using work truck as personal vehicle

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by DannyLot, Dec 7, 2012.

  1. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yeah situations vary. But I have a 10 year old work truck with 52k miles on it because I keep non-essential miles off of it. I did have another truck that was used for plowing and "beater" duty until a few years ago though. That helped keeping my mileage down as well.
     
  2. kyles landscape

    kyles landscape LawnSite Senior Member
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    i would say get go in the middle get a 15k truck nicer work for a little less personal you save a bit of money dont need to carry extra ins payment and repairs and just take care of it. your work truck is whats going to make you the money you cant risk cheaping out and getting a junker because then you cannot work. if you get something a bit more and more reliable it seems better plus it should look more presentable being prob newer or better kept. With that being said everyone starts some were i had my f 150 for 3 years as daily driver and work truck now next season i have a work truck and im keeping the 150 as a daiily driver bc its paid off also a side work/back up truck if neeed be.
     
  3. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
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    Buy the 20k dollar truck and buy yourself a $300 beater. I did that for quite a few years after I bought my 450. Why put wear and tear on the items that make you money when you can buy a cheap ride, run it into the ground, and then buy another one.
     
  4. kyles landscape

    kyles landscape LawnSite Senior Member
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    See I disagree with the beater because as an owner image (along with work quality) is huge and ur always a salesman always a marketer no matter were u are or what ur doin so in that sense u want to seem professional. If ur drivin a rust bucket likely your work will be associated in a similar way just my opinion.
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  5. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
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    If I was in the rust bucket the office was closed. I learned to stop taking calls from customers at 8 PM, I answer my phone from 6:30 to 6. I can agree with the image idea but I don't really go anywhere outside of work. It doesn't work for everyone, but IMHO having that 40k dollar truck loaded with the trailer in the driveway for tomorrow was better than me taking it all over God's creation as a personal vehicle.
     
  6. kyles landscape

    kyles landscape LawnSite Senior Member
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    If u don't really go anywere outisde of work why get another car then instead just using the truck ?
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  7. zackvbra

    zackvbra LawnSite Senior Member
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    shoot i have a 97 chevy silverado 1500 with 215k miles and i use it for my personal and work. why have two trucks? I mean I LOVE my truck.

    I already have a longblock crate 350 vortec tucked away in my shop, so when my engine blows up (cuz im going to run it until it blows up or gives out) ill just drop 'er in there!

    but it runs slick as a whistle right now, as meticulous as I maintain it. I expect to get another 50k miles or more out of that engine.

    if your going to run one vehicle for your personal and work, I would really make sure that you are maintaining it very well, i mean you should anyway but that vehicle is your capital; no truck, no income.

    For example, I always check my fluids every time i fill up, grease my steering parts, brake parts, or anything with a fitting every other month, I stay on top of my oil, air filter, etc. anytime there is a slightest sign of anything going wrong, I take it to my mechanic ASAP. I also practice preventative parts replacements, because I cannot afford another truck and i also cant afford too much down time.
     
  8. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
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    The OP has to travel to his job. I forgot when I started doing this I had a social life :laugh:. This is probably the reason I just drive one of the company trucks home. I drove the truck at first but quickly realized unhitching the trailer to go somwhere, or that most places aren't designed for one ton dumps so I figured buying a cheap ride would help and it did. I had a nice truck for making money and another vehicle for the rest of the time.
     
  9. kyles landscape

    kyles landscape LawnSite Senior Member
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    And I don't always answer my phone too but say ur out takin the kids somewere or shopping etc people see you blah blah u get to talkin he owns a business and wants u to landscape it....that's your image that helped not goin out of your way or anything especially if ur trucks lettered up or has some signage I think
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  10. kyles landscape

    kyles landscape LawnSite Senior Member
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    If you can have 2 by all means id say do it but not everyone can or should imo
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