Maintaining A Fleet Of Vehicles: What You Need To Know

All businesses face differing problems. For all the profit made throughout the year, there are going to be periods of worry and even stress. If you maintain a fleet of vehicles, you’ll know that it comes with a serious investment in terms of cash, time, and management. Every business owner will approach this in a different way, along with how they approach working driver management. Some will have fleets of trucky, while others will focus on cars or even motorbikes. With that said, some things always stay the same.

Keep A Log Of Those Key Dates

There are often key dates when vehicles are concerned and if you have a fleet you need to keep up with them all. Some prefer to have these dates all come at once, while others will stagger then so that there’s less of an impact. MOT’s are a key annual factor if you’re running a fleet which is a few years old. This MOT guide can illustrate the process, but you also have to think about servicing, which can sometimes be bundled into the MOT. Of course, this is expensive, which is why some stagger instead of doing all the vehicles in one. Another key date to remember is tax. You don’t have the discs in the window to remind you anymore. You can log however you see fit. Paper based copy works but use google sheets and you’ll be able to access from anywhere. 

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Try To Save Money On Parts

Parts are expensive. There are some great deals to be had when working directly with part shops and companies, especially if your fleet is especially big. However, if you had the time and inclination you could do this yourself and save some money. Especially if you keep tabs on maintenance and fix as you go. Amazon is a surprisingly good place for car parts. Just make sure that they’re approved sellers and not on the gated brands list because they may not have been properly vetted. You can also save money on parts if you buy in bulk in advance. Think about it. Usually you’ll buy parts as you need them, one by one. If you buy in bulk once or twice in advance you’re saving cash. Just buy the things you know you’ll need. Wiper blades, brake pads, etc.

Ensure Driver Compliance

Your drivers need to be compliant with the laws of the land in which you operate. This is pretty easy to forget or to mess up. Perhaps someone gets banned from driving and doesn’t tell you, then gets pulled up in a company vehicle. You’re going to get trouble from the authorities for employing someone who doesn’t have the right to drive. Same with the people you employ. Vet them. Don’t just vet their driving license. Make sure that you check everything out as best you can. Don’t take anything for granted and double check everything. Also, test their skills. Sure, they may be qualified, but they may not be able to drive to your own personal standards. Worth checking before you have them sign on the dotted line.

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