Mercedes-Benz Vito adds polish for Shine!
When business success depends on your ability to undertake
top-quality repairs to vehicle body damage, you need a van that looks the part
too. For Shine!, that meant the Mercedes-Benz Vito.
Shine! currently employs 40 mobile technicians, as well as
four sector and three training managers, all of whom are experts at SMART repairs.
The company, which operates from headquarters in Moira,
Derbyshire, assigns a Long-bodied Vito to each member of its team - it took
delivery of 14 new vehicles last year from East Midlands Dealer Mertrux, and
has a further 16 on order for 2017, a combination of extensions to the fleet
and replacements for older vehicles which will then be stood down.
Vans have uprated axles and 3.05-tonne gross weights - up
from the standard 2.77 tonnes - reflecting the operator’s need for increased
Fully racked out by Bott, they are fitted with generators
and compressors. They also carry paint mixing systems and fillers, the
small ‘marquees’ beneath which Shine!’s technicians work on their customers’
cars, and extraction units.
Managing director Dean Meadows said: “Given the nature of
our business it is essential that we create the right impression when we arrive
at a customer’s home or premises.
“Our technicians all wear Shine! uniforms and their smart,
silver Mercedes-Benz Vito vans play an important part in helping us to convey
an image of quality and professionalism. We put new starters in the older vehicles
during their probation period, but even after 10 years they still look great.”
Shine!’s vans are fitted with speed limiters as well as
satellite navigation and tracking systems, and typically cover between 30,000
and 50,000 miles a year.
“The Vito has always been supremely reliable for us, while
the guys particularly enjoy the latest model because it is so comfortable and
car-like to drive,” continued Mr Meadows.
“We take advantage of funding support from Mercedes-Benz
Financial Services, which is always very competitive, while Mertrux provides
fantastic support. The dealer liaises with Bott and delivers the vehicles to
its factory in Ashby-de-la-Zouch for the racking to be installed.
“The maintenance programme also runs very smoothly - Mertrux
will either collect the vans direct from us when our staff are back at base for
training, or we’ll send one of our sector managers out into the field to swap
vehicles with the technician, who can then continue working while his own Vito
is in the workshop.”