Have you ever been roped into helping a mate?
A mate asked Tony Hughes, the founder of Tanker Trucks Australia, to help buy some good reliable used Water Trucks for a residential property development on Sydney's North Shore. His mate (we will call him Albert to protect his privacy, and because he would hate that name!) was sick of renting old unreliable equipment at extortionate rates – and then waiting around for the hire company to carrying out repairs when the machinery broke down. Albert decided the answer was buying good quality used machinery and selling it at the end of the project. He decided to test his theory by buying a couple of used Water Trucks.
Tony started his search by scrolling the pages of Trucksales.com.au and Gumtree. Nothing listed was quite right – either the truck or water tank (or both) were too old and beaten up or they were too expensive. When a good truck at the right price did come up, it was gone before he could check it out. Tony persisted. Google led him to companies that sold Water Trucks exclusively, as well as those manufacturing and selling a wide range of tanker trucks or speciality service trucks. Tony made web enquires and telephoned – he was told someone would get back to him straight away. Tony waited. No one called and no one emailed. That’s right, none of the supposed industry leaders could be bothered getting back to him.
So, Tony thought, ‘stuff it’ – I can build a Water Truck! And he did. Then he sold it to Albert. They then drank beer (Albert shouted!).
What happened next you ask? Albert asked Tony to help buy another piece of machinery. Tony’s building it now. So, stayed tuned…
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