There is no doubting the fact that machines make our tasks in life simpler and easier. Along with this, you also need to remember that like humans, even they need timely and proper care in the form of regular maintenance.
Discussed below are some basic guidelines for fleet wear and tear which you must know-
For a simpler understanding we have divided the probable wear and tear into two sections:
- For Interiors
- For Exteriors
Let’s start by getting to know the interiors and then learn more about the exteriors.
The interior space of the vehicle is classified into three sections namely-the roof, the floor and the seats, along with the dashboard.
o Roof and floor
Small scratches and tiny dents due to gravel/asphalt roads are regarded as normal wear and tear for the floor and the roof. But, mud-caked floors/holes and burn marks are considered as severe wear and tear.
Cuts on the fabric or carpets are also considered to be extreme. It is difficult to get rid of hard stains and the only option available to you is to replace the carpet. Water also has the potential to ruin your carpet, the cab or/and other interiors of the cab.
Presence of dirt and dust is considered to be as normal wear and tear on the dashboard. On the other hand, burn marks, cuts and any other tears in the material are considered to be extreme wear and tear of the dashboard.
Some stains can be easily wiped from your seats while others are tough to get rid of. The former is believed to be a normal type of wear and the latter a tricky one. The most difficult wear and tear for seats is mud-caked seats, holes, from cigarettes, lighters, burns, etc.
A simple and easy way to avoid cigarette, lighter or any other burns is to ban smoking in your vehicle. This way, you do not have to bear the repercussions of it. Well, you cannot ban people from eating in your vehicle but ensure that your vehicle seats do not get stained because this may result in you having to replace them which can be an additional expense for you.
Now let’s move to the exteriors and see how you can work on fleet wear and tear. The exteriors consist of – Cab roof, hood, doors, fenders and quarter panels tailgate.
Tiny scratches are counted as normal fleet wear and tear on the above mentioned parts. You can skip little bit of chipping in the paint due to gravel/asphalt roads. Besides, small dents which do not break the paint surface are acceptable.
In fact, damages or dents upto a certain amount are completely fine.
But, on the other hand, large scratches and damage due to paint are considered as extreme. Dents which are larger than an in inch in diameter fall under this category.
Irrespective of the costs involved, any missing or broken part on the exterior is also considered as an additional damage. Excessive overspray, a bad colour match or a sand grinding mark visible to the naked eye is also an example of excessive damage.
Alteration in the basic structure of the truck or holes created in it can reduce the resale value of the vehicle. This eventually results in either loss or damage. For instance, if holes are drilled into the truck bed for alterations they are counted as damage.
At times, irrecoverable damages take place in the truck bed where the bed cannot be covered by any kind of bed liner. It is equally difficult to replace crushed wheel wells which are considered to be excessive fleet wear and tear.
In order to avoid such situations it is always wise to get in touch with experts so that they can suggest you timely repairs. This way, your vehicle does not have to face severe damage and undergoes timely maintenance. To know more about how you can keep your truck wheels running in good health click here.
Remember, that any structural damage leads to a poor repair job and customers remain unsatisfied. Therefore, it is important to hand over this responsibility to experts who can handle this task successfully.