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#38198 - 05/17/04 06:26 PM Fuel Cost
rowdyrudy Offline

Registered: 11/02/02
Posts: 171
Loc: Mascoutah, IL USA
Wondering how the EC's are handling the fuel cost increase. I believe that the small contractor would be more affected than the big guys. While filling my Focus Wagon (12.7 Gal. tank & 29 MPG) I observed a gent fueling his Ford Excursion. He got just over 38 gals. @$2.37 per. His bill was $91.00+. My first house didn't have a payment that big.

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#38199 - 05/17/04 06:40 PM Re: Fuel Cost
Big Jim Offline

Registered: 07/18/03
Posts: 377
Loc: Denver, CO USA
Big guys get hit pretty hard too. My full-time job is with the Postal Service (largest non-military fleet in the country). A 1 cent increase in fuel prices costs us an estimated $1,000,000 a year. Nobody can afford to absorb costs like that. Personally, the car gets 20 and the Suburban gets 10. You'll see me driving down the road a lot more now with conduit sticking out the window of the car. Hardly use the Suburban unless I need the trailer.

#38200 - 05/17/04 06:41 PM Re: Fuel Cost
DetroiterRob Offline

Registered: 05/16/04
Posts: 34
Loc: Dearborn, MI, USA
im dyin up here, my 94 dodge ram 4x4 with the 5.9 is only gettin bout 12-13 mpg if im lucky, and shes got a 35 gallon tank, and some times ill end up filling that up twice a week, and i thought it was killer at 1.89 a gallon, now we are about 2.10......maybe one day itll get back to a dollar a gallon like it was back in the 90's


#38201 - 05/17/04 07:44 PM Re: Fuel Cost
frenchelectrican Offline


Registered: 02/06/03
Posts: 938
Loc: Wi/ Paris France { France for ...
right now i have diesel powered truck in my fleet and my pickup truck [diesel] useally get about 18 mpg on the road and about 14 in town and what i do is pass the cost to the comuster because i really cant asorb {take in } extra fuel cost so it will reflect the final bill.

right now i am paying 1.79 for diesel and the gas allready pegged over 2.04 per gallon btw this is plain unleaded fuel [ at northeast wisconsin]

but if you guy been wonding what about european guys deal with it?? sure the european gas is almost double what we pay for here in france the gas is over 4 bucks a gallon when diesel fuel is about 3 buck a gallon range but bear in mind the price will change from time to time so just watchout and i did heard the rumors it can hit much as 3 bucks in usa

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#38202 - 05/17/04 08:59 PM Re: Fuel Cost
stamcon Offline

Registered: 03/24/01
Posts: 322
Loc: So San Francisco CA
In the San Francisco area, diesel costs more than unleaded . Diesel is $2.49 at most stations with a few at $2.39.

#38203 - 05/17/04 09:16 PM Re: Fuel Cost
Lostazhell Offline

Registered: 02/21/04
Posts: 1248
Loc: Bakersfield, CA (Originally Or...
The CHEAP gas (ARCO) was $2.26 at my last fill-up! $62.00! Thank God for company gas cards! My van (Chevy 2500) seems to get around 10 mpg with the monumental amount of material & tools I lug around.... I just drove to San Diego from Orange County & back, serviced 5 calls, all within 5 miles of the freeway that gets me back & forth... I have ¼ tank left!


PS... My company's prices went up at the beginning of the year with this in mind.. Not to mention the skyrocketing workers comp rates here in California!

#38204 - 05/18/04 01:48 AM Re: Fuel Cost
pauluk Offline

Registered: 08/11/01
Posts: 7693
Loc: Norfolk, England
He got just over 38 gals. @$2.37 per. His bill was $91.00+.

At the current exchange rate of around £1 = $1.80, that would have come to over $200 here!

In American terms, my local station works out as $5.44 per gallon for unleaded, $5.58 for diesel.

#38205 - 05/18/04 02:08 PM Re: Fuel Cost
walrus Offline

Registered: 07/25/02
Posts: 671
Loc: Bangor Me. USA
Ship anything UPS and they hace a fuel surcharge. Same with any deliveries to a store from a wholesaler. Even the oil companies have a fuel surcharge on their deliveries to gas stations. I'm raising my rates . Anyone remember the late 70s and double digit inflation

#38206 - 05/18/04 05:26 PM Re: Fuel Cost
CTwireman Offline

Registered: 02/07/02
Posts: 839
Loc: Connecticut, USA
Guys, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but get used to it. High fuel prices are not coming down anytime soon, unless something catastrophic happens to suddenly reduce demand. If Americans would get serious about conservation, that would likely cause a noticeable drop in prices.

As an interesting sidenote, pick up a copy of the most recent National Geographic. The cover story says it all.


#38207 - 05/18/04 06:22 PM Re: Fuel Cost
FWL_Engineer Offline

Registered: 05/15/04
Posts: 53
Loc: Barnet, Hertfordshire, UK
This is hurting us, we are starting to review our pricing as we operate 6 vans and three cars on company fuel cards.

The Vans, VW Tarnsporter TDi 2.5's do around 34 to the gallon and have ~60ltr tanks (11.8 imperial Gallon to be exact), the cars are a different matter as they are all petrol (Gasolene).

I filled my personal car up today as it was in the red, normally costs about £36 ($64)from the same point on the gauge, but today cost me just shy of £43 ($77.5), so that is a huge hike since I filled up on Saturday.

If I could get my laptop, phone charger and all my papaerwork onto a pushbike then I would do the swap..but in the meantime I think I'll go back to being a biker..looked at a nice Ducati 999 today..but I haven't rode a bike in years and I am not that foolish.

So I have put a deposit on a ex showroom stock Kawasaki ZX 636R..with alarm fitted ..RAC to inspect it..good report than I hand over the remaining £6300 ($11300)and take delivery

I don't see the need to pay exhorbitant fuel prices unnecessarilly
Click me if you dare \:\)

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