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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 corrosive elemen...

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.

December 2013

How Much Do You Pay For a Bus After You Pay for a Bus?

How much do you pay for a bus after you pay for a bus? It’s not just about the purchase price. You have to consider fuel costs, as well as maintenance cost, warranty reimbursement, replacement parts and overall durability. All of these add up to the real cost — the total cost of ownership. The problem is, if you don’t truly know what your total cost of ownership is — the costs of parti...

Total Cost of Ownership Pro Tip

Knowing “When” is Key — When to Buy a New Bus

As your buses age, the costs to operate and maintain them will inevitably increase. When looking at the total cost of ownership of your fleet, use fuel and maintenance data to determine the best time to purchase a new bus. Calculate how much you are spending to operate and maintain each bus to identify the tipping point when buying a new bus becomes the better financial decision. This tipping point can occur any number of years after the initial purchase of the bus depending on the type of bus, maintenance schedule, terrain, road conditions, miles traveled and even weather conditions.

August 2013

Total Cost of Ownership — When Fuel Savings Add Up

The easiest way to start measuring your current TCO and to start saving money is to start with fuel economy.   Fuel economy is quite possibly the most important component of TCO. Fuel economy is the amount of fuel burned over a defined distance. Much like the MPG in your car, many factors influence a bus’s fuel economy, such as design and aerodynamics of the bus, overall weight, idling time,...

Fuel Economy Tip

Before the school year begins again, take a look at your bus routes and determine if there is a more fuel-efficient path to take.

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