New L/P operator with questions about minimizing costs

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  1. flood

    flood Road Train Member

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    truckstops use generic filters and upcharge for OEM filters.. my dealer does the BPM with OEM filters and no upcharge. So yes its cheaper
     
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  3. dtj12231989

    dtj12231989 Medium Load Member

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    On average, I run about 2500 - 2700 miles a week. I have had one really good week that got me about 3300 miles. And I have had some really bad weeks in which I got around 2100 miles.
     
  4. dtj12231989

    dtj12231989 Medium Load Member

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    I'm gonna have to not look at this as often as I do. I am getting just as many thoughts and opinions on the subject as miles I average per week. Not that I don't thank y'all for it. It's just blowing my brain up. Haha. I will do this though. Im gonna experiment with different things to see what things or combination of things work the best for ME. I do know one thing though. I'm starting to break 7.5 mpg on a 40000 lb load. I think that is because I'm figuring out what my truck likes and doesn't like. Anyway, I'ma keep y'all posted on my findings. One more thing. I'm gonna start a Facebook page detailing my trips and all. A blog of sorts. I will invite y'all to it when I get it set up.
     
  5. Farmerbob1

    Farmerbob1 Road Train Member

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    Getting dealers to do the work also provides you with a better paper trail for proving you have been properly maintaining a truck, if it has a warranty. Trust me, if a company like TruNorth has a chance to screw you over because you can't produce a receipt for an oil change, leading to a oil change gap that is too long, they will happily leave you hanging.
     
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  6. mover man

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    Truck stops uses Baldwin or fleet guard. Freightliner dealers use the same thing. But Volvo dealers use Volvo filters (dont no who makes them)
    Dealers also used to charge about $100 more than truck stops. But truck stops have increased price to catch up with dealer price. I prefer dealer but not because it's cheaper. As far as maintaining a record, that's another reason I prefer the dealer. The e-mail me a copy of work done and invoice. I just forward it to the maintaince file. Cone tax time I just open file and the numbers are all right there.
     
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  7. Crazytrucker77

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    The dealer I get my work done charges me $360 to do a pm and look over the truck. The TA across the street charges $475 and I have paid as high as $625 for a pm service. That is what I'm talking about.
     
  8. mover man

    mover man Road Train Member

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    WOW!!! To me that is simply unheard of. What at kind of truck and engine do you have, that they dare even try to charge $475-625 for a simple PM?
    I quess the dealer is cheaper, T/a, loves, speedco charge me right around $300 and the dealer is about $350
     
  9. Farmerbob1

    Farmerbob1 Road Train Member

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    Knowing what engine is being serviced is pretty important before you start comparing prices too vigorously. Every shop I have ever been to has a list of different PM prices for different engines.
     
  10. Crazytrucker77

    Crazytrucker77 Medium Load Member

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    2016 Pete 579 paccar mx13
     
  11. JonJon78

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    I get my oil changed every 12k miles at speedco. It's never been near $300.
     
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