On average, work truck downtime can cost a fleet anywhere between $448 to $760 per day. That is a lot of revenue going down the drain if any of your work trucks are out of commission for substantial amounts of time.
Our service technicians here at Camco Wheel & Axle fully understand how important it is to your business to get your work truck repaired and upfitted with the right accessories.
That being said, here are a few things you can do on your end to ensure that work truck downtime doesn’t severely hurt your bottom line.
1. Conduct Frequent Vehicle Inspections
Conducting a vehicle inspection is important, not only because the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires it, but because it saves money in the long run.
A vehicle inspection can detect issues in your work truck and also prevent fines from accruing in case any of these defects affect performance in a manner that is unlawful. You’ll also help to keep your drivers, workers, and others safe on the road – especially important as an accident can lead to a lawsuit against your company.
Taking a proactive approach to vehicle inspection and maintenance can take care of issues before they blow up into bigger problems, costing your fleet—and employees—time and money.
2. Develop Efficient Maintenance Processes
All of the vehicle inspections in the world won’t matter if you don’t have an effective plan to maintain your vehicles. Developing a solid maintenance program can help keep your work trucks functioning at efficient levels. Your maintenance program should focus on:
- Strategically scheduling the repairs of your work truck(s) to match business needs and to keep everything functioning smoothly.
- Fixing the root problem as quickly and as efficiently as possible.
- Making sure the maintenance doesn’t overshoot its schedule.
- Quality personnel training, clear instruction, and supervision to ensure the vehicles are being used properly.
- Keeping accurate records of procedures taken and expenses and total downtime spent as to not waste those resources on the next routine.
Developing an efficient maintenance program will minimize your work truck downtime while allowing you to continue to provide quality services to your clients.
3. Using the Right Work Truck for the Right Job
This goes without saying, but using the wrong work truck for a job should be avoided at all costs. Certain work trucks are built for certain jobs, and if you take out the wrong one in an attempt to save time, money, or labor costs, you’re risking much more than just an unexpected breakdown.
Selecting a work truck that is meant to haul a payload that exceeds the gross vehicle weight rating will lead to a breakdown. Overtaxing your work trucks will cause a lot of damage to them, requiring more extensive – and expensive – repairs that will require more downtime to complete the job.
Don’t let work truck downtime hurt your business. Trust in Camco Wheel & Axle, McAllen’s best truck accessory provider and upfitter.
Our experienced service technicians work diligently to ensure that your standards are met in a time frame that minimizes downtime as much as possible. We take pride in our work and we fully understand that time is money.
If you need to get your fleet back up and running, do not hesitate to contact us at (956) 781-4800 today to learn more about our services.