If you operate a small to mid-size fleet, whether it’s 50 class 8 semi-trailers or as many Ford Transits, maintenance is expensive. Not only can the cost of maintenance become prohibitive, but keeping up with ever-changing regulations, new equipment, and training, can erode your margins. So what’s to be done? It might be time to lease your vehicles rather than buy them.

What is Managed Maintenance?

Business Fleet explains full coverage managed maintenance, “Full coverage means everything from an oil change, tune-up, or front-end alignment to wiper blades, brakes, muffler, and exhaust servicing.” All of this can be covered in the lease agreement with no cost to the end user. This allows companies to do what they do best instead of spending time and funds on maintaining a fleet.

Advantages of Measured Maintenance Leasing

• Reducing investment in maintenance facilities, personnel, and equipment
• Having pre-set monthly fleet costs and avoiding costly repair surprises
• Combating the rising cost of repairs
• Using the resources and analytics of the leasing firm to help direct your fleet decisions
• Saving on maintenance by recycling obsolete vehicles

Providers such as PacLease offer various leasing packages to fit the needs of divergent fleets. The day may be here when owning a fleet isn’t the smartest or most cost effective solution to your transportation needs. There comes a time to ask—do I want to run a maintenance shop or let the experts do it for me? What’s your opinion of managed maintenance programs?