Driving Cost Reduction: ATS Euromaster's Strategy for Fleet Maintenance Savings

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In today's challenging economic climate, fleet managers are constantly seeking effective strategies to minimise costs and optimise their operations. Recognising the need for greater efficiency, ATS Euromaster, a leading automotive service provider, is urging fleet managers to embrace a more planned approach to scheduled maintenance, commonly known as SMR (Service, Maintenance, and Repair) routing.

By adopting this proactive strategy, fleets can significantly reduce vehicle maintenance costs and ensure the uninterrupted operation of their vehicles.

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ATS Euromaster
Published on
May 19, 2023

The Growing Challenge:

With operational cycles growing longer due to limited vehicle supply, fleet budgets are under increasing pressure to contain costs. Maintenance and repair expenses, along with tire replacements, are escalating as vehicles have extended lifecycles. To tackle this challenge head-on, ATS Euromaster emphasises the importance of a structured SMR routing to lower vehicle maintenance costs without compromising operational efficiency.

Mark Holland, Operations Director at ATS Euromaster. | Image: ATS Euromaster

The False Economy:

According to Mark Holland, Operations Director at ATS Euromaster, waiting for an unexpected event before scheduling maintenance visits is a false economy. The costliest aspect of any operation is the downtime experienced when a vehicle is off the road. This outweighs the expenditure on regular maintenance. In the same vein, tires play a critical role in fleet operations. Scheduling timely replacements is crucial for ensuring the smooth running of fleets. With the diverse range of tire fitments required for today's mixed fleet of SUVs, EVs, and ICE vehicles, fleet managers should book visits in advance to avoid service capacity constraints and delays in tire availability.

ATS Euromaster's Guidance:

To assist fleets in managing costs effectively and minimising vehicle downtime, ATS Euromaster offers the following advice:

  • Schedule Maintenance: Proactively address maintenance needs to mitigate the greater wear and tear resulting from longer lifecycles.
  • Stay Ahead of MOTs: Longer vehicle lifecycles mean more MOT inspections. Plan and schedule them in advance to prevent any disruptions.
  • Timely Tire Replacements: Avoid last-minute replacements by booking tire visits ahead of time, ensuring optimal tire performance and minimising downtime.
  • Avoid False Economies: While budget tires may seem cost-effective initially, they are less durable than premium tires, ultimately leading to higher whole-life costs. Consider the long-term value instead of short-term savings.
  • Opt for All-Season Tires: For ICE vehicles, all-season tires provide consistent traction in various weather conditions, eliminating the need for winter tire swaps.
  • Repair Cracks and Chips: Address minor damages promptly to prevent them from worsening, which could lead to more expensive replacements down the line.
  • Maximize Tire Service Life: Van fleets engaged in kerbside deliveries can prolong the lifespan of their tires by periodically flipping them from outer to inner positions.

Mark Holland highlights that ill-prepared fleets face the additional costs associated with vehicle downtime resulting from inadequate SMR planning. The advice provided by ATS Euromaster revolves around maintaining the smooth and cost-effective operation of fleets.

To further assist fleet managers, ATS Euromaster offers a complimentary vehicle condition inspection during service visits, enabling the early detection of potential maintenance issues.

Ultimately, their aim is to ensure fleets run seamlessly and efficiently, with regular maintenance and tire checks playing a pivotal role in achieving this goal.

Visit: https://business.atseuromaster.co.uk/car-van

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