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Maintenance Costs Increase with Longer Service Lives, Recalls

Doing CY-2014, passenger car CPM maintenance costs were up 13 percent as the average age of units in operation increased due to fewer companies engaging in vehicle shortcycling and recalls caused a double-digit spike in rental costs.

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Extended Lifecycles Increase Passenger Car Tire Expenses

The decrease in vehicle shortcycling by commercial fleets has resulted in more vehicles in operation with higher mileages, which necessitate a second or third set of replacement tires during the course of a vehicle's service life.

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Extended Service Intervals Help To Keep PM Costs Flat

Fleets continue to see OEM "recommended" and "required" scheduled service intervals extended, such as fluid changes, spark plugs, transmission services, and timing belts, which help keep preventive maintenance costs flat.

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Schwan's Gains Economic Benefits From Propane Autogas

Schwan's Home Service prevented the emission of a cumulative 31,450 tons of greenhouse gases in one year by using propane autogas.

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Fleet Management 2025 Forecast: Vehicle Maintenance

Most agree that many of the trends we are experiencing today will continue for the next decade; however, technology, in particular vehicle connectivity, will have a dramatic impact on how vehicles will be maintained in the future.

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Forecast of Operating Costs for CY-2015

If one word could describe the forecast for CY-2015 operating costs, it would be "flat." The upbeat forecast is for gasoline and diesel prices to slightly decrease, while maintenance and tire costs are predicted to remain stable.

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Prices for Replacement Tires Stabilize in CY-2014

Replacement tires are the third-largest fleet expense category. In recent years, there have been year-over-year price increases for replacement tires. A key reason for current, stable tire pricing is less volatility in commodity costs.

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Commercial Fleet Maintenance Costs Remain Flat in CY-2014

Maintenance costs have decreased in the past 12 months with the primary reason being increased vehicle quality. But, there are concerns about vehicle complexity, part prices, labor rates, and soft costs such as driver downtime.

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Forecast of Operating Costs for Medium-Duty Trucks in CY-2015

The operating cost forecast for medium-duty trucks is stable for the upcoming calendar year, with fuel economy and cost reduction the top concerns.

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Operating Costs Flat for Second Consecutive Year

Gasoline and diesel prices, on average, in 2014 are virtually the same as in 2013, with some variances depending on region. Similarly, PM costs are flat and stable commodity prices have contributed to less volatility in tire prices.

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