Kwik Fit returning to CV Show to build on fleet van sector growth
Kwik Fit will once again be using the Commercial Vehicle Show as a platform to promote its capability to serve the UK light van sector to the marketplace in 2016. In recent years, Kwik Fit has increased its penetration of the light van sector notably as a result of extending its reach into the vehicle servicing and MoT segment as well as building on its long-established reputation as a major provider of traditional fast-fit services.
Kwik Fit fleet director Peter Lambert said: “The Commercial Vehicle Show is the shop window for commercial vehicle operators and at the event four years ago Kwik Fit launched its improved service to light commercial vehicle fleets, small business, sole traders and the retail market. Since then demand for Kwik Fit’s light commercial vehicle tyre fitting proposition and expanded range of mechanical services has increased significantly, particularly as the number of vans on the UK’s roads continues to rise rapidly.
Kwik Fit carries specialist light commercial vehicle equipment in its more than 600 UK centres – the largest network of any fast-fit provider. This means it has the capability, at many centres, to undertake MoTs on Class 7 vans – those over 3000 kg up to and including 3500 kg DGW (design gross weight) – as well as MoTs on Class 4 vehicles, which includes LCVs up to 3000 kg.
Furthermore, tyre repair and replacement is available to light commercial vehicle operators via Kwik Fit’s fleet of more than 200 mobile units.
The catalyst for much of the light commercial vehicle growth has been the opening of Kwik Fit Plus centres, located chiefly in the South East of England, where one team of fully trained staff delivers traditional ‘fast-fit’ solutions and a second team delivers mechanical services.
The original network of 20 Kwik Fit Plus centres is gradually being increased as Kwik Fit parent company Itochu Corporation recognises that more fleets and small businesses are using the centres for light commercial vehicle service, maintenance and repair jobs notably to keep vehicle downtime to a minimum by taking advantage of outlets’ seven-day-a-week opening as well as price competitiveness.
This year’s Commercial Vehicle Show is once again being held at the NEC in Birmingham, from April 26-28.