Case study: a different league of second-hand vehicles

Published:  03 February, 2012

Swindon Commercial Services (SCS) is a wholly owned company of Swindon Borough Council and is responsible for the waste collection, recycling, grounds and housing maintenance and fleet services within the local authority area. SCS operates a fleet of 16 RCVs and, in the past, if there was any shortfall in capacity due to a vehicle being off road for example, they would hire a replacement vehicle. In order to continue to focus on efficiencies, in September this year when an older vehicle was due for replacement, SCS decided to look at the possibility of purchasing a secondhand vehicle.

Martin Britchford, Fleet Buyer, Swindon Commercial Services, explains: “We had bought refurbished vehicles in the past and decided to adopt a similar approach with a view to sourcing a replacement vehicle.”

Refuse Vehicle Solutions (RVS) are specialists in the remanufacturing of second hand refuse vehicles, from full or partial body re-manufacturing to the provision of a complete refuse vehicle.

“Our vehicle workshop manager recommended RVS to meas a potential supplier, so I got in touch to see if they could meet our requirements for a quality second-hand RCV.” Martin needed a vehicle with a trade lift and on-board weighing system and asked RVS, along with a number of other suppliers, to see what they could do.

Martin continued: “I visited RVS' premises and saw one of their recently completed remanufactured vehicles. It was pretty impressive.”

RVS got the order and true to their word delivered the vehicle, matching the specification precisely, within three weeks. The vehicle cost less than 20% of the price of a new vehicle and has the same operational lifetime.

Martin added: “You would think it was a new vehicle, such is its condition, both inside and out. Even now some of the crew just can't believe that it is a remanufactured vehicle because it looks brand new.”

“I would have no hesitation in approaching RVS if we had a similar requirement in the future. There is definitely a niche in the market place for this kind of quality second-hand vehicle.”

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