Motortrade companies urged to consider rental vehicles
A high failure rate for commercial vehicles going through their first MOTs has led to calls for companies to think about hiring light commercial vehicles as opposed to working with fleets of aging vehicles.
One of Europe’s largest vehicle hire companies, Europcar, has suggested that firms should consider renting out LCVs in the light of damning research from the Freight Transport Association.
The FTA found that nearly half of the vans which were submitted for their first MOT required remedial work. Industry insiders have long lamented the fact that companies run vans for too long and that ageing vehicles are less reliable and not up to stringent testing.
That is what has led to Europcar in the UK to call for business to seriously think of van hire as an alternative to running large, ageing fleets. Ken McCall, Europcar’s UK boss, said:
“These figures illustrate something that has been known within the industry for a long time – businesses are holding onto commercial vehicles for longer without having them properly maintained,” said Ken McCall, head of Europcar in the UK.
“This is a false economy – eventually the vehicles will either breakdown or fail their MoT. Rental provides the answer. Vehicles that are on average under nine months old and maintained to the highest standard are available at short notice, providing a flexible fleet of vehicles for usage which can save businesses money.”
Mr McCall insisted that vehicle hire was not merely intend to beef up a company’s existing fleet, but a “viable alternative” to owning a large number of commercial vehicles whose value and reliability will inevitably wane over the year.
On top of motortrade insurance costs, fuel and road tax bills, excessive repair and maintenance bills can really take their toll on small motor trade businesses.
There are 172 Europcar outlets across the UK which hire vans out to business and personal customers.