Greg's Petroleum Service COVID-19 Mitigation Response

At Greg’s Petroleum Service, we continue to take proactive steps where possible to ensure our employees are safe and to ensure the continuity of business operations including no disruption in supply and deliveries of our products or quality of service and support to our customers.

As many of you know, Governor Gavin Newsom has declared a California statewide “Shelter-in-Place.” This will affect many companies and people across our state, however, Greg’s Petroleum Service is exempt from the “Shelter-in-Place” order because we are considered an “Essential Business.”

We have implemented several precautionary measures for both employees and visitors to reduce the risk of exposure to our workforce and the community.

Our office is in process of transitioning to service all customers primarily from remote, home offices with no in-person meetings. We will still be running business as usual, but we will be doing it from home with limited staff on-site. Please be prepared for more phone, email and video communication until further notice during these uncertain times. If you have any questions, please give us a call. If no one answers, follow the prompts and you will be directed to the person you need.

While we work on transitioning, we are practicing social distancing, consistent sanitization and minimal in-person contact in order to protect our staff, our customers and our families.

Please rest assured, we do not expect any disruption to our services. We remain committed to providing exceptional reliability and are taking several actions to help continue meeting your supply expectations.

Product Deliveries

  • Delivery services will continue to operate as normal.
  • Please contact your Sales representative or call our Warehouse to place orders.

Customer Pick-up Protocol

  • We will be limiting in-office visits, please call ahead for pick-up orders.
  • Dispatcher will issue pick-up time.
  • Order will be staged and ready for pick-up.
  • Customers should call us to notify when they arrive for the pick-up.
  • Greg’s Petroleum Service employee will load the order.
  • Customer will sign.
  • Greg’s Petroleum Service employee to follow standard sanitary procedures after each transaction is complete.

CFN Cards

  • For the time being, all CFN cards will be mailed directly to the customer.

We are part of an essential industry, and outside of health and safety, we take the servicing and support of our customers as our top priority. As always, please reach out to me directly or one of our team members if you have any questions or concerns.

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues, and there is increasing concern and questions, Greg’s Petroleum Service will continue to keep communication high where necessary to avoid any concern or questions related to our business as there is enough to worry about already.

Stay safe and please let us know anything we can do to assist during this challenging time.

Sincerely,

Ron Mariani
President
Greg's Petroleum Service

The pros and cons of natural gas engines

Natural gas vehicles are changing the transportation industry, especially for fleet vehicles. Today there are more than 175,000 natural gas vehicles (NGVs) on the road and more than 23 million worldwide. A vast majority of these vehicles are heavy-duty, high mileage fleet vehicles designed for long-distance travel and hauling.

NGV vehicles have several advantages that make them attractive, especially as fleet vehicles. A few of these advantages include:

  • Natural gas fuel is more abundant and efficient: The US is the number one producer of natural gas in the world. We have over 90 years’ worth of supply, which gives natural gas greater price stability than gasoline or diesel. Natural gas is also more fuel-efficient than gasoline. It contains fewer hydrocarbons, and it has an octane rating of 130, which helps increase engine combustion and efficiency. It can be used in two forms in a natural gas engine: Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) or Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG).
  • NGV vehicles are better for the environment: Heavy-duty vehicles account for 50% of all smog emissions and 20% of all transportation-related greenhouse gases, despite only being 7% of the total traffic on the road. That’s a lot. Recent research from the University of California Riverside’s College of Engineering found that diesel engines emitted five times more NOx (nitrogen dioxide and nitric oxide) emissions than an NGV vehicle.
  • There are more NGV vehicles than you think. While it may be challenging to find a consumer NGV vehicle on the market, other industries have embraced NGV vehicles. Heavy-duty mileage trucks, transit vehicles, refuse trucks and school buses are some of the vehicles that now use natural gas engines. The heavy-duty trucking industry has especially embraced the NGV engines because of their lower fuel costs, improved fuel efficiency and reduced breakdowns. Fueling stations have expanded across the country, which makes it easier for large carriers to embrace the savings and efficiency of NGV vehicles. It’s also more accessible than ever to find the right NGV vehicles for your fleet. Fifty different US manufacturers are producing 100 different models of light, medium and heavy-duty vehicles.

