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Best Commercial Fueling Options For Your Business

Commercial Fueling Options

Most truckers know what a commercial fuel stop looks like. Some commercial truck stops offer one side for regular passenger vehicles and one side for commercial trucks and other larger vehicles, such as RVs.

You’ll find fueling stops that cater only to one or the other - most drivers of large commercial vehicles prefer to avoid passenger vehicles at their fueling stops. The aim of most businesses is to get fueled and get the driver back on the road to deliver or pick up whatever is needed to get the job done.

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How to Improve Efficiency in the New Year

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Most people start out a new year with all kinds of goals and resolutions meant to improve on the past year’s performance. And sadly, most people abandon their good intentions pretty quickly once they realize the hard work involved.

But what if you could improve your productivity and efficiency in the new year without too much heavy lifting? Of course, there’s always room for improvement in any business - and in many cases it’s just learning to work smarter, not harder, that gives you the leg up over your competition.

When your business involves purchasing fuel and fuel products, there are proven methods to make it fairly simple and hassle free. Let’s look at some of those options.

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Preparing Diesel Fleets For Cold Weather


In Texas, we aren’t used to getting the type of winter temps that our more northern neighbors deal with every year. That said, February 2021 proved that we aren’t immune to extended periods of freezing weather. And we learned that temperatures like that can wreak havoc on just about everything they touch - including our diesel engines. You’ve already put time and money into your diesel engine, so taking the necessary steps to prepare for winter is an investment you should be willing to make. 

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Preserve Equipment with Lubricants

Preserve Equipment with Lubricants

When we buy a vehicle or invest in equipment, the goal is to reach maximum engine performance for the longest amount of time possible.  This can only be accomplished when the proper use of oils, greases, fuels and other fluids are maintained on a regular basis.  There is so much that is happening under the hood and it all starts with lubrication.

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Proudly Distributing Shell and Chevron Products

Proudly Distributing Shell and Chevron Products

When it comes to operating your fleet vehicles, don’t leave your engine maintenance to chance.  Depend on Shell and Chevron lubricants to help you achieve maximum engine potential. We stand by our mission statement and that is “to exceed expectations while providing quality and safety in service and products.” Bear Oil Company’s lubricant product line is top-notch, with Shell and Chevron topping the list.  Just at the turn of the 19th century, Shell and Chevron got its start in the oil and gas industry and are still making daily discoveries in energy and petrochemicals. We are going to take a look at their rich history and explore how these products keep our customers moving.

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Fleet Fuel Management - Making It Work For You

Semi Trucks Refueling

Operating a business with fleet vehicles comes with its many challenges. Understanding your business fueling goals and choosing the right management system will optimize your fuel consumption and simplify your accounting procedures.

What if you could fuel your fleet, monitor your fuel inventory and access your billing, all with one system? Here, we will detail the benefits of using our fleet fuel management system and how you can improve your daily operations.

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Cummins and Power Service - Two Names You Can Trust


One hundred years and counting, Cummins has long since been legendary with its diesel engine manufacturing. It is no mistake that Cummins would endorse Power Service and add their diesel fuel additives to their broad portfolio of power solutions. Power Service, a third-generation veteran and family-owned company, shares the same mission as Cummins, and that is to provide the most technologically advanced products and services that power the future and improve people’s lives.  

Cummins’ commitment to developing not only engine design, but the turbochargers, fuel system, and after treatment systems, perfectly match the defining qualities of Power Service’s esteemed product line of diesel fuel additives. You can’t have peak performance with your diesel engine unless it is maintained with the proper products. These year-round enhancers are a game-changer in the fleet industry.

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Additives or No Additives This Summer - That is the Question…

Additives or No Additives This Summer  - That is the Question…

It is true that using fuel additives in the winter months is a more common practice to reduce fuel system problems, but is it becoming more popular for fleets to use year-round additives? The answer to this question is arguable by some. We will investigate the benefits of using fuel additives and what makes them popular so that you can make the right decisions for your fleet.

