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Old 02-24-2012, 06:10 PM   #1
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Do You Thinking Driving A Big New Truck Hurts Your Sales?


I have always had the mindset that in order to be successful, you have to first portray an image of success. To an extent, at least. I.E. not driving a beat up 20 year old truck on sales calls.

On the other end of the spectrum, you have guys driving $60,000 King Ranch F-350s and the like.

What is your opinion on this?

I will say that on many occasions I have had the oldest truck on a jobsite, and its a 2001

Just to be clear I am talking sales vehicle, not install vehicles
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Old 02-24-2012, 06:14 PM   #2
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I've never had a problem. It's my only vehicle; sales, install, personal.

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Thats a good question. I think that it only matters to what type of customers you are trying to win over. I too have always driven old trucks that were clean. Clean trucks helps your image alot.
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I drive old Neon to all my tile installs,a lot of guys show up with brand new trucks/vans...but I dont care..its not your image that sells the customer,its your abilities to talk,advertise yourself and proof of your workmanship.

In my opinion expensive car can only scare some customers away ("oh hes high-end installer")...

I know a tile setter who has been in business for almost 40 years,both me(my 2nd car) and him drive same 1985 GMC vans...hes booked until this december(2012) and I am not complaining myself either..that should give you an idea
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i think as long as it isn't a jalopy..you're good...2001 sounds good to me..i personally got a 97..it goes to weddings,sales calls, jobsites..you name it.

vehicles are the biggest waste of money and rob you of your wealth..

point A to point B safely...thats the the key
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You can have a new truck covered in mud (looking bad) or an old truck looking clean (good).
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You can have a new truck covered in mud (looking bad) or an old truck looking clean (good).
In my line of work its hard to keep car clean, you know
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funny..
when i went to reply,there were no replies to this..then bang..there's 5 in front of me..ha!
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Nothing wrong with having nice new vehicle. Infact I prefer it. I know the guy more than likely ain't a jobs worth who suddenly decided to start up a construction company because he had a old truck. You gotta be doing something right if ya got a new vehicle.
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I think the main instance in which having a new vehicle is when you are in very high end gated communities, where some people are going to judge you on how much money you have, period. This may sound silly but I have seen it many times.
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I don't think it matter if it's old (and clean) or brand spankin' new (in less you've gone way overboard...you know who you are ).

This subject comes up fairly regularly and someone's feelings always get hurt.
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I think the main instance in which having a new vehicle is when you are in very high end gated communities, where some people are going to judge you on how much money you have, period. This may sound silly but I have seen it many times.
I think the opposite is true, if you a contractor goes into the high end gated community driving an $80,000 rig they are going to think one of two things,

1. This guy is charging too much. or
2. This guy is living beyond his means.

I think people respect sensible.
Your trucks say sensible
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ive often thought about this

if a guy has a new expensive truck yet has been at it for many years and has a reputation of quality to back what he charges why not

its the guys that decided 4 years ago they want to work in a trade and go out west where pay rates are through the roof.. they make a few bucks. move back buy an expensive big truck and start their own company because they own a truck but forgot one major thing... they didnt learn their trade when they went away.. give em 6 months and their gone with the wind

some of the local big name companies have large trucks and vans which are solely driven by the workers. the sales guys drive around in a medium sized sedan as they dont need all the extra space for their laptop and travel mug

myself a sierra or nissan titan would be nice but im happy with my chev colorado
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We have always promoted clean and well maintained vehicles(good paint and lettering) is a good sign to the client that your organized and professional.
Living in a big city most of our clients have fancy rigs so having a new vehicle is not an issue.
Having worked in the small province of PEI years ago, it was a concern to pull up for a price in a vehicle worth almost as much as the house.
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I work up to 60 miles either direction from my house so reliability counts for me. I did the math a few years back and decided it didn't take very many days in the shop and being off work to pay my payment on a newer truck. But, I shop smart and buy used. Used 06 F250 4 door 4x4. But pay attention what's next - work truck package . Power NOTHING, vinyl seats, rubber floor. Drove 4 hours to get a killer deal.
On the other hand, my brotherinlaw has a van with 250,000 miles on it he bought I 2 years ago for cheap with 200,00 miles and has had no problems.
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I've never had a problem. It's my only vehicle; sales, install, personal.
You know your gas attendants by first name for sure!!
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Yea but I can only imagine how many sweet tools and perks are loaded into that beast lol
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Yea but I can only imagine how many sweet tools and perks are loaded into that beast lol
That's the only downside to having a nice truck. Auto headlights, auto wipers, heated and cooled front and rear seats, touch screen nav, heated steering wheel, Intergrated brake controller, sync, power everything, hard drives, remote start, touch screen climate controls, USB connections, auto close windows, flat load rear floor, power running boards etc etc but what happens when they all start to go wrong I love having all that stuff but let's hope it lasts
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Yea but I can only imagine how many sweet tools and perks are loaded into that beast lol
Gab, that truck is so puurdy, I'd be afraid to go near it dusty, not to mention use it as a work truck. That thing is a true beast! Could probably pull a house down if the customer refused to pay.
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That's the only downside to having a nice truck. Auto headlights, auto wipers, heated and cooled front and rear seats, touch screen nav, heated steering wheel, Intergrated brake controller, sync, power everything, hard drives, remote start, touch screen climate controls, USB connections, auto close windows, flat load rear floor, power running boards etc etc but what happens when they all start to go wrong I love having all that stuff but let's hope it lasts
buddy owns big roofing company(i get some chimney gigs of him sometimes).

he drivers BMW 760..seats get adjusted by a button...so the button stopped working..he takes it to the shop...appearantly some small chip broke down...guess what 2200$ pre-order from factory

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