The advantages of natural gas as a fuel source and vehicle speak for themselves. But what about the engines? How do natural gas engines produce such excellent fuel efficiency and savings? Here’s a quick breakdown of natural gas engines.

Natural gas engines operate very similarly to diesel and gasoline engines using a spark-ignited internal combustion engine. Fuel is stored in a tank, then injected into the engine where it is ignited by a spark plug system which causes the engine to run. There are also three different types of NGV engines:

  • Dedicated: Engines that run entirely on natural gas
  • Bi-fuel: Engines that can run on natural gas or gasoline with separate fuel systems
  • Dual-fuel: Engines that run on natural gas but use diesel fuel for ignition, usually found in heavy-duty vehicles

NGV engines that use CNG fuel tend to experience fewer breakdowns and lower maintenance costs over time. CNG fuel systems are sealed, so there is less chance of fuel loss or contamination. In the event of a spill, natural gas is less likely to ignite and mixes easily with air, so it disperses quickly in the environment. Combined with the fuel efficiency and savings that come with NGV engines, it’s no wonder that many fleet companies are beginning to embrace the technology.

However, like any new development, there are still drawbacks. Some of the issues still facing the widespread use of NGV vehicles include:

  • Fueling access: Compared to traditional fueling centers across the country, CNG and LNG fueling stations still have a long way to go. Currently, there are 1,680 CNG stations with another 50 planned, and 144 LNG stations with 38 planned. Here is an excellent map of the distribution of the stations, which clearly shows large areas where it may be difficult to fuel up.
  • Fuel storage: NGV vehicles require more space for storing fuel than gasoline or diesel-powered vehicles, especially when using CNG fuel. The cylinders to store the fuel may cut back on storage space in the vehicle. However, the fuel storage tanks are more durable to prevent spills and ruptures.
  • It is still an emerging technology. While NGV vehicles are increasing in popularity, especially in the heavy-duty transportation industry, they are still relatively unknown. Until there is widespread adoption, new engine developments and infrastructure to support NGV engines will take longer to accomplish.
  • Natural gas is not a renewable fuel. Despite the country’s abundant supply, and the reduced emissions that come with using natural gas, it is still a non-renewable fuel source. The US has over 90 years of natural gas reserves right now, assuming that consumption remains the same. If that number were to increase, the supply would dwindle faster, and prices may increase. The environmental impact of extracting natural gas is also high and can be a deterrent for increased adoption of natural gas as a fuel source.

NGV engines represent a significant change in the transportation industry. While NGV engines have not been heavily adopted at the consumer level, heavy-duty and high mileage transportation industries are excited about this technology and what it can do. The more we learn about NGV engines and develop the technology and infrastructure to support the industry, the bigger it will grow. Who knows how many vehicles will run on natural gas in the next few years? It’s certainly an exciting prospect that could help reduce emissions and protect our environment. As your fuel and lubricants supplier, we are here to help as new technology is continually developed to better meet your industry's needs.

Earn up to $1,500 cash back with Chevron’s Switch & Save promotion

Chevron’s popular Switch & Save New Account Rebate Promotion is back. This promotion offers a rebate of up to $1,500 to new-to-Chevron customers, for purchases of qualifying Chevron products, or to an existing customer for purchasing a new qualifying product. The premium lubrication products featured in this promotion can have a positive impact on your bottom line and the Chevron-supported Switch & Save rebates give you an incentive to purchase now!

The promotion will run June 8 – October 31, 2020.

Who is eligible to participate?

  • New customers who purchase qualifying Chevron products, as well as existing customers who upgrade or add a qualifying product that has not yet been purchased in 2020.
  • The purchase will have to be made between June 8th and October 31st.

How the promotion works?

