The earlier COVID lockdowns precipitated a perfect storm that amplified pandemic-induced labor constraints and that exacerbated the pre-existing shortages of automotive service techs and CDL drivers for Class 3-8 trucks.
Unscheduled Maintenance Costs Increase 3% in CY-2021
Part and labor prices have increased 4-8%, while part and labor availability have decreased. Due to difficulties sourcing replacement vehicles, fleets are keeping units in service longer. This caused repair spend to increase in 2021.