Kwik Fit is seeing fleet demand for its range of mechanical services increasing and is forecasting further growth in 2015.
The company said the catalyst for growth was the opening of 20 Kwik Fit Plus centres and further growing confidence across the company’s network in experienced technicians undertaking mechanical work in addition to traditional fast-fit jobs.
The Kwik Fit Plus centres form part of parent company Itochu Corporation’s network-wide multi-million refurbishment and modernisation programme.
Each of the current 20 Kwik Fit Plus centres, located chiefly in the south east of England, employs one team of fully-trained staff delivering traditional ‘fast-fit’ and a second team delivering mechanical services.
Allied to the development of Kwik Fit Plus centres is a continuous programme of modernisation and refurbishment across the more than 600 centres in the Kwik Fit estate, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.
The company’s decision to further increase its focus on brake repair and replacement work, MOTs and all makes and models car and light commercial vehicle servicing is being reflected with an increase in business.
Last year Kwik Fit saw fleet demand for brake inspections and the replacement of brake pads and discs rise 24% year-on-year, the number of MOTs being carried out on company cars and vans increase 18% year-on-year and an 11% year-on-year rise in the number of services being carried out on fleet vehicles.
Peter Lambert, Kwik Fit fleet director, said: “The opening of Kwik Fit Plus centres has helped enormously in encouraging more fleets to use Kwik Fit for vehicle mechanical work.
"The increasing volume of mechanical work being undertaken at Kwik Fit is from both leasing companies and outright purchase fleets."