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Car delivery delays will increase importance of fleet maintenance, Fleetcheck warns

Date: 01 June 2021   |   Author: Sean Keywood

Lengthening delays to new vehicle deliveries are set to place increasing importance on fleet maintenance, according to software firm Fleetcheck.

It said that due to the effects of the global semiconductor shortage, as well as Covid-19 and Brexit, manufacturers were quoting delivery times of up to a year on some models. 

Managing director Peter Golding that while the situation was highly variable across different manufacturers and models, it was probably the worst new vehicle supply crisis that the fleet industry had ever experienced.

He said: "This creates a variety of issues but probably the most significant is that it means that businesses will have to keep operating vehicles that were planned for replacement for longer - and sometimes much longer.

"The biggest impact of this will be on maintenance. Fleets need to ensure that they have plans in place that will keep these vehicles operating in a safe and efficient manner." 

However, Golding said that car fleets should find the issue easier to deal with than those running commercial vehicles, many of which had seen heavy usage over the past year.

He said: "If you have a three-year-old car that has spent much of the last year being used much less than planned because of the rise of remote meetings during the coronavirus crisis, then extending its replacement to four years requires some intervention but is relatively simple."