Fleet Management Decisions for SMR
Unfortunately, vehicle and parts pricing, along with most other everyday commodities, are continually rising in price, meaning Fleet Management spend and budgeting reviews are becoming more critical than ever.
In times like these, Service Maintenance and Repair (SMR) is becoming even more relevant as the opportunity to replace vehicles at regular intervals is decreasing considerably.
They say bad luck comes in three’s, but right now Fleet Managers are probably at their wits end with a whole host of reasons why vehicle replacement is getting ever more difficult.
Top 5 considerations of Fleet Management in 2022
- Shortage of new vehicles owing to a major chip shortage and longer delivery times means they cannot replace vehicles as frequently.
- Increase in value of used vehicles, means it’s more cost effective to maintain existing vehicles, than replace with nearly new.
- Existing vehicle manufacturers warranties are expiring on cars and vans being retained in the fleet.
- Ever increasing cost of fuel impacting on maintenance budgets.
- Clean Air Zone (CAZ) Charging in major cities and towns to reduce the number of polluting vehicles on the roads.
So what’s the answer?
Essentially Fleet Management teams need to find the most cost effective and efficient method of maintaining their existing vehicles, to ensure they have as many available on the road at any one time.
That raises the question of options, in particular should you use highly skilled and qualified Independent Garages like Ewood MOT & Service Centre, or continue returning to traditional routes of the Dealership?
As an independent garage we list just some of the reasons Fleet Managers should consider using an Independent Garage over a Dealership.
Are manufacturers warranties still valid if I use an Independent Garage?
Yes. As long as the Independent Garage uses manufacturers approved parts, the manufacturers’ warranty remains valid. At Ewood MOT & Service Centre, we only use manufacturers approved parts supplied with parts warranty.
How accessible are parts to Independent Garages?
At Ewood MOT & Service Centre, we get manufacturer approved parts delivered for all major brands as often as six time a day, and more if required. We can order parts for next day delivery if required.
Do Independent Garages have access to manufacturers software?
Always check with your local Independent Garage, but at Ewood MOT & Service Centre, we have access to the latest manufacturers software and diagnostic tools. As modern vehicles rely on on-board computers, it’s important access to software is available to diagnose faults in the correct manner.
How do Independent Garages compare in cost to Dealerships?
Typically labour and parts rates are much cheaper and more cost effective at an Independent Garage compared to a Dealership. Ask for a quote so that you can compare by calling us on 01254 433383.
Do Independent Garages have the facilities to accommodate HGVs?
Always check with your Independent Garage if they have suitable servicing and repair bays and facilities before booking with them. At Ewood MOT & Service Centre we have 12 ft high access bays and service ramps for up to 5 tonnes.
Find out more
As an RAC Approved, Autocare and Approved Garage member , Black Circles garage and DVSA Green Certification MOT Centre the reasons for using Ewood MOT & Service Centre as an Independent Garage to manage your fleet cars and vans is even more compelling than ever.
We want to remove any barrier that prevents you being able maintain your fleet vehicles, reduce any unexpected repairs or excessive charges and lengthen the lifespan of your cars and vans.
In our local area (Blackburn, Lancashire) we have the impending Greater Manchester Clean Air Zone charges commencing on 30th May 2022. This means Lancashire and Manchester businesses using local routes are realising the need to plan ahead and be even more efficient when considering car and van Fleet Management strategies.
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