How to Budget for Bus Fleet Maintenance
The key points to remember for bus fleet maintenance are these: seasonal, regular wear and tear, make and model, and dealer. We’ll explain below what we mean by these terms.
Some types of maintenance are dependent on the weather or seasons. For example, tires need to be checked right before winter, and possibly changed out to winter tires.
And air conditioning should be checked in the spring right before you will need it working at full blast in the hot summer months.
Regular Wear and Tear
In addition to the seasonal maintenance, there is also the regular wear and tear. Tires, for example, need to be looked at every certain number of kilometers, depending on the hours driven and the terrain, no matter what the weather is outside.
Oil also has to be changed every certain number of kilometers driven depending on the engine and make and model of the bus.
Make and Model
Different buses have different requirements. There is no one bus maintenance schedule that applies to every bus. That’s why it’s important to know your specific bus’s requirements, and have a good relationship with your dealer who provides maintenance.
Having a good relationship with your dealer who provides maintenance, is probably the single most important part of the equation. Your dealer can help make you a schedule for maintenance that fits your fleet, your makes and models, and your business plan. Then, barring a problem, the dealer can remind you when your buses need to go in to the shop.
If you need help with bus fleet maintenance, give us a call. We can go over what your options are and the costs associated with them. Call us anytime, toll-free in Vancouver, at (888) 416-9333. This is our business, and we are experts on bus maintenance.
Dynamic Specialty Vehicles has been supplying and servicing mid-sized buses for over 30 years. With long-term contracts with demanding clients like BC Ambulance and BC Transit, Dynamic Specialty Vehicles knows how to keep their clients safe and their buses running smoothly.
If you have any questions about this article or would like further information about buses and/or services, please call us on our Toll-Free number, (888) 416-9333.