we can use my truck

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by richardcog, May 7, 2013.

  1. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 19,646

    That sounds fair.

    Seriousley I agree with every post!

    I probably wouldnt do it.
  2. Southern Lawn Care  LLC

    Southern Lawn Care LLC LawnSite Senior Member
    from Alabama
    Messages: 314

    I wouldn't even consider doing this. In AL you can't add insurance to a vehicle that is not in your name. At least State Farm told me that. I had to "buy" my own truck from dad that he gave me in order to have it in my name and add to insurance policy.
  3. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
    from NY
    Messages: 3,613

    i only gave my guy a 20 plus the gas we used last month when all my stuff done broke. But I pay him 20 an hour so...
  4. Will P.C.

    Will P.C. LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 966

    Regarding business ethics, this is not a good idea. As the owner, you provide the trucks and equipment.

    He might think this justifies some sort of equity in your company on top of his hourly wage. He also might think this gives him leverage on other employees and yourself by acting like a boss instead of worker.

    What happens when you do get this extra route built up and going strong and then he quits? Not only quits, but poaches some employees, grabs a few of your yards, and decides to run his own business.

    The guy must be pretty young or stupid to be willing to put the wear and tear on his personal vehicle for your company.
  5. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,139

    No, the only way he can do this is if your company were to purchase the truck from him.

    We don't loan our tools to the customers and we don't use their tools.
    The same goes for employees.

    It's a personal vehicle that does not belong to you.
    It's not a commercial vehicle, it is neither registered nor insured as such.
    Your company does not own it.

    No, not unless he sells it to your company, tag, title, and all.
  6. 94gt331

    94gt331 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,718

    I have a guy that helps me with his truck from time to time when one of my truck is in the shop, i pay hime extra for anytime he uses it. Not a big deal if you have a good relationship with your employee. Wouldn't make a habit of it, but why not nothing wrong with working together from time to time.
  7. rootytalbot

    rootytalbot LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 273

    Back when I worked for a big company - a laborer stopped in the shop on his way out to the job (in his personal truck)- shop foreman says, ''can you take this material with you''.
    Labor -''Sure''.
    On the way there he gets in a wreck. His daddy, the lawyer, sues the company because Labor was "transporting" materials. He wins, company pays.
  8. MOturkey

    MOturkey LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,782

    Personally, I think this is one of those situations where although it sounds great in theory, in practice it might be less desirable. I might consider borrowing a truck from a friend for a day, if mine broke down, but never on a long-term basis. I can see the possibility of all the issues raised by others, plus a few more. My advice? Thank your employee/friend profusely for his offer, and politely decline. If you can't afford another truck right now, then now is not the time to expand. Just my opinion. Good luck.
  9. sehitchman

    sehitchman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,005

    Over the years I've seen Uhaul and Home Depot trucks pulling commercial landscape trailers. I always figured it was to get by until the company truck was repaired. As the others have said, this has the potential to be a problem, but for a day or two, I'd probably risk it.
    Last edited: May 8, 2013
  10. Blades Lawn Maintenance

    Blades Lawn Maintenance LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Montague, NJ
    Messages: 1,239

    If I was working for someone I would never put more wear and tear on my personal truck just to help out my boss.

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