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    What are the 5 most important considerations when choosing an Apparatus/Manufacturer? What is important to you?


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    Quality,Service,construction,B uilding out of the "box" and the salesman themselves. T.C.

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    I depends on what your "designing" Whats important to you on a wagon may not be on a truck. All in all...I prefer;
    Extruded aluminum bodies
    the willing ness to customize and make changes to body design to fit my needs (in specking both our engine and truck I was surprised at how many "custom" apparatus makers weren't really all that custom...here are the 15 or 20 body's we offer..pick one that works and thats that...)
    Salesman is big...if he treats you right you gotta think he'll keep an eye on the rig as it's being built...if he has an I don't realy care additude..then chances are when it's being built...he's still not gonna.
    Service is Big...not only from factory if needs be but localy...do they have the capabilitiy and space to work on the rig, what about in station service in emergency service..
    The company as a whole....how long have they been in buisness, do they seem solid (going to be around for a while)
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    Quote Originally Posted by hfpd352 View Post
    What are the 5 most important considerations when choosing an Apparatus/Manufacturer? What is important to you?
    1. Quality/Durability/Fit 'N Finish of the final product.
    2. Business Integrity of the Company as well as their independent sales staff.
    3. After-Delivery service and support/warranty coverage
    4. Range of products, building methods and materials
    5. Their overall desire and ability to "convince me to buy their product", not "why I should not buy the other guy's stuff." (I guess that is part of #2, so I will add one more answer.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by FWDbuff View Post
    1. Quality/Durability/Fit 'N Finish of the final product.
    2. Business Integrity of the Company as well as their independent sales staff.
    3. After-Delivery service and support/warranty coverage
    4. Range of products, building methods and materials
    5. Their overall desire and ability to "convince me to buy their product", not "why I should not buy the other guy's stuff." (I guess that is part of #2, so I will add one more answer.)

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    1. Customer SERVICE........
    2. Product Quality
    3. Value
    4. Dealer location
    5. Customer SERVICE

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    Well ~ this would probably disqualify the manufacturer if this was my dealer!!

    http://www.firehouse.com/forums/showthread.php?t=111458 (Pierce Dealer in a Pickel)

    http://www2.insidenova.com/isn/news/...nessman/46352/

    My taxpayers would have issues if we were doing business with this guy.

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    1. Safety (The cab has to protect the guys)
    2. Construction (Durability)
    3. Customization (Building the truck we want, not what they want to build)
    4. Overall Quality (Not using the cheapest components possible on a $400K truck, etc.)
    5. Service after the Sale

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    LT2410,

    In reference to your post, I think he is the biggest Brand "P" dealer in the country. If he is not #1 he is in a close 2nd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FWDbuff
    1. Quality/Durability/Fit 'N Finish of the final product.
    2. Business Integrity of the Company as well as their independent sales staff.
    3. After-Delivery service and support/warranty coverage
    4. Range of products, building methods and materials
    5. Their overall desire and ability to "convince me to buy their product", not "why I should not buy the other guy's stuff." (I guess that is part of #2, so I will add one more answer.)

    -"Bang for the buck."
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    Swap 3 & 4, and it would be in that order.

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    5. Their overall desire and ability to "convince me to buy their product", not "why I should not buy the other guy's stuff."
    As we are going through the speccing process here, this fact has been noted on 1 of our 3 manufacturer choices as him spending more time on the latter.

    And it really surprised me.
    "This thread is being closed as it is off-topic and not related to the fire industry." - Isn't that what the Off Duty forum was for?

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