  • Chevron will pay a rebate (by check payable) of up to $2/gallon to your new customers for every gallon of qualifying product they purchase during the promo period.
  • Some products will receive $1/gallon rebate and others will receive $2/gallon.
  • Customers can receive up to $1,500 (maximum rebate)!
  • There must be a minimum of 110 qualifying gallons per single invoice, but multiple invoices can be submitted.

Click here for complete promotion details including the qualifying products and rebate amounts per gallon. As your fuel and lubricants supplier, we encourage you to take advantage of this great promo!

How to interpret an oil analysis report

Oil analysis programs can save your business money. Regular testing of your oils and lubricants is an integral part of a proactive maintenance program that will help you identify contamination issues, reduce product waste and avoid costly equipment breakdowns and repairs. We are happy to provide our customers with this service through the Chevron LubeWatch Oil Analysis program and by working with Polaris Laboratories. Our customers have seen the results of enrolling in this program for their business.

If you’ve decided it’s time to start an oil analysis program at your company, that’s great. Getting started will take time to determine the best set up for your equipment and maintenance needs. We’ll help you determine a schedule for regular sampling and testing. Then you’ll receive a report full of recommendations for your business.
Understanding your oil analysis report is difficult. Nearly 32% of lubrication professionals do not know how to interpret an oil analysis report from a commercial laboratory, according to a recent poll from MachineryLubrication.com. That’s a little disconcerting. If you’re going to invest in oil analysis, understanding your reports is crucial. Luckily we are here to help.

First, you need to understand what type of testing your samples will undergo. The most common parameters tested are:

  • Viscosity: Measuring the viscosity of your oil and lubricants is one of the first things you may notice in your report. Every lubricant is classified at a particular ISO viscosity grade (VG) to function correctly. If that reading has changed, your lubricant may cause overheating, wear and equipment breakdowns. If your results show that the viscosity grade of your lubricant has fallen within plus or minus 20% of the original grade, the lubricant will not work correctly.
  • Acid Number/Base Number: If you’ve forgotten high school chemistry, here’s a quick reminder. An acid is a substance that forms hydrogen ions. It’s corrosive and has a low ph value like vinegar. A base substance gives away hydrogen ions in solutions, and reacts with acids, like ammonia. In your oil analysis report, an acid number reading and base number reading indicate the level of acidic or basic properties the substance has. An acid number that is too high or low may indicate oil oxidation, an incorrect lubricant or additive depletion. Similarly, a base number that is too high or oil may indicate the presence of fuel, soot, the use of the wrong lubricant, leakage or oil oxidation. Both of these numbers can help pinpoint potential contamination issues or incorrect lubrication use.
  • Elemental analysis: Contamination issues are the reason many companies choose to pursue an oil analysis program. This testing checks for the presence of wear metals, contaminants or additive elements in the oil. Some of the tests performed may include Rotating Disc Electrode (RDE) and Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP). These tests determine particle size, which is compared to previous tests to determine if contamination is occurring. Particle Counting is another test that accounts for the size and quantity of particles in the oil. There are several different methods to perform this test.
  • Moisture Analysis: Using a test known as the Karl Fischer titration test, moisture analysis measures any water present in three different forms: dissolved, emulsified and free. Results from this test help determine if there are potential leaks that may be contaminating your oil, internal condensation, temperature issues or seal leaks.

Now that you know what may be tested, it’s time to understand how it may look on your report. Each lab has a unique method of creating their reports, but universal principles remain. Most reports are broken down into sections such as these:

  • Information section: Your information, equipment information and type of lubricant being tested. This section is crucial and should always be checked first. It determines where the sample was pulled from, so if there are any issues, you know where to look.
  • Testing sections: These sections break down the variety of tests that were performed on the sample and the results. These tests are compared to previous results.
  • Results section: This portion of the report breaks down the overall results of your test. These results may be compared to the previous testing that was performed.
  • Recommendations section: Based on the findings of your testing, the lab will provide written instructions for how to best use the results of your analysis. This section is where the value of your oil analysis program becomes visible. Using these results, you can pinpoint potential maintenance issues before they become a significant problem.

