Running a fleet and ensuring everything is in safe and working order takes a lot of work. Operators with smaller fleets or very small truck owner-operators on contract especially have a lot of big maintenance decisions to make.
Keeping the work all in-house, outsourcing it instead or a blend of both are all available options. However, every organization has different needs. For example, outsourcing fleet maintenance can benefit a smaller fleet, while a hybrid approach is excellent to tackle as a contract operator.
Here are some tips that outsourcing fleet maintenance makes sense for your fleet needs:
Save Time and Money
When fleet vehicles are off the road for maintenance, it takes away from potential profits and causes longer trade cycles. For smaller fleets or those on contract, this can lead to negative long-term results on the fleet business. In addition, the longer a fleet vehicle is getting maintenance––or waiting for service––the more that downtime will cost money and strain tight schedules. It also leads to paying more per mile for equipment and maintenance. Outsourcing or adopting a hybrid approach will help balance the workload and save time and money.
Enjoy Consistent Maintenance Services
Consistent maintenance is essential when drivers are traveling across all locations and road conditions. Consistent and trusted fleet maintenance services are necessary to keep your drivers safe and on track, whether for a roadside check or at a set location. Motorplex has shops in Spokane and Auburn, WA and can provide roadside repairs and onsite inspections.
Support Your Growing Fleet
While a small fleet may be able to work on a hybrid model for fleet maintenance, a growing fleet is a different matter. So even though it may feel tempting to stick to a hybrid model or start working in-house, there’s more to consider.
With extra fleet vehicles, more moving parts are involved, affecting the work and flow. Outsourcing fleet maintenance ensures your fleet gets consistent and reliable service when you need it and accommodates that booming business. As a fleet owner, you won’t have to slow down and stop growth just because the in-house maintenance takes more time.
Setting a Balance is Still Key
Pre- and post-trip inspections are an essential part of any trip and play a vital role in vehicle safety. Awareness and familiarity with your vehicle make it much easier to catch problems or be mindful of an issue when driving. That’s why keeping your drivers involved in some maintenance elements is important beyond solely outsourcing fleet maintenance.
For example, in a hybrid model, keep your drivers in charge of handling lubrication, checking tires and potentially some light repairs. A company like Motorplex can take care of anything more involved or significant.
Know Your Fleet Needs
Each fleet may have unique needs or capacities, so start by assessing where your fleet is now, where you want to grow, and what makes the most sense.
Motorplex can assist with maintenance and repairs anytime and anywhere. We have shops in Spokane and Auburn, WA and offer mobile and onsite services.
Need professional fleet maintenance? Then Motorplex is here to help. Contact us now to book an appointment in Auburn, WA or Spokane, WA!