Fleets can be expensive to manage and maintain. From gas costs to oil costs, you're going to be pumping a lot of money into your vehicles -- but there are ways to reduce those expenses. Here are a few ways that you can reduce the cost of your fleet maintenance, so you can invest that money into other areas of your business.
Don't Delay Repairs
Even if an issue is cosmetic—such as a scratch or a ding—you should work to fix it as soon as possible. Make sure employees have a clear reporting process for any damage to the vehicle and that they know that damage must be reported. Have vehicles independently inspected on a regular basis, to find issues that may not have been noticed or logged.
Here are a few tips:
● Inspect cars when they return to the lot. Pay attention to things such as small chips or cracks in windows or fresh dings in the paint. If they don't buff out, they're going to need to be repaired.
● On a scheduled basis, check the harder to reach areas of the vehicles. The undercarriage of the vehicle is often ignored but can still experience rust damage and physical damage.
● Pay attention to the wear on the tires. Irregularities in tire wear could mean that something is off with the car's alignment that has to be addressed.
Delaying repairs leads to more costly repairs over time; a small scratch can eventually become a piece of rust if it isn't addressed beforehand.
Put Your Repairs on a Schedule
If you don't schedule repairs, they'll schedule themselves. Consider putting your repairs on a schedule. Keep a list of vehicles that have to be repaired and send the most urgent cars in at the end of every week. If you do this, you'll be able to keep the majority of your fleet up and running while keeping your repairs consistent.
Without this type of staggered scheduling, you could find yourself putting off necessary repairs. You could also find a significant portion of your cars needing repairs at once, which will force you to prioritize them or go without your vehicles for some time.
Proactive repairs and planning ahead should be enough to whittle many of your fleet-related expenses down. By streamlining your maintenance processes, you'll be able to reduce your costs and spend more money on the fleet itself. Getting more durable vehicles, re-selling vehicles in a timely fashion, and taking care of the vehicles you have can all help. To get your fleet inspected today, contact the experts at Suburban Auto Body.