Point of Beginning

2000 Field Vehicle Study

September 29, 2000
POB commissioned a study to evaluate opinions and preferences of professionals in the surveying and mapping industry toward field vehicles.

Types of Vehicles Currently Owned/Leased

The Facts

Ninety-two percent purchased their vehicles and 8 percent leased.

  • Seventy-nine percent drive a company-owned or leased vehicle.

  • More than half—59 percent—own two to six field vehicles (31 percent own one; 10 percent own more than six).

  • Respondents typically purchased/leased a new field vehicle an average of every 4.8 years.

  • Sixty-seven percent plan to purchase/lease a new field vehicle within the next two years.

  • Fifty-four percent use their vehicles as a field office.


Brands of Vehicles Currently Owned/Leased

Most Influential Factors When Selecting a Vehicle

Respondents were asked to name the three factors most influential to their decision when selecting a field vehicle. Their most popular answers:

  • Dependability - 61 percent

  • Price - 58 percent

  • Cargo space - 36 percent

  • Experience/knowledge - 27 percent

  • Overall value - 25 percent

  • Brand name - 24 percent

  • Mileage - 18 percent

  • Availability - 17 percent

  • Passenger room - 11 percent


Expenditures Per Vehicle

Most Important Options

Respondents were asked which three options they found the most important for field vehicles to be equipped with. Their most popular answers:

  • Four-wheel drive - 63 percent

  • Air conditioning - 55 percent

  • Equipment organizer -44 percent

  • Extended cab - 32 percent

  • Electronic power port - 16 percent

  • Towing package - 13 percent

  • Bedliner - 12 percent

  • Removable seats - 12 percent