If you spend hours every week reading, interpreting, approving and disputing forklift repair invoices you may find this interesting. With a Full Maintenance agreement on your forklifts, that could be a thing of the past.
Full Maintenance agreements are typically offered on new equipment and rolled into the monthly lease payment. And if you don’t care to lease, a fixed monthly amount can be paid directly to the dealership for an agreed term and at a set cost.
Plans specify what is and is not covered. At JIT Toyota-Lift all routine maintenance and breakdown repairs are covered. This includes parts and labor. The dealership is “on the hook” for pretty much everything — PMs, routine services that keep the factory warranty valid, breakdown repairs, even replacement equipment if the repairs cannot be made in a timely manner.
Big benefits of a Full Maintenance Agreement:
- Easier budgeting – you know what your fixed fleet costs will be for the next 3, 4 or 5 years.
- Less paperwork. One monthly invoice versus one for every PM in the fleet and every breakdown.
- Maximized fleet performance and equipment up-time. The servicing dealer takes on the task of scheduling repairs and has a vested interest in keeping everything up an running.
- Minimized fleet size. There’s no need to budget extra equipment on hand to cover for breakdowns.
Naturally, repairs due to operator abuse or neglect are not covered. Drivers still need to do daily pre-shift inspections and promptly report any repair needs. So, making sure your drivers do their part should keep the maintenance cost surprises to a minimum.
If you are in the market for new equipment, be sure to ask for a quote on Full Maintenance. Because you have better things to do than manage forklift repairs and repair bills.