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June 2014

Thomas Built Buses Lengthens Warranty Coverage

The cost of parts and services plays a significant role in the total cost of ownership. Obviously, the more you spend on parts and services throughout the year, the higher your total cost of ownership. Purchasing cheaper parts or skimping on maintenance and necessary service visits might lower your initial cost, but in the end you’ll pay much more when parts start to fail.

So how c...

Total Cost of Ownership Pro Tip

Oil Testing Raises Red Flags for Poor Performance

Engine oil says a lot about your engine and how it is performing. From a faulty injection system or pressure regulator to cooling system failures, the trace elements and contaminants in your engine oil indicate what’s going on (or not going on) in your engine. In addition to changing the oil at regular intervals, periodically test the oil to monitor the performance of your engine and uncover red flags before they become expensive issues.

Identifying potential problems early will help increase the reliability of your engine and save you money in the long run. To learn more, talk to your local dealer about how to have your engine oil tested.

May 2014

New Propane-Fueled Saf-T-Liner C2 In Production At Thomas Built Buses

Thomas Built Buses is pleased to announce the expansion of its green vehicle lineup with the new Saf-T-Liner C2 fueled by propane autogas. The first few propane C2 models have already been delivered to a select few customers, and Thomas Built Buses is now beginning to ramp up full production.

How is it spec’ed?

Built upon the popular Saf-T-Liner C2 model, th...

Total Cost of Ownership Pro Tip

Save Money by Spec’ing the Right Parts

Durability and performance of parts definitely play a role in total cost of ownership. Newer parts in the market oftentimes last longer, increase school bus efficiency, and require less maintenance than traditional parts that were on the market 10 or 15 years ago. Air disc brakes, bonded windshields, multiplex wires, LED lights, and corrosion protection are just a few options that may seem like unnecessary add-ons or may appear a little more expensive than traditional parts, but they each individually can decrease your total cost of ownership. To learn more, speak to your local dealer about what parts may be right for you.

March 2014

Can Driving Differently Actually Save You Money?

The cost of fuel and overall fuel efficiency are significant factors that can drastically affect the total cost of ownership (TCO) of your fleet. Thomas Built buses, which have Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) emissions systems, can provide from 7% to 27% better fuel economy than traditional Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) technology. Alternative fuel buses with compressed natural gas or pro...

Total Cost of Ownership Pro Tip

Enhance Your Technician Training

Downtime is costly. Technician training is an important aspect of TCO because the more quickly your technicians can perform routine maintenance checks, the sooner your buses can be back on the road. Not only does solid training keep your buses in optimal condition, it also saves you time and money on maintenance that can be performed quickly on-site. Each year, Thomas Built Buses offers hands-on intensive technician training and factory-certified curriculum all in one week. The Thomas Built Institute’s Service Training East will take place in Greensboro, NC from April 29 – May 2. For technicians unable to make the April event, a second training session will take place from September 9 – 12 in Dallas, Texas. To register or learn more, visit the Thomas Built Institute page.

January 2014

Corrosion Protection Can Save Your Investment

Corrosion protection has never been more important than it is today, especially since winter weather de-icing chemicals are stronger than ever. Road salt is a major corrosion culprit, but even worse are newer de-icing formulas, which include calcium chloride and magnesium chloride.

On any bus, protective finishes can wear off over time, or become damaged from rocks or gravel. When corros...

Total Cost of Ownership Pro Tip

Oil Testing

Not every oil type is created equal. Some engine oils can provide higher miles per gallon (MPG) for your fleet while others will help to better protect your engine. Test your current engine oils, along with fluids in the transmission and rear end, with others on the market and closely monitor fleet MPG and engine wear and tear. Just by switching fluids, you can significantly lower the total cost of ownership of your fleet.

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