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    8 STEPS TO LOWER TOTAL COST

    Take the steps to start managing your fleet the right way, no matter who your service partner is.

    What are the steps?

    Following these 8 steps will result in lower total cost, improved fleet performance, and enhanced customer satisfaction no matter who your service provider is. 

    Tested systems. Proven results. Guaranteed savings.

    STEP 1

    EMBRACE FLEET PARTNERSHIP PRINCIPLES

    STEP 2

    SELECT A GREAT SERVICE PARTNER

    STEP 3

    DESIGN A PM PLAN SPECIFICALLY FOR YOUR BUSINESS

    STEP 4

    ACHIEVE COMPLIANCE ABOVE 90%

    STEP 5

    GET DRIVERS INVOLVED

    STEP 6

    USE TECHNOLOGY

    STEP 7

    DEVELOP A FLEET REPLACEMENT PLAN

    STEP 8

    REVIEW MAINTENANCE RECORDS BEFORE PURCHASING NEW EQUIPMENT

    Why do these steps work?

    Forget trying to deal with multiple vendors and dealerships. Everything boils down to finding a partner you trust. With these 8 steps, you’ll be confident in your choices and your plan no matter who you work with.

    EDUCATION

    We’ll give you the tools to make a plan. 

    ENCOURAGEMENT

    Small wins along the way will build to long-term success.

    EMPOWERMENT

    Make decisions for your fleet with confidence every time! 

    EMBRACE FLEET PARTNERSHIP PRINCIPLES

    Fleet Partnership is an operating philosophy using proven systems to lower total costs, improve fleet performance, and enhance customer satisfaction. Fleet Partners experience improved driver and vehicle productivity, reduced business interruption, and extended vehicle life.

    Lowering total cost starts with preventative maintenance. The Fleet Partnership Philosophy distinguishes maintenance as an investment to keep assets productive. While repairs are expenses needed to fix what is broken as a result of neglect, misuse or misapplication. Long-term commitment to a robust maintenance system is the foundation for effective fleet performance.

    Fleet Partnership Principles includes:

    • Focus on extending asset life
    • Results in fewer repairs & breakdowns
    • Reduces expensive & time-consuming repairs
    • Improves uptime while lowering costs
    • Company is able to meet customer’s expectations

    SELECT A GREAT SERVICE PARTNER

    You’re only as good as who you surround yourself with. Selecting the right service partner is a serious decision with serious benefits. Use clear evaluation criteria and interviews to make an objective assessment of available vendors. Pick a great service partner and commit to working with them in good times and bad. Long term, win-win relationships allows your partner to become familiar with your expectations, equipment, and business needs.

    Benefits include:

    • Better diagnosis and faster repair
    • Improved workmanship and less rework
    • Quicker response time and better customer service
    • Lower overall costs and more uptime

    Remember – problems occur in all meaningful relationships. Good business partners hold each other accountable, communicate effectively, and solve problems quickly.

    DESIGN A MAINTENANCE PLAN
    SPECIFICALLY FOR YOUR BUSINESS

    Your business is unique and so is your fleet. Successful preventative maintenance programs require proper upfront design and periodic evaluation to determine effectiveness.

    Properly developed PM Programs take into account:

    • amount of engine idle time
    • needs of special equipment
    • application of the vehicle
    • operating environment
    • age of equipment

    Time, mileage, and engine hours are potential measurement systems to trigger the next service. Reduce complexity when first implementing a PM Plan and be sure to have a whiteboard or a computerized system to track when the next PM is due.

    ACHIEVE COMPLIANCE ABOVE 90%

    PM Compliance measures how many trucks are current (not overdue) according to the PM schedule. Attaining 90% or above will be challenging for fleets less than 10 units. In that case, the goal should be to not have more than one unit overdue for a PM.

    Resist the temptation of stretching PM schedules to save a few dollars and time. Being overdue just 30 days on every PM will cause you to miss a year’s worth of maintenance in just five years. That’s a sure way to drive up future breakdowns and repair costs.

    GET DRIVERS INVOLVED

    Drivers are best positioned to detect small changes in vehicle performance and the Driver Vehicle Inspection Report (DVIR) process is the best way to get driver’s involved in identifying problems early. Implementing a DVIR process requires training to help drivers understand federal regulations, liability, and how their work experience will improve. The best DVIR systems use technology to capture and track meaningful data.

    USE TECHNOLOGY

    Telematics technology is a great tool for detecting issues that cannot be identified by a driver. Low pressures, high temperatures, and electrical issues left unchecked can result in progressive damage, catastrophic repairs, and breakdowns. Real-time fleet monitoring creates visibility for proactive measures and problem avoidance.

    While easy to implement, using telematics data to identify problems and cost-saving opportunities takes time and expertise. Rely on a solid service partner if you don’t have the time or staff to manage the data internally.

    DEVELOP A REPLACEMENT PLAN

    The useful life of a commercial truck can range from 5 to 20 years depending on the application. Select the desired lifecycle for each type of truck in your fleet.

    Build a multi-year, forward-looking capital plan using the estimated cost of future purchases. Include maintenance, repair, and reconditioning costs based on past experience. Use this plan to drive future maintenance decisions and to ensure the appropriate capital is allocated to fleet operations. Don’t worry, you can always change it as you learn more.

    REVIEW MAINTENANCE RECORDS
    BEFORE PURCHASING NEW EQUIPMENT

    Maintenance systems should be easy to access and provide meaningful information about fleet spend and performance. This information is a powerful tool when making new vehicle purchasing decisions. Upfront investments in automatic transmissions might pay for themselves with lower clutch and transmission failures. One brand of engines could be more cost-effective in a certain application than a competitive brand. Higher axle ratings and changes to suspension types could lead to fewer drivability issues down the road.

    Be sure to get feedback from drivers as well as your service partner. They will have valuable insight and feedback.

    GET THE GUIDE

    BECOME A BETTER MANAGER

    You deserve a competitive advantage. Download the full PDF guide to lower total cost, improve fleet performance, and enhance customer satisfaction no matter who your fleet service vender is.
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    With a Wiers Fleet Partnership Plan, you can clearly see your fleet’s data in real-time. Seeing is believing.

    • Managing PM & DOT schedules
    • Tracking unit costs
    • Creating easy to read reports

    FIND A WIERS NEAR YOU

    Wiers Fleet Partners – Columbus

    Wiers Fleet Partners – Indianapolis

    3748 West Morris Street Indianapolis, IN 46241

    Phone: (317) 429-0924
    Fax: (317) 757-5734

    Wiers International Trucks – Lafayette

    430 Meijer Drive Lafayette, IN 47905

    Phone: (765) 448-9950
    Fax: (765) 447-8824

    Wiers International Trucks – Logansport

    1631 West Market Street Logansport, IN 46947

    Phone: (574) 722-5656
    Fax: (574) 722-9509

    Wiers Fleet Partners – La Porte County

    1933 West 450 North LaPorte, IN 46350

    Phone: (219) 379-5411
    Fax: (219) 379-5496

    Wiers International Trucks - Plymouth

    2111 Jim Neu Drive Plymouth, IN 46563

    Phone: (574) 936-4076
    Fax: (574) 936-9301

    Wiers Fleet Partners - Louisville

    Wiers Fleet Partners - Florence