Truck broke down, what to do?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Eddie B, Jun 5, 2005.

  1. Eddie B

    Eddie B LawnSite Senior Member
    from gone
    Messages: 859

    I had 13 lawns scheduled on friday and it rained, so these were pushed to saturday, and on saturday I normally have 11 lawns, No big issue here since sunday is a catchup day. Well I head to my night job friday in the rain and the rear end of my truck falls apart. Here it is sunday and i'm 24 lawns behind with no truck. Tomorrow is another big mow day as well as tuesday and thursday. I can't even get my truck towed to the shop until tomorrow, and with the work it needs it probably won't be fixed until the end of the week. I am not old enough to rent a vehicle (must be 25). It's looking like my only option is to skip the week and eat the cost. I'm kicking for ideas here...
  2. Ax Man

    Ax Man LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 446

    1) get a parent or friend to help you with the rental issue
    2) call customers and let them know the reason for the delay
    3) Get cracking!
  3. Charles

    Charles Moderator Staff Member
    Messages: 8,945

    What Axman said and you might also consider buying a elcheapo backup truck at this time. Its good to have 2 of everything anyway just for these occasions
  4. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    Man, I sure as hell wouldn't wanna skip a week this time of the year.

    What happens if something else goes wrong the following week? To put it point blank, you'll then be "up the preverbial creek without sufficient means of locomotion" if ya get my drift...
  5. Creative Lawn Care

    Creative Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    from NC
    Messages: 271

    I would, and have before when I was in the exact same situation as you, just go buy a really cheap truck to use for a few days. Check the classifieds of your local paper. There is always some kind of truck or suv in there for $1200 or less. Buy that to use for a week or so while you get your truck fixed. If it runs ok then keep it as a backup for next time, if it doesnt then just put it back up for sale.
  6. jeffex

    jeffex LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,933

    are there any lcos you know in your area that you can offer to pay to drive you to your accounts? Check home depot for their age requirementsthey rent trucks for deliveries
  7. Mo Green

    Mo Green LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,487

    Option 1......Get someone over 25 to help you with the rental.

    Option 2......Borrow a friends truck or other capable vehicle.

    I think one of the most important things you can do is to let your customers know what is going on.
  8. SodKing

    SodKing LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,641

    Its not unheard of to ask another LCO you are friendly with to help you out. Perhaps you can borrow a truck, have him cut the lawns, etc... We have borrowed equipment we didn't have from other LCO's, lent our vehicles and equipment to other LCO's...were all one big happy family.
  9. green thum

    green thum LawnSite Member
    Messages: 162

    Call your customers and let them know what's up asap!!then you will just have to work your butt off to catch up,maybe get a parent to help you with the rental thing.there are some good suggestions on here i would listen to them.good luck
  10. extoro

    extoro LawnSite Member
    Messages: 96

    I feel for ya'. The only problem with renting a truck is that they won't allow you to tow with them. I know this is true for Enterprise I'm not certain about the others. Good luck

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