Dollars and Sense

Kevin Rutherford | May 01, 2010

If that’s the case, get a sheet for each lifestyle-related option, enter its price and list its pros on one side and cons on the other. Now you at least have a visual weighting of each option to compare against price. For example, a $3,000 seat might have no immediate, measurable return on investment, though it clearly has its benefits. Only you can decide how much an option like that is worth. n

Should your engine or truck be repaired, rebuilt or replaced? For other perspectives, check:

• Our recent webinar on the subject with fleet maintenance expert John Dolce. Visit the Archive section of, where you can watch and listen to the one-hour presentation.

• Overdrive’s cover story: “Buy new or redo?” Visit and go to the April issue under Magazine Archives.

Kevin Rutherford is an accountant, small-fleet owner and the host of “Trucking Business & Beyond,” which airs on Sirius XM Radio’s Road Dog Trucking Radio. Contact Rutherford through his website,