If you are having trouble understanding your results and how to implement your recommendations, let us help. We are here to make sure that you get the best value out of the oil analysis program for your equipment. An oil analysis program is a significant investment. Still, it can pay off quickly for your business if you follow a careful monitoring schedule and the recommendations outlined in your report. Sign up for our oil analysis program today.

Watch out for credit and fuel card skimmers!

There are few things more annoying than getting a fraud alert from your credit card company. It takes time to investigate the report, and then you have to cancel your card and await a new one and hopefully, reimbursement for the missing money. Most businesses cannot afford the disruption or expense. Unfortunately, credit card fraud is becoming all too common. The United States is the world leader in credit card fraud, with 38.6% of businesses reporting losses in 2018. Small businesses are particularly vulnerable to fraud. Small companies with 10-49 employees reported losses of up to $37,258 dollars per fraud incident.

Where is your business most vulnerable? At the source of the transaction through the use of card skimmers. Credit card skimming is a huge industry problem, especially at gas stations. A gas station is an ideal place for thieves to set up this scam because most card swiping machines are unattended at the pump. All a thief has to do is insert a small device into the card reader. When a card is swiped through, the device captures the card details for the thief to use later. The problem is widespread across the nation. In Florida, they found nearly 1000 credit card skimmers at gas stations in 2018. The number of skimmers and other devices used to steal information from card readers could be much higher across the nation. Florida is one of the few states actively tracking the number of card skimmers.

For many small businesses that rely on company cards for fuel purchases, credit card skimming can be a real problem. Unless you are consistently tracking fuel purchases daily, it’s easy for a thief to rack up a sizeable fraudulent bill before you notice. That’s why it’s so important to track your expenditures diligently and to watch out for scams. Here are a few signs to look out for when using a credit card at the pump.

  • Make sure the card reader is not loose or looks like it has been tampered with or moved.
  • A card reader that sticks out further than normal. Do a quick comparison with the other pumps.
  • Voided security seal. Look for a flat, blue, or red label on the cabinet panel that says security seal. If it has been tampered with, the words “void open’ will appear in white, and it means that someone tried to access the internal machine cabinet. Notify the attendant and do not use the machine.
  • A pin pad that looks thicker than normal, seems out of place, or that has keys that are tough to push.
  • Anything that looks like it may be a small camera. Many thieves will place a small camera to capture PINs. If you notice anything unusual, notify the clerk on duty. Always cover your pin while entering it.

Many companies turn to fleet fueling cards to avoid credit card skimming. We offer a fleet fueling program to help reduce costs for our customers, for simple expense tracking, and access to 24/7 card lock fuel sites throughout the country. Unfortunately, fuel cards are susceptible to skimming scams as well. Luckily, programs like our CFN fraud program offer protections to help prevent fraud. These protections include:

  • Network-wide protection against fraudulent transactions
  • Product controls for unauthorized purchases
  • Protection from card skimming and software attacks
  • e-Receipts for quick tracking and reporting
  • Suspicious card activity alerts

These protections can help save your business from fraud, but it also helps to make sure that your delivery team knows what to look for to avoid card skimming. Make sure to teach your drivers about the signs of card reader tampering. It’s also crucial to stress the importance of protecting your fuel card and immediately reporting it when the card is lost or suspected of being stolen. These standards can help reduce the frequency of fraud attacks and save your business money.

Your role is to stay on top of your fuel expenditures. That’s where our fleet program is even more helpful. The tracking we offer can alert you to any possible fraudulent transactions quickly. Thieves know that they will be caught, so their goal is to rack up expensive purchases quickly. The faster the fraud is detected, the easier it is to cut off the card and stop it. CFN offers coverage to reimburse your business up to $25,000 for the 45-day calendar period before the card invalidation.

