Free online maintenance service launched

A new, free online maintenance and repair service is to be launched by fleet software specialist FleetCheck.

Called Garage Link, it presents small-medium-sized fleets who pay for and manage their own vehicle maintenance with many of the key advantages of a major fleet operator.

Garage Link provides a single point of access to thousands of garages nationwide through an online portal and can, says FleetCheck, deliver savings of up to 30%. Other important advantages include pre-authorisation of work for absolute cost clarity, centralised billing and automatic loading of all information into FleetCheck’s fleet management software.

Peter Golding, managing director at FleetCheck, said, ‘Many of our small-medium-sized customers either buy their own vehicles or lease them without a maintenance package, and then use our management software to track and control all of their SMR activity.

‘However, up until now, the purchasing element has been potentially compromised. It would have been next to impossible for them to buy or access benefits such as a national SMR supplier network, advantageous buying terms and consolidated billing.

‘Garage Link resolves these issues. If you run just half a dozen vans that operate across the country, then you can find servicing providers in Aberdeen and another in Southampton, using our online directory. You’ll know exactly what it will cost you in advance, while accessing our discounts, and you’ll receive a single bill, detailed every month.’

The service is being provided through a partnership between FleetCheck and Allstar, the UK’s largest fuel card provider.

Peter said, ‘We believe that there is massive potential for the use of Garage Link among our customers and that, at no cost to our fleet customers, it should deliver a whole range of cost, efficiency and even safety advantages. Where we have offered the service on a trial basis to our existing users, take-up has been immediate and successful. FleetCheck has more than 600 customers operating around 60,000 vehicles and this has huge appeal for many of them.’