Fleets Transition to Synthetic Engine Oil

 - Picture: Gettyimages.com/ Wail Alameen

Picture: Gettyimages.com/ Wail Alameen

The past decade, more OEMs are suggesting making use of more expensive artificial engine oils, that is increasing the cost of each PM solution. But the higher quality engine oil also enables the intervals between these services to lengthen, that is offsetting a number of the extra per-transaction expenses.

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“The transition toward complete synthetic engine oil needs keeps growing. More and more new-vehicle models require complete synthetic oil, which costs over mainstream or semi-synthetic oil,” said Dawn Schremp, nationwide solution division director for Enterprise Fleet Management.

The change to semi-synthetic and artificial blends has increased upkeep intervals but inaddition it increased oil drain costs. Consequently, the average cost of oil drains to fleets has increased. “We see a price boost in the cost per deal, but there has been fewer deals this season,” said Troy Fleener, team lead, upkeep for Emkay.

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The longer drain intervals are offsetting the larger per-transaction cost, making PM costs, normally, flat for CY-2020 when comparing to CY-2019.

An extra factor impacting fleet PM expenses is the fact that oil convenience of some models has increased, necessitating using more quarts of oil than that which was found in the last.

“Many brand new models have actually bigger engine oil capacities beyond the normal five-quart capacity of older vehicles, adding to the cost of oil modification services. The larger price of synthetic oil and increased motor oil capacities can be offset, to some extent, by much longer suggested drain intervals set forth by car manufacturers,” said Schremp of Enterprise Fleet administration

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