Unfortunately, credit and fuel card skimming will only continue to happen. You can prepare and look for the signs of tampering, but thieves are smart and will think of new ways to trick us. Gas stations and fuel cardlock sites are particularly vulnerable, which means that every time you fuel up, you could be getting scammed. Join our fleet fueling program and sign up for CFN fraud protection. It’s the only way you can guarantee that your business will have the proper protection if you fall victim to a scam. Fraud protection can save your business money and wasted time. Invest in this protection for your company today.

A Thank You to our Front Line Heroes & Essential Workers!

The term 'Thank You' is not enough when it comes to expressing our gratitude towards the medical workers, who are front and center taking care of those affected by the COVID-19 virus. Heroes are not those who fly in the sky but are the ones who are by our side in difficult times. While the whole world is braving a pandemic currently, there are the coronavirus helpers that are not staying back at home comfortably but going out there and doing everything to fight COVID-19. They are putting their lives at risk to save others from the risk of infectious disease. Right from the medical workers, doctors, nurses, midwives, sanitation workers, police, firefighters, essential items providers, media personnel and everyone who is serving before self- we thank you!

There are also many essential services workers (including our warehouse personnel and drivers) that have a responsibility during the COVID-19 outbreak to continue operations, potentially putting their lives in danger through contracting COVID-19. Many of these people work behind the scenes without the general public realizing how essential they are to keeping society functioning.

So if you see a truck driver this week, please thank them. They are putting in long hours, under stressful circumstances, to ensure life’s essentials get restocked. Truck drivers are often taken for granted. But in times like these, we are reminded of their hero status.

A big thank you to each and every essential worker for putting yourselves on the frontlines so we can be safe and healthy. In times like these we see so clearly how important their work is to all of us. We will be forever grateful!

Your fleet can go further with Delo® oils

Our lives depend on the work of truckers. We see that more than ever now. Food lines the shelves of grocery stores because of the efforts of truckers. Fuel is available to purchase because truckers haul it from refinery sites all over North America. Building supplies, equipment and nearly everything we use to run our lives and businesses were probably transported at one point by a truck. Truckers move more than 70% of all goods across the country. According to the American Trucking Association, that’s 10.8 billion tons of freight in 2017, or the equivalent of 30 pounds for every person in the country.

Despite how vital the trucking industry is to the country and our economy, many delivery and fleet businesses struggle. The highest costs for fleet operations are fuel costs, equipment repair and equipment breakdowns. Today’s large semi-trucks are more complex than ever, and these costs can add up quickly. One truck out of commission in a fleet can represent a significant loss of revenue for a company, and many fleet operations run on thin profit margins.

That’s why Chevron is so committed to helping trucking companies go further. Their Delo® brand heavy-duty motor oils meet the needs of modern heavy-duty engines. These motor oils have earned a long-standing reputation for durability and for helping keep trucks on the road and out of the shop.

See for yourself what a difference these oils can make. Try out the Delo fuel economy calculator. Simply enter your fleet’s information and calculate the savings your company could earn by making the switch to Delo® products. If the projected savings aren’t enough to convince you, watch the series of endorsements from some of the hardest working professionals in the business who use Delo® products.

Delo® 600 ADF with Omnixmax, a Chevron patented technology, is one of Chevron’s newest products. Formulated to provide protection to both the engine and the emissions aftertreatment system to deliver maximum system protection including:

  • Aftertreatment Protection: Chevron's ultra-low ash additive technology uses 60% less metallic components that can build up in aftertreatment systems and require costly maintenance and equipment downtime.
  • Drain Interval Extension: Utilizes a potent antioxidant system that prevents breakdown at elevated operating temperatures which otherwise limits engine oil life.
  • Fuel Economy Retention: A new and proven performance dimension that enables equipment to retain up to 3% more fuel economy performance, offering significant lifecycle cost savings.

Delivering maximum system protection, Delo 600 ADF reduces the rate of DPF clogging to deliver extended DPF service life (2.5x), industry redefining fuel economy retention, superior wear protection and improved oxidation stability.

If you want to keep your trucks running and save money on operating costs, it is time to make the switch to Delo® products. We’ve been supplying our customers with products like these for more than a decade, and they’ve seen the benefits.

