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Alright, I admit up front that my question is anal...but here goes.

I'm bored with the luxury sedans and minivans. I want to purchase a truck basically because it will be different, fun to drive, and flexible. I can also use it for the occasional deer hunting trip.

With that said, I am a white collar professional (don't hold that against me!)

With that said: I am really impressed with the Titan and am seriously considering purchasing a fully loaded LE King Cab.


Originally Posted by Bmosbacker

Just wondering what happened to him and what new group of Titan members think about his earlier post cause I'm seeing all types.. :cheers:

Here is my anal question: I am concerned that if I start driving around in a pickup that my clients and other professional colleagues will have a less than professional perception of me, which adversity could affect me professionally.

In short, what reaction can I expect from the "white collar crowd" if I start driving a truck?

I am really interested in the honest reaction of both "white and blue" collar professionals out there.
 

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www.durocab.com said:
Image of "professional" driving Pickup??

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Alright, I admit up front that my question is anal...but here goes.

I'm bored with the luxury sedans and minivans. I want to purchase a truck basically because it will be different, fun to drive, and flexible. I can also use it for the occasional deer hunting trip.

With that said, I am a white collar professional (don't hold that against me!)

With that said: I am really impressed with the Titan and am seriously considering purchasing a fully loaded LE King Cab.


Originally Posted by Bmosbacker

Just wondering what happened to him and what new group of Titan members think about his earlier post cause I'm seeing all types.. :cheers:

Here is my anal question: I am concerned that if I start driving around in a pickup that my clients and other professional colleagues will have a less than professional perception of me, which adversity could affect me professionally.

In short, what reaction can I expect from the "white collar crowd" if I start driving a truck?

I am really interested in the honest reaction of both "white and blue" collar professionals out there.
durocab, I have wondered what happened to Bmosbacker myself. I thought that he was a cool guy that had insightful input. I sent him a private message about a week ago but haven't got a reply. I hope that what the trolls did with the electrical wiring problems didn't scare him way from wanting to own a Titan.
 

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I'd say at first glance your clients may scratch there heads but after seeing the Titan and maybe letting a few drive it around the block they would want your dealers name. I'm in sales to construction workers and hear quite abit of remarks about "jap " trucks and then I mention there Chevy or Ford is made in Mexico or Canada and tell them about 305 HP and 379 FT# of tourqe and they then show a least tempoary respect of course if I were in a " union town " I'd be driving a Big Three truck.
 

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Don't sweat what others think about your choice of vehicle. You pay the same price wheather you earned your $$$ the blue collar or white collar way...in the end we all work to buy what WE want not what others think we should. My blue collar bud just bought himself a Porsche 911...because he could!

The only time I think it would matter is if you use your vehicle to tote cusotmers of yours around...if that is the case 11+ inches of ground clearance can be an issue!
 

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I think a lot of it depends on where you live. Most of the white collar guys around here drive trucks. There's only 13,000 people in my county, so in a large city people may look at it different.
 

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Around here theres profesional people that drive trucks and sedans. To me if a profesional pulled up in a truck i think i would have more respect for him. Kinda has more of a working man immage to me :)
 

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My opinion is that he would look MORE professional in a Titan.

I respect intelligent consumers who do the research to buy the best product on the market...

Don't ask me what I think about guys driving the little Sportsters or other status symbols like Volvo and BMW and MB
 

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I have a "white collar" job (CPA) and have driven trucks my whole carrier. I understand the concern - their is a negative perception by others out there about truck owners however I believe that perception has been changing over recent years as the trucks have become more and more refined. The Titan is an excellent example of a refined pickup that is sure to alter any negative perceptions. My passion is hunting and fishing and therefore I need a pickup. I have recieved many comments over the years about not fitting the mold of the typical accountant - driving a truck and hunting and fishing. So what. I certainly would not let others perceptions dictate my decision as to what I am going to drive.
 

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Geography and Personality also come into play into your white/blue collar equation.

As far as Geography, in the south, trucks are more of the norm than other areas. It is very much accepted to drive a truck no matter what collar you wear. I have a 'white' collar job and I have driven a truck for years. When I pull into work or entertain for work and use my truck, I find no adverse bias against me or my professionalism because it is an acceptable ride to have. I do know that in other areas of the country, trucks are not as accepted among some socio-economic groups and do incur some stigma/bias against the owner. I have lived in those areas and frankly live my life for me and not others and feel that if someone is going to hold it against me for exercising my freedom of choice and personal desire to own a vehicle of my preference, then that's their problem and not mine. I feel comfrotable in a truck and it meets my personal needs, so they can think/bias in whatever way they want.....I do what I want and will make it work. I will tell you that I own a Porsche 911 and I get more bias against that car from all groups than from the truck. The white collar crowd is jealous and the blue collar group doesn't know whether to accept me or not. It then comes down to what kind of person that you are and your Personality, in order to transcend this initial bias. Personality traits like being genuine, fun, level-headed, dependable, ethical, understanding, etc., are what will cut through any intital pre-conceived notions that any group would have regarding any vehicle bias.

So....if you like the truck, do what you want to do and make it look good while your doing it! That's what I do!
 

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Come back Mosbacker! Meet the Titan Professionals..

Amen to all the post above. :cheers:
 

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I'm white collar (Director in a Fortune 100 company) and used to have the same concerns about the impression that my truck had. I NEED a truck because of my hobbies (hunting/fishing).

Basically, it was more important to me that I like what I drive, rather than anyone elses opinion. It is pretty superficial to drive something because of what other people think (though many people do). Not to mention there is and always will be a huge number of 'white collars' driving trucks because of their utility, tow capacity (for boats), off-road, hobbies, etc...

Ocassionally you may encounter somone who says: "You drive a TRUCK?". But typically it is someone whose hobbies don't require one. When you explain that you own a 20' boat and that you need a truck to pull it or that you hunt and need a truck bed to carry muddy dogs or bloody deer they seem to understand (unless they are liberals and who cares about them anyway :boxing: ).
 

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I am a blue collar construction worker (the training organization calls us "gold collar "). I get comments from coworkers that I must be overpaid to afford a new truck-of course most of them are married with children while I live at home with my parents. I wouldn't be able to afford a new truck, without paying for 6 years at the regular payments, if I moved out on my own. A truck fits the image of my job though. :)
 

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Kenny-O, Way to Go!

unless they are liberals and who cares about them anyway ).


My feeelings exactly!
 

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kennyo said:
I'm white collar (Director in a Fortune 100 company) and used to have the same concerns about the impression that my truck had. I NEED a truck because of my hobbies (hunting/fishing).

Basically, it was more important to me that I like what I drive, rather than anyone elses opinion. It is pretty superficial to drive something because of what other people think (though many people do). Not to mention there is and always will be a huge number of 'white collars' driving trucks because of their utility, tow capacity (for boats), off-road, hobbies, etc...

Ocassionally you may encounter somone who says: "You drive a TRUCK?". But typically it is someone whose hobbies don't require one. When you explain that you own a 20' boat and that you need a truck to pull it or that you hunt and need a truck bed to carry muddy dogs or bloody deer they seem to understand (unless they are liberals and who cares about them anyway :boxing: ).
If you are a Director in a Fortune 100 company why would you be concerned for a second over the impressions of owning a truck? You make enough money to buy a fleet of fancy european sports cars to drive to work and have a truck to use on the weekends for your hunting/fishing hobbies.
 
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