Valid reason NOT to have sign on truck or trailer?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Exact Rototilling, Nov 19, 2007.

  1. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,362

    I've seen a sizeable number of LCO in my area who do not have Company Sign or info of any kind on their truck or trailer. Even on commercial accounts. It's very obvious to me that they are doing this for a living. Is there any valid reason NOT to have your company sign on your truck or trailer?

    All I can think of is the following:

    They live in an area where the home owner association doesn't allow commercial vehicles parked on the street or driveway.

    Company sign would require commercial vehicle & trailer licensing.

    They are not remotely legitimate cash only un-licensed operator.

    Personal privacy is of the utmost importance to the owner. ;)

    Any others?
     
  2. dwlah

    dwlah LawnSite Senior Member
    from Argo Al
    Posts: 558

    Full schedule

    only takes on work that has been referred by other customers

    doesn't want to deal with having to remove the vinyl when he trades trucks

    waiting on the sign company to get done with his sign so he can put it on the truck

    hasn't thought about putting a sign on his truck
     
  3. beano

    beano LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 425

    Dosent want people to know whats in the trailer mostly so when its parked people dont break into it
     
  4. KS_Grasscutter

    KS_Grasscutter LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,335

    Reason my truck is not lettered is I drive like a total idiot most of the time, and I don't want people knowing who I am. Don't want to be drivin and have my cell phone ring with someone saying "hey a$$clown, you just cut me off" or "hey idiot my son just watched you run over our cat".
     
  5. verant

    verant LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 484

    i hear ya. i have vinyl lettering on the back side windows of my truck. one time i passed someone in a big parking lot. and when i get home there's a message on my home phone saying that "you drive recklessly and some other b.s. " but otherwise, i like to have it on their, b/c when i'm mowin a property people see my truck and take notice. and know i'm open for business. :cool2:
     
  6. mdvaden

    mdvaden LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,946

    Often I have, and sometimes not.

    Not a lot of immediate business has come from lettering for me.

    If anything, name recognition is a benefit.

    Some folks have all the accounts they need, so why letter a vehicle and spend more money out of their income?

    I just bought a new truck, and am thinking about letters now. Probably will go ahead for name recognition.
     
  7. hackitdown

    hackitdown LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,515

    I buy new trucks from time to time, so I never letter them. I do have magnetic signs I put on if I am meeting a customer. But my truck is my family vehicle, so I usually skip the signs. I do have a large sign permanently bolted to the tailgate of my trailer.
     
  8. DiyDave

    DiyDave LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,695

    The only time I ever got a negative call because of signs on the trailer was because of a parking dispute. I had parked in a lawyer's parking lot, next to the 7-11 store I was going into early one morning (There were downed power lines in the 7-11 p-lot). It was a good area, so I left the NPR diesel idling. When I came out there was this prick lawyer screaming into his cell phone, he had my keys in his hands, and was saying into the Phone that he was going to hold my truck until I, the owner came down to get it. He got the surprise of his life, when I tapped him on the shoulder, said I was the owner, and to give me the keys NOW or I would call the police on him and charge HIM with possession of stolen property! It was priceless to have seen the look on his face as he about shat his pants, looking at the size of me, between him and any escape. He dropped the keys on ground and RAN back to his office.:cool2::cool2:
     
  9. Hiwire

    Hiwire LawnSite Member
    Posts: 47

    Am I wrong or does DOT require company name on each truck as well as your DOT number??
    Ray
     
  10. N.TX

    N.TX LawnSite Senior Member
    from TEXAS
    Posts: 473

    I have another reason..... When some moron STEALS YOUR MAGNETIC SIGNS ... happend twice about 6 yrs ago... i decided i didnt want magnetic signs and now as of recently i just put signs on my trailer.
     

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