The trucking industry is more vital than ever. We need the goods and supplies that move across our nation every day. Without this essential industry, so many other businesses would struggle. The average grocery store would run out of food within three days without the support of deliveries from trucks! Nearly every industry relies on the transportation of goods and services provided by semi-truck and trucking companies.

Chevron knows that, and that’s why they’ve created the Delo® oil lineup to help these trucks go further and stay on the road. As a lubricants supplier, we are proud to help provide these products to fellow businesses and show them what they can do for their fleets. Contact us to order your Delo® oil today!

Protect your business from fuel fraud

Things are a bit uncertain now, with all that is going on in the world. Business owners everywhere are taking a close look at the way their businesses run and the way employees interact with one another and customers.

While we want to believe fraud isn’t prevalent at times when we are focusing on pulling together, it is actually one of the times we need to be more focused on it. Small businesses are particularly vulnerable to fraud.

There are a few different types of fuel fraud that businesses should be aware of including:

  • Skimming—when a thief manipulates a credit card scanner to steal the information off the card.
  • Internal fraud—when employees misuse fuel privileges or deliberately steal fuel by buying excess fuel for personal use, using company vehicles for personal use, storing excess fuel to sell or siphoning off fuel.
  • Phishing—an email or text is used to retrieve credit card or fuel card information through an online fraudster posing as a trusted source.
  • Data breaches—when a hacker breaks into a private database to steal cardholder information to create new accounts or to misuse current accounts.

These are some of the significant ways that fuel fraud occurs. Businesses need to take steps to protect themselves, as it can often be challenging to prove fraud has occurred, especially when it comes to internal fraud. Unfortunately, employees who misuse company fuel cards or credit cards can account for a large portion of fuel fraud transactions.

One reason internal fuel fraud can be such a significant issue for many companies is a lack of understanding about what fuel theft is. Fleet managers and drivers often disagree over the ethics of fuel theft. According to an Edelman Berland research firm report commissioned by Shell, nearly 86% of US fleet managers believe that some of their drivers are committing fraudulent activity. In contrast, almost 1 in 6 drivers do not consider fuel fraud to be a big issue at all, even though 2 in 5 drivers admit they have seen another driver act fraudulently.

Why is there a disconnect between managers and drivers? It may come down to a misunderstanding of how much fuel fraud truly affects a business. Drivers on the road may not think that misusing fuel for their purposes is that big of a deal. They don’t see the budgetary effects of little extra fuel costs here and there. Managers, on the other hand, are often watching over razor-thin profit margins, searching for ways to save money. Every little cent makes a difference to the business, and so extra fuel charges can start to add up.

The best way to prevent fraud is to detect when it starts to happen. Managers need access to fast, accurate expense tracking to stay on top of charges before they occur. This way, they can identify problematic fuel purchases and find out why they are happening. Using this information, a manager can then warn drivers to stop the inappropriate behavior or train them on how to prevent fraudulent transactions. The problem many businesses face is that they don’t have fast and accurate tracking.

We can help with that. Our fuel card program helps to prevent fraud and protect businesses when it happens. Every CFN card comes with a card number, quantity limit and driver identification number, which is set to a pre-approved amount. Drivers will then be more careful to avoid misusing their fuel privileges. Email notifications of potential fraud alerts can also be set up for early detection.

The CFN fleet card program is set up with a number of controls to help cut back on fuel misuse. These controls can help train drivers to use their fuel privileges more appropriately and include:

  • Personalized driver profiles
  • Daily transaction limits
  • Time of day and weekly control limits
  • Product control
  • E-receipts
  • Custom fuel usage reports

All of this information is easily accessible for managers and businesses to stay on top of their fuel expenses. If fuel fraud is occurring, it can be detected quickly before high costs arise. The more closely you track your fuel expenses and impose limits on fuel privileges, the easier it will be to protect your business.

