Buying a truck? Get telematics included
If you’re considering buying a truck, five trucks or a hundred trucks to add to your fleet, you no doubt have a lot of questions to answer:
- How many trucks do we actually need?
- What sort of trucks are we buying, e.g., bucket trucks, pickup trucks etc.?
- What add-ons do we want? Built-in entertainment, leather seats, PTO motors, etc.
There are a lot of decisions to be made when buying a truck, but it’s important to make sure you get the best truck for your money, and the one that will provide the best return on your costly investment.
That’s where one add-on comes in that is becoming more and more important to truck buyers and fleet owners in general — built-in telematics.
Telematics no longer aftermarket
It used to be that if you wanted a telematics solution you had to go through the whole process after you’d just spent weeks working through the tough negotiations of buying the trucks themselves.
Now you don’t have to.
Truck companies like Ford, Volvo Trucks, Mack, Isuzu, Hino and Freightliner are offering fleet managers the option of having telematics bundled with their new trucks. This means trucks will be delivered with a telematics solution connected, and a built-in GPS unit that can be configured to analyze a range of truck metrics when in use.
This makes it easy for fleet managers to get the benefit of a proper telematics system right from the start, and the sooner you start using performance enhancing solutions like this, the sooner they start turning a profit for your fleet — profit created by improving routing, utilizing assets more effectively, and managing wasteful or reckless driving more closely.
Telematics for lots of different industries
The one thing fleet managers don’t always realize is that telematics could actually help them to perform industry-specific tasks more effectively. For example, refuse contractors can avoid “dry runs,” or wasted trips where the dumpster might be blocked and can’t be loaded. It’s that sort of real-time fleet visibility that is saving fleets big money.
Other industries that are enjoying the benefits of buying trucks with telematics systems that are ready-to-go include construction, beverage, utilities, and government agencies.
To find out if a built-in telematics system could help your fleet, contact your local dealer and ask for some information related to your industry.
With telematics buying will be easier next time too
With a telematics system installed you’ll also be in a much better position the next time you purchase more trucks.
With a stored history of asset utilization you can determine if you even need to buy new equipment — you might realize that you can simply rearrange your current fleet to fill changing needs. You might even see that you could generate additional income by selling off surplus assets.
If you still need to purchase new trucks, telematics can help you choose the vehicle that will provide the best return on investment. By reviewing historical telematics data, you’ll soon see which trucks are more economical, and require less maintenance downtime.