Fuel economy and the commercial vehicle sector are like Burgers and Fries. What do we mean? When you want a burger, do you go for the meal at the closest fast food chain or do you head over the the local burger joint? On one hand the fast food chain has a plain burger and fries for around $5 and on the other hand there is Joe’s Local Burger where you can get a fresh made burger with homemade sauce and fresh condiments with garlic fries for $8. Sure the $5 meal is cheap, but you’re getting a lot more out of the $8 dollar meal. It’s tastier, healthier, more gratifying, and it lasts longer than the supposed “value meal”.
As with our truck purchases, what are we looking at? At the end of the day, are we choosing the $5 meal or are we making a decision that goes beyond thinking about the instant sticker price and extends into the final value and cost over time.
What we are talking about is the total cost of ownership aka TCO. What at the end of the day is your vehicle costing you per gallon of gas? Is the sticker shock of an alternative fuel conversion (CNG/Natural Gas) or aftermarket hybrid system (Kinetic Hybrid) turning you off? With the volatility of gas prices, we can’t bank on the price to get any cheaper and we all know that it will come back again higher than ever. So, why not seek out an alternative fuel solution?
Rebates and grants are available for companies that are interested in pursuing them and natural gas prices are lower than ever. With savings that can pay off your equipment within a matter of months, put more money into your pocket, and benefit the environment, what is holding you back?
Are you settling for the “good deal” at the moment, or are you buying someone else’s headache; the truck without the warranty, the one that looks like it’ll get the job done, the $5 meal?
If you have questions about the TCO of your next purchase, warranties, or alternative fuel conversions, Contact Us or give your Account Manager at Allegiant Partners a call.