When it comes to professional fleet management services, it’s probably safe to say that the majority of key benefits a business can expect are pretty obvious and self-explanatory. Above all else, the fact that the business in question is not in fact a fleet management specialist organisation means that when it comes to things like quality of results and general efficiency of fleet management tasks, there’s really no chance of achieving the same kinds of results the pros are capable of.
But beyond these obvious advantages and plus points, there are in fact a great deal more benefits that aren’t usually apparent until the switch has been made. And once the switch has indeed been made and the full list of benefits accessed, it’s largely unheard of for any business with a fleet of any size to even contemplate going back to the way they did things prior.
Here’s a quick overview of just some of the less apparent benefits that really do add up to a huge difference:
When running a DIY fleet management effort, there’s always that nagging doubt that comes with not knowing what’s around the next corner. Sooner or later, a huge repair bill is likely to present itself, or that a series of essential repairs all at the same time which could see a huge dent put in available finances. The same also applies to a vehicle’s eventual end of life, which can be difficult to accurately predict without the professionals on-board. Partner up with a professional fleet management service however, and costs become predictable for the long-term, thanks to steady maintenance costs and foreseeable vehicle replacement windows in order to prevent being caught off-guard and unprepared.
Faster Turnaround Time
Also worth factoring into the equation is the way in which the professional option allows for largely seamless operations with little to no delays when and where parts and/or repairs are required. Turnaround times for repairs and maintenance are minimised for the simple reason that the maintenance service will have access to a readily available and comprehensive range of parts, tools and pretty much anything else needed to get the job done. By contrast, an in-house effort must order what’s needed as and when needed, exponentially drawing out how long it takes to get the job done.
Quality of Repairs
Then there’s the actual quality of the repairs to bear in mind as what would perhaps be nothing more than a temporary patch-up when carried out in-house could be implemented as a high-end, permanent repair by a pro partner. A higher quality of maintenance leads to an inherently reduced need for future maintenance, which not only helps keep costs to a minimum but also ensures maximum fluidity of operations and minimal downtime. Professional quality repairs are only made possible with the professionals in-tow.
Less Strain on Business Capital
Every penny invested in failsafe resources for the protection of the fleet itself is a penny that could have been invested in the core of the business. In order to ensure the fleet as a whole runs at is should and without fault, it’s often necessary to retain a bank of spare parts and in some cases spare vehicles, just in case the worst should happen. By contrast, outsource fleet maintenance and all such strains on business capital are immediately eliminated as the contract price is the price paid and the only price paid – such failsafe measures are no longer required.
Another benefit that’s often overlooked is that of safety, both in terms of the vehicles themselves and their drivers. It’s simply common sense to acknowledge the fact that a well-maintained vehicle is a safe vehicle and that the only truly safe vehicle is one that’s looked after by a dedicated professional. Outsource fleet management to the pros and this kind of safety comes as standard.
Last but not least, it’s more than worth considering the way in which the manpower required to operate a business fleet does not in any way begin and end with the drivers alone. Quite to the contrary, in-house management efforts demand the input of a rather expansive team covering admin, monitoring, training, repairs, payroll and so on and so forth – all of which can be either reduced in size or eliminated entirely by bringing in a professional fleet management partner.
The exact extent to which any business could benefit from fleet management will of course vary in accordance with the size, type and nature of the business, though generally speaking it’s a switch that’s only ever made one way.