Although experts say fleet vehicle maintenance costs remained flat in 2016 and are likely to do so in 2017 as well, maintenance is still one of the biggest vehicle expenses fleet managers have to contend with. And when other expenses go up, such as rising fuel prices or compliance costs, there’s additional pressure on the budget, even when maintenance costs are staying steady. For the fleet manager, all opportunities to keep costs in check are worth exploring!
Fleet washing can help.
The role of fleet washing in vehicle maintenance
Fleet managers know they must keep up with routine maintenance such as oil changes and parts replacements. However, fleet washing is one aspect of maintenance that is often overlooked even though it can help to lower the maintenance costs of fleet vehicles.
With regularly scheduled fleet cleaning, grime won’t build up, rust can be kept at bay, and salt and other corrosives are cleaned away before they can cause any serious damage. Although your first thought might be corrosion to the body of the vehicle and that dirt is only “cosmetic” issue, keep in mind that corrosion and dirt can affect all kinds of exposed mechanical components on a truck. Dirt build up can affect lubrication leading to faster wear. It can contaminate components, and even cause electrical issues. And let’s not easily dismiss the supposed “cosmetic” aspects, because damaged paint is costly to repair.
The benefits of fleet washing extend beyond maintenance…
The potential costs are not only from needed repairs, however. Dirty vehicles are also more likely to be flagged for DOT inspections, which means downtime for the driver and the costs associated with that downtime.
And there’s an upside to fleet washing that you can’t put a price on: Safety. Regularly washing of fleet vehicles also improves safety, because cleaner windshields, mirrors and headlights all improve driver visibility.
Outsourcing your fleet washing makes sure it happens
Outsourcing your fleet washing is the best way to make sure regular cleaning takes place to improve maintenance and decrease the likelihood of repair costs down the road (as well as decrease DOT inspections and increase visibility). A reliable mobile fleet washing vendor like Fleet Clean can manage the scheduling of washes for you, to ensure they are done in a timely manner, as well as do a deeper cleaning when needed. This not only saves you the time and hassle of managing this aspect of fleet maintenance: It can save you money and payroll as well.
Save on fleet vehicle maintenance by making fleet washing part of the routine.
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