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Cutting cost. Please help!!

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by Ticolawnllc, Dec 12, 2011.

  1. Ticolawnllc

    Ticolawnllc LawnSite Senior Member
    from Wall NJ
    Messages: 411

    I took a look at some of our bills today and :hammerhead:. I've always liked having the trucks Insured commercial but at $1,200.00 a truck in NJ. I'm thinking of insuring my 2500 as personal and lettering the trailer. I could bring that price down to $600 depending on if I have more than one truck. There is no way I'll get away with that with my F350 dump. But cuting $600 a year could go along way. $600 here $200 there.

    We run two crews. One cut grass and helps with trimming and some mulching. The other is patios, instal, mulch, light tree removal. Just about every thing we can get our hands on.

    And is there any way to make a Dodge 2500 with a Hemi to stop killing me at the pump. Next year I might just have to put the dam thing down.
  2. Swampy

    Swampy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,435

    I'd shop around for different insurance, taking your truck off commerical insurance and getting in a accident while on the job they might not cover it. At least I'd call and ask first.
  3. djagusch

    djagusch LawnSite Platinum Member
    from MN
    Messages: 4,350

    Shopping insurance is a good thing to do. To be underinsured is not a good thing though. There probably a better place to cut costs than insurance.
  4. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,737

    now thats funny!:hammerhead::hammerhead:
  5. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,570

    Insurance is a bad area to cut corners on. Shop around for a better policy.

    What are you paying for vehicles? Equipment? other things. What is your debt load? What about shop space?
  6. Ticolawnllc

    Ticolawnllc LawnSite Senior Member
    from Wall NJ
    Messages: 411

    I owe 3gs on $4,500 Snowdog Ex80
    and like 4 gs on our bobcat ct120.
  7. Dr.NewEarth

    Dr.NewEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,476

    My work trucks are insured as "artisan use" not commercial. That means I can still carry tools and supplies to work sites. Your insurance may not offer this.

    Even though I personally haven't had an accident in over twenty years and get a forty percent discount as a "safe driver" it still costs me $145
    a month ($1740 a year) It's alot more expensive for each of the crew trucks depending on who the registered regular driver is. Their experience driving and their driving record all come into play.

    If I wanted to get around the fees, technically I can insure a business truck and allow another driver to operate it 50 percent of the time. One could take a chance, and if the employee had an accident the insurance would have to prove the driving percentages.

    What can you do? Other than selling a large truck that you probably don't need and buying some-thing more economical....keep things tuned up, tires inflated...and keep on top of your routing.
  8. Ticolawnllc

    Ticolawnllc LawnSite Senior Member
    from Wall NJ
    Messages: 411

    I put the Dodge up for sale for 6 months last year for $5,500.00 and got no calls. It only had 75k back then. Keep in mind its 2X4. Now it’s got 100k. That’s when I made up my mind to work the truck for a season or two and sell it at 4g or 3 1/2 gs. That truck sucks more gas than my f350 dump. What the hell were those guys a Dodge thinking when they made this thing? O6 wasn't that long ago. Any way I really hate this truck, and if it were a horse I would shoot the dam thing and leave it for the vulchers.


    Next time I'm getting a F 150 4x4 standerd cab. And I'm going throw out every thing I can to keep the weight down. Including the rugs.
  9. Swampy

    Swampy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,435

    The name "dodge" and the phrase "great fuel economy" should never be used in the same sentence.
  10. FoghornLeghorn

    FoghornLeghorn LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 753

    How's this, "Dodge is not known for great fuel economy!".

    Yea, I have a buddy who gets something like 11mpg with his Hemi. He drives like a bat out of hell, but still.

    If I drive my diesel hard, I get maybe 15mpg at the worst. I don't know how the Hemi is so bad on fuel.

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