Effective and efficient fleet maintenance can play a significant role in reducing fleet repair costs for your organization’s vehicles.
The cost of fleet maintenance can be calculated by taking into account the capital investment represented by each vehicle, the cost of repairs for each vehicle, depreciation of the fleet vehicles, and the administrative cost of maintaining the fleet. It’s important to know how much it costs to keep your fleet up and running and to help you decide how to approach repairs and replacements for your fleet vehicles.
There are some simple steps you can take to reduce the cost of maintaining and running your fleet as your organization goes about its day-to-day tasks. One of the first you may want to consider is installing GPS tracking equipment and using software to know where your fleet is and for how long.
You may consider using fewer vehicles. To do this, you may need to rethink vehicle routes and consider making shorter trips for each vehicle. Be sure not to spread your drivers so thin that they have to rush from one stop to the next. That can defeat the purpose as it may lead to higher fuel consumption, more wear and tear on the vehicle, and accidents that can take your fleet vehicle off the road for an extended time.
Upgrading parts on your fleet of vehicles can improve fuel economy and engine performance. Replacing old parts with new ones also improves the longevity of your fleet of vehicles. Setting a preventative maintenance schedule that includes upgrading parts will give you a significant return on your investment in your fleet vehicles.
Replacing aging vehicles is another option for reducing fleet repair costs. You need to balance capital cost and depreciation when you consider your purchases. Take into account that a higher upfront cost with lower and slower depreciation will cost less in the long term.
No matter the size of your fleet, repairs will have to be made to those vehicles. If you’re in the Tacoma, WA, area, consider calling for an appointment with Cooper’s Auto Repair and Services to talk with our technicians about your fleet maintenance needs.