For an operator to have a vehicle off the road costs money, both in terms of loss of earnings and the price for repair. They need to find a reliable bodyshop that they can build a good relationship with because while they want to be back on the road quickly, they also want to ensure that they’ve received the best service possible.
A truck is not just a vehicle, it’s a workplace and in some cases even a temporary home. If your office or your home needed repair or maintenance you wouldn’t settle for second best, so why should an operator even consider it when it comes to repairing and maintaining their trucks?
For bodywork, quality is paramount
A truck could require any number of specialist services during its life, so it makes sense to contact the experts.
If you do not have your own facilities, TruckEast’s Jessica Webb tells us why they are suited to help: “With over 35 years’ worth of experience, TruckEast Accident Repair Centres deliver quality in abundance.” Indeed, the team can a repair a working truck or even an older model in need of rebuilding.
It is important for a bodyshop to be approved by major insurers, like TruckEast are. This means its team of qualified technicians will carry out all repairs to manufacturer specification. The TruckEast team will also work with you to ensure that you are satisfied with the end product.
A bodyshop has to be able to cater to jobs of all sizes, from minor scuffs and dents to heavy accident damage. Webb continues, “Our team can cater to an individual operator’s needs, we take pride in our attention to detail and delivering an unrivalled turnaround to get vehicles back on the road as soon as possible.”
The Right Tools and Services
To get the job done right, investment in the right tools and staff is vital.
To provide a full service, TruckEast has invested in the latest tools, including Josam jig equipment and a laser alignment system. There are over 23 metres of straightening frames to straighten several chassis simultaneously, a full height paint spray booth and low bake oven on site. In addition, the company has invested in personnel, with the bodyshops, based in Stowmarket and Wellingborough, staffed so that they can be open six days a week.
To offer a full menu of services, you have to go beyond the usual bodywork repairs, panel beating, welding, body sprays, cab and chassis realignment, etc. Companies like TruckEast can now custom make parts and bodywork if a vehicle requires parts that are no longer in production or if it is a one-of-a-kind.
Which Kit to Buy
Butts of Bawtry have been trading in workshop equipment since the business began in 1971, forming relationships with a number of quality garage equipment manufacturers. One of these manufacturers is Ravaglioli or RAV, Europe’s largest manufacturer of workshop equipment.
Ravaglioli markets a range of Italian made lifts, brake testers, tyre changers, wheel balancers and wheel aligners.
As part of their wheel alignment range, RAV offer a number of wheel aligners designed for use on Commercial Vehicles and Coaches.
In common with their car and light commercial products, the CV Wheel Aligners have a sophisticated software program, and can measure up to 8 axles with a large databank of vehicle datasheets and the ability to record results into a customer data bank.
Special features include a range of accessories for trailer alignment, the ability to display data remotely on a tablet or smart phone, and special clamps to remove the requirement for run out compensation.
Computerised wheel alignment offers the owner significantly higher rates of productivity, increased accuracy and provides users with an easier way to undertake wheel alignment.