How To: Solve Potential Fleet Maintenance Problems NOW to Prevent BIG Costs Later

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No one likes problems. But wouldn’t you rather address a potential problem early than react to a costly one later? If you’re a fleet manager or owner…the answer should always be yes.

The rising costs of fleet maintenance have been a hot topic lately with all signs pointing to preventative maintenance through technology as the absolute best solution. In many cases, you no longer have to wait until there’s a problem to do something about it. And you most certainly can get out ahead of small problems before they become big ones. It has been estimated that an out-of-service truck can cost somewhere between $850 – $1,000 per day! Yikes…that can add up quickly.

Why Preventative Maintenance?

  • Minimize equipment downtime
  • Increase the lifespan of an older vehicle
  • Have better knowledge on fleet health as a whole
  • Easier to schedule a budget
  • Greatly reduce number of breakdowns
  • Decrease unnecessary towing expenses
  • Happier drivers & less stress!

How We Handle Preventative Maintenance

Preventative maintenance is at the core of what we do here at Dickinson Fleet Services. With our mobile maintenance offering, we’re able to perform many routine services on your schedule, not regular shop hours. This means things get done when you need them to without unnecessary downtime.

We do this by utilizing technology and efficient communication. Specifically, we’ve developed proprietary solutions called TRAIT & WebWrench. They work together to allow us to keep our clients moving in the right direction in the way of fleet maintenance. Let’s take a closer look…


How TRAIT Works

TRAIT gives our customer easy electronic access to all the most important data they need to know about their fleet. It also relays this same important information to the technicians servicing those trucks. The result is more thoroughly and timely maintenance, maximizing fleet uptime.

The beauty of TRAIT is at any point, both the technician and our customers are able to get real time information about the repairs and maintenance being done on their equipment With features such as automatic nightly inspection reports, Fleet Managers never have to guess about the health of their fleet.


Information is power and TRAIT delivers what you need to know, when you need to know it. This allows Fleet Mangers to maintain a proactive budget by planning for upcoming routine maintenance rather than reacting to repair disasters.

TRAIT Provides:

  • Direct electronic access
  • Nightly inspection reports
  • Valuable technical apps

WebWrench makes it easy to keep an eye on expenses helping you track and control costs. With TRAIT and WebWrench combined, our technicians are communicating directly with the customer on a day-in and day-out basis about the repairs that are being made along with the status of their fleet condition. This means no more being blindsided by unexpected repair costs that are way outside of budget.

These two pieces are huge when they work together to prove real-time information on both your budget and maintenance plan, accessible on-the-go. With the power combination of WebWrench and TRAIT together, Dickinson is able to provide that information not only by vehicle, but also by component. This means we can check in with you, our customer, on a regular basis to make the best decisions possible about the health of your fleet.

Have Questions or Need Help?

Contact us online or call 855-DFS-4111

More on Dickinson Fleet Services

Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, Dickinson Fleet Services has grown into one of the largest independent fleet maintenance and management companies in the country. Dickinson Fleet Services is the leading provider of on-site mobile maintenance and repair services nationwide. Offering mobile on-site maintenance and repair services for light, medium and heavy-duty trucks and trailers with over 300 mobile units operating in 40 states.