Why remanufacturing vehicles makes sense
Picture this scenario: You’ve got a vehicle with over 200,000 miles on it that has seen better days. Numerous things are wrong with it and you’re wondering if it’s even worth it to get it repaired considering all of its faults. Does this ring a bell? If so, then remanufacturing might be a valuable service to you and your fleet. With “remanufacturing,” you can take an old, beaten up vehicle and get it to perform at its full capability again – and for a fraction of the cost of buying new.
What is Remanufacturing?
Not to be confused with repairing or reconstructing, remanufacturing is the process of fully rebuilding a product – or in this case, a part – to the OEM specifications. Typically, the process uses a combination of new, used and repaired parts along the way – and said parts must meet certain performance standards before getting integrated back into the vehicle. In other words, a remanufactured part is designed to perform exactly like the original part that it’s replacing. The remanufacturing process typically involves part disassembly, cleaning, inspection and sorting, reconditioning and then reassembling.
Remanufacturing in the automotive industry is ideal for the vehicle components that endure the most wear and tear over a vehicle’s life, such as the engine. Other parts involved in most remanufacturing projects include alternators, drive shafts, ECUs, brake calipers, turbochargers, diesel fuel pumps and power steering pumps.
Sustainable, Economical Fleet
While remanufacturing is fairly new as far as vehicle fleets are concerned, the process has been successfully administered for decades by the U.S. military. In fact, that’s how business at Vehicle Reman began back in 2005. In the United States, remanufacturing started around 1940, and the likes of transport trucks, aircraft, and other military vehicles have successfully been completed over the years.
Now those benefits are being brought to the market by Vehicle Reman. Remanufacturing is ideal for the likes of vehicle fleets, where maintenance and upkeep are crucial to operations.
What’s more, our customers aren’t the first to capitalize on this cost-saving technique. UPS is one good example of a company that has found remanufacturing to be a much more cost-effective and efficient way to extend the life of their vehicles and has been facilitating this process in-house for years.
The Benefits of Remanufacturing
- Cost savings: Though we hinted at the cost savings associated with remanufacturing vs. buying new earlier in this piece, you might be surprised to learn that the actual savings are up to 50 percent less than the cost of a new or replacement vehicle. At Vehicle Reman, we keep remanufacturing costs affordable by consolidating most of our process in our 60,000 square-foot facility, where we have the machinery, know-how and turnaround times to make these price points feasible.
- Minimal environmental impact: Remanufacturing is a sustainable practice that puts far less of a burden on the environment than regularly discarding and acquiring new vehicles. Take a closer look at how remanufacturing helps limit the strain on the environment.
- Accounting benefits: Rather than depreciating a vehicle once, remanufacturing permits several depreciation events. Or you can simply expense the repair, whichever you deem most beneficial for your business. Learn more about this accounting benefit by clicking here.
At Vehicle Reman, remanufacturing is what we do, and we’re able to perform it in as little as 48 hours thanks to our in-house capabilities. What’s more is that we stand by our work: Every vehicle we service comes with a 3-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty upon completion.