Despite Labor Rates, Maintenance Costs Stay
Despite an increase in labor rates, maintenance costs have stayed the same for 2017. This steady reliability can be attributed to improvements in build quality for vehicles, engine and transmission technology, and oil. In addition to part improvements, vehicle awareness has been on the rise to. With the ELD law nearing full effect, more carriers than ever are using on board diagnostic tools to spot problems, before they become too costly. Some carriers have stretched out the length in between oil changes, allowing for less to be spent on maintenance costs. While cost effective, drivers can get neglectful leading to problems later down the road. As newer model year vehicles are used, and older models are phased out, the general quality of vehicles on the road increase. Leading to diminished upkeep costs.