If you own or maintain a fleet of vehicles, you understand what a huge investment multiple vehicles can be, especially when dealing with semis and other commercial trucks. At KG Truck & Auto in Glen Burnie, MD, we’re here to help you protect that investment.
There are essentially two types of fleet vehicles – those that last, and those that don’t. An abused fleet vehicle can have a horrendous lifespan – it isn’t uncommon for a three-year-old pickup with 40k miles on it to have already met its demise, with the warranty barely out of service. Meanwhile, some fleets run forever. While the nature of the work being done and type of vehicle in question has a lot to do with that, by and large there’s really only one thing that matters; how well those vehicles are maintained.
Coca-Cola, for example, has a reputation in the industry for maintaining their fleet very well. You’ll rarely see a truck with the Coke logo on it covered in dirt or running poorly. You might also notice that a lot of those trucks have been in service since the early 90s, still look almost new, and probably have hundreds of thousands of miles on them. Coke didn’t just luck out on a good nationwide fleet – they made sure their investment would last.
Good fleet maintenance will save you more money than almost any great new business idea or cost-cutting endeavors you can think of. Over the span of a few years, keeping trucks that last can easily save businesses tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars. Replacing an International 6 cylinder diesel engine will likely cost at least fifteen thousand dollars, where regular oil changes and repairs when necessary would’ve kept that same engine on the road for another two decades. A truck that has gotten to the point of needing so much repair work it’s more cost-efficient to replace it entirely, could’ve been kept on the road for a quarter of the cost spread out over a few years. Not to mention the costs associated with towing, repairs, and time lost that accrue every time a truck breaks down on the side of the road or has to be sidelined for a couple of days.
Keep your business profitable and running smoothly. If you maintain your vehicles by the book and listen to the advice of trusted automotive professionals, you’ll have a cost-effective fleet and a lot fewer headaches as a result. No matter your repair or maintenance needs, our expert technicians have you covered. For the best fleet service shop in Glen Burnie, MD, call or stop by KG Truck & Auto today.