We are always looking for the best pricing on all parts, tires and supplies that account for approximately 50% of vehicle cost. The items most often put out for bid or prices hammered are those that make up the most expensive part of vehicle CPM (cost per mile). So in the last few years’ rubber, tire pricing, went thru the roof, and many of my counterparts complained about the escalating costs of tires. As pricing escalated, the industry started looking for alternatives on and off shore. Many of us found aggressive priced alternatives that fit the needs. Now that a different position has taken place and all the rubber trees seem to have doubled in size, pricing is becoming more attractive for those brands that raised pricing at record rates. Now they want the business again.
So my question is why don't the quotes include FET in the price. We can't buy the tires without FET. We can't go over a state line and buy the tires without FET. So why camouflage the real price then whisper “plus FET”, or have it show up on an invoice, or worse let us assume we got a fair price then the FET surprises us because we also assumed it was in that price?