Whether your company is big or small, everyone is looking to save money. Fleet managers are always keeping an eye on the operations financial bottom line. Unfortunately, repairs and maintenance are never cheap, but it is a necessary and anticipated expense. One daunting task for fleet managers is deciding whether or not to perform in-house or outsource maintenance and repair work. As with anything, there are pros and cons to consider.
Some pros to in-house repair are:
- Control the quality of workmanship – not everyone will treat each repair as if it was their own truck
- Control the length of time the vehicle is out of service – you know your truck isn’t sitting there waiting for someone to get around to fixing it
- Control parts cost – You know that you are not paying an inflated price for parts
Some cons to in-house repair are:
- Significant expense required to employ quality trained mechanics and inventory needed
- Training program for ongoing employee training needed
- Building space required for maintenance to be performed in and the extra concerns with regulations and approvals needed to go with these facilities
Quite simply, deciding whether or not the job is outsourced or performed in-house is a complex task. It comes down to the important factors – cost, quality and turnaround time – and what works for your company.
Downtime is always going to be a challenge; however, Fleetwest offers an innovative solution to this problem. When you own a Fleetwest truck body and your work truck is in need of repairs, you simply transfer the truck body, fully loaded, to another pickup truck bed via forklift, crane or lifting jacks. The technician now has full access to his tools and equipment and able to move forward with his days’ work. When the needed repairs have been made, the service body is then transferred back into the original work truck. All executed in a matter of minutes with a no-holes drilled installation. Transferability changes everything!
For more information on Fleetwest transferable truck bodies, please call toll-free in the U.S. (866) 497-7200.