Hello! It’s been a cold winter so far, so let’s briefly talk about what that means for used oil volume amounts we are seeing from regular customers in Nebraska and Iowa.
Essentially it is as simple as this: cold temperatures = less oil! This is due to two things: 1. Businesses with used oil heaters are out in search of additional fuel to keep warm. 2. The bitter cold we have seen often this winter has a tendency to make drivers delay both extra driving as well as maintenance that can be put off.
A majority of people and businesses that burn used oil for heat are running low this winter due to extended periods of below average temperatures. These same people are then often inclined to search nearby sources of used oil in hopes of acquiring the needed fuel to keep their shops warm. This is normal for any winter, but holds especially true this year.
Of more concern to businesses changing oil is understanding how their business is doing overall in terms of getting customers in the door. What I can tell you is that the cold has both negative and positive effects for auto repair service centers. The cold helps to bring customers in that have major problems because of the harsh effects the weather can have on vehicles. However, regular drivers tend to decrease miles driven and certain regular maintenance when the weather is so frigid… simply because they want to stay inside! Overall this winter we have seen our regular used oil generating customers keeping as busy as we usually see them in terms of keeping their shops full, even if there has been a bit less oil during the coldest months.
If you are a person needing used oil for heat and are getting worried about how low your tank is getting, please call us to see if we can help you out. In general we are not interested in delivering small amounts (less than 1,000 gallons), but even if you need less than that calling never hurts. There is always the chance we might be able to brainstorm some way to help keep you warm!
If you are a potential customer considering our services please don’t be afraid to call us up and see how we can help. Being a commodity the prices we pay and sell are always under the pressure of market forces, but I can promise you that we are always striving to take great care of our customers and provide value that goes far beyond what you would expect!