Inspection car

By
Home Inspector with Tribuzio Home Inspection Services

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.

 

Comments (11)

Mike (Inspector Mike) Parks
Inspector Mike - Circleville, OH
Inspector Mike

I have both and use both my 2500 Cheve and Santa Fe.

Feb 08, 2010 11:22 PM
Rob Kleinschmidt
Pillar To Post Professional Home Inspections - Lake Geneva, WI

With compact ladders, many more vehicles are usable now than before.  We looked into hybrids before our last purchase, but they are so over-priced for the vehicle they weren't worth it then.

Mar 14, 2010 08:04 AM
Joseph Tribuzio
Tribuzio Home Inspection Services - Chicago, IL
T.H.I.S.

Oh oh i broke down and got a 6 cylinder dodge caravan, used and because of our growing family.

Still have the corrolla, but i put so many miles on it i just had to replace both stabilizer bars, and both hub/ bearing assemblies for front wheels.

Either vehicle will work

Mar 24, 2010 12:47 PM
Harold Miller
Miller Home Inspection - Camano Island, WA
Certified Professional Home Inspector

I have been trying to figure out how to make one of these work..... not sure where to put the ladders though...

smart car

Apr 07, 2010 07:52 AM
Baker Home Inspection and Commercial Properties Inspections
Baker Residential and Commercial Properties Inspections - Springfield, VT
Home and Commercial Properties Inspections Vermont

Hey there and morning to ya Joseph
Joseph, I'm sure hopping everything is going well for you and your family!

Aug 26, 2011 06:27 PM
Baker Home Inspection and Commercial Properties Inspections
Baker Residential and Commercial Properties Inspections - Springfield, VT
Home and Commercial Properties Inspections Vermont

Hey there and morning to ya Joseph
Joseph, I'm sure hopping everything is going well for you and your family!

Aug 26, 2011 06:31 PM
Baker Home Inspection and Commercial Properties Inspections
Baker Residential and Commercial Properties Inspections - Springfield, VT
Home and Commercial Properties Inspections Vermont

Hey and afternoon Joseph
Joseph, I was just checking to see if you might have came back. I sure do hope things are going well for you!

Dec 07, 2011 06:38 AM
Baker Home Inspection and Commercial Properties Inspections
Baker Residential and Commercial Properties Inspections - Springfield, VT
Home and Commercial Properties Inspections Vermont

Hey and afternoon Joseph
Joseph, I was just checking to see if you might have came back. I sure do hope things are going well for you!

Dec 07, 2011 06:39 AM
Baker Home Inspection and Commercial Properties Inspections
Baker Residential and Commercial Properties Inspections - Springfield, VT
Home and Commercial Properties Inspections Vermont

Hey and afternoon Joseph
Joseph, I was just checking to see if you might have came back. I sure do hope things are going well for you!

Dec 07, 2011 06:40 AM
Baker Home Inspection and Commercial Properties Inspections
Baker Residential and Commercial Properties Inspections - Springfield, VT
Home and Commercial Properties Inspections Vermont

Hey and afternoon Joseph
Joseph, I was just checking to see if you might have came back. I sure do hope things are going well for you!

Dec 07, 2011 06:41 AM
Baker Home Inspection and Commercial Properties Inspections
Baker Residential and Commercial Properties Inspections - Springfield, VT
Home and Commercial Properties Inspections Vermont

Hey and afternoon Joseph
Joseph, I was just checking to see if you might have came back. I sure do hope things are going well for you!

Dec 07, 2011 06:42 AM