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Upward Pricing Pressuring Fixed and Operating Costs

Upward Pricing Pressuring Fixed and Operating Costs

Fleets are being impacted by a variety of inflationary pressures ranging from higher acquisition prices due to the proliferation of onboard safety equipment, to increased material costs pushing up pricing on parts, upfits, and replacement tires.

December 13, 2019

Overt & Hidden Costs of Extending Truck Replacement

Overt & Hidden Costs of Extending Truck Replacement

Extending truck replacement cycling parameters beyond stated fleet policy is typically a short-term tactic used by senior management to solve a budgetary constraint; however, there are long-term fleet consequences to this strategy.

June 9, 2017

Operating Costs Remain Flat in Calendar-Year 2010

Stable fuel prices were the primary reason fleet costs remained flat. Also, national accounts did not increase prices for oil changes and replacement tires. Maintenance costs were up for fleets that extended vehicle cycling.

November 12, 2010

Top 10 Challenges Facing Public Sector Fleets in CY-2011

Top 10 Challenges Facing Public Sector Fleets in CY-2011

Budget is the No.1 challenge facing government fleets. Everything a fleet does revolves around money — equipment, facilities, staff, vehicles, parts, tools, fuel, etc. Other challenges include extended cycling, resources to maintain aging assets, and staff burn-out.

November 8, 2010

Medium-Duty Operating Costs Increase in 2008-CY

The biggest factor behind the spike in medium-duty operating costs was the increase in diesel prices, which jumped 32 percent from the then-historical high in 2007. Other factors included increased labor rates and higher taxes.

April 22, 2009

Fleet Operating Costs Increase Again in 2008

For calendar-year 2008, the year-to-date cost of fuel has increased 30 percent, the price for replacement tires rose 5-10 percent, and the cost for non-warranty maintenance services was up 5 percent.

November 1, 2008

Operating Expenses for Medium-Duty Trucks Increase

Operating Expenses for Medium-Duty Trucks Increase

The high cost of fuel was the key reason for increased operating expenses. The spike in fuel prices also contributed to the higher cost of replacement tires and, indirectly, to higher maintenance expenses.

March 1, 2007

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