A truck’s cost should be thought out and calculated by thinking of the buying-using-selling cycles. A more realistic cost of the price of a truck should also include financing and tax implications. This is from Patrick Gaskins, AmeriQuest Transportation Services Vice President of Financial Services.
Gaskins believes that those in procurement believe that getting the lowest price and best financing is the way to go. The fleet manager thinks a truck with the highest fuel economy and lowest repair costs would be best. Then you have the department handling disposition of used assets thinking about resale value.
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Selecting the right tires for medium-duty trucks affects vehicle performance, fuel economy and tire replacement cycles. There are more variables involved when selecting tires for medium-duty trucks vs. light-duty. They include:
- different tread types designed around a truck’s operating weight and tire position
- tires designed for long haul, and on or off-road trucks
Tires should be selected on the basis of specific application of the truck and weight considerations.
With a wide range of drive-axle ratios for medium-duty trucks available, fleet managers must weigh/factor carefully which one they choose for their fleet. Their decision will affect a truck’s top-end speed, fuel economy and load pulling ability.
For light-duty service trucks, the process for selection is pretty simple because there are only two to three ratios from which to choose. A good starting point is understanding what the drive-axle ratio means and how it affects truck performance. To do this, Ken Gilles, truck operations manager for GE Capital Fleet Services, has listed the following 10 factors to consider: