How To Keep Your Fleet Like New

Apr 07, 2009

While the right fleet card can help you keep up with the maintenance of your vehicles, we know that in the business world, perception is reality.  That means that the appearance of your fleet is as important as anything you do for your company.

So here are a few tips on how to keep your vehicles looking like they’re best in class without having to spend money having them constantly detailed by a professional.

1) When you wash a vehicle, make sure it’s in a shaded area and that the surface is cool.  Doing so will help prevent soap spots that resulted from drying too quickly.

2) When washing, always start by soaking the roof and working your way down.  This will help ensure that when you are washing the vehicle, you aren’t scratching the paint with any debris.

3) Cut off a piece of hose pipe, 15 to 20” or so and connect it to the end of your vacuum tube.  It will help you get into those hard to reach areas down the side of the center console, but it actually has more power.

4) Use baby wipes on dashboards and leather upholstery.  The oil in baby wipes does not leave stains and is great for getting out spots and spills.  It also leaves an anti-static layer on dashboards.

Also, if you have ink stains on leather upholstery, try removing it with cuticle remover – NOT nail polish remover! Put cuticle remover on the stain for at least 10 minutes.  Club soda, hand sanitizer and shaving cream are also good at removing stains without leaving a mark of their own.

5) Use a paintbrush to get in to the grooves when detailing interiors like dashboards and consoles.

6) If your windshield is blurring when you turn the wipers on, dampen a rag with some white vinegar and run it down the full length of each blade.

7) Spray a rusty license plate with WD-40.  It will not only help remove rust, but prevent more rust from forming.

8) Finally, remove stale odors by spraying a store bought odor eliminator into the system’s air intake, which is usually located at the base of the windshield. Then run the air conditioner full blast for at least 10 minutes.

Taking care of the interior and exterior of your vehicles on a regular basis is not only good for perception but will also protect the value of your fleet.

Make it a part of your driver’s routine and see if it doesn’t help morale out a little bit as well…