg outside ????
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  4. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    A real pressure washer doesn't fit in a Civic.
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  5. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    GOOD POINT! most are the size of a civic!:laugh:
     
  6. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
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    It kinda doesn't look to great. I have a nice looking 98 Civic hatch back that I use for.estimates and.such. Hopefully I will never have to put my Ybravo 25 in the back of.the hatch with a trimmer and hand blower. I have a back.up tow.vehicle in case.my truck.is.ever.down.

    Try to combine.trips.as.much.as.possible...use the truck.
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  7. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
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    I don't think it would be a problem to use the civic on occasion when you are fixing something on your truck, if you are getting it ready to be sold/traded-in this spring. I would try and use the truck for the most part.

    A truck is just so much more practical and definately projects a more professional image. With the pick-up you are able to carry most tools that you may need for the day without having to drive back to the customer's place again after going home to get the proper equipment.

    Like I said, if you use the civic only when your truck is down and getting fixed, I think you could make it work. But I wouldn't make the civic your main vehicle this winter.
     
  8. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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    I didn't realize pressure washing was a winter business. Where do you get your water from....don't people turn their outdoor spigots off for winter? Frozen hoses, water on decks and sidewalks that can freeze and create a slip/fall hazard. And what happens to your pressure washer if it freezes? I know it's not real cold there but I thought it regularly got down to freezing in the winter.

    What am I missing here?
     
  9. Oasis360

    Oasis360 LawnSite Member
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    Good point about the fumes from the pressure washer fuel... I really didn't think too much about that, or the fact that outside water lines may not be accessible. I'm really trying to get the ranger sold ASAP to upgrade to a larger truck like an F250 or an open box-bed truck (dumper without the dumping mechanism). I can use the ranger for basic jobs and the Civic for my bidding & miscellaneous maintenance instead, that way saving myself the hassles of loading / unloading the car.

    So is pressure washing a viable business in the winter? I know we get more rain than anything here, so mold & mildew become more prevalent.
     
  10. THIESSENS TLC

    THIESSENS TLC LawnSite Senior Member
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    If your tryin to save money on gas now, what do you think your gas bill will be like with an F-250?
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