Planning well ahead for vehicle replacements and additions to your fleet can mean getting the right vehicles you need, on time, plus potential cost savings, so it’s definitely an exercise worth doing. Because manufacturers’ production schedules vary across models, it’s pretty much the consensus that the earlier you start planning, the better. From the selection of new vehicles to replacement analysis, effective fleet planning requires prioritizing the needs of different stakeholders.
Timing is everything
It’s important to work with your fleet management partner early in the planning process to ensure that you are ordering the right vehicles at the right price and they will be delivered when you need them. Working backwards is the best way to figure out the right amount of lead time that is required:
- By what date are the vehicles needed?
- How much lead time does the manufacturer need?
- If upfitting is required, how much time is required?
- What is the estimated shipping time for the vehicles?