Operations director David Thacker said: 'A way of including accident repairs into wholelife costs needs to be formulated. It is a fleet cost which is substantial and can be predicted like any other.' According to AutoManagement figures, typical repair costs will equate to around 10% of the overall wholelife cost of a mainstream fleet car over three years.
However, ACFO director Stewart Whyte advised fleet managers not to cost such factors into the wholelife equation. He said: 'The minute you accept it is a statistical probability that company cars are going to crash, you destroy the incentive to improve the situation. If you budget for accidents it makes it acceptable to have them and stay in budget.'