Why Vehicle Maintenance?

The cost of a fleet of vehicles is a staggering investment and a major cash outlay for companies. In order to reap the full benefits of this investment, start with a thorough purchasing process. A company wants quality and dependability for their money. This will entail some research on the company's part to assure that they are getting the most for their money. Once a fleet is in place, then the company will want to get the most mileage out of its purchase. This can only be accomplished by having a preventive maintenance program in place, which includes regularly scheduled maintenance, follow-up to operator complaints, and daily preshift inspections of vehicles and equipment. There should also be a record-keeping system for the maintenance program, which includes the following:

• Operator's inspection record—a checklist of things to be checked daily by operators and any corrections needed to ensure the safety of the vehicle. (This should go to the maintenance shop.)

  • • Schedule maintenance record—includes maintenance shop records of routine or periodic service for each vehicle.
  • • Service record—to show all findings and results of the inspections, routine service, and repairs made along with the date of each such maintenance procedure.
  • • Vehicle history record—a complete history of the vehicle including, but not limited to, any accidents in which it was involved, any catastrophic failure or repairs (i.e., engine change), and when tires were replaced.
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