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Acceptible Estimating Vehicle

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Gr8WhiteNorth, Feb 21, 2012.

  1. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    Now that's what I'm talking about. Still no different then a 4 banging nissan sitting low to the ground though.

  2. FinerCutslawnCare

    FinerCutslawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,386

    Just in my opinion unless you are a huge company that can justify having a gofer then use a truck. You will be able to use the truck for a lot more than the car. For me it is hard to justify spending around(don't wuote me) 12-15k for a gofer, I would rather just keep my personal truck that is lettered looking clean and professional. I don't know though this is one of the best/trickiest questions I have come acrossed in a long time.

    THEGOLDPRO LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,222

    I used to do estimates in the lexus es300 i had but swapped back to using the trucks because 99% of the people would make some sort of comment about the car as soon as i'd get out. I think for them they assumed i was too expensive, When in reality it was only like a 15k dollar used Lexus when i bought it. I think people don't like to see the landscaper get out of a nicer car then they drive.
  4. PaperCutter

    PaperCutter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,996

    It's funny, when I sold for a company in Phoenix my boss was all excited when I sold my S-10 and bought a 2500HD diesel. He really thought people would take me more seriously if I showed up in a truck. Now, I roll up in a Subaru Forester. I don't think it has any bearing on my sales success and I can fit everything I need in there. Samples, transit, measuring tools, catalogs, paint, stakes, and I can even jam ten 5-gal plants in the hatch if I have to. I'll take 26-28 mpg with unleaded over 16 mpg with my diesel any day.
  5. crazymike

    crazymike LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 452

  6. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,776

    I show up in an E-350 Super Duty passenger van as a landscape architect. I'm not a contractor selling design/build, though. The only comment I ever got was "how many kids do you have?". ... one.
  7. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
    Messages: 9,500

    I've shown up for an estimate on my mountain bike before. I don't think it really matters as long as you have a portfolio to show them your work and equipment.
  8. crazymike

    crazymike LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 452

    Most clients don't care about equipment. Maybe it's different showing up by bicycle....

    Clients don't know the difference between a john deere garden tractor, a $17,000 72" ZTR. A skidsteer is a skidsteer to them.
  9. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
    Messages: 9,500

    If you show up on a bike you'd better have some pictures to show you're equipped to handle the job, lol.
  10. PaperCutter

    PaperCutter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,996

    I can't even imagine if I rode a bike to someone's house. "MOM! There's a big fat guy dripping on the front porch!"

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