Automotive Fleet

NOV 2013

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Lodding of Donlen, likewise, foresees downward pressure on maintenance costs. "Maintenance costs for 2014 should decrease if more manufacturers start to cover oil changes and tire rotations for the frst few years of ownership. Overall maintenance cost should remain similar to what they have been over the last few years as a result of the extended maintenance intervals," said Lodding. It is anticipated that the volume of newmodel introductions will accelerate as we approach the new CAFE deadlines. Te large number of new models in the market may result in temporary parts shortages and increased downtime, especially if there are any national recalls, as was witnessed in the 2013 model-year. "Te infux of many new OEM models will have a big emphasis on improving fuel economy to meet CAFE requirements," said Christensen of GE Capital Fleet Services. "Tese changes may have a downstream efect on repair providers who may have issues with afermarket parts availability, experience a technician training curve, and the need for an investment in tools and technology. Some alternative-fuel vehicles may have limited repair provider options for specialty work because of possible ventilation and lighting requirements." Although typically reliable, when electronics technology does malfunction, it has a higher per incident repair cost. "Technology continues to evolve, which ultimately results in an increase in the cost of repairs. Manufacturers are continually incorporating technology and updating maintenance standards, which will increase a feet's maintenance and repair cost," said JankieJANKIEWICZ wicz of LeasePlan USA. Trends in PM Oil Drain Costs Tere are a variety of factors that have impacted the cost of PM oil drains. "Oil change prices have stabilized due to increased availability of lower cost, OEM approved semi-synthetic oils along with some national providers beginning to package oil changes with tire rotations and inspections for a discounted bundled price," said Christensen of GE Capital Fleet Services. Another factor is the increased use of synthetic oil, which, although more expensive, has extended the interval between oil drains. "Cents per mile by vehicle class in 2013 is very similar to the cents per mile experience in 2012. We attribute this to a leveling of of overall costs — as it relates to oil — with the transition from fossil to synthetics. Tis is refective of the feets' adoption of expanded oil change intervals," said Sandler of PHH Arval. Tis observation is seconded by Piscopo of ARI. "Oil prices have remained stable in 2013 with no signifcant technological innovations recently introduced into the feld. Synthetic and synthetic-blend oils continue Beyond a Basic Fleet Tracking System 4WPC/QTG'HƒEKGPV2TQFWEVKXGCPF2TQƒVCDNG(NGGV 9KVJVJG2GFKITGG6GEJPQNQIKGU1PG8KGY®UQHVYCTG[QWECP EQPPGEVCNN[QWTVTWEMUVTCKNGTUFTKXGTUCPFGSWKROGPVKPQPG U[UVGO6JGWUGTHTKGPFN[U[UVGOCNNQYU[QWVQNQECVG[QWTGPVKTG HNGGVKORTQXGFTKXGTRGTHQTOCPEGUEJGFWNGCPFTQWVGXGJKENGU CPFGPUWTGHNGGVUCHGV[D[OGGVKPI(/%5#TGIWNCVKQPU » » » » » /QPKVQT/WNVKRNG6[RGUQH#UUGVU 'CUKN[7RITCFGVQ'NGEVTQPKE.QIDQQMU Diagnostic Data 2TGOKGTG5GTXKEGCPF5WRRQTV2NCPU 1RGPCPF5ECNCDNG5[UVGO CONTACT US TODAY TO SET UP A LIVE WEB DEMO! 701-499-0024 | ® NOVEMBER 2013 I AUTOMOTIVE FLEET 29

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