Knowing vehicle costs
I enjoy reading Dan Marinucci's articles in Tire Business, and I would like to comment on his March 1 column about the value of knowing the average amount motorists spend monthly on vehicle maintenance.
My software program, RO Writer (www.rowriter.com), also provides us with the total amount spent, miles driven and cost per mile for customers' vehicles. According to David Benbow of Flourtown Service Center in Flourtown, Pa., who was quoted in your article, the average annual cost of a 6-year-old vehicle and older is $1,300.
If you divide that by 18,000 miles (average mileage my customers seem to drive per year), that would give you 7 cents per mile. I looked up about 20 good customers with older vehicles, and I found that the range is between 4 and 7 cents per mile.
Sometimes customers think they are spending a lot on their vehicle. But when you can go into your software program and let them know how much they have spent over a certain period of time and certain miles driven, they soon realize that over the long haul they might not have spent as much as they thought.
It is nice to have this information available with a click of the mouse.
Clover Hill Tire & Auto Center
Waste tire accountability
In response to Michael L. O'Rourke's letter to the editor (Feb. 16 Tire Business) regarding the accountability of what happens to the waste tire fee collected by dealers and remitted to the state of Florida, I, too, would like some answers and have begun to contact my state legislators.
But in short, we all know it is only another tax.
I would like to suggest that all states, but specifically Florida, follow Puerto Rico's Law 171, which puts the question of tire recycling responsibility where it belongs-on the manufacturer and/or the tire importer/distributor.
As an importer of tires into Puerto Rico, I pay the recycling fee to the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the same as all importers including the tire manufacturers.
This has created a true cradle-to-grave situation and has basically eliminated clandestine landfills and discarded tires from being illegally dumped.
The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico has made it so any consumer can leave a discarded or scrap tire at a tire dealership without any additional cost.
Much like many states have done with bottles or aluminum cans, a scrap tire has a value to the licensed handlers and recyclers in Puerto Rico, albeit a price set by the government of Puerto Rico in the scrap tire handlers act.
So the question remains: Why aren't the 49 other states (Hawaii has a law similar to Puerto Rico's) putting the responsibility where it belongs-on the manufacturers, importers and distributors?
We can eliminate the scrap tire disposal problem without taxing consumers for money that never goes to what it was earmarked for.
We in the tire industry should all be writing our legislators insisting on cradle-to-grave responsibility.
Used Tires Inc.
Boca Raton, Fla.