Other side of the coin is that a newer vehicle may be more dependable (knock wood) and therefore more productive. But, it's not a good idea to saddle yourself with a lot of debt right off.
I drove a Bucket of Bolts for many years and never knew where or when I'd have to cancel a job and come home on the hook. Buying a New Truck was one of the best moves I made. It was always ready to go when I was therefore I could do more calls. I wasn't apprehensive about taking it out at night and it presented a better image to customers too.
P.S. Welcome to ECN!
[This message has been edited by Bill Addiss (edited 01-22-2004).]