Do you manage a fleet of trucks, trailers or vans ? If so, then you’ll know how hard it is to find a reliable repair company that will provide great maintenance to keep your Fleet looking in tip top condition – after all they are the face of your company and show top professionalism. This is why its important to keep on top of your Commercial Fleet Van Body Repairs.
Why must you maintain your Fleet of vehicles?
These type of vehicles will gain mileage much quicker than yours or my vehicle unless you are a Salesman. Its important to schedule regular maintenance for you to ensure that your vehicles maintain their best performance. This helps with easier stress free driving, better miles to the gallon, minimise repair costs in later months plus staff hourly pay sitting with broken down vehicle waiting to be picked up.
You need to minimise the downtime of your Fleet of Commercial Vehicles because any business Manager or Owner will know that downtime equals loss of sales which equals loss of profit. Its always best advice for you to schedule your Fleet Maintenance to drastically reduce this downtime. Regular maintenance and repairs is essential to get to where your business wants to be. You also have a duty as an employer to ensure that their vehicle is road worthy and safe to drive and there is no potential harm to their lives or other drivers lives if there was an accident.
What are Reactional Repairs?
So you have an accident and circumstances are unforeseen, in that they are unexpected. Its always good practice to write these into your budgets as you never know when accidents will happen.
How important is regular maintenance?
Regular Maintenance won’t stop your vehicles breaking down but it will help lots to reduce the number amount of times. You may have your own maintenance team who look after the mechanics of the Vehicle. To minimise the length of time that the vehicle is in the Repair Shop, there are a few steps to speed up the repair process:
- Look for parts availability
- Redefine the repair process to reduce wasted time and downtime
- See if you can schedule the repairs when the Vehicle is out of working hours
If you are able to, scrutinise the Vehicles’ downtime by gathering data through an online fleet management website. Or you can do this on an Excel Spreadsheet which is managed by one Fleet Manager. You would need to identify the age of vehicle, mileage, frequency of servicing , breakdowns, and the length of time the vehicle is off the road. This way, you should be able to predict issues and inspect where needed and take action to remedy the issue. You may need to investigate reasons for wear and tear and possibly analyse driver behaviour and take action. It is important for the drivers to respect their vehicle.
It is important for Fleet Managers and Drivers to co-operate and work together on this information to minimise downtime for the Commercial Fleet repairs to be completed.
What is the cost of uncontrolled Downtime?
There are lots of factors that you don’t normally see when your vehicle is out of commission such as:
- Staffing costs – payment of wages when staff are on standby waiting for the vehicle to be back on the road
- Regular repair costs of trying to put a plaster over the repair by repairing a small part of the larger problem just to get it on the road and it constantly breaking down rather than bit the bullet and fix the larger problem and have it done once and for all.
- Other costs of uncontrolled downtime are possible loss of future sales – maybe the customer that you have let down won’t use your services in the future
Here at CPR Liverpool, we can help you maintain your fleet with our dedicated team of Experts. You can call now 0151 909 3450, visit our website https://www.scuffsnscratches.co.uk/fleet-van-body-repairs/ or you are welcome to follow our social media pages:
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