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Case Study

Vehicle Sector: Utility

Industry Sector: Agriculture

1 BUSINESS NEED 

Vehicle Remanufacturing is a useful and valuable part of the overall fleet management strategy.  Remans capture and preserve the value in an end-of-life asset rather than accepting the salvage price at disposal.

The Hanor Companies use vehicle remanufacturing to reduce capital expenses (CAPEX) by selecting appropriate candidates for reman and creating an additional vehicle lifetime.

Once a suitable candidate profile is established, current drivability will affect the replacement schedule. If the powertrain is inoperative, the work must proceed as soon as practical; if the vehicle is running and driving, the schedule is more flexible.

Powertrain:

The powertrain is the most expensive part of the reman service; accordingly, it drives much of the decision. VR uses remanufactured engines from Ford and GM; the powertrain warranty is 3-years and 100,000-miles for gasoline engines and 2-years for diesel engines. The powertrain components are registered by VIN with the OEM network. Therefore, service is available from any dealer anywhere in the country. Reimbursement is also available for your own shop or a third-party shop.

Typically, the engine, transmission, and the transfer case, if so equipped, are replaced at the same time to avoid future failures. Recent replacement or service of a component could change the replacement decision.

Suspension / Brakes:

VR has completed over 3,000 recondition and remanufacture projects. As a class and on average, suspension parts are the most compromised and damaged when the vehicle is scheduled for reman. The level of service established by your fleet department defines the level to which suspension components are replaced.

Typical brake system service includes a new master cylinder, brake booster, flexible brake lines, brake calipers, rotors, and pads; fluid is drained and replaced.

VR is also a dealer and service center for Liquid Spring, next-generation, active suspension systems. VR has installed these systems on paratransit buses and motorcoaches alike.

Interior / Exterior:

While the largest expense is almost always allocated to the powertrain, there is usually a lot of work required for the interior and exterior.  Interior services routinely see headliners, seats recovered, replacement carpet, replacement door panels, and a wide variety of interior trim pieces and components such as blend door actuators. Door seals and weather stripping does a lot to turn back the dial on wind and road noise.

Exterior treatment can range from extensive detailing to Scuff & Buff to complete repaint. VR has complete paint and body collision repair capabilities as well. Service bodies, dump beds, flat beds, and other specialty beds / bodies are routinely repaired, maintained, or replaced.  New features such as grill guards, light bars, trailer hitches, and special lighting packages are economically installed during the reman service.

2  SOLUTION

Automotive systems and subsystems degrade and are compromised over time. The cumulative effects impact the vehicle platform’s ability to meet the mission profile. However, the comprehensive nature of the remanufacturing service addresses all the shortcomings at one time. Experience has demonstrated that post-reman operational expenses (OPEX) are no different than new buy replacements.

3 RESULTS 

Saving more than 50% of the replacement cost significantly reduces CAPEX without any impact on OPEX. This win-win and the 3-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty, is only available from Vehicle Reman. For fleet solutions, Vehicle Reman’s alternative automotive product is:

Cheaper Than New.  Better Than Used.