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Bear Oil Company – “Your local lubricant and fuel supplier”

Bear Oil Company – “Your local lubricant and fuel supplier”

Serving Central and South Texas for over 80 years

There are many variables that play a part in maximizing efficiency, longevity and productivity from your automobile and construction equipment. The correct lubricant happens to be at the top of that list. It accomplishes this by creating a film of protection between internal parts, reducing friction and wear. The end result is prolonged equipment life and reduced costs to your company.

You already deal with the grueling summer heat and the unforgiving roadways and job sites that are a way of life in South Texas. Let Bear Oil Company make your life easier by helping you match the right lubricant to your equipment.

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Finding a Match Between You and Your Wholesale Fuel Supplier

Finding a Match Between You and Your Wholesale Fuel Supplier

Are you in the market for a new wholesale fuel supplier? Choosing one poses many questions, but if you follow these suggestions, you and your company will be sure to make the right choice.

In these uncertain times, trucking companies and companies with small fleets have been a life force for many businesses that have depended on delivery of services and products. Without them we wouldn’t have had groceries or other needed supplies during this Covid 19 pandemic. Today and everyday, we depend on truckers to be on the roads taking care of these necessary deliveries. From large trucking companies to the small family owned fleets, fuel supply should not be an added worry.

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Three Reasons Why A Fleet Card Is Better Than A Gas Card

Three Reasons Why A Fleet Card Is Better Than A Gas Card

As a decision maker who deals with employees who require your money to do their job, you need to find ways to ensure that when your financial resources are in an employee’s hands, you maintain control over how those resources are used.

When you have drivers and other employees who need fuel, you have several choices. You can let the employees’ expense those costs out of their own pockets and then reimburse them later upon receipt. Or you can hand over a credit card or a fuel card and trust that employees won’t take advantage by spending your money on unapproved items. Another choice is to enroll your business in a trusted, reputable company that issues fleet cards.

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Tips To Reduce Diesel Fuel Related Engine Problems

Tips To Reduce Fuel Related

Let’s face it – a malfunctioning diesel engine is not only a waste of time, it can be expensive to repair and have impacts on your financial bottom line. When your diesel equipment breaks down, you lose valuable time on the job. And diesel repairs can be complicated and costly.

Diesel engines are not like other engines. For example, they require special care in intense weather conditions. Although diesel engines can last longer than gasoline engines, their fuel pumps are intricate and expensive. Engines that are powered by gasoline, which is detergent-like, need care more often since the gasoline washes away oil from engine components, but engines powered by the light oil in diesel continually lubricates important parts. Power Service diesel fuel additive can help.

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CFN Fee Assessment

Our fleet card partner, The Commercial Fueling Network (CFN) has been assessing remote transaction fees for each transaction conducted at locations other than those owned by Bear Oil Company.  The transaction fee supports fraud monitoring and protection, CFN network enhancements and your on-line access.  

In the past Bear Oil Company has absorbed these transaction fees, but now must pass along a portion of the fees, due to the increased costs associated with fraud protection and card controls.

Beginning May 1, 2020 we will pass along a 50 cent fee for each remote transaction. Those would include fuel card transactions that are processed anywhere other than Bear Oil in San Antonio and the Bear Oil site in Schertz, off FM 3009.

Should you have questions please contact your account manager.   

Thank you, we appreciate your business. 

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Compare More Than Price For Fleet Fueling and Industrial Lubricants

We know that when you are looking to purchase something, price is going to be a factor. But for most people, price is only one part of a much bigger picture. Let’s look at an analogy. You are planning to buy some new tires. For most people, there could be a lot riding on those tires, including your own safety and others in the vehicle. Another thing to consider is how many miles you will get before they need replacing. You most likely will consider several factors besides price when deciding what type of tires you want and who to purchase them from.

