National Connections, Local Ownership
National Connections, Local Ownership

6 Tips to Control Maintenance and Repair Costs

You can’t eliminate fleet maintenance and repair costs but you can maximize the benefits.

In her IdeaXchange blog, Jane Clark, Vice President of Member Services for NationaLease, cites a recent American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) survey which notes that maintenance and repair account for 10% of a fleet’s expense. That may seem like simply an inevitable cost of doing business and, after all, how much does 10% amount to? Well, that 10% equals 15.6 cents per mile, so figure the miles your fleet travels and you’re looking at a significant outlay of dollars.

You can’t avoid maintenance and repair costs, nor should you want to. However, Jane offers six tips that will help you maximize the benefits:

  1. Review your maintenance practices – Don’t expect what worked five years ago to work on today’s technology-enabled trucks.
  1. Rely on pre- and post-trip inspections – Show your drivers the you appreciate their efforts by actually acting on identified problems.
  1. Track PM compliance – Setting the schedule is only half the job; making sure it happens and tracking compliance is vital for fleet operations.
  1. Use VMRS codes – Take the guesswork out of what has been repaired or what needs to be repaired by using codes all service providers understand.
  1. Monitor failure trends – Knowledge of the past allows you to act proactively to attack potential problems before they occur
  1. Invest in training, tools, and equipment – These are expenditures that will pay off for your fleet in the long run, helping to ensure that whatever is done to a vehicle is done correctly and efficiently.

Get more details on how you can make the most out of your maintenance and repair expenditures by reading Jane’s full blog.

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