What Is A Good Price For Truck Service. I Have Kenworth With 600 Cummins

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Tommy C.'s Comment
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Im looking to get my truck serviced, and was curious to find out what is considered a good price. I have a Kenworth with 600 Cummins. Thank you.

Old School's Comment
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Tommy this website teaches new drivers how to make a good start in the trucking industry. You probably will want to locate a forum or website such as OOIDA for this type of question.

I will say this, as an Owner/Operator you will always be looking for ways to keep your costs down - that's just smart business. You'll also find that the rates among most reputable truck repair shops are very close to each other. If you're tempted by somebody's really low price, you'll probably regret it later on.

OOIDA:

Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association

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OOIDA is an international trade association representing the interests of independent owner-operators and professional drivers on all issues that affect truckers. The over 150,000 members of OOIDA are men and women in all 50 states and Canada who collectively own and/or operate more than 240,000 individual heavy-duty trucks and small truck fleets.

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EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Tommy C.'s Comment
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OK thanks I will look into that website. Yea Im definetely not looking for the cheapest price. I Just dont wanna pay 1200 for service that normally cost 750. I dont to present that receipt to the bossman, and then I go hero to zero. LOL

Tommy this website teaches new drivers how to make a good start in the trucking industry. You probably will want to locate a forum or website such as OOIDA for this type of question.

I will say this, as an Owner/Operator you will always be looking for ways to keep your costs down - that's just smart business. You'll also find that the rates among most reputable truck repair shops are very close to each other. If you're tempted by somebody's really low price, you'll probably regret it later on.

OOIDA:

Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association

Who They Are

OOIDA is an international trade association representing the interests of independent owner-operators and professional drivers on all issues that affect truckers. The over 150,000 members of OOIDA are men and women in all 50 states and Canada who collectively own and/or operate more than 240,000 individual heavy-duty trucks and small truck fleets.

Their Mission

The mission of OOIDA is to serve owner-operators, small fleets and professional truckers; to work for a business climate where truckers are treated equally and fairly; to promote highway safety and responsibility among all highway users; and to promote a better business climate and efficiency for all truck operators.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

PackRat's Comment
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What does the boss recommend?

Old School's Comment
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What does the boss recommend?

That's exactly what I'm wondering now. I mistakenly thought Tommy was a new Owner/Operator that needed some guidance, but apparently he's got a "boss." Surely he could ask the boss, "Hey Boss-man, where would you like me to have your truck serviced?"

PackRat's Comment
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That's what I was thinking. Major service on the tractor, and any trailer needs, I go to a TA/Petro.

Tommy C.'s Comment
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He doesnt have any suggestions, its just my responsibility to take care of this type of thing. I thought it would be a good idea to get some feedback. I dont have any big truck stops in the area I live. ie Flying J, TA, etc. I do have numerous truck mechanics around and just was looking to find out what is the price range. The only other company I have driven for had there own shop, so I have never had to worry about this before. This why I need the help. Thank You.

Old School's Comment
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Tommy, take a look at this. It will at least tell you the prices that they charge at TA and Petro.

Prices for PM Services at TA Travel Centers

Turtle's Comment
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I'm in line at the Lake Station T/A, waiting for a pm and oil pan gasket as we speak. No idea of the cost. It's nice being able to pull up and just say "Hey, do this and bill my company."

Splitter's Comment
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I'm in line at the Lake Station T/A, waiting for a pm and oil pan gasket as we speak. No idea of the cost. It's nice being able to pull up and just say "Hey, do this and bill my company."

I hope they do a better job on your gasket than what they did on mine. 3 times I had to get it replaced. Just checked it again yesterday & it appears to be holding.

Apparently, there's an issue with the front seam on the engine where it sits. I was told that if that last one didn't work, I'd have to go to FL & they'd have to grind the front of the engine block down on that seam.

And I agree completely about not having the headaches of paying for service. I had the belt go out while I was driving. When I saw the bill for the road service my eyes popped out of my head. Over $1,000 for both belts & the tensioner.

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A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

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