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, strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.