A number of businesses and industries have fleet vehicles to transport materials, carry out deliveries and service calls or to attend meetings with clients or vendors. Fleet vehicles can experience a lot of usage and wear and tear in just a short period of time.
Unfortunately, if you have a slightly older and less reliable range of fleet vehicles, this will lead to higher costs for the business and potentially even delays and loss of venue. In this post we are going to look at when it’s time to upgrade your fleet vehicles, so you can ensure yours is always up to the job.
Upgrade your fleet if…
The vehicles are older than five years
If you have had your fleet vehicle longer than five years, it is about time you upgraded. New car warranties are a lot longer than they used to be, which is great news for businesses because it means if anything goes wrong during that time or you have a breakdown, you have the reassurance that you can get it sorted and fixed without having to worry.
In many cases if your vehicle is older than five years, it will be out of warranty, which could mean a higher risk of something going wrong. This could end up costing you a lot of money.
They have heavy cosmetic damage
Dents and scratches are very common on all cars and they aren’t usually anything to worry about but, when cosmetic damage becomes severe it can be a big problem. If this is the case for your fleet, it can damage the reputation of your business – a battered vehicle covered with your branding will put people off. More troubling is that severe damage can be dangerous – nicked off paint can result in rust and weaken the structure over time, a bad bump can impact the car’s ability and dents to doors could damage the locking mechanism.
Their safety features have become outdated
With cars becoming increasingly smarter over the years, safety features are constantly changing and updating. As cars become smarter, it makes them safer, meaning that older models can’t keep up as they don’t have the latest technology. Make sure you and your staff are driving the safest vehicles and if your fleet has been on the road for a few years it may be a sign that you need to upgrade to a safer model.
If they have done over 100,000 on the clock
When a car hits 100,000 miles it’s going to start costing you more than usual to maintain. Due to the frequent usage of these vehicles, maintenance repairs could have a negative effect on deliveries and service callouts – overall giving a poor impression of the business. Upgrading to a new fleet will allow you to use some of the maintenance money on other business operations and potentially more vehicle purchasing.
If your business is expanding
If your business is getting bigger, it’s time to get better by expanding and modernizing your fleet. By doing this you can take advantage of discounts for fleet vehicles and breakdown coverage. Safety and reliability are two of the most important criteria when it comes down to choosing fleet vehicles. Good fleet organisation will result in better fuel efficiency, low maintenance costs and improved customer satisfaction. This is why as a business, you should work to upgrade your fleet and the way it is used.