October 8, 2019
Why PacLease is Important to your Business!
By David Rhodes, Area Operations Manager – East
When your core business is not transportation, then a full service lease or maintenance provider may save your company time and money. It can be extremely expensive to manage the maintenance schedule of a truck fleet; however outsourcing this activity to a full-service lease provider that has expert technicians, pre-negotiated labor rates and parts pricing and an extensive network of service facilities can lower the overall maintenance costs of operating a vehicle and increase fleet uptime. Additionally, trucks are becoming more technologically advanced, requiring service providers to have special software to diagnose faults and repairs. Smaller repair shops that are not affiliated with an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) are often ill-equipped to deal with diagnosing and repairing today’s more complex truck equipment and electronics systems. To avoid this issue fleets should set up a service network across its area of operation with accredited OEM affiliated workshops.
PACCAR Leasing Company, also known as PacLease, is one of the largest North American OEM-affiliated leasing companies. With independent and company-owned locations throughout the United States, Mexico, Europe, Australia, and Canada, PacLease provides customized full-service lease, rental, and contract maintenance programs designed to meet its customers’ specific fleet needs.
DOT Regulations can be confusing
Does your company have the resources to keep up with all the new regulations from the Department of Transportation? PacLease customers enjoy access to excellent support and services, such as remote diagnostics, vehicle telematics, regulatory compliance training, Fuel Tax Reporting, Fuel Management Solution, and Toll Billing management to ease the burden of confusing federal and state regulations. PacTrainer is a training resource that can provide fleets with individualized transportation safety specific training programs. At PacLease we believe one size does not fit all, that’s why we work with our customers to come up with customized solutions and trucks spec’d for your business needs.
Spec Optimization (Pitfalls to Avoid)
Over time, your business changes and thus, so do your transportation needs. If your vehicle specification is not customized for your changing business, failures can occur. Would you haul an RV with a motorcycle? Probably not… One of the key components of maximizing fleet uptime is by spec’ing the correct truck for the specific job. A common misconception amongst inexperienced fleets is that “A truck is a truck.” PacLease takes pride in providing our customers with premium Kenworth and Peterbilt equipment through its direct affiliation with these OEMs. PacLease can optimize and customize the engine, transmission, and drivelines for our customers, which maximizes vehicle torque, horsepower, and fuel economy. To ensure our customers have the best truck for their specific application, a best practice is to review customized cruise reports, startability, gradeability, and the vehicles’ shifting parameters. Another benefit available to PacLease customers is the ability to access new technologies and view remote diagnostic information, which allows our customers to plan for service times and identify minor issues before they become a major problem out on the road.
Maintenance Expenses can cripple your business
In 2018 ATRI (American Transpiration Research Institute) reported that the operating cost of a truck averaged $1.69 per mile, an increase of 6% from 2017. Working with PacLease, fleet managers have the ability to protect their business from major maintenance expenses. In addition, customers are able to manage their cash flow around consistent payments. Trucks and semi-tractors are a tool that companies purchase for a job and should be designed to help you service your customers and grow your business. The last place you want to find yourself is on the side of the road losing time. Full Service Leasing can give you peace of mind that the vehicles are being spec’d and maintained properly, so you can focus on what is important to your business.
Where the rubber meets the road
Managing your maintenance can be challenging, DOT regulations can be confusing, and vehicle spec optimization by a qualified professional is critical. PacLease can be a transport solutions partner for your business that helps you optimize your fleet, increase uptime and grow your business. Sometimes it just makes sense to branch out and outsource fleet risks to a partner like PacLease, where transportation is our core business.
Learn more about PacLease and find your leasing partner today!
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