Work trucks, such as bucket trucks are expensive, but necessary equipment in many industries. Some of the things important to small fleet owners when purchasing these units are affordability, long life, and good resale value. This helps smaller companies replace their units as necessary. Something every company should be concerned with, is the use - or abuse – of the trucks they are buying or selling. Whether looking for replacement bucket trucks for sale at a good price, or trying to get the most from a unit being traded or auctioned, a business must consider proper use and do everything possible to prevent fleet abuse.
Fleet Abuse Costs Money
Fleet abuse involves two main things:
1.Using equipment beyond the scope of what it is intended.
2.Failing to provide necessary maintenance and repairs.
In either case, the results are the same. Trucks accumulate excess wear and tear, cost more in maintenance and repairs, and have a shorter lifespan. Premature wear means higher operating costs, increased possibility of breakdown, and the added expense of a truck that is out of commission for unexpected repairs.
The idea that this does not matter because a truck will be traded or sold at some point is a costly premise as well. Replacing trucks when they begin to wear out is not the end-all answer, since a company needs to see a certain return on their investment. Units traded in before their time increases operating costs by lowering the profit that would be made on those bucket trucks for sale, and by reducing resale value.
In simple terms, abuse of fleet equipment ensures a company will never achieve the efficiency required to trade equipment and still make a profit. The big question remaining is, how can this abuse be stopped?
Improved Fleet Management
An important effort in preventing abuse to fleet vehicles, including bucket trucks, is efficient fleet management. Fleet managers must take responsibility to ensure their vehicles get the routine maintenance they need. They must also ensure they are not abused while on the job, and that any units requiring repair receive it quickly. Additionally, fleet managers must consider each vehicle’s condition, and be able to determine the “break even point” on each unit. This is so they will be able to calculate the best time to trade a truck in, rather than keeping it in use. Every company will have different needs when it comes to how long they must hold onto their work trucks. Therefore, the effort to keep units functioning properly and efficiently makes financial sense.
Company Equipment Policies
To help a fleet manager keep their units performing best, a company policy regarding the use of equipment, required maintenance, and procedures for handling repair needs must be established and enforced. The best way to do this is to train operators on the proper use of their equipment, and how to perform essential daily inspections before and after use. Requiring operators to fill out daily equipment logs and deliver them to management is important. Enforcing reprimands for non-compliance to these rules is also critical in the development of a company-wide, enforceable policy to protect equipment and ensure it is not used incorrectly.
When it comes to fleet efficiency and getting the most use from work units, good management is essential. This helps keep operating costs down, and means bucket trucks will be able to be resold. Avoiding poor maintenance and abuse of equipment allows a company to get the best price for any used bucket trucks they have for sale. The break even point on each vehicle is lower, and used buyers will pay more for trucks that have been well-maintained, and show no evidence of abuse or excessive wear for their age!