The business began using Mercedes-Benz vehicles in 2011. It has since invested in a further 60 Sprinters and now runs a fleet of 165 with the latest arrivals.
The new vans are allocated to technicians who repair, replace and service customers’ tyres at their premises or at the roadside.
“Our Sprinters are fantastic,” said Truckforce business manager Bob Mason. “They perform well and are popular with our drivers, as well as being extremely reliable and hard-wearing. They stand up very well to demanding work over a five-year life, unlike rival products which might look smart when they’re new but seem to deteriorate at a rapid rate.
“Equally important though is the quality of support we receive from the Mercedes-Benz Network. Its Dealers are proper commercial vehicle specialists, and many of their sites are open 24/7.
“This means our mobile tyre technicians can drop their vans off at the end of the working day, have them maintained overnight, and pick them up ready to start work again in the morning. This service works very well for our business.”
Like their predecessors, Truckforce’s new Sprinters were delivered by Birmingham dealer Midlands Truck & Van. All are 313 CDI models and are kitted out with engine-driven PTOs which power on-board compressors, Hope Safe-T-Bar rear bumpers and roof-mounted beacons, and carry a full complement of tools and equipment.
“The Sprinter is a well-known quantity to us but the latest version is, if anything, even better than before,” continued Mason. “The cabs are even more comfortable and the vans look extremely smart and professional. As ever, the Fleet team at Midlands Truck & Van handled our order extremely professionally and the vehicles arrived in perfect condition.
“Meanwhile, working relationships between staff at our sites and their local Mercedes-Benz Dealers continues to grow stronger. We both serve the transport industry so they’re often serving the same customers as we are, and they understand our business needs very well.”