How to Save Money on Truck Repairs
Truck maintenance, specifically truck repairs, takes a huge chunk out of a trucking company’s annual budget. Next to fuel and purchasing a truck, it’s the most expensive part of running a trucking business. Repairs and maintenance have increased 24% since 2012, according to TruckingInfo.com. In 2019, repairs and maintenance cost 14.3 cents per mile.
That number varies depending on the size and type of trucks in your fleet. For example, specialized fleets spent 18.7 cents per mile on repairs and maintenance in 2019, while truckload carriers spent 12.8 cents per mile on average. Then, less-than-truckload carriers spent 16 cents per mile.
Semi-truck tires are, obviously, a necessity. They are also a large expense. You can spend $9,000 to replace all 18 tires on a semi-truck. Tire prices do vary greatly as you can spend as little as $150 per truck tire or as much as $1,000 per tire. Keep in mind that 18-wheeler tires usually need to be replaced in pairs to keep the sides and ride even.
TCS Clients Save on Truck Maintenance at TA Truck Service
We’re dedicated to finding solutions to our clients’ biggest financial burdens. That’s why we’re in the fuel card business, and we give our clients relief for their tire and service maintenance costs with the help of TA Truck Service.
TA®, Petro Stopping Centers®, and TA Express®, as well as TCS, understand the value of truck maintenance. TA Truck Service offers a variety of preventative maintenance packages that include oil change, tractor lubrication, pushrod stroke inspection, steering fluid, SCA/ELC contamination checks, trailer preventative maintenance options, and many more.
These preventative maintenance packages are a time-saving and efficient way to ensure that routine maintenance stays on schedule and remains affordable.
Now let’s talk more about truck tires. Tires keep your trucking company moving, literally. Taking care of them is super important. Experts suggest looking into low rolling resistance tires that use shallower tread and can save your trucks big money on fuel. We know the value of keeping your tires in good shape, that’s why TCS clients can save up to $39 per tire at TA Truck Service. These include brand name tires such as Goodyear, Michelin, Bridgestone, Yokohama, Firestone, BF Goodrich, and more. These savings cover tire rotation per wheel, tire mounting, tire repair, and tire disposal.
Your DOT Number Gets You Discounts at TA Truck Service
How do our clients take advantage of those budget-saving discounts at TA Truck Service? By simply letting the fine folks at TA Truck Service know they’re a TCS client and providing their DOT Number. Done! Instant savings!
The bottom line is truck repairs and maintenance are expensive. There’s no way around that. It’s your biggest chunk of cash next to purchasing the truck and filling up its fuel tank. Save yourself from the worry of emergency repairs later by keeping your trucks up-to-date on maintenance today. Create a digital checklist that you can upload on your computer, your phone, and your tablet. Set up digital reminders so that you know what needed maintenance is coming. Keeping a truck running properly is costly, but it doesn’t need to break your bank.
Not a TCS Fuel Card client yet? Ready to save big on truck repairs and maintenance as well as get great fuel discounts at more than 1,500 in-network locations across the country with $0 transaction fees? Apply for your TCS Fuel Card now or contact us for more information.