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Old 07-27-2010, 11:00 PM   #1
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Since Neps made polls for just about everything except what side of your head do you part your hair, I figure I would throw something out for discussion.

1. Do you feel the type of work vehicle can help you get more work or hurt you?

2. Do you think a clean vehicle can help you get more work?
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I think most people can appreciate a nice looking vehicle that is kept clean inside and out.

I think if your vehicle is to nice, then they will also make assumptions about you as well.

Who wants anyone pulling up and have trash blow out of their van.
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I agree with Workaholic, clean vehicles just present a better image all around.
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Yes and yes.
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I have gotten a few jobs just because they were impressed on how organized and clean the inside of my van was. So definitely yes it makes a difference.

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Yes I do. I think a clean truck that is also clearly lettered will get you buisness. It happens to me all the time.

Just yesterday while I was on the job someone was driving by, stoped and requested an exterior estimate. He actually told me he could tell by the look of my van that we were professional contractors and that was exactly what he was looking for.
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Yes and yes.
Can get you more work or hurt you?
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Can get you more work or hurt you?
Get more work.
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Can get you more work or hurt you?
Of course the type of vehicle can also hurt you. If a guy came to my house in a beater van and beer cans fell out the door when he steped out.... that would be bad, very bad.

By the same token, if a guy came to my house in a Bently, all I'd be thinking is I can't afford him.
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I used to work for a guy in Dallas who drove a Jaguar to do estimates for residential repaints.
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I used to work for a guy in Dallas who drove a Jaguar to do estimates for residential repaints.
Thats crazy. A few years back I got an estimate for a fence at my house and the guy shows up in a Mercedes. I was like WTF?

IMHO a contractor should show up to an estimate in a comercial vehicle.
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My truck is typically clean. Unless I am on those industrial jobs. (Which I am not doing no more). But I regularly will keep my 2009 Toyota Tundra clean. That being said, I rolled up on a prospect today to give a estimate. To my surprise another painter was waiting for the prospect as well. He driving a old mini van. My presentation blew this guy out of the water. As we started to evaluate 1st out 2 houses. The owner of the properties says to me. She is only looking for touch up. this house will be repainted after the touch up. We went back and forth with words. Ending with me withdrawing. Seeing my competitor and my prospect I thought they were a perfect match. I don't know why I went into this long story. But one of my competitor got more work and he has a trashed out van.

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Thats crazy. A few years back I got an estimate for a fence at my house and the guy shows up in a Mercedes. I was like WTF?

IMHO a contractor should show up to an estimate in a comercial vehicle.
I was in Boston over last weekend and saw a black R class Mercedes with tinted windows wrapped in lettering for a driveway sealing company. That was one of the biggest wtf's in vehicle lettering I've seen so far.

I do agree about the commercial vehicle. That's why I'm always ripping on guys who are into "pimping" their trucks out. Putting on chrome rims, flame stickers, raised suspensions, oversized off-road tires, etc, etc. It just makes you look tacky, not professional.

Keep the rims, system, and flame decals for after work, IMO.
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I do agree about the commercial vehicle. That's why I'm always ripping on guys who are into "pimping" their trucks out. Putting on chrome rims, flame stickers, raised suspensions, oversized off-road tires, etc, etc. It just makes you look tacky, not professional.

Keep the rims, system, and flame decals for after work, IMO.
Agree!!!
Well, sometimes I do drive my wifes lil Yaris even though I have my new Dakota, just for fuel and parking wise downtown. Oh I don't have Company Decals on my truck yet and I was just planning on putting decals on my trailer first. But you know what, I don't know if that really matters I have lost jobs against guys that drive very old cars or even worst couple of months ago I lost a job with a painter that has an old rusty station wagon like the one in the wonder years, go figure...
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I do agree about the commercial vehicle. That's why I'm always ripping on guys who are into "pimping" their trucks out. Putting on chrome rims, flame stickers, raised suspensions, oversized off-road tires, etc, etc. It just makes you look tacky, not professional.

Keep the rims, system, and flame decals for after work, IMO.
I couldn't agree more! Damn painters driving nice looking rigs



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I can say one thing about Jeffs vehicles. They are clean and well organized. The Red Dodge is 3 or 4 years old and still looks like it just left the dealership.
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I think when people see an organized clean van, they think to themselves how their home will be treated during the job.
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I couldn't agree more! Damn painters driving nice looking rigs



Is this the truck with the pull out whatsamathingummybob with all manner of storage that I hate you for? When you've done with it, ship 'er over to me

A nice clean (signed if possible, jmo) works vehicle is the thing to be pulling up in to an estimate. Keep your flashy (I'm doing well) vehicles for private use.
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The first impression is major. I think the way a guy keeps his rig also tells a lot about his character. I'm not saying that you can't product professional results with a trashy vehicle but I have had people stop just because my truck and trailer look professional and we are presented organized. I like my truck and trailer like my painting projects, clean, coordinated, and sharp.

I also know that the wrong vehicle can hurt you. I have driven my girlfriends Range Rover twice to bids. I can immediately tell that people perceive you differently in a luxury vehicle. I make it a point to take my truck now as it is more fitting for the projects.
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I used to think nice riggs were just Vanity vehicles. They are the first impression and you can build your presence in your market. Here are pictures of my trucks:

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By the way VanDamme that red truck is Sweet.
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