Quote Vehicle

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by MDHomeSVCS, Mar 19, 2014.

  1. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
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    there was a time not long ago, when everyone had those…some people still holding on to them like 8 track tapes, demanding that they are making a come back…

    We didn't have so many sets to switch them out, as much as we had them fro replacements because they kept falling off!
     
  2. Service.com

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    I can see both. I personally wouldnt drive it to a quote. When I had a bmw back in the day I would switch cars at home to the truck or my roommates Taurus to take to a quote. Solid car though! Love Porsche. I liked the feel of on par with the people I was quoting, not saying they were beneath me by any means, just how I kinda saw it being that our industry typically does not have the nicer side of things when we show up to work. Now pulling up at a million dollar house to quote? The porsche would definitely make a better impression, than at an average ranch type house.
     
  3. ducnut

    ducnut LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I've pulled my trailer, loaded, to do bigger presentations. I want the prospective customer to see I have the equipment and know they can depend on me for their work.
     
  4. PicturePerfectLawns

    PicturePerfectLawns LawnSite Gold Member
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    They may be like 8-track tapes. But I rock a set on the back tail gate and both sides of the truck. Got a catch phrase at the top, a list of my services, and a contact number. I get calls at the red light, on the job, and in fact, I had one woman see my magnets today at the red light and roll her window down and asked if I had a card on me. I followed her around the corner, a quick chat, and sold a service. One more account marked on my marketing list thanks go the goold ol' 8-tracks. :clapping: By the way, I've yet to have one fall off. Mine are on 24/7 besides when I wash the truck. Even hauled a load of compost last week and this week, got the tail gate all muddy washing them on and left them on there and they still stuck. I paid $47.00 for three of the thicker mil magnets, much thicker than what Vista Print sells. That $47.00 paid itself off within the first week. :laugh:
     
  5. PicturePerfectLawns

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    Makes sense. Funny story, I took the Prius just the other day to bid a job. The guy asks, "Do I have to supply the equipment? Or do you have your own equipment?" I almost rolled on the floor laughing in front of him. And then politely asked, did you ask that because of the Prius? Yepp!
     
  6. ducnut

    ducnut LawnSite Bronze Member
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    :laugh: Brilliant! :laugh:
     
  7. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
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    Why wouldn't you letter or wrap your truck if they are on 24/7?

    Just curious.........
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  8. Mickhippy

    Mickhippy LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Do you guys have small 4 cylinder trucks over there? Found one… http://www.toyota.com/configurator/#!/series/tacoma/
    Its not only a quote vehicle but also back up, take tools, plants, a little mulch or what ever to jobs in an emergency. Bit more practical than just a car and is what customer would expect you to rock up in!

    The thought of going to a quote in a Porsche I think sends the wrong message, like the guy on here some time ago that used a Hummer to tow his trailer! Tosser or poser comes to mind! Im talking for work, not daily drive!

    I would also assume (right or wrongly) that servicing/running costs would be much greater on a car like that as opposed to a normal everyday small truck or car.

    All that said, there is a cost involved in buying a dedicated quote vehicle. Lets say $20k. Thats a lot of fuel to burn in your current truck to make up the difference.
     
  9. grass-scapes

    grass-scapes LawnSite Bronze Member
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    This is what I use for my quote vehicle. Going to wrap it this year.

    P.S. Plow is not attached, but would be cool as heck if it was...and it worked.

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  10. TPendagast

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    I always have mine fall off…I think its because they get cold?
     

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