ISP Contractors are not only operating the logistics of a fleet of step vans, but are also running an intense business structure. Step van dealers like MAG Trucks have experience with hundreds of ISP contractors across the country and have collected information on the most efficient way to operate business, and it begins with Establishing a Maintenance Plan for Your Fleet.
Getting your truck maintenanced may not seem crucial, but it is something you should do regularly and establish a schedule to do so. The need to establish a schedule for maintenance outweighs the time and expense of having a truck leave the fleet for unexpected expenses. If your truck breaks down, you won’t have any time to have a plan or to schedule a time for the repair before it happens. MAG Trucks doesn’t just sell new and refurbished step vans, they also will do repairs on your trucks in their in-house maintenance department.
Just how can an ISP contractor establish a maintenance plan for their fleet?
Start with a spreadsheet that outlines each of your fleet vehicles, including the basics... VIN, model, year, cost, warranty, etc... then add in columns that include basic maintenance needed. This can include things like fluid replenishment, tire checks, wash (exterior and interior), engine and battery testing, etc. You can set reminders using a program such as Google Calendar (calendar.google.com/calendar) to ensure all of your scheduled checks are completed on time and on schedule.
The best time to get your step van(s) maintenance is before peak-season. Peak-season starts at the end of November and it is when most fleets are busiest with deliveries. If you don’t participate in the heavy delivery season, it is still important to get your truck maintenance done every 3,000-5,000 miles, to get the best longevity out of your truck. Just like your personal vehicle, you need to get your step van checked to ensure nothing is going wrong.
Another important step to take when you own a step van is winterizing your truck if you aren’t going to be using it as frequently. If you live somewhere that gets cold during the winter months, you will need to ensure your truck is ready for the cold weather and the decrease in driving. MAG Trucks will winterize your truck and get it ready for the long winter months ahead and ensure your truck will be the same, if not better, when you start it up again in the spring.
Another element of the maintenance plan for MAG Trucks includes knowing what is included in the warranty.
Not all warranties are created equal. Asking potential step van dealers a few questions regarding their warranty can save you thousands. Here are a few questions to ask:
- Do you have to take the step van back to the dealer for your warranty work?
- Do you have a limited list of those that can perform the warranty work?
- What is included?
- What is excluded in the warranty?
Check out this related article, Importance of ISP Truck Warranties, for some insight on warranties. MAG Trucks is centrally located outside of Kansas City, Missouri, but delivers to contractors all across the country. We can deliver your truck directly to you within 7-14 days.