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Operating Costs

Since fuel is a fleet’s largest operating expense, it catches the attention of senior management when fuel prices start to rise as they are today. Here are 10 fuel reduction strategies that you a implement to make a dent in your fuel spend.

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Forecast of PM Costs in 2021

The trend of increased PM costs per service will continue as more and more vehicles requiring conventional oil are taken out of service and replaced with models that require synthetics. 

Forecast of Tire Prices in 2021

The ultimate outcome of the pandemic and the strength of the economic recovery are driving many predictions on future pricing.

Low Demand Flattens Fuel Prices in 2020

The largest fleet operating expense is fuel, which traditionally represents approximately 60% of all operating costs. However, the decreased miles driven by fleets during the pandemic was the No. 1 factor contributing to keeping fuel costs flat in 2020. 

Warranty Recovery Dollars Decrease After OEM Shutdown

More stringent enforcement of OEM-recommended services to qualify for warranty coverage continues. Cash flow issues caused by the pandemic have caused some OEMs to be more tight-fisted with warranty recovery dollars.

Multiplicity of Fleet Tire Sizes

A perennial factor exerting upward pressure on replacement tire costs is the adoption of larger diameter tires and unique tire sizes. The increase in OEM automobile wheel diameters has driven up the price of fleet replacement tires, primarily because the larger the tire, the greater the manufacturing expense.

Tire Costs Flat but Expect Higher Prices in 2021

Reduced tire demand and a decrease in overall miles driven have caused tire manufacturing volume to decline in 2020, creating a downstream ripple effect softening commodity prices for natural rubber, but this may change in 2021.

Uptick in Mobile Maintenance in 2020

One trend that is gaining momentum among commercial fleets during the pandemic is the use of mobile maintenance vendors. There has been a substantial uptick in fleet requests for mobile maintenance solutions as fleet managers look to minimize downtime and the administrative burden of taking their vehicle to a repair shop and having the driver wait. 

Pandemic's Disruption Keeps 2020 Fleet Operating Costs Flat

The COVID-19 pandemic divided the fleet market into essential and non-essential businesses, causing hundreds of thousands of company vehicles to sit idle from mid-March to mid-May. The economic shutdown caused miles-driven to plummet.

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