When you make decisions for your business, you probably utilize the same amount of care and research. Looking at the cost is important. When you look at Return on Investment (ROI), however, there are many factors that enter into your consideration. At Bear Oil, we’re proud to say that as far as cost is concerned, we are extremely competitive. But, in addition to being competitive on cost, we offer much more that we think puts us into a superior category to be your “partner on the road.”

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Fleet Managers’ Top Fuel Savings Tips for 2020

Whether managing on-road or-off road equipment fleets, every fleet manager should be looking for the most effective way to reduce fuel costs. And while there’s no way for fleet managers to directly control the cost of the fuel market, there are likely techniques, actionable behaviors and even tools to help optimize every driver or equipment operator’s fuel efficiency. At Bear Oil Company, we are here to help reduce your fuel expenses with quality affordable delivered fuel and lubricants.

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Eliminating Confusion when Selecting the Right Lubricant

The function of a lubricant is pretty simple when you think about it.  It’s mostly about reducing the friction between moving parts and surfaces, but lubrication also plays a myriad of other roles, including reducing the wear and tear of equipment, increasing viscosity, protecting against corrosion, reducing contamination by moving foreign particles, and distributing heat. 

Whether you are managing a fleet or servicing machinery in the field, the need for proper lubrication on all of your equipment is crucial to maximize efficiency and limit downtime. This becomes challenging, given the wide array of lubricants available and the number of truck and equipment models. It is imperative to match the proper lubricant with each manufacturer’s specifications.

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5 Great Benefits of Bear Oil’s Fleetwide® Fuel Cards

Fleet managers of large or small, commercial or private fleets, are tasked with finding the most efficient and cost-effective ways to fuel their company vehicles. This can quickly become a challenge without the right tools and processes in place. There is a lot to track, record and report when managing your fleet fueling operations.

It is imperative that fleet managers have the most effective tools at their disposal. Let us help you take control of your fleet fueling costs.

Bear Oil Company and the Fleetwide® card Put’s YOU back in the driver’s seat!

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Best Practices For Winterizing Your Fleet

The next freeze is just around the corner, and with that comes many challenges. If you are a homeowner, you may find yourself wrapping pipes to keep them from freezing or adding a winterizing fertilizer to your lawn to protect it from freezing temperatures and to help ensure that your yard comes back lush and green in the Spring. 

Likewise, your fleet needs winterization. The harmful effects of freezing temperatures and harsher weather brought on during the winter months on your vehicle and equipment’s fuel systems can stop you dead in your tracks and halt productivity, so it is essential to optimize your fuel management and winterize your fleet with fuel additives.


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Are On-Site Fueling Service Worth It?


Fuel costs are an unfortunate necessity of doing business for most businesses today. Fleet managers are well aware that fuel expenses can account for some of the biggest expenses in the budget. The pressure is always on to reduce expenses and find fuel costs savings that will add profit to the company’s bottom line. That’s where on-site fueling service comes into play!

The financial cost of fuel, the time it takes to fill tanks, and resources used to fill up company vehicles and equipment are often bettered leveraged through convenient, on-site fueling services.

Fleet Managers are tasked with answering a tough question. Is on-site fueling service worth it for my company? There are many variables to take into consideration. Deciding on whether to invest in on-site fueling can be dependent on company size, current company fueling needs, projected fueling needs, current company equipment and infrastructure just to name a few.

On-site fueling and service is an investment. Cost of equipment, tank installation, along with continued ongoing maintenance and monitoring needs to be accounted for when deciding if and when to invest. The return on the investment will be actualized with a reduction in fuel costs. The savings can be significant if done correctly.

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2 Online Fleet Fuel Account Management Systems That Help Your Business Get The Most For Your Money

2 Online Fleet Fuel Account Management Systems That Help Your Business Get The Most For Your Money

Online account management of your company’s fuel purchases allows you to optimize fuel usage, increase accountability and maximize cost savings for your business. Online account management puts you in the driver’s seat with the ability to track fuel purchases at your finger tips.

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