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buying a used truck

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by puregreen345, Feb 26, 2006.

  1. puregreen345

    puregreen345 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22

    im looking to buy a truck to start off my business this year i have found a pretty cheap 1999 silverado k1500 4x4 it has 120,00 miles and a 5.0 v8 engine, my dad seems to think this will burn a lot of gas do you agree? thanks
  2. zim bob the landscaper

    zim bob the landscaper LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,706

    well im no expert but you should be fine our 1994 k2500 is fine on gas.
  3. flairland

    flairland LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 637

    Hey there,

    To my knowledge, in 1999, Chevy changed their 1500 models to the newer version, and also stopped making their 5.0 V8 engine. If this truck is actually a 99, I should only be available with a 4.8 V8, or 5.3 V.8 - both engines being quite fuel efficient compared to other engines in that class. The 99+ trucks are nice, real smooth, and pretty strong. If this truck you're looking at actually has the 5.0L, I'm almost positive it'd have to be a 98, and yes, they are tougher on fuel, but still awesome trucks. Anyways, just my opinion,

  4. DBL

    DBL LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,219

  5. puregreen345

    puregreen345 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22

    sorry the truck is actually a 4.8 so this is a pretty fuel efficient car?
  6. RedWingsDet

    RedWingsDet LawnSite Gold Member
    from Detroit
    Messages: 3,556

    Dude your buying a truck, dont expect good gas mileage.

    I hate it when people buy trucks and expect it to get honda mileage.

    I dont even pay attention to mileage anymore, I just fill up when the light comes on. Usually every 2 or 3 days.
  7. CAG

    CAG LawnSite Senior Member
    from ct
    Messages: 344

    Don't worry about the gas mileage, but you should consider at least a 3/4 ton truck. The 1/2 ton will not let u be able to do much landscaping and pulling a trailer every day will quickly wear that truck out. Remember to go a little bigger when you are buying equipment, its better to grow into it then to grow out of it..
  8. qualitylawnmanagement

    qualitylawnmanagement LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,000

    Do you want to have the power to haul? Or do you want something you can use at the track. A truck is made to work,and burn gas. My 351 I have to fill up in the morning and then late evening cause it works all day.

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,534

    Your Dad is right, It will burn a lot of gas.
    But it is a cost of doing business, It is overhead and needs to be covered in the price of the work you do,
    It costs a lot of money to do this workpayup

    Loaded up with a trailer, look at about 12-14mpg around town

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