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Veteran trying to begin a plow company

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by SFCarmyvet, Sep 12, 2016.

  1. SFCarmyvet

    SFCarmyvet Member
    Messages: 60

    I am 12 year active duty service army veteran trying to get into the snow removal and lawn service businesses. I have read many forums and do have some limited plowing experience in the military. I know it isn't easy and I have a ton to learn. I am looking for a good plow truck to start out with would like to subcontract some work to learn the business. How do I find plow guys from my area on here? I would like to find one in my area who could use a subcontractor. Also I found a salvaged title f250 06 with 44k miles on it. It was salvaged due to being stolen in Chicagoland area and it was gutted empty in the interior. Motor was left intact. Drove nice but I'm scared to put 13 grand into a salvaged titled truck plus the cost of a plow. I would rather invest less into something still reliable though.
     
  2. FredG

    FredG 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,188

    Salvage title vehicles are 50 cents on a dollar put back together. I'm sure it drove okay it was stripped not wrecked. If your from the Chicago area should not be to hard to find somebody to sub for. Limited experience could be a issue.
     
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  3. JustJeff

    JustJeff 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,022

    It would be easier to help you if you posted where you live. Do you intend to do this while still on active duty? I agree with Fred above on the buying a salvage truck due to it being stripped. As long as that's all they did.
     
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  4. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 7,221

    Welcome.....
    Best thing to do is add your location to your avatar, this will help others help you when is comes to rates in your area.
    There's a forum dedicated to Networking http://www.plowsite.com/forums/networking.27/ and this would be a decent place to start. You can also look through the Weather forums for your area too, sometimes guys post there looking of subs too.
    Salvage titles can be a hassle when it comes to registering the vehicle in a different state, you may have to go through "due process" or inspection to get it titled. Assuming you're looking for a work truck it may be worth while and a much cheaper way to get into business. This is something you need to figure oot.
     
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  5. SFCarmyvet

    SFCarmyvet Member
    Messages: 60

    I am living out in granger Indiana now. Active duty out here now. Planning on starting out learning and small and using my leave days for big storms.
     
  6. SFCarmyvet

    SFCarmyvet Member
    Messages: 60

    Okay thanks I added my location to my avatar!
     
  7. LapeerLandscape

    LapeerLandscape PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,587

    Salvage titled vehicles are not a bad way to go, I bought one a few years ago and still have it today. The only problem I can see with them (at least here) is the bank will not loan money toward one so that could make it hard to sell. And yes your location would be helpful.
     
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  8. SFCarmyvet

    SFCarmyvet Member
    Messages: 60

    Well one of my military occupational specialties is 88H cargo specialist so I moved Kelmar containers 30k lbs 40 ft and 20 ft containers. Drove 12k and 4K all Terrian forklifts. Moved the snow in our own lots. I just have no personal business experience in it. I have a bachelors degree in business and my 12 years in the military. Lol, the military experience is more useful to me than the degree I am sure. My goal is to slowly start a business that can eventually enable me to get out and stop moving my family all the time.
     
  9. SFCarmyvet

    SFCarmyvet Member
    Messages: 60

    I didn't even realize the bank won't loan on them. I just had assumed they would since I looked at it in a dealers lot.
     
  10. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 7,221

    Was the dealer an independent, if so they may do their of financing at a higher rate.
     
  11. FredG

    FredG 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,188

    Yes you would not be able to resale if someone needs financing. As long has they were not twisted, the frame. They can still make a nice vehicle. Once the air bags activate and with the damage they usually become salvage.
     
  12. SFCarmyvet

    SFCarmyvet Member
    Messages: 60

    No they mentioned a credit union but I wouldn't want to get in debt starting out with a high interest rate. I'd rather find something under 10 grand.
     
  13. FredG

    FredG 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,188

    With your experience with the heavy equipment and lot plowing with the military you should be OK. Good Luck.
     
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  14. SFCarmyvet

    SFCarmyvet Member
    Messages: 60

    Thanks, I think finding the right truck and starting out is just my first hurdle.
     
  15. FredG

    FredG 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,188

    Whats the military auctioning off. I know guys bought trucks and hummers.
     
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  16. FredG

    FredG 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,188

    Being it's a 06 this could be a high interest loan. This had to be just a small used car dealer. Never heard of a franchise dealer selling a salvage vehicle.
     
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  17. SFCarmyvet

    SFCarmyvet Member
    Messages: 60

    I have heard about the military auctioning before from the news but never heard when or where. We do not get any special memos at work for that lol. You probably know more than me. I'll do some googling and ask some of the guys at work if they know.
     
  18. SFCarmyvet

    SFCarmyvet Member
    Messages: 60

    Yes small lot
     
  19. SFCarmyvet

    SFCarmyvet Member
    Messages: 60

    Maybe DRMO auctions
     
  20. FredG

    FredG 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,188

    Be careful around those guys. They might be able to get you financed under the secondary finance company's they use. It drove good offer them $7500.00 and work your way up $500.00 at a time till you get to 9k see what they want to do. Have the cash check something if you want it. Okay so it had no impact still a salvage title.
     
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