FORT LAUDERDALE. Want to reduce equipment breakdowns and maintenance costs? A shorter vehicle lifecycle might be something to consider.

Mike Spence, senior vice president of fleet services at Fleet Advantage, said maintenance costs for vehicles aged 4-6 are 2.75 times higher than they are in years 1-3. Spence was speaking to clients and attendees at Fleet Advantage’s Changes in Attitudes Fleet Conference in Fort Lauderdale.

“Newer trucks significantly reduce your maintenance costs, but a fleet has to see if that will fit their model,” Spence said. “You’ve got to make sure that you’ve got the data to make the decisions when it comes time to do maintenance.”

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