18/06/2019

Saving Money With a Well-Maintained Fleet

Saving Money With a Well-Maintained Fleet

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Many small and large businesses across the land use a fleet of vehicles in order to get their workers where they need to be each day in order to do their jobs. These fleets can be great ways to get your businesses’ presence out there, but the cost of owning a fleet of vehicles is a large and daunting one.

This article will explain some ways in which its possible to save money on your vehicle fleet. Whether you have 2 or 200 vehicles, saving money on their purchase and maintenance will add significantly to your bottom line.

Buy in Bulk – Most major automakers are happy to work with businesses looking to buy a fleet. Manufacturers do plenty of business with rental car companies, police forces, and other businesses and services to sell hundreds or even thousands of vehicles to the same entity. If your purchase is large enough, you’ll be able to leverage additional discounts on both the purchase and regular scheduled maintenance on your vehicles for the duration of their warranty.

Hire Maintenance Staff – Depending on the size of your fleet, you could find it much more economical to have a serviceperson or team of them do your work for you rather than driving to the mechanic anytime a vehicle required servicing or regularly scheduled maintenance.

Even if you’re not apt to hire a full-time mechanic, it’s still wise to do a cost-benefit analysis of having someone come in and change your oil and fluids versus taking those same vehicles into a shop for that service.

Keep Ahead of Repairs – it’s better when managing a fleet of vehicles to avoid waiting until one problem has become catastrophic and the fleet has to be reduced while repairs are made. Regular repair will ensure you have the fleet necessary to conduct business as you wish to, irregular repairs can lead to some or all of your fleet being disabled for a time, and that’s just bad for business.

Keep Fleet Presentable – A fleet is still the face of a business or enterprise, so a really worn and tired looking vehicle makes the whole fleet look less sound in construction. Cleaning, waxing, and other cosmetic maintenance will save money on refinishing and also help reel in new business with a very professional looking fleet.

Taking care of your fleet of cars as more difficult than your home vehicle by a power of however many vehicles you own. Taking care of them helps them take care of you.… Read More

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How to Be Certain That a Car You Refurbish Will Be Road Worthy

Way back in the early eighties a little Fiat 850 was given to me by my next door neighbor, because he couldn’t saw himself refurbish this little rusted car. I have salvaged bikes before and knew you had to strip your project completely before you can start rebuild it.

How to Be Certain That a Car You Refurbish Will Be Road Worthy

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As I stripped this little car I found that the floor was all rusted with holes in it already. By taking short cut and just riveted pieces of sheet metal over it, thinking it will do the trick. The first time I drove it in the rain all the new carpets became all wet, not to talk about the squeaks and crackling noises that came from the under body while driving it.

All this happened because I did not have the necessary automotive tools to do the job properly in the first place. The result was I had to redo the floor repairs and replace the carpets again.

My advice will be if you plan to refurbish a car at any stage you must make sure you have the necessary tools to do the job. Tackling the job yourself can save you a pile of money, if you have the necessary tools before you start to strip any car down to its metal framework for refurbishment.

The basic automotive tools you will need to perform the metal framework repairs with.

  • A basic panel beating tool kit with hammers and panel beating dollies.
  • Medium size compressor that can push up 8 bars.
  • Small angle grinder with cutting discs and grinding discs.
  • A metal fabricator tool set that contain a spreader bar set.
  • Proper gas flame or heating torch, preferably a gas welding set and torches.
  • A CO-2 welder or a small inverter DC welder will do if you are a novice doing it at home.

Now-a-days you do get small domestic pneumatic tools you can run from a small compressor, chisel, drill, cutters, grinders and a lot more.

Preparations you have to do before you can start with the metal framework repairs.

Strip the car completely down to its metal framework and get it sand or bead blasted before you start with any repairs.

The doors, hood, fenders and boot lid must be removed as well.

You will only be able to establish what the structural damages are when it comes back from the bead blasters.  After seeing the damages and you not capable to do the job yourself source for some help, like a trained metal parts fabricator

Now you must start to cut out all damaged and rusted sections and re-fabricate section to replace the damaged ones with. While repairing the floor and boot section make sure to inspect the chassis beams and legs, if they need attention always repair them first.

After all floor repairs are done you must tackle the kick panels, running boards and wheel arches next.

Make sure to clean and apply some rust repellent directly after you finished a section.

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