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Hugely successful year for Prestige Fleet Servicing

Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire December 2015
Prestige Fleet Servicing (Prestige) has ended the year on a high note with its highest ever number of service centres and with several major new client wins under its belt to guarantee a busy start to the new year.

Prestige, which provides vehicle servicing, maintenance and repair work for leasing companies, fleet management providers, corporate fleets and aftermarket warranty companies, has seen rapid growth this year thanks to a number of new and significant client wins.

Its network of independent service centres now stands at 300 for the first time, while new clients include one very large national fleet which has been described as 'game-changing', plus a major auction house, a leading breakdown and recovery operator and several key corporate fleets.

The company has also announced that it has been awarded a two-year extension to its independent service centre network management contract with LeasePlan UK, which will see it continue to February 2018.

Such has been the scale of Prestige's new business success, that it will be looking to extend its network of independent service garages still further in 2016 to ensure it provides a full national coverage for its fleet clients.

At the same time, Prestige service centres have benefitted from a host of improved features, including a new combined motor trade insurance policy which aims to provide savings of at least 10% over the previous policy - although the average savings in premiums across the network have been around 24%.

All Prestige service centres now have industry-recognised quality accreditation, all use parts of equivalent quality to manufacturer original equipment, and all offer labour rates at significant savings to main franchise dealers.

Prestige has also been further developing and refining its Unity online booking system to provide detailed management information reporting for fleet clients and a clear audit trail for its service centre users.

For example, the Unity tyre reporting facility has proved to be a highly successful feature which has acted as an early warning system for fleet operators over the condition of the tyres on their fleets, and ensured that they meet their duty of care obligations.

When a vehicle comes into a Prestige service centre for service, maintenance and repair work, its tyre tread depths are checked automatically. If there are any that fall below the pre-agreed tyre policy limit - typically 2mm - then a report is generated and automatically emailed to the fleet operator.

This allows the fleet operator to either send out a mobile tyre replacement unit to have the tyres changed immediately on site, or to book the vehicle into a tyre fitting outlet of one of its preferred suppliers.

Similarly, a vehicle condition check is also carried out of any vehicle brought in for SMR work, and any damage immediately notified to the fleet operator for remedial work to be put in place. This also provides an auditable record of the vehicle's condition at the time of servicing so that any damage cannot be blamed on the service centre.

Prestige Commercial Director, Joe Bhamra, said:"We have seen a number of highly significant business wins at Prestige in recent months that have confirmed 2015 as a hugely successful year and a highly significant one for our business.

"At the same time, we have expanded our service centre network to extend our proposition and ensure that we provide full national coverage for our fleet clients.

"And we have further developed our systems to ensure that we provide full management reporting for our customers so that they can take timely and effective action where necessary to guarantee the condition of their vehicles. We don't believe that there is another independent network that can offer our depth of reporting," he added.

For more details, see the Prestige Fleet Servicing website at: www.prestigefleetservicing.com

Notes to Editors

About Prestige Fleet Servicing

Prestige is an East Midlands-based provider of vehicle servicing, maintenance and repair work to leasing companies, fleet management providers, corporate fleets and aftermarket warranty companies.

It has been operating in the fleet servicing arena since 2007 and now has 264 independent outlets providing low-cost, added-value servicing to fleet operators. It has a target to have around 300 outlets.

Prestige Service Centres all have industry-recognised quality accreditation, all parts used are of equivalent quality to manufacturer original equipment, and all benefit from labour rates that offer significant savings compared to main franchise dealers, plus nationally negotiated oil prices.

The company offers a number of operational benefits to Service Centre partners within its network. These include beneficial payment terms, guaranteed throughput of fleet servicing business, national parts prices, the latest technology platforms and its added value programme which includes a national oil agreement, discounted insurance deals, workwear and internet coverage.

Each independent centre added to the network is physically inspected prior to appointment to ensure that it meets a number of quality standards, and then on an annual basis to ensure that the standards stipulated continue to be met.

For more details, see the Prestige Fleet Servicing website at: www.prestigefleetservicing.com

Contact information:

Joe Bhamra, MIMI,
Commercial Director
Prestige Fleet Servicing
Tel: 01664 503 460
Mob: 07767 871 426
Email: joe.bhamra@prestigemotorcare.com

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Joe Bhamra

Prestige Commercial Director, Joe Bhamra - 'hugely successful year'.