GULFPORT, Miss., Sept. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Oil prices jumped recently, as weather shut down shipping lanes and fear of hurricane Hermine forced many to stockpile fuel. American Truck Showrooms closely observes crude oil prices, noting that even small increases in fuel costs impact truckers. According to Louis Normand, CEO of American Truck Showrooms (www.AmericanTruckShowrooms.com), stability of energy prices should be a top concern for Americans interested in a healthy overall economy.
"Today's truckers are actually a canary in a coal mine for the U.S. economy," said Normand. "Each week, the economic fortune of truckers rises and falls with oil prices. We need to protect our American Truckers from rising fuel prices because an unhealthy American trucking industry means an unhealthy economy is on the way." Normand always says, "Without Truckers, America Stops."
Normand points out that energy costs have been stable recently, but moves by oil producing Russia and OPEC may signal changes. Fuel surcharges pass the increased overhead to the consumer, contributing to the rise in cost of staple goods in the grocery store. This impacts every American's cost of living. These surcharges were started by manufacturers and industries to compensate for the rising cost of fuel, however in most cases, the driver paying for the fuel is not the one benefiting from the surcharge.
"The reality is that at any moment, oil producers could agree to cut production and drive prices up in short order," said Normand. "This is what keeps our truckers up at night worrying."
In advance of any changes in oil prices and as a boon on behalf of truckers, www.AmericanTruckShowrooms.com cut down payments in half, where trucks starting off at $4990 down such as 2012 Peterbilt 579s and 2013 T700s currently in inventory have now been remarked to only $1990 down cash or trade. Additionally they announced a 50-50 Nationwide "Better Than A Warranty" Service Plan. If a truck breaks down, American Truck Showrooms puts their customers in an authorized shop and cuts the bill in half, as well as freezing all payments during "wrench time," while the truck is being serviced.
"We are constantly looking for ways to help our truckers," said Normand. "Oil prices are a major concern so every little bit helps."
American Truck Showrooms is a DBA of American Truck Group, LLC. The corporate headquarters is located in Gulfport, Mississippi. Entrepreneur Louis J. Normand Jr., CEO, founded American Truck Group, LLC in early 2000. The company currently has more than 75 employees and manages a fleet of more than hundreds of late model Class 8 semi trucks. The selection of trucks includes Peterbilt, Kenworth, Volvo, and Freightliner. The company also offers maintenance, repair and customization services.
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