One of the plus items I discussed with my V6 Canyon over the Wrangler I was driving is that I have to gas up probably one less time a month at least, maybe even 2 less times per month. That saves me a half hour a month, at least, getting into a station, fueling up, and getting back on the road. Based on the loaded labor rate I charge, that saves me a good chunk of change. If I was driving the diesel, I would probably get to subtract at least one more stop per month.
Where is that calculated into the costs?
Think about if you have a workcrew, 4 workers in a crew cab, and you are able to cut out 30-60 minutes per month of idle time for 4 workers. How much did that just save you in costs? (In reality, that fuel stop drags into a snack & bathroom break, probably the work crew is out of service for easily 30 minutes on each stop. )
Quit trying to analyze the $$$ associated with each person. Figure out what makes sense for you, what you need first, want second, to drive, and just do it without looking at the guy next to you and trying to figure a way to attack his choices in vehicles. If it works for him, more power to him. My truck works for me. And I mean that in more ways than just it fits my lifestyle, it is a tool, nothing more, nothing less.
Now, these guys who jack up their vehicles till they have 2 foot of clearance underneath them or lower their vehicle till they can't drive over a ham sandwich without dragging bottom
, or who install an exhaust that makes a F15 Fighter Plane seem quiet, those are the guys we should be giving a hard time...