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Why Taking your Vehicles to the Dealer Might be Hurting your Business

Why Taking your Vehicles to the Dealer Might be Hurting your Business

The management and maintenance of fleet vehicles are crucial for any business that relies on transportation. Often, companies take their fleet vehicles to dealerships for servicing and repairs, a decision that might seem practical but can have hidden drawbacks. 

Understanding these pitfalls and exploring alternatives like Jaltest’s vehicle diagnostics software can lead to more efficient and cost-effective fleet management.

The Hidden Costs of Dealership Servicing

Dealership servicing includes a number of hidden costs, including:

  1. Higher Expenses: Dealerships often charge premium prices for both parts and labour. These costs quickly add up, especially for businesses with a large fleet.
  2. Longer Downtime: Dealership workshops oftentimes have a substantial backlog, leading to longer wait times for servicing and repairs. This downtime means vehicles are off the road, potentially causing business disruptions and loss of revenue.
  3. Generic Service: Dealerships typically follow a standard servicing protocol, which may not align with the specific needs or usage patterns of your fleet vehicles.

The Advantages of Vehicle Diagnostics Software

Vehicle diagnostics software revolutionises fleet maintenance by offering a more personalised, efficient, and cost-effective approach.

  1. Cost Efficiency: By using diagnostics software, businesses can identify and address vehicle issues in-house, significantly reducing the cost of parts and labour.
  2. Reduced Downtime: Using immediate vehicle diagnostics and having the ability to perform in-house repairs means less time waiting for service appointments and more time on the road.
  3. Proactive Maintenance: The software provides a plethora of tools to measure the vehicle’s health, such as live data (showing you both what the sensor readings are and what they should be), the visibility of both active and historic fault codes and specific service manuals, allowing for proactive maintenance, preventing larger issues, and prolonging the vehicle’s life.
  4. Customised Maintenance Plans: Unlike the one-size-fits-all approach of dealerships, diagnostics software can tailor maintenance to the vehicle’s actual condition and usage.

Jaltest: A Comprehensive Solution

Jaltest is a leading example of advanced vehicle diagnostics software, which stands out due to its comprehensive capabilities, including:

  1. Wide Range of Functions: Jaltest offers diagnostics, calibration, and maintenance data across a wide range of vehicles, making it versatile for all different types of fleet vehicles.
  2. User-Friendly Interface: It provides an intuitive interface, making it accessible for technicians with varying levels of expertise.
  3. Regular Updates: Jaltest consistently updates its software to include the latest vehicle models and technologies, ensuring that it stays relevant.
  4. Technical Support: It offers robust technical support, aiding businesses in maximising the software’s utility.
  5. Data Insights: Jaltest provides detailed reports and insights, helping in making informed decisions about vehicle maintenance and management.


While taking fleet vehicles to the dealer might seem like a straightforward choice, it often comes with higher costs and increased downtime. Jaltest’s vehicle diagnostics software empowers businesses to take control of their fleet maintenance. 

This approach not only saves money but also enhances the efficiency and longevity of the fleet, ultimately contributing positively to the business’s bottom line. 

As businesses continue to seek efficiency and cost-effectiveness in all operations, embracing advanced tools like Jaltest becomes not just an option, but a vital tool for successful fleet management.

Eclipse is proud to be the UK’s leading supplier of commercial diagnostic tools, with a fantastic range of options available for all vehicle types and manufacturers.

Contact our friendly team to learn more about our market-leading diagnostic tools for trucks, buses, coaches, agricultural machinery, marine vessels and more.

Please call us on 03454 666 699 or, alternatively, complete our online contact form.

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