A lot of times, you will see home inspectors pull up in a huge truck. Some may think that your not serious unless you drive a truck.
Ive had a suburban, two full size vans and a large 70s pick up. I really liked trucks more than cars.
I was thinking about getting a good 4 cylinder minivan with a large area for advertizing myself, but im actually pretty happy with my current inspection vehicle --- my black toyota corrolla.
Why?For one,the gas mileage is much better than most trucks, (unless you have paid the large premium in price to get a gas efficient truck- ironic) Now that allows me to travel farther without having to charge my clients extra.My license is for ILLINOIS, so i dont mind travelling sometimes.
Environmnetalyspeaking.. why drive an 6 to 8 cylinder massive truck when you can get there in a 4? Now if you were going to haul construction materials, or a furnace or the like, well yeah, use a good american made truck. But as a home inspector in illinois your not at all allowed to perfom work on a property you inspected, so your just bringing yourself, some tools and some ladders along. No big deal. Same goes when its a radon measurement i am going to. all i need are my monitors, stands, and my paperwork.
Consider this as well---- when i have a inspection in the city- it is easier to find parking and im always on time. Even more so for condos on the lake front of chicago, or say the marina towers, or any busy neighborhood.
In this market there are more than a few short sales and forclosures. More than often they will be in a scetchy area where you wouldnt normally like to park a expensive truck.I can easily fit my little giant type ladder in the front seat when it is laying down, or i can attach it to my roof rack, which is also removable from inside. Tools are hidden in the trunk, or backseat and i run less of a risk of tool theft. Contractor trucks seem to get robbbed quite a bit of their tools, because they know it is a good chance that youll find highend power tools.
So, for some good reasons, i use a car for my inspection vehicle.