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Truck/Trailer Appearance

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by newguy123, Dec 21, 2012.

  1. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,984

    A new truck does not turn people off.

    The truck is a recognized business tool and expense.

    What will turn people off is when that new truck shows up with the new non factory aftermarket wheels and tires, lifts, $$$$$$ of crap in modifications. Making the truck more of a personal vehicle/statement then really needing a work truck.

    That moded truck draws just as much negative attention as if the LCO drove up in a new Corvette. Making the statement that I not only charge a lot but I am making a killing off of my customers.
  2. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,112

    You make a whole lot of assumptions.
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  3. yardworketc

    yardworketc LawnSite Member
    Posts: 10

    New is irrelevant. Well taken care of, clean and maintained is important. You don't need to show you just drove off the car lot. You need to show that you have pride, integrity, and attention to detail. What you drag along reflects on your personality.


  4. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,112

    I guess rsk is a bad business man. His truck is no where bear stock
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  5. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 2,717

    A guy we sub for has a '14 F350 srw with a lift and fancy tires.

    His business does seven figures......... the people he works for must have different opinions from yours ;)
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  6. curleelawncare

    curleelawncare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 40

    I landed my first commercial account 4 years ago because of "IMAGE" A lady followed me for 6 miles before I stopped for gas. She was looking for a contractor for their HOA. She said my presentation was best because my vehicle and enclosed trailer were clean and tires were shiny with armour all. I landed the job then and still continue to maintain it 4 years later. Little did she know that it was my first week in business.
  7. RSK Property Maintenance

    RSK Property Maintenance LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,486

    I don't think the part about fancy wheels is true or a lift or any of that, I think it shows customers you are busy and do a lot of work especially when they see a younger guy like myself pull in a 4 year old truck done somewhat tastefully, they think wow that young man really works hard for his stuff and must be busy. Successful people like to be around other successful people, or at least people who look somewhat successful. Especially in a nicer, newer neighborhood where keeping up with the jones is important.


    this is what my buddy pulls up and does his estimates and works with as you can see. at first when first got it he used to park it and switch to his older but still nice looking 2004 regular cab 6.0 powerstroke on 20" wheels and do estimates in that and then he stopped switching and has been using his dually for estimates for a while, and honestly I don't think he's seen a change in the number of jobs he lands or not. I think the price really determines a lot he's still busy in the spring and fall and summers are slow for his tree business. and yes he's on american force 24" wheels they cost about 10k...not cheap lol and that's a f450 too one of the most badass pick up trucks you can buy.
  8. alexschultz1

    alexschultz1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,555

    10k for wheels....? .......... For WHEELS? In my eyes, when I see $10,000, I see a year of daycare paid off.
  9. RSK Property Maintenance

    RSK Property Maintenance LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,486

    Hard work pays off.....work hard like my buddy did building his landscape company for 7 years, get 100 accounts to cut weekly, do some shrub pruning, some mulch jobs while living rent free at a girlfriends grandparents house and don't drink at all or do anything but work and save almost all your money every month and then open up a tree service, buy a bucket truck, chipper, and then buy the truck of your dreams and boat you have been looking at every morning for 10 years and you too will be able to have 10,000 wheels too, not be concerned that they cost 10k because 10k is only 2 days work. Hard work pays off...end of story. he tells me how much he did one job for and some of his jobs he does in a 2 days or 3 days are more then I'll make all month and I crack 5 figures a month usually. anyways truck and trailer appearance does look better, but once you have had the customers most of them don't care what you drive. but being young and having a truck like mine doesn't hurt one bit....my customers actually mention it too me.
  10. alexschultz1

    alexschultz1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,555

    Couldn't agree more, but $10,000 just seems like an obscene amount of money for wheels. It is an obscene amount of money lol. I need to start doing tree work. It would be nice to have that kind of disposable income.

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