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If you need to expand your fleet of business vans then this is a good sign. It presumably means that business is booming and that you need to find a way of coping with the greater workload.
While this is good news, it might also give you a bit of a headache. This is because it means spending money on the new vans and also a bit of extra work. So how will you go about it to keep the business impact as low as possible?
Look for Good Value Vans
A good starting point is to work out how much you can afford to spend on the new vans.
If we are talking about a major fleet expansion then it could work out to be a hugely expensive to buy brand new vehicles. In this case, a look at some used vans might work out a lot better for you.
If you aren’t up to date with the current market prices a look at Gumtree will allow you to check out a range of deals. One issue to bear in mind is that you are looking for good value.
What this means is that you needs vans that offer a good purchase price and also won’t cost the Earth to run. You don’t want clapped out old models that are going to cost a fortune in repairs or that come with high running costs.
Don’t forget to check out the insurance cost as well before going ahead to choose any used vans. The better value you get on the vehicles the easier it will be to expand the fleet as much as you need it to grow.
Get Someone to Control the Fleet
When a company has only one or two vans the job of controlling the fleet is really simple.
However, as the fleet grows you need to think about all the extra work this now entails. Sorting out the insurance policies, arranging for servicing, arranging repairs, getting the cleaning done, controlling the fuel expenses and all of the other jobs can add up to pretty much a full time role if there is a big fleet to manage.
It might be that there is someone already in the company who could do this job by adding the extra tasks onto their daily duties, but you should be careful not to give them too much to do.
Overlooking any important issues such as an insurance renewal or an MOT date can lead to a financial hit and a severe impact on the business.
Find More Drivers
Of course, once you get some new vans in you’ll need to find people to drive them.
The temptation can be to give extra work to your existing drivers but you need to be careful not to load them with too much work.
Anyone who drives a lot of hours can end up tired and in danger of having an accident. If they are working to tight deadlines then they might also start taking too many risks by speeding or running red lights as well.
If you are going to look for new drivers then you will want them to be professional, responsible workers who take the job seriously.
Driving all day looks like the kind of job that anyone can do but you will want drivers who look after your vans and who protect your business image by driving safely and considerately at all times.
These drivers aren’t as easy to find as you might think but with a bit of hard work you can get the drivers you need on board.