Trash Trucks

dannyh

New Member
I stopped at the local trash company the other day to see about washing the big trash trucks. The man told me a guy was washing his trucks for $12.50 per truck. He has 25 trucks. I think this is what you guys were talking about killing our business. Also when it needed an acid wash he charged an extra $6.00. I can't make a living a that price.
 

Larry B

New Member
$25.00 sounds more like it. Although he is "washing" for $12.50 which sounds liek a rinse job and the owner doesn't are about the quality. Find the accounts where they do care and will pay for it, they are out there.
 

squirtgun

New Member
The guy is likely washing with a car wash soap,brush and garden hose and doing 1 per hour.$12.50 an hour to him maybe a lot of money,especially if he doesn't have insurance,business license or other overhead.
I get $35 for trash trucks around here.
 

Larry L.

PWN TEAM - Moderator Emeritus
I second the 35 dallors if not nasty,nasty to me depends on how much higher from the 35.......35,45,55,ect.

If washed weekly and traveling only on payment I can see where some would wash them for 12.50 plus the extra 6 for a acid wash.By stating when needed I take it its up to the owner when they needed a acid wash which to me means not so good of a wash job at the 12.50 rate.

Yes it hurts our market when any of us drop below the marketing price that the truckwash charges.I had rather take my time and try to do a good job at the truckwash price as to bust #ss in a hit and run 12.50 wash job.
 

Jason K

New Member
Just throwing in my two cents. Allthough this is my first post I don't consider myself a rookie. I worked for one of the big local guys in my area for 6 years and for the past year I have been working for myself. I do agree that 12.50 is low. But I don't understand $ 35.00. At that rate you would recieve 875 dollars a week. Most companies won't pay that. How long do you think It would take to do this. I can see it taking a while if you had one guy but with a crew of 2-3 guys it shouldn't even take half a day. To make 875 for half a day seems like a lot.(I would love it but lets get real). That means you would make $3500 a weekend or $ 182 000 a year for working two days a week. Around here the guy that does ours gets $18 a unit. This is too low for me to do garbage trucks. But I do wash trucks for this price. Thats how things are in my market so I'm sort of stuck. My point is when I price accounts I also consider the customer. Most won't pay 900 a week for a wash of 25 trucks. Would you? I think from time to time we have to take into consideration how long a job will take and consider that in our pricing. For the record I don't consider myself cheap or a low baller. I provide quality work with pricing thats right for my market. I also recieve $60 to wash one truck if thats all that there is at that stop. I just think there's a lot to consider when pricing and we shouldn't be taking advantage of our customers.

Jason Kolpean
Bandit Mobile Wash
Kitchener,Ont Canada
(519) 635-3168
 

squirtgun

New Member
$35 per truck bi-monthly+travel to some locations.I do not feel this is at all taking advantage of the customer due to the fact these trucks see alot of dirt road driving time.If these were street truck that only had road grime the price might be somewhat lower but not as low as $12.50 or even $18.00 per unit.
The customer is happy with the price and end result.
 

Jason K

New Member
squirtgun

35 dollars for a bi-monthly wash is not a high price at all. For some reason I thought these were weekly prices.
 

Larry L.

PWN TEAM - Moderator Emeritus
It doesn't matter if your a one man rig or have several rigs you can only wash so many trucks in a days time.In alot of cases owning several rigs is nothing more than suppling someone a job.They have to cut prices to pay for all the exp. and lobar cost it takes in owning several rigs.A business owning two rigs and charging a fair price can make more profit than someone owning several rigs at cut rate prices.Myself I like charging truckwash prices as it is a fair market price and it saves the customer from taking it to and from a truckwash.It not only saves them in fuel and wear&tear it also saves the time a driver has to set in line for a truckwash.What if all the truckwashes started charging what alot of the mobile washer is charging...some would lose alot of businesses.
 

north coast

New Member
Hey if you can the most you can get for a truck wash no matter if it is a refuse truck or a taxi cab go for it as long as you give the customer what they are paying for and they are happy with your service.
 
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Birdie0067

Guest
What are you all using for an acid wash? Meaning what is the name of the cleaner? If you can't reply in this forum email me at Birdie0067@yahoo.com Thank you in advance.
 

Larry L.

PWN TEAM - Moderator Emeritus
Most of us acid jerks either use HF acid or PH acid,both are made for different jobs.Like soaps they make several different name bands in which to buy,as long as it has HF or PH on the ladel its acid.Like soaps some acids are made better than others,you'll have to buy a few different bands as to see which one works better for you.
 
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Birdie0067

Guest
Thanks Larry. My buddy the landscaper wants me to clean his trucks/mowers because he is, self admittedly, too lazy to do it himself. I get off work after he is done for the day and drive right past his shop. The way I see it, I miss the rush hour and make a few bucks 6-8 months a year.
 

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