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Vehicle Repairs

Fleet car and truck maintenance costs have been trending upward during the first half of the 2021-calendar year as total fleet miles driven have increased in response to a recovering economy compared to 2020-CY. Prior to this, work-from-home mandates and the idling of non-essential fleets exerted downward pressure on fleet maintenance costs as fewer business miles, in the aggregate, were driven.

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Is Fleet Sovereign in a Corporate Structure?

Fleet is a department, not unlike human resources, legal, or accounting, and it interacts with all of these and others. But can fleet management stand alone within the corporate structure?

COVID-19 Offers Opportunity to Make a Dent in the Technician Shortage

Now is when the fleet industry should be proactively identifying these future technicians. The fleet industry has a window to tap into this idled labor pool, who will look attractive to other industries experiencing labor shortages leading to increased competition to recruit this talent.

Severe Skilled Technician Shortage Triggering Higher Shop Labor Rates

The vehicle maintenance and repair industries are experiencing a skilled labor shortage as technicians in the Baby Boomer demographic retire in greater numbers than those replacing them. The skilled labor shortage requires shops to pay more for skilled technicians, which translates into higher shop labor rates.

Crash Costs on the Rise for Businesses

Vehicle crash costs incurred by businesses from insurance premiums, repairs, lost productivity, and other expenses amounted to $57.9 billion in 2018 as compared to $47.4 billion in 2013, according to a new report.

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