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Old 08-08-2010, 06:06 PM   #1
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Good truck for starting a painting business?


I am starting a paining business and was wondering what truck I should look into getting as a work vehicle? I have been thinking about the "Honda Ridgeline" Does anyone have better suggestions?

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You need to carry ladders on top,supplies inside. I'd look for a good used Ford E-150---

If you are starting up a new business--I suggest used,cheap enough that you don't have monthly payments. If it looks good from the curb,it's good enough.

Paint it if you need,try to keep the payments to zero per month.---Mike----
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Old 08-08-2010, 06:50 PM   #3
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Thanks Mike. What size of ladders should I carry on top? I have a 7ft step ladder and a 24ft extension ladder.
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I'm a remodeler--I do some painting---If you do exteriors,you will end up owning a lot of ladders and planks.--What ever truck you get you will need a ladder rack.

I never leave ladders on the roof unless I need them that day. It is an invitation to a thief--the aluminum is a hot theft item.

I like a van --easier to organize,tools inside and dry--warm enough that the paint and caulk won't freeze over the course of the day.

Safer for the tools,too.

There are a lot of vans for sale---racks and shelves are cheap on Craigslist--Keep your overhead low.

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Thanks

How much do you think I can get a cheap van for? One of those savanna vans?

I'll check it out
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I got lucky with the one I am driving now. I have two friends that are mechanics.

I got this one with 80,000 miles,bad rear end--someone that I know bought it from his company when they replaced it with a new one.

$800---new rearend,two tires,a little front end work-- another $1200---$2000 total.

I've put 100,000 miles on it with only the usual maintenance expenses. --Mike--
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Wow that's pretty good. So you'd recommend getting a van instead of a truck?

What other expenses will I be looking at starting up this painting business?

Thanks a lot for your help.
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A van beats a pickup ,hands down. Shelves,bins and hooks,drawers.--Locked up and dry---
no pickup can offer you that.

Go to contractor talk Contractor Talk - Professional Construction and Remodeling Forum

Look at "pricing -estimating and success"---

I do hope that you have some professional experience---that is a very competitive business.

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Ok. Yes I do have a professional who I'm working with. He's been doing it for years. I'm more of the guy who puts all the business aspect together and covers the creation and marketing of this business.
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You need good selling tools----and selling skills. Marketing is the most difficult thing for a start up.

If you have to generate enough business to support two people,right off the bat--that's going to be tough.

A website with great pictures, adds in your local papers--sign on you van---yard signs--

lots of business cards and a charming personality will help.

Then your proposals need to be delivered in person,quickly.. Give great service--be clean in person and work habits.

If you under bid----eat the loss and deliver the service that the customer expected--You might make it if you can do those things.---Mike---
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Ok thank you for your advice.
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Personally I'd go with a van too. A pickup is nice if you need to carry drywall, plywood and stuff like that, but as a painter you probably won't be doing that much, unless you do drywall as well.
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if you get a truck sooner or later you'll get a trailer, maybe even enclosed. a 97 e150 with 150k miles will sell for 2500ish, it's a great cheap way to go.
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My buddy delivers furniture in one of those "sprinter" vans. He's put a ton of miles on it and I've borrowed it a couple of time - LOVE that van.
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A van beats a pickup ,hands down. Shelves,bins and hooks,drawers.--Locked up and dry---
no pickup can offer you that.


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Very true, I prefer the van but if you did choose a pickup over a van, say with a cap, you need a Ford. Something I learned about 3 yrs ago...Ford is the only pickup with a key-lock tailgate. The bonus with the van is, when you are driving to a jobsite your tools and material can warm up in the winter while you're driving.
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