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<p><em>Photo courtesy of Ford</em></p> Aluminum F-150 Designed for Repairability
Ford addresses vehicle engineering, parts pricing, insurance costs and auto body shop training in regards to keeping repair prices in check.
<p><em>Photo courtesy of iStockPhoto.com.</em></p> The Struggle to Find Good Technicians
Finding qualified technicians is a challenge that’s only going to get worse. Here’s how to recruit the next generation of technicians and make sure your current employees stay happy.
<p><em>(Clockwise from top l.) Goodyear's G661, G731, G949, and G933<br /></em></p> Finding Replacement Tires for Medium-Duty Trucks
Fleet managers opting for new replacement tires instead of retreads for their medium-duty trucks must tailor the tire to not only the specific gross vehicle weight, but also to the application and specific conditions in which the vehicle will operate.
<p>One theory for calculating labor rateis to separate rates by vehicle type&nbsp;to get a more accurate comparison.<em> Photo via iStock</em></p> Inside the Labor Rate Debate
Is your labor rate close to $50, or is it more than $100 an hour? Take a look at how fleets calculate their labor rates, why the range is so wide, and what to consider when comparing your labor rate.
<p>The Camden County fleet facility is used to maintain 123 vehicles and equipment, but this could change if the county administrator&rsquo;s plan to consolidate with neighboring public fleets goes through. <em>Photo courtesy of Camden County</em></p> Sharing Fleet Services with a Nearby Agency
The City of Kingsland (Ga.) assumed oversight of the Camden County fleet and its fleet employees — and that’s just the first stage of a plan to consolidate fleet services between the two agencies.

Maintenance News

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<p><em>Screencapture of&nbsp;maintenancedesigngroup.com/</em></p> Maintenance Design Group Unveils Responsive Website
As part of Maintenance Design Group’s (MDG) 20th anniversary celebration, the firm rolled out a refreshed website featuring new functionality, a new design, and more content.
<p>Since 2001, the capital funding of fleet has been eroding from about 70% of needs in 2001 to about 30% of needs today.&nbsp;<em>Graph via City of Cincinnati.</em></p> Cincinnati Faces Shutdown Over Budget Dispute
The City of Cincinnati is facing a potential shutdown because Council members can’t come to an agreement about the city’s capital budget. The proposed budget includes a six-year fleet replacement funding plan totaling more than $80 million.
<p><em>Photo courtesy of CarMD.&nbsp;</em></p> States Ranked by Vehicle Repair Costs
CarMD has published its annual state-by-state ranking of repair bills that follow a check-engine light. Read our report to find out the states at the top and bottom of the list.
<p><em>Screenshot via ALI.</em></p> Automotive Lift Institute Launches New Website
The Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) has launched a redesigned website that brings together information for lift buyers, owners and users.
<p><em>Croze</em></p> CEI to Discuss Outsourcing Body Work at GFX
The CEI Group, Inc., will discuss how government fleets can make major reductions in their collision repair costs and vehicle down time by outsourcing their collision repair activities at GFX 2015.
<p><em>Photo of 2016 Ram 2500 courtesy of FCA US.</em></p> FCA Rolls Back Powertrain Warranty
FCA US has reduced its powertrain coverage for 2016 model-year gasoline-powered vehicles. General Motors also made a change to its powertrain warranty earlier this year.
Audit Questions N.C. Utility's Maintenance Charges to City
The Fayetteville (N.C.) Public Works Commission has been charging the city up to 44% in markup and administrative charges to service the city's vehicles, according to an internal audit.
<p><em>Image courtesy of Mitchell 1</em></p> Mitchell 1 Adds More Graphs to ProDemand
Mitchell 1 has expanded its coverage of waveform and PID graphs in its ProDemand repair, diagnostic, and maintenance information program to now total more than 750,000 graphs.
<p><em>Photo courtesy of Utilimarc.</em></p> Utility Service Trucks Analyzed in Benchmarking Study
Utilimarc's benchmarking report for light-duty service trucks uses data from 40 utility fleet clients and includes more than 3,600 vehicles under 20,000 GVWR with a service body without an aerial device.
<p><em>Photo via facebook/Detroit Police Department.</em></p> Detroit Police Test Take-Home Vehicles
The Detroit Police Department launched a take-home police vehicle program on Thursday, providing a refurbished 2004 Crown Victoria to an officer who lives in the city.

Products

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<p>PHOTO: Buyer's Products</p> Waterproof Electric Winch Available in two sizes, 9,500-pound and 12,000-pound, the new commercial-grade electric line pull winches are ideal for utility, government, and contractor fleet vehicles. View more info
Wheel-Check Loose Nut Indicator Wheel-Check is a loose nut indicator designed to identify a loose wheel nut with a quick visual inspection of the wheel. View more info
46-Inch Steel Storage Chest The Milwaukee 46-inch steel storage chest and cabinet was designed with the function, durability, and organizational options for professional users, according to the company. View more info
PriorityStart HD The PriorityStart HD (Heavy Duty) Unit from BLI International is a totally automatic battery protection system that disconnects at 11.7 volts, stopping a dead battery, and then reconnects with simple load change. View more info
John Bean V2200 Wheel Alignment System The John Bean V2200 imaging wheel alignment system provides high resolution imaging technology that delivers fast, precise readings to faster, more accurate wheel alignment jobs. View more info

Research and Best Practices

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Fleet Maintenance Management System Best Practices

See how one fleet implemented a universal system to reduce operating costs, instill accountability, save time and increase efficiency.

Useful Whitepapers

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Engine Optimization: Make Your Engine Work for You
Optimizing your vehicle’s engine may sound complicated, but this paper details how engine calibration technology works and how it is actually easy, flexible and takes just minutes to install.
Managing Government Fleet Mandates: How Verizon Networkfleet Can Help to Exceed Your Fleet Optimization Goals
Today’s government fleet managers face a wide array of fleet management challenges. This eBook will show you how to optimize fleet performance and productivity in order to contend with shrinking budgets and meet or exceed government regulations on fleet size and emissions.