There are two things we all tend to frown about when we realize we need something fixed on our vehicle. The first is the cost, and the second is the time it takes. If you own a fleet of vehicles, you know that dealing with commercial vehicle repair can be a frequent occurrence. As is true with all your business costs, controlling repair costs is a vital part of keeping your company profitable. Here are some tips to do just that.
- Keep a maintenance schedule. It is not unusual to need to keep your fleet out there on the road servicing your customers, but it is equally important to have each one serviced regularly. The typical personal vehicle is serviced every 4 to 6 months, but your vehicles may need it as often as every 3 to 4 weeks. This may involve having an extra vehicle or two, so that you won’t miss having a couple in the shop for servicing. That certainly beats having one down for longer because commercial vehicle repair is needed.
- Order common parts to have on hand. Through bulk purchasing, you can save money on the cost of the parts commonly needed for your fleet as well as be able to complete the necessary commercial vehicle repair in a timely manner. This is one of the reasons why fleet owners often choose to have all the same make and model of vehicles. It makes it easier to maintain an inventory of parts that will fit them all.
- Train staff about reporting problems. Encourage those that drive your vehicles to let you know immediately if they notice any changes in the vehicle, so that you can get them addressed before a costlier commercial vehicle repair becomes necessary.
If you would like more tips for controlling commercial vehicle repair costs, give us a call at Joyce Automotive. We’ll work with you to keep your fleet in top operating condition, so your business can prosper. We also offer towing services and maintenance services. Call today with any questions you may have.