Absolutely, and as a truck driver, nobody knows that more than me.<quoted text>
The EPA standards of 2007 are killing Diesel engines and who uses the most diesel engines. That's right! The farmer who produces the foods you eat, the trucker who moves that food, the railroad that also moves that food! The DPF's on the engines are killing the fuel economy of these engines also causing them to burn almost twice the fuel that a non DPF vehicle. These are facts!
I was talking with my employer yesterday about the junk trucks he leased. I asked him what my tractor would cost if he didn't lease it and purchased it instead? He told me about $130,000. Do you know what kind of prices we have to charge to break even on those trucks?
Our transportation costs get passed down to the consumer. I also know that most of the increased costs in new trucks are because of environmental regulations. Couple that with the lower sulfur diesel fuel and Diesel Emission Fluid (DEF) these environmental regulations are costing consumers a fortune. It's a hidden tax that they don't see. I can also testify that over half of our engine problems are caused by some sort of clean air gadget that went haywire.
To counter these prices, truck manufacturers are now putting in cheaper parts. So now you have to consider repair costs to replace these junk parts, towing, and rental equipment if needed. It's ridiculous already.
Okay, so don't buy those $130,000 cheap trucks. Buy the same equipment for $180,000. Those costs still get passed down to the consumer.