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Preventive Maintenance

For the past decade, more OEMs are recommending the use of more expensive synthetic motor oils, which is increasing the cost of each PM service. But the higher quality motor oil also allows the intervals between these services to lengthen, which is offsetting some of the additional per-transaction costs.

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Risk of PM Neglect Increases with Longer Oil Drain Intervals

Extending the oil drain interval to higher miles puts it out-of-synch with courtesy checks for tire wear and brake pad or rotor inspections. By extending oil drain intervals, there will be less frequent inspection of these wear items than what has occurred in the past.

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.

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.

Why the Industry Is Transitioning to Synthetic Motor Oils

There are three key reasons why the transition to synthetic oils is occurring. They are the proliferation of smaller displacement turbocharged engines, escalating CAFE fuel economy requirements, and government regulations to lower tailpipe emissions.

Weighing the Value of Mobile Maintenance: Hard Costs vs. Soft Costs

Vocational vehicles are in the business of delivering goods and providing services. They are earning assets and to maximize their productivity, you need to minimize unscheduled downtime or offset downtime for routine PMs by doing the work during non-revenue-producing hours.

Fleet Oil Drain and PM Costs Increase Again in 2019

More OEMs are adopting more stringent motor oil requirements for new models increasing total PM costs, year-over-year, as more vehicles are required to use synthetic oils, which cost more than mineral-based oils.