Kwik-Fit Fleet is to replace 25% of its Mobile fleet this year with the introduction of 50 new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 316 CDI 3.5 tonne medium wheelbase vans.
The fast-fit company operates a tyre repair and replacement Mobile fleet of some 200 vehicles across the UK.
The Kwik-Fit Mobile light commercial vehicle replacement programme is the latest investment decision in the business by parent company Itochu Corporation.
It has already embarked on a multi-million pound refurbishment programme across Kwik-Fit’s high street network of 676 centres. A total of 100 centres will be refurbished by the end of 2012 with plans for 100 centres to be modernised annually until the network is completed at a cost of £20 million per annum.
Additionally, a major investment is being made in Kwik-Fit’s light commercial vehicle tyre fitting proposition and in expanding its range of mechanical services to fleets.
The first tranche of 12 vans join the Kwik-Fit Mobile fleet this month with the remaining vehicles due for delivery later in the year as current five-year/120,000 mile operating lifecycles are reached.
Kwik-Fit Mobile has opted for the Sprinter 316 CDI vans to replace 313 CDI units due to their improved fuel economy.
Kwik-Fit is also considering:
- Measures to increase the percentage of same-day jobs completed following a £600,000 investment in improved telecommunications which means speedier and more efficient call handling and a faster response by Kwik-Fit Mobile
- An extension to the operating hours of Kwik-Fit Mobile from 8.30am-5.30pm by 90 minutes to 7pm