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Operating Costs

Fleet operating costs increased in CY-2019 due to higher PM costs, ongoing pressure to increase maintenance labor rates to address the widespread tech shortage, and higher prices for commodities to manufacture replacement tires.

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Forecasting 2020 Motor Oil Lubricant Prices

The ongoing trend of increased 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.

Forecasting Tire Price Trends in 2020

Most of the subject matter experts that we spoke to expect an increase in tire prices, although predicting future tire costs is difficult due to variables that influence tire pricing.

Upward Pricing Pressuring Fixed and Operating Costs

Fleets are being impacted by a variety of inflationary pressures ranging from higher acquisition prices due to the proliferation of onboard safety equipment, to increased material costs pushing up pricing on parts, upfits, and replacement tires.

Operating Costs Inch Up for Second Consecutive Year

Fleet operating costs increased in CY-2019 due to higher PM costs, ongoing pressure to increase maintenance labor rates to address the widespread tech shortage, and higher prices for commodities to manufacture replacement tires.

Replacement Tire Prices Moderate to Rate of Inflation

Replacement tire prices are driven by raw material costs, which in CY-2019 were less volatile, but higher nonetheless. Tire prices increased slightly higher than the rate of inflation, which was partially offset by improvements in tread wear longevity.