Two weeks ago we added another vehicle to the A Quality
Appraisal fleet. Three of our four associates
now drive company cars. This one was purchased
for appraiser Lucas
Warren. (Yes, we do hope
to make it four for four in the future.)
As the photo above shows, the new vehicle carries the AQA logo, just as
the others do. Many appraisers ask,
“Does putting logos on your appraiser cars attract any additional business?”
We did not choose to put the company logo on our appraisal
cars to increase business; although over five years we can identify about five
jobs attributable to the vehicle graphics.
This has been from people either approaching our vehicle or calling us
after we drive by. These additional jobs
do cover the cost of the graphics, but they are not justification for the
We use company vehicles because we want to show our
employees that they are valued. Also, using
company cars helps to elevate our professionalism above that of our competition,
who usually drive a personal vehicle. A client
who sees us pull up in the driveway is put at ease knowing that the
professional who will soon be walking through their home is working for a legitimate
company and not just a fly-by-night operation.
This is especially important given that our business relies on non-lender clients. Referrals are the lifeblood of our company; professionalism
and identity are vital for return business.
An additional benefit of having logos on our cars occurs when
we survey comparable sales by viewing them from street and by taking
photos. Homeowners and neighbors often get
nervous when a strange car pulls up outside and the driver begins taking pictures. With a company vehicle, the logos tell the
homeowner that we are appraisers. That is
often enough to put people at ease.
Other times, homeowners will see the phone number and call to ask what
our suspicious-looking activity is. In
those cases, I usually tell the caller that we are not real estate appraisers,
but private detectives hired to conduct surveillance on their neighbor and that
we will need their help in our undercover sting operation. — Just kidding.
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