# Question: Russell Preston delivers parts for several local auto parts stores

Russell Preston delivers parts for several local auto parts stores. He charges clients \$0.75 per mile driven. Russell has determined that if he drives 3,000 miles in a month, his average operating cost is \$0.55 per mile. If he drives 4,000 miles in a month, his average operating cost is \$0.50 per mile. Russell has used the high-low method to determine that his monthly cost equation is: total cost = \$600 + \$0.35 per mile.

Required:
1. Determine how many miles Russell needs to drive to break even.
2. Assume Russell drove 1,800 miles last month. Without making any additional calculations, determine whether he earned a profit or a loss last month.
3. Determine how many miles Russell must drive to earn \$1,000 in profit.
4. Prepare a contribution margin income statement assuming Russell drove 1,800 miles last month. Use this information to calculate Russellâ€™s degree of operating leverage.

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