Upfitting Dos & Don’ts to Keep Specs on Track

For vocational fleet operators, your vehicles are much more than just trucks and vans; they’re complex tools your employees need to service your customers and keep your business moving forward. Often, these units require significant upfitting and determining the best strategy to transform these vehicles into the commercial powerhouses your business needs can be a challenge for even the most seasoned fleet professional.

With that in mind, Holman’s Christopher Hall recently spoke with Autosphere to go over some upfitting dos and don’ts to keep in mind as you develop your specification checklist for 2022 and beyond.

First and foremost, Christopher stresses that research and comprehensive planning should be the foundation of any sound upfitting strategy. Christopher also reminds readers that you should consider the cost of the vehicle and its upfit components throughout the entire lifecycle, not just the upfront cost; because often, if the vehicle is under spec’ed for its intended function, it will cost you more in the long run as you pay for additional repairs.

Christopher goes on to highlight why it is important to involve all fleet stakeholders in the decision making process, especially your drivers. Doing so will ensure that you have visibility to precisely how your vehicles are being used in the field. He also shares why you’ll want to be sure to conduct a pilot review of your specs before beginning mass production.

“Sometimes what looks good on paper doesn’t necessarily work as well in the field. A pilot review helps you ensure you’ve nailed the specs for the intended function, and gives you the opportunity to make changes if need be, before you decide to build out the rest of your 500 vehicles.”

You can read the entire article at Autosphere.ca. Also, be sure to check out this video series on why adopting a holistic approach to your acquisition strategy is vital to eliminating the blind spots in your supply chain. And don’t forget to subscribe to our Morning Brake Newsletter to have all the latest news and industry trends delivered right to your inbox.

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