Whether you just need a couple of trucks or an entire fleet of vehicles, you’ll find that leasing is a much more practical and advantageous choice, both in terms of improved financing and in terms of how you manage and maintain your vehicle fleet.
The main reason truck leasing is a better option compared to buying a car is that, if the vehicle should be damaged, it will be much easier to replace. Additionally, you will not need as much of a head start with your business, since renting is much cheaper upfront than purchasing a fleet.
There’s also a lot to say about commercial truck leasing maintenance and repairs. If your car or truck might need additional maintenance or if you have to take it in to be serviced at the repair shop, not only will the company you rent from give you a replacement vehicle, but they’ll cover the costs of the repairs as well.
Basically, all you need to do is keep paying the rent, and you can maintain your fleet for as long as you want. Moreover, whenever you have to cut down on your spending and reduce the number of vehicles you are using, vehicle leasing will be a lot easier to deal with. On the other hand, had you bought your cars or trucks, you’d be stuck with them, and any opportunity to sell them to another company will be made difficult by the age and wear of the cars.
Commercial trucks are high-capacity vehicles that work all the time, so they need to be maintained properly to be able to serve you well and to provide the safety and the efficiency that you expect of them. Here are a few routine maintenance tasks that don’t require a professional mechanic, but should be done regularly to prevent expensive breakdowns and accidents:
- Tire checks – whenever you prepare to leave for the road, check whether the tires are intact and properly inflated.
- Brake tests – squealing or grinding brakes are not safe to use, so check them and have them fixed by a mechanic if you notice any issues
- Visibility – clean the windows of the truck inside and outside, check the mirrors, adjust them and clean them, too, check if the windshield wipers work properly on any and all speed settings and check the truck’s headlights, brake lamps and turn signals as well. Replace cracked lamp covers or dead bulbs yourself or have them replaced by a professional, if necessary.
- Check fluids – fuel is not the only fluid that needs to be available in sufficient quantities while on the road. Check the level of the brake fluid, of the engine oil, of the transmission fluid, the radiator cooler, the windshield washer and top them all up before you hit the road. It is also a good idea to keep a few gallons of water and some engine oil in the truck for emergencies.
If you are not interested in taking on the maintenance tasks of truck fleet management, consider using maintenance vehicle leasing companies to manage this process.