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Gas prices passed along?

MikeMike Posts: 34Member
we added a 10.00 fuel charge to every invoice indicating that it would remain as long as regular gas was above $2.00 per gal . no one said a word.
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  • John R. HallJohn R. Hall Posts: 2,246Member
    Up to $2.79 gallon today

    I know that some contractors have been trying to hold the line and not raise service fees because of gas prices. Some are charging a temporary trip charge or "miscellaneous" fee to absorb some of the costs.

    It's a fine line to walk but I would think that the good customers would understand an extra charge. What are some of you telling your customers or prospective customers?
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  • A.J.A.J. Posts: 242Member ✭✭
    Gas prices went up 20 cents in the last week

    so I had to raise my prices two more dollars an hour.
    No surcharge just put into my regular fee. I cann't really see any resonable person not understanding.

    Kupetz's Plb & HTG
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  • Kevin_in_DenverKevin_in_Denver Posts: 588Member
    going up again

    I know it's late, but fill up tonight, they told me it's going up another $.20 tomorrow.
    Superinsulated Passive solar house, Buderus in floor backup heat by Mark Eatherton, 3KW grid-tied PV system, various solar thermal experiments
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  • heatboyheatboy Posts: 1,468Member
    Tough call........

    I just filled both of my trucks yesterday at $2.55 per gallon. It cost $155.00 to fill them. Figure an average of 10 MPG and that will last about 10 days if we stay close to home. I haven't raised prices........yet, but how long can I absorb these kind of increases? Worse, how can my clients be expected to absorb all of these increases. I believe everyone will have to share the pain.

    I just wish I knew who to be pissed at.
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  • SVDWSVDW Posts: 79Member


    > I just filled both of my trucks yesterday at

    > $2.55 per gallon. It cost $155.00 to fill them.

    > Figure an average of 10 MPG and that will last

    > about 10 days if we stay close to home. I

    > haven't raised prices........yet, but how long

    > can I absorb these kind of increases? Worse, how

    > can my clients be expected to absorb all of these

    > increases. I believe everyone will have to share

    > the pain.

    >

    > I just wish I knew who to be pissed

    > at.



    I try not to be too cynical about these things but I think the oil/gas boys learned a little about market manipulation from the Enron mess. It's amazing to me that here in MI gas goes up $.25/gal on Thursday & is back down Monday AM. Then again nobody made us buy those 13 mpg grocery getting 4x4's......
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  • SVDWSVDW Posts: 79Member
    Not to be cynical but:

    Sure looks like the oil/gas boys learned a little about market manipulation from the Enron mess. Here in MI our gas goes up $.25 on Thursdays & drops back down Monday AM. I guess nobody forced us to buy those 13mpg 4x4 grocery getters though.... I guess all the Trade guys can do is a fuel surcharge. We get it from all our shipping companies so we have to pass it on or take the hit on the bid jobs.
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  • ScottScott Posts: 5,884Member
    Jeff

    Why would'nt your clients be expected to absorb the cost of fuel ? They absorb all the other over head cost that your business has. I thinks it is no different then rising insurance, office supplys or Viessmanns 3% price increase :).

    Scott



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  • GlenGlen Posts: 855Member
    Here in B.C.

    regular fuel is about one buck a liter. Premium gas runs another 25 cents. In USA terms that's about $4.00 USG. Propane runs about 75 cents for auto gas. It's still a whack when I fill up the 3/4 ton monster - and we too are thinking of trip charges, perhaps $5 or 10 in town - and a per kilometer charge in the rurals. Most trucking co's have already added a 3 - 5 % fuel surcharge. This IMHO is just the beginning of long term pain after enjoying very low fuel costs for years. Alternative fuels, hybrids etc will be the way to go - and we will be looking at biodiesel for our next van - even if we have to produce it ourselves on a small scale. Just think - a heating service van that reeks of peanuts instead of #2 fuel oil!
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  • BillBill Posts: 345Member
    You Gotta' React

    When fuel was $0.25 per gallon (about year 1960??), this cost should have been a part of the cost of doing business. Those companies are probably still in business today because they understood that reality. Nothing changes, but you gotta' react.

    Bill Russell
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