Fleet News

Lex reviews impact of longer servicing

LEX, the UK’s largest leasing company, is reviewing the impact longer service intervals for its 178,000 vehicles will have on its £81 million annual maintenance budget.

Lex is concerned that cars covering fewer than 10,000 miles per year could feasibly only make one visit to a garage every three years.

The company said that in that time, brakes, tyres and windscreen wipers could deteriorate, while essential oil checks could mean greater long term damage to a cars engine.

Lex believes a ‘time based’ servicing option which pulls in cars early if they haven’t had a service should be adopted.

“It’s great that car makers have extended servicing intervals so higher mileage drivers don’t have the hassle of taking their car into a garage so regularly,” said Jamie Wiseman, maintenance manager of Lex.

“But for those low mileage drivers who cover less than 10,000 miles a year, this can cause an issue. In a bid to keep cars reliable and safe, preventative maintenance could be the way forward,” he added.

Although many car makers have fixed ‘intelligent servicing’ brains in many of their models based on their usage, Lex is still seeing some of its cars miss important services, another reason to look at this initiative.

“Few drivers ever look at their handbook and often don’t realise that the on board computer is telling them when to have their car serviced. We have even had drivers who live with a car for three years without once putting it into the garage for a service,” said Wiseman.

Discuss this story on the Fleet News forum

Leave a comment for your chance to win £20 of John Lewis vouchers.

Every issue of Fleet News the editor picks his favourite comment from the past two weeks – get involved for your chance to appear in print and win!

Login to comment

Comments

No comments have been made yet.

Compare costs of your company cars

Looking to acquire new vehicles? Check how much they'll cost to run with our Car Running Cost calculator.

What is your BIK car tax liability?

The Fleet News car tax calculator lets you work out tax costs for both employer and employee




Office Address
  • Fleet News
    Media House
    Lynch Wood
    Peterborough
    PE2 6EA
Subscribe

© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd
Media House, Lynch Wood, Peterborough, PE2 6EA - Registered number 01176085 IPSO regulated logo

www.fleetnews.co.uk is the leading website for the UK fleet sector with an 86% market share (average site visits in 2020), according to SEMRush.

 

 

 

Please note:
By submitting any material to us you are confirming that the material is your own original work or that you have permission from the copyright owner to use the material and to authorise Bauer Consumer Media to use it as described in this paragraph. You also promise that you have permission from anyone featured or
referred to in the submitted material to it being used by Bauer Consumer Media. If Bauer Consumer Media receives a claim from a copyright owner or a person
featured in any material you have sent us, we will inform that person that you have granted us permission to use the relevant material and you will be responsible for paying any amounts due to the copyright owner or featured person and/or for reimbursing Bauer Consumer Media for any losses it has suffered as a result.