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DGS Seeks Greener State Automotive Fleet

5/21/2012 5:54 AM 
photo of oil change dipstickThe Department of General Services has directed all state agencies with fleet vehicles to use reused and remanufactured auto parts in order to cut repair costs, and to use re-refined or synthetic lubricants to reduce the state’s need for petroleum products. Both practices are also good for the environment.

Using reconditioned, previously used, and/or remanufactured parts will help reduce the cost of keeping the vehicle fleet in good operating condition, extend the life of the fleet, and protect the environment through recycling.

Examples of the savings that can be realized with reused auto parts include the following.

2008 Chevrolet Impala

  • Engine - $2,918 new, $830 recycled (21,500 miles on engine)
  • Radiator - $450 new, $80 recycled (55,00 miles on radiator)
  • Steering gear - $456 new, $115 recycled ("A" condition)
  • A/C Compressor  - $675 new, $130 recycled ("A" condition)

 2005 Ford F-150

  • Rear Leaf Spring - $283 new, $150 recycled ("A" condition)
  • Transfer Case (electric shift)  - $1,635, $575 recycled  (25,000 miles on transfer case).

    According to the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle), using re-refined or synthetic motor oil and used or remanufactured parts will help get maximum engine protection and longevity for state vehicles, while saving natural resources and the environment.

    Read Management Memo 12-06

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