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Risk Management Strategies For Your Fleet

By Bill DeBoer on Apr 9, 2020 11:44:14 AM

Owning or managing a fleet can be a stressful job. Setting a budget and sticking to it is challenging since so many unexpected things can happen to vehicles that drive up the costs of operating them. DeBoer’s Auto has worked with many fleet operators over the years and has a better understanding of their risk management strategies as a result. Not only can these strategies keep your business moving forward, but they can also minimize direct expenses and keep insurance numbers as low as possible.


Perform Regular Routine Maintenance And Inspections


With every visit to our shop, we will complete a thorough digital inspection of your vehicle where we look at its overall health, what maintenance or repairs are due and other factors that can ensure it will run smoothly. Everything from the inside-out, top to bottom, side to side and front to back are evaluated by our experts and logged into your digital file. Keeping these inspections regular will help you get ahead of any major issues with your vehicle later on.


Complete A Weekly Vehicle Checklist


Outside of your regular maintenance appointment at DeBoer’s Auto, your team can do weekly checks of your fleet to ensure nothing stands out as being problematic. Completing a weekly vehicle checklist every Monday morning is a good practice to have your drivers do before getting into the vehicle. The earlier possible issues can be detected, the better the chances are of keeping the costs of potential repairs to a minimum. 


Keep Your Unexpected Vehicle Costs To A Minimum


Learn how our fleet management services can help.Budgeting for unexpected costs is possible, but difficult to do when it comes to vehicles. You can particularly keep unexpected costs to a minimum by maintaining your fleet and avoiding potential DoT fines. When you drive through a DoT stop, they will evaluate your vehicle and many people leave with a ticket due to their vehicle not being in good working order. Mitigating your risk in this situation is simple. Get ahead of those tickets by performing regular maintenance to ensure your vehicle is always in good working order.


Costly breakdowns are also devastating for the flow of businesses. Engine or transmission failures are all too common, and many of the failures could have been avoided with proper maintenance. Keeping proper fluid levels and fluid maintenance is critical and is one of the reasons why major issues occur. 


Documentation Is Critical


If one of your vehicles ever get into a car accident, you want to have your maintenance history documented. DeBoer’s Auto will document your tire health, brake health, fix any steering and suspension issues and more. Then if you have to go through insurance companies, you can provide them with this documentation to prove you’ve been taking care of the vehicle as much as possible.

DeBoer’s Auto helps fleet owners cover all bases when it comes to managing and maintaining their fleet. We understand the challenges of the job, and our job is to make things a little easier for you. Check out our website and browse the fleet services we offer and schedule your appointment today.


Bill DeBoer

Written by Bill DeBoer

William J. DeBoer (Bill Jr.) is Co-owner and Vice President at DeBoer’s Auto. As the company’s General Manager, Bill has been responsible for bringing innovations in daily operations to the full-service, high-tech auto repair facility for 20+ years. Passionate about computers from an early age, Bill’s interest in technology gravitated to cars while he was in college. By obtaining a Certificate in Automotive Technology followed by a B.S. in Business Management from Penn State, Bill was able to fuse his interests into a car technology specialization and join the family business shortly thereafter.