Maintenance tips for used vans

As a fleet manager or van owner, it is important that you keep your vehicle(s) in optimum condition where possible. This can save money, improve reliability, ensure safety, and help to maintain value. The following tips will help you to do this.

1. Look after your tyres

Ensuring the tyres are kept at the correct pressure is vital for safety, fuel efficiency, and longevity. You should check your van’s tyre pressure at least once a month using a reliable gauge, adding air as needed. Overinflation or driving on underinflated tyres can reduce their lifespan and/or cause handling issues.

Regular rotation of your tyres helps to ensure more even wear, reduce balding and cupping, and can boost traction.

Finally, check your wheel alignment at least once every six months to ensure smooth handling and maximise fuel efficiency.

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2. Practice proper storage

Your van(s) should be stored in a cool and dry place out of direct sunlight. This will help to prevent the paint from fading and metal parts from rusting. Before storing the van(s) for any significant length of time, make sure you remove any debris and/or moisture.

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3. Address any mechanical issues immediately

Making sure any mechanical issues are dealt with straightaway means smaller problems won’t become major. Check your brakes, suspension and electrics regularly. If you feel that something is not right, get it checked out by a professional as soon as possible.

4. Replace worn-out parts

Following on from the last point, make sure you replace key parts before they wear out. Parts such as hoses, belts, filters and cambelts don’t last forever. Replacing them in a timely manner can keep costs down.

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5. Check critical fluids regularly

There are four fluids that should be checked on a regular basis: oil, coolant, brake fluid, and transmission fluid.