We are sure that most drivers don’t intend to misuse fuel privileges. It only takes a few bad apples to spoil the bunch. That’s why the CFN fleet card limitations protect both businesses and drivers. With these limits, clear expectations and fast-tracking, everyone can stay in line. It will help cut back on expenses, which is what every business needs. Sign up now for the program.

Choose ISOCLEAN® products to prevent contamination

Have you heard the story that when a grain of sand gets stuck inside an oyster, it turns into a pearl? The process isn’t as glamorous or as simple as it sounds.

Turns out the oyster recognizes the grain of sand as an irritant. To get rid of it, the oyster coats the grain of sand in layers of a natural fluid coating called ‘nacre’ to stop the irritation, and eventually, a pearl forms. This little lesson shows us that lubricants are even needed underwater.

Particle contamination is a true problem for any business that runs equipment. Microscopic dirt, particles and chemicals can get into oils, fluids and other materials and ruin the equipment.

Unlike an oyster, a piece of machinery can’t naturally produce a fluid to get rid of the offending irritant. It’s up to the operator to choose appropriate lubricants and fluids to keep equipment clean and as particle-free as possible.

Proactive maintenance is the theory of preventing breakdowns by extending the life of machinery. This can be accomplished, in part, by reducing contamination in fluids and materials that will eventually lead to mechanical failures. If you can catch the particle and containment's in the fluids before it used on the equipment, you can avoid potential breakdowns.

Particle contamination can cost your business more money than you think. According to Caterpillar, “dirt and contamination are by far the number one cause of hydraulic system failures.” Oklahoma State University found that “when fluid is maintained ten times cleaner, hydraulic pump life can be extended by up to 50 times.”

Hydraulic systems aren’t the only pieces of equipment that are prone to the dangers of particle contamination. Nearly every type of equipment can be slowed down or suffer a breakdown because of small containments. It’s the reason that lubricant fluid is needed.

To help prevent this problem, Chevron established the ISOCLEAN® program. This program ensures that the lubricant products meet OEM ISO cleanliness standards. The ISO code is an international standard of cleanliness based on automatic particle counting determined by oil analysis. If the analysis of your fluids does not meet the recommended levels of the code, you know they are no good. Chevron’s program ensures that its lubricant products meet these standards from the very beginning. By choosing ISOCLEAN® products, you can be sure that your lubricants and fluids meet ISO code and are clean enough to use in your equipment.

Three new Chevron products were recently ISOCLEAN® certified, Meropa EliteSyn™ XM 150, 220, 320. These high-performance synthetic gear oils offer many benefits, including:

  • ISOCLEAN® certified cleanliness
  • Reduced operating temperatures
  • Long lubricant life
  • Wide temperature range for use in fluctuating temperatures
  • Micro pitting resistance for increased wear protection and reduced maintenance

Equipment breakdowns can cause your business time and money. Start with the right lubrication products, like Chevron ISOCLEAN™ lubricants, and you will know that you are using superior lubricant products that are already certified clean. The more proactive you are regarding particle contamination, the easier it is to avoid breakdowns and maintenance costs. We can recommend Chevron products for your equipment that will help cut down on your maintenance costs and deliver the value you want.

Choosing the right products is just one part of the equation. You have to ensure that your fuel, fluids and lubricants stay clean. The best way to do this is by investing in an oil analysis program. We offer this service to our customers. Periodic testing of your oil products can help you stay on top of the particle count in your fluids and locate any sources of potential contamination before you add the products to your equipment. Our oil analysis program can help you save money on your overall maintenance costs and help your business establish a standard of fluid cleanliness to prevent future problems. Ask our team about signing up today.

It would be great if your heavy equipment could turn microscopic particles into pearls, but it’s not going to happen. You need the right lubricants and fluids to prevent tiny, unseen contaminants from grinding your equipment to a halt. Choose superior Chevron products, like their new gear oils. The ISOCLEAN™ certification is how you know the products are as clean as possible, and ready to use. It’s an investment that can prolong the life of your equipment and keep your business competitive.

Sign up now for the Havoline® Bounce Back Program!

