Car repair hacks – How Taxi, Limo and car services maintain fleet vehicles

May 18th, 2022BlogNo Comments »

Any reputable car service or Airport transportation company must have dependable vehicles in perfect mechanical condition. Your clients can tolerate many human errors but will never take riding in a car that sounds like it may break down at any moment. A transportation company is only as successful s its vehicle maintenance.

Choose durable Vehicles

The first step to cutting down the repair cost is choosing your vehicle when purchasing. Taxi, Limo, and car services prefer newer models with eight-cylinder engines. The bigger the engine, the higher the mileage before significant repairs. But not all carbs are created equal.

Always choose a vehicle make and model popular in the taxi car service Industry. The black cars you see at the Airports dropping and picking passengers are vehicles that have been tried and tested for high milage usage. Avoid cars that are unpopular with the industry.

Several years ago, the Lincoln town car was very popular with the industry until ford discontinued its production. It was the perfect vehicle as it could go uptown 500,000 miles with the same engine and transmission.

It hardly needed any repairs except tunes ups, oil changes, and occasional radiator issues, which were easy for the mechanic to get to, which meant cheap labor.

One particular Sedan was very popular with the general public but unpopular in the industry because its repairs were very costly. The mechanic had to take out the engine to get to simple parts, while with the Lincoln town, most pieces were easily accessible.

On average, a fleet vehicle drives about three thousand miles per week. Wear and tear are inevitable. However, it isn’t easy to make profits when the repair cost is too high.

The bigger taxis, Limo, and car services invest in establishing their garage, staffed with skilled mechanics. However, it is still a significant overhead for the business, but it pays off in the long run as the company maintains its reliability promise.

For smaller companies with no capital to invest in a garage, the trick is developing a partnership with a local garage. The agreement is that you will repair your fleet vehicles with them. They get frequent business and, in return, give you a priority and a discount.

Tips on the cheapest way to get your car repaired by your local mechanic

  • Find an honest local mechanic from personal recommendations and reading online reviews.
  • Visit a local auto part store like Autozone, get the code reader/car diagnostic tool, or get your diagnostic done at the car dealer. Once you figure out the codes, buy the parts needed.
  • Visit your local mechanic with a specific request for what you need to do.
  • Remember, you are only going to them for labor. Not diagnostics and parts. Some dishonest mechanics will always take advantage, especially of women, if you don’t know what is wrong with your car and if you don’t bring your parts. 

By limiting your local mechanic’s responsibility to only labor, you will be saving big. Please do not bring your vehicle to the shop until your local mechanic is ready to work on it. Some dishonest mechanics may try to exploit the number of hours needed for the repair if you leave the car with them.

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