Sell truck or keep and add another

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by vaacutabove, Jan 10, 2012.

  1. vaacutabove

    vaacutabove LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I have a 03 1500 with the 5.3 with 85k. Looking to get a newer truck 07 ish or adding another 00 ish what ever i get will be dump or with insert atleast. I onlu have one pt guy bit it would be nice to fert. And mow or mulch on the same day. Let me hear opinions.
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  2. oomph

    oomph LawnSite Member
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    It really comes down to whether or not you want to pay the taxes and insurance on two vehicles or not.

    Myself, being an IT guy that worked in government contracting the past 10 years, learned that it's always good to have redundancy. It's an insurance policy, when your work is mission critical.

    I personally, would have two vehicles, it allows for growth and a backup alternative in the event your main vehicle is in the shop. One week of not having your main vehicle, could justify the cost of owning two vehicles depending on your loss of revenue.

    It never hurts to try it out for a season and see how much you actually make use of it, or how it helps you get more jobs.
     
  3. vaacutabove

    vaacutabove LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I posted in truck fourm and only one reply
    i curently have a 03 1500 with 85k with the 5.3. There is nothing wrong with the truck. I am considering buying newer like 07this and selling mine or adding another early 00's what ever i get will 3/4 or bigger with dump or dump insert. Im tore on adding another truck or getting newer. I only have one pt employee
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  4. GravelyGuy

    GravelyGuy LawnSite Silver Member
    from Indiana
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    Backups are a must in this business. If you can afford it I would keep it.
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  5. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    BINGO! i bought a backup truck yesterday. yea its only a 1/2 ton but it will pull 16' open trailer. i may make it my main mowing rig. great for running errands, instead of always driving my dually.
     
  6. vaacutabove

    vaacutabove LawnSite Bronze Member
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    No one says buy the shiney newer truck
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  7. CircleC

    CircleC LawnSite Senior Member
    from NW
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    Payments are killers in this biz...especially for something like a truck. They are a liablity vs. a money maker. They lose value everyday, especially when you put a nice dent i the side. If it runs and pulls fine, keep it! If you "NEED" something bigger look to buy used or go to the auctions. Buy a goverment truck or some sort of truck with a damaged tite that has no damage. DONT BUY A TRUCK! buy a mower instead!!!
     
  8. michael14

    michael14 LawnSite Member
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    Nope get a shiney old one
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  9. vaacutabove

    vaacutabove LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Mowers are out got two looking at getting bigger in app install side
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  10. CircleC

    CircleC LawnSite Senior Member
    from NW
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    Ok...OK....I take it back. Get a shiny new one! But you gotta spend more than $50k to make it worth it.
     

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