If you have Excel, just use that. Just keep a spreadsheet and update it
every time you make a repair.
If you don't have Excel, use the spreadsheet (Calc) which you get with Open
Office at OpenOffice.org. The price is quite reasonable (free).
I keep the amounts and transaction notes (new tires, oil change,
whatever) in my money manager software (GNUcash). However I also keep a
paper logbook for each vehicle. I glue the receipts into it. Better
If you simply wan to record service and repair costs use a shoe box and a
note book. When I still owned my fleet service company we kept records
for the vehicles we serviced for government and corporate fleets. It was
software, and very expensive
Unlike rental car companies, where the cars are their product and sold off
at the end of the model year, total cost effectiveness is important for
corporate fleets. The reason is because of cooperate federal tax
deprecation laws. Corporate fleets generally keep their vehicles, which are
just one more 'tool,' used in their business, in service for five years or
300K WOF. They look at acquisition costs as well as insurance,
maintenance, repair cost and down time costs, and vehicle replacement costs.
I know Japanese car buyer don't like to hear it, but Ford vehicles are by
far the best in that regard, GM second. That is one reason I switched for
buying imports to domestics
The only import that comes close are the Korean cars, because of their low
acquisition costs, long warranties and reasonable parts costs and
avaiability. The Korean cars are generally not keep in service as long as
most fleet vehicles because they are used mostly by the Courier fleets.
Courier cars are run around the clock and easily accumulate 100K to 150K
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