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Mavis, Express Oil Merger to Create 830-Store Network

The owners of Mavis Discount Tire stores and Express Oil Change & Tire Engineers outlets have agreed to merge, creating an independent automotive service platform made up of more than 830 outlets in the U.S.

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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.

Extended Oil Intervals Keep Preventive Maintenance Costs Flat

Extended oil-drain intervals and flat labor rates have helped to offset increases in the cost of motor oil because of the expanded use of synthetic oils. In 2017, higher labor rates may exert upward pressure on PM costs.

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.

Petro-Canada Establishes Partnership with Quick-Lube Service Provider

Petro-Canada Lubricants, a Suncor business, has established a new partnership with Riglube, a Canadian quick-lube service provider.

Fleet Maintenance Oil Intervals Extended

Preventive maintenance expenses were flat in CY-2015. Although the average cost per PM has risen, oil drain intervals have been extended.

Extended Oil Drain Intervals Mitigate Increased PM Expense

Improvements in engine design and on-board oil life monitoring, along with improved oil quality and the use of synthetic oils, have extended oil drain intervals and served to decrease PM service frequency.

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.

Fleet Car Maintenance Costs Decrease 4 Percent

Overall, passenger car maintenance costs per unit, per month decreased 4 percent in 2013 with the average cost per mile decreasing 2 percent from 2012. These costs include unscheduled repair services, preventive maintenance (PM), tires, and replacement rentals.

Fleets Controlling Costs With Driver Training and Rightsizing

Emkay’s Brad Vliek outlines how the four fleet cost centers — fuel, tire replacement, maintenance, and preventive maintenance oil drains — have influenced the way fleets have done business in 2012 and what to expect in 2013.