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Eliminating Hidden and Soft Fleet Costs

It never ends; management wants cost reduction, and fleet managers must come through, year after year. Beyond those ‘hard’ costs that are easily measured are soft and hidden costs that are equally important. Here are some tips on finding, and eliminating such costs in your fleet.

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Higher Labor, Parts Drive Up Fleet Maintenance Costs

Although repair incidents were flat, other fleet-related maintenance expenses were up in calendar-year 2017, primarily in labor rates and parts prices. PM costs were up around 3%, while replacement tire costs increased 5-10%.

Autonomous Vehicles Pose Washing Dilemma

Autonomous vehicles need to be cleaned more often than regular cars but putting them through an automated car wash could actually cause other hazardous issues, according to a CNN report.

Preventive Maintenance Costs Remain Flat in 2017

Continued stability in crude oil prices, along with longer oil drain intervals, are helping to offset the higher cost of synthetic motor oils that are now required by more automotive OEMs.

Fleet Managers List Top Concerns About Drivers

Some commercial fleet drivers aren’t properly caring for their vehicles, nor are they driving safely, which can raise operating costs and increase risk, fleet managers have told Fleet Financials.

7 Steps to Check Oil

A vehicle's engine is at risk for failure when the oil is low or dirty. This video demonstrates how to check the oil. Video courtesy of Allstate. For more maintenance advice, click here.

How to Maintain Your Tires

John Nielsen of AAA offers advice on tire maintenance. Video courtesy of AAA. For more tire safety tips, provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, click here.

Top 10 Strategies to Reduce Fuel Spend

These are some of the tried-and-true methods that fleets should consider when looking to reduce fuel costs.

Aftertreatment System: A New System Not to be Overlooked

Many fleet operators may not realize that aftertreatment systems are often vulnerable to compromise and failure due to seemingly minor and unrelated causes that have been largely ignored in routine maintenance practices.

PM Transaction Costs Up But Longer Intervals Keep Costs Flat

The auto OEMs continue to adopt more stringent motor oil requirements, which increases the cost of each PM service. But, the intervals between services have continued to widen, mitigating some of the additional costs.