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Detemination Based Upon What Your Servieman Drives?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Expedition Dave, Feb 27, 2021.

Someone providing you a quote while driving a vehicle YOU DEEM excessive. Does it:

Poll closed Mar 6, 2021.
  1. Casue You to PAUSE and Consider their QUOTE

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  2. Cause you NOT TO PAUSE and it DOES NOT raises your concern.

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  1. Aspen03

    Aspen03 Full Access Members

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    I don't really care what they drive for the most part as long as they present themselves as a person w good character. People tend to buy what they want (somewhat within their means of course) regardless of whether it was a good idea. That being said I'd likely be more critical of of an extremely poor kept/condition vehicle in this instance. If they are charging so much I thought something was high priced where in the world is the $ going? Is it just a story...is this guy going to run off w the money?

    When we operated our detail shop and I did a few on site jobs I didn't show up in a brand new anything but you bet what I pulled up in was in the cleanest, most shiny condition achievable. I don't once think I was subjected to scrutiny one way or the other by operating a 10+ year old vehicle, many times receiving compliments....especially after driving 50+ miles to the worksite.

    Many people spend all of their available income on a vehicle. I work with a kid who drives a 2021 Acura that with his nsurance is over $800 a month and is 19 with a basic customer service type role. He pays for it himself. Granted he lives at home but he literally spends all of remaining discretionary income on it and chooses not to go out, no high end clothes or shoes, etc. Some people value the image more than anything, your salesperson may be this type of guy and nothing more.

    I have no idea what type of service you're referring to but it may not be "deliberate excess". There's a lot to taxes that could make perfect financial sense to that owner to have spent 100k on his truck, maybe he took the full depreciation to get income to a specific level?. A friend of mine makes odd decisions in this arena frequently, typically when he doesn't have a tremendous amount of write offs . Occasionally the accountant will be like hey, you need to buy some stuff or you'll just give the $ away in taxes. Well, now he has a $3k drone and equally costly dslr camera that is used for business when necessary and a toy most of the time. Just one of many examples.
     
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  2. ManUpOrShutUp

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    OP, you're an idiot and precisely the type of customer that isn't worth the effort. When I provide a quote we aren't negotiating. That's the cost. If you don't like it, call someone else. And if I am selling an item for which the price is negotiable and your offer is based upon your perception of how much money I make, you're wasting my time and yours.
     
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    If he showed up in a hooptie would his quote not seem as high?
     
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    Actually "ManUporShitUp" I was commenting about how it "appeared," and if it had an effect on how YOU viewed someone selling YOU something. I wanted your opinion on what your thoughts were, and if it had bearing to YOU--NOT ME.

    And from your overly enthusiastic response, I've obviously struck a chord so let's take it to the PM arena if you have any further derogatory comments directed at me. That way we can have an actual dialogue. I invite anyone else here to feel free to do the same.

    And Frank, the answer to that is no.

    Lou, I would definitely put more bearing on their past history of work, demeanor, sub-contractors history, etc. than what they are driving, and depending on what I am looking for willing to choose the higher bid if the quality is there.

    FWIW, I did not make a financial decision based upon what the man was driving.
     
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  5. JExpedition07

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    It can depend on the geographical area too. My buddy is a plumber in the city....he buys $1,200 vans for work and then hops in his Denali on Friday lol. The poor people in the city he works for are prone to not paying if they see he has money or a nice car so he has to play poor if you will. In the suburbs though? Doesn’t matter what you drive.
     
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    Lots of great points here. What it amounts to is "it all depends"...
     
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    Strictly speculation on my part - but the vehicle mentioned by the OP in post #1 is probably leased, and the full amount taken as a business tax deduction for a work vehicle.
     
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    Something like an Escalade or a Navigator no ..... but a super car like a Lamborghini or a Ferrari might get me thinking. Probably start thinking he was a con artist or a mobster. It really depends on what each of us consider excessive or over the top for the occupation of that person. Now maybe if some guy named Paully rolled up in a Big Caddy wearing gold chains selling garbage collection????? I’m probably gonna be all in! I need my knee caps.
     
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  9. Expedition Dave

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    Thank you for all the responses (well most of them lol). As someone who has been judged negatively for what they drive (I maintain what most would call a 'duality' in the vehicle department) and responsible for let's just say Public Relations, Risk Analysis, etc. and yes Boostedbus--collections--I am well aware of first, second, and permanent impressions.

    The guy's personal finances are none of my personal business--and generally successful people are successful b/c they do have good business tactics that generally don't include F-ing over their customers (especially in this day of the internet where a mouse fart can cause a chain reaction of negativity). And to be blunt, some of the best people in my 30 years as a professional appeared at first glance to look like they could barely tie their own shoes, dressing and driving in a way incongruous with their financial standings.

    YMMV
     
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    You brought up an interesting point in your OP, optics can be harmful.
     

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