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Are You A Great Fleet Manager?

Most every company that has a few pieces of equipment has a preventative maintenance plan.  They get the fact that their equipment is going to see some wear-and-tear and they’re going to need to address it before it becomes broken-and-junk.  This is good.

The best fleet managers out there (you know who you are!) are always looking for new ways to improve their vehicles and equipment.  They realize that no plan is bulletproof and that they could always stand to learn something new.  We love meeting these people at events like the NAFA Institute and Expo and The Work Truck Show (get in for free here > Free Passes!)

One place that often gets overlooked in any vehicle is the interior.  Yes, it needs maintenance just like the engine, transmission, and tires do.  If you’re a “but we’ve always done it this way” sort of person, you probably won’t agree.  But if you’re a fleet manager who knows they’re always room for improvement, keep reading.

Isuzu NPR with gray Ironweave TigerTough seat covers and custom embroidery.
Isuzu NPR with gray Ironweave TigerTough seat covers and custom embroidery.

Sure, your vehicles will keep running just fine if the seats are shot.  They’ll pass all your state-required tests, emission tests, and be totally legal to operate.  That aside, what are you telling the folks that have to drive the piece of equipment every day?  That it’s OK to just meet the bare minimum and call it good?  I don’t think your customers would be too pumped if that’s how they were treated.

Great fleet managers know that by going beyond the bare minimum, they can make their used trucks worth more (used vehicle prices are at a 13-year high, according to Vehicle Remarketing), their department more cost-effective, and their drivers happier.  That last one will make you look like a superhero.

Chevy truck with perfect seats, thanks to the covers that protected them for four years.
Four-year-old seat covers vs. the seat they were protecting.

We helped Black Hawk Energy Services get an extra $3000 per used truck that they sold, along with making the trucks easier to clean and keep nice when they started requiring TigerTough seat covers as a part of their preventative maintenance plan.

Automotive Fleet says that a couple of the biggest challenges facing fleet managers are an increase in repair costs and struggling to reduce costs without impacting driver morale.  Black Hawk Energy services overcame both of those and you can too.

If you’re interested in learning more about how you can build upon your fleet management prowess and become one notch better, we’d love to talk to you.  If you’d rather just keep doing what you’ve always done because “we’ve always done it that way” you’d better watch your back.  The upcoming fleet managers that have a thirst for excellence are coming and they’ll have you flipping burgers faster than you can say “but that’s how we’ve always done it”.

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