Many of our clients operate express lube and oil change services, and most feel frustrated at the lack of knowledge their customer base has about their vehicles.

A study of 2,000 Americans found that many were knowingly driving cars they knew needed repair work, and even more, were not confident in their ability to deal with a roadside emergency. Of those surveyed, 41% weren’t even sure what they were looking at when they popped the hood of their car, and only 33% were confident they could change their car’s oil.

It was once a common task in many households to perform basic vehicle maintenance, such as changing the oil and filling up the windshield wiper fluid. Now, most people prefer to leave basic maintenance to professionals, and when things go wrong, they sometimes wait until their car is about to break down before seeking help. In that same survey, nearly 54% said they felt intimidated when dealing with a car mechanic, and 4 in 10 said they actively avoid taking their car to a repair shop because they worry about cost.

The overall lack of knowledge can make it more difficult to communicate clearly with a customer about their vehicle’s needs and your maintenance recommendations. Customers don’t understand what works best for their vehicles. For the most part, customers indicate a greater concern about cost of the service, so they may forgo preventative maintenance options that could save their engines in the long run.

Havoline® has designed a program to help Havoline® Xpress Lube® operators, builders and installers provide better care for their customers. The Premium Product Bounce Back program is designed to offer financial incentives to customers who choose superior Havoline® products for their vehicle maintenance. These incentives will entice customers to use higher quality products that protect their engines and prevent costly maintenance in the future while helping customers save money. The incentive program will make it easier for Havoline® shops to demonstrate to their customers how these products are superior. These are the products featured:

  • Havoline® ProDS Full Synthetic Motor Oil provides excellent protection for modern engines with turbochargers and direct injection technology. These engines tend to run faster and hotter, which can cause carbon deposits to form, leading to engine knocking and other issues. This product helps prevent these build-ups and increases the efficiency of the engine.
  • Havoline® High Mileage motor oils are great for engines with significant mileage. Consumers are driving their cars for longer than ever before, and that can be very hard on the engine, especially in modern vehicles with direct injection technology. This motor oil helps protect against deposit formation and sludge while providing cleaning and seal conditioning agents to minimize oil leaks. It’s a great product to showcase to customers who want to keep their vehicles running for as long as possible.
  • Techron® Fuel systems cleaners are a must for preventative maintenance. When used every 300 miles, these products can help flush out and clean engines of carbon deposits and other silt and grit that accumulates. It will keep the engine running more smoothly and prevent future problems. All three Techron® fuel system cleaner products, including the high mileage and diesel system cleaner, are eligible for the program.
  • Delo® XSP Synthetic Motor Oil is an excellent recommendation for your business clients with heavy equipment machinery. This oil meets the 2017 greenhouse gas emissions standards, helps improve fuel economy and lowers C02 emissions. It helps to clean soot and deposits that form protecting pistons, rings, cylinders and other engine components to prevent maintenance issues.

How does the program work? It’s simple for you and your customers. When your customers come for service, recommend these products and encourage them to fill out an online claim. If they choose to use them for their service, they will receive a promotional check in the mail for their next service appointment. If they return to claim their check within 180 days of the issue date, they will receive a rebate on their service. The amount varies depending on the product.

It’s an excellent program for your business and your customers. They will receive superior products and see the difference they make in their vehicles. You will get repeat business from newly loyal customers claiming their rebate and be able to demonstrate how Havoline® products help to keep their cars in tip-top shape. Everyone wins.

You will be set up with promotional materials to help sell the program. There is even a Top Performer Incentive prize for the top three performers: an OXX COFFEEBOXX™ coffee dispenser. The promotion runs from March 1 to August 31, 2020.

Your customers are busier than ever and performing essential vehicle maintenance at home is no longer a priority for most. Instead, they turn to trusted experts to help them maintain their cars in the best condition. A little incentive can help you recommend exceptional Havoline® products that will work best for modern engines and help prevent future problems. Start signing your customers up today so they can see what Havoline® will do for their vehicle.

For more details on the promo, click here.

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