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Old 04-21-2011, 07:12 PM
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Anyone charging a Fuel Surcharge Yet?

Gas is quickly approaching $4 and diesel is already over $4, so has anyone implemented a Fuel Surcharge? If so what did you charge and how did it go over with the customers?

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Old 04-21-2011, 07:34 PM
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Not yet but it gas hits 4 I will implement an 8% fuel surcharge. I think it will go over fine for the most part.
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Old 04-21-2011, 07:38 PM
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I'm paying $4.10 at the moment and it's onl going up so yes the fuel surcharge and extra time charge is in full effect. $45.00 to fill the Z.
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Old 04-21-2011, 07:42 PM
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I'm paying $4.10 at the moment and it's onl going up so yes the fuel surcharge and extra time charge is in full effect. $45.00 to fill the Z.
We are down around 3.72 for the cheap stuff.
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Old 04-21-2011, 07:50 PM
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We charge $2 per mowing stop. I've been doing this ever since gas hit $2.50. Not one complaint.
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Old 04-22-2011, 08:05 AM
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Ditto

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We charge $2 per mowing stop. I've been doing this ever since gas hit $2.50. Not one complaint.
I've been doing the same, with the same results (no complaints), but I also told my customers that when it goes over $4/gal, then I will add another $1 per mowing.
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Old 04-21-2011, 07:53 PM
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Yes, i made the decision today to implement a fuel surcharge on all work besides seasonal contracts. Those will remain in tact at the agreed upon rate, but we will no be using a 4% fuel surcharge for all mowing customers. All landscape work will have a smaller charge worked into the bid.

I think it will go over just fine. Figure on a $30.00 per week account, thats $120.00 per month, adding in 4% for fuel will be there bill will be an extra $5.

I dont have it in my contract or anything, however; i will send out a letter explaining this additional surcharge. And I wil also explain that it will go down when gas goes below $3.75 (as that is what I budgeted fuel at for the year). I was eating the additional .15-.24 per gal I was paying but with mowign getting ready to ramp up i cant.

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Old 04-21-2011, 07:53 PM
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No, I just went up on my prices. No one complained. $5.00 increase.
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Old 04-21-2011, 07:53 PM
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not using the fuel charge yet but soon will be.

it is going to go over fine with my clients. they are already aware of it. they like it because it keeps me from raising prices. and if gas would not hit the $4 a gallon mark or as soon as it would go under $4 a gallon again no fuel charge.

but for me it has to stay $4 a gallon for 2 weeks or more out of the month for me to use the fuel charge. otherwise i'm not gonna bother.
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Old 04-23-2011, 12:45 PM
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not using the fuel charge yet but soon will be.

it is going to go over fine with my clients. they are already aware of it. they like it because it keeps me from raising prices. and if gas would not hit the $4 a gallon mark or as soon as it would go under $4 a gallon again no fuel charge.

but for me it has to stay $4 a gallon for 2 weeks or more out of the month for me to use the fuel charge. otherwise i'm not gonna bother.
I like your idea; but what if the gas goes up to $5 or $5.50? Maybe on your letter that is going out to customers it needs to say a higher percentage if $5-$6 for more than 2 wks during that month?

It's kinda amazing that these customers dont care though---with low ballers out there working for rates that compete with the neighbor boy!! I had one guy that I obtained from a buy out and he was paying $25; and it was a small yard and we had the one across the street so two can be done at the same time....I told him since we had the one across the street we could keep the price the same...he says "well if you got the one across the street then why cant I pay $20 instead?" I told him "because I am not the neighbor kid mowing your lawn...I am rolling up with $40,000 in equipment". I dont care if that sounds rude--he was rude. In my mind I said I wouldnt be back to do it--but talked to his wife and she is nice--and apologized for her husband. (he was trying to get my spring clean up price chopped in half when she already agreed to it and work was done)
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