Scotland’s largest privately-owned hirer of operated plant and equipment, AB2000, is replacing 31 of its 50-strong van fleet with new vehicles from Fraikin.
Fraikin secured the order on the back of supplying more than 150 vans to Quattro Group in 2017, of which AB2000 is now a part since being bought in May 2018. The deal also marks the first time the company has contract hired its fleet.
This new full-service contract hire agreement with AB2000 is for 31 Mercedes-Benz Citan vans being delivered into sites in Aberdeen, Glasgow and Inverness.
Fraikin’s online web portal FraikinView was instrumental in the decision, the company said, as it provides transparency on vehicle maintenance – including defect reporting and up-to-the-minute progress of vehicle breakdowns, as well as hosting key vehicle documentation, service records and fleet information to aid compliance.
Jon Sherred, area manager at Quattro Group, said: “FraikinView has transformed the way we manage our fleet and, naturally, we wanted our colleagues at AB2000 to share in these benefits.
“These vehicles were previously purchased outright, but moving to contract hire allows us to take advantage of fixed monthly pricing for the next four years. We know exactly how much we’re paying each month, which makes planning fleet replacement intervals a whole lot simpler.”
The Citan’s were tailored to AB2000’s requirements, with Fraiking carrying out all negotiations with Mercedes-Benz and using its international buying power.
Fraikin will manage all servicing, maintenance and repairs, including scheduling and fleet administration. In the event of a vehicle breaking down on-site, Fraikin will despatch one of its mobile technicians, enabling AB2000’s operators to remain at work.