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Mobile Growth For ATS Euromaster

06 Jan 2010 14:24

ATS Euromaster has strengthened its fleet of dedicated ‘car’ mobile service vans with the delivery of 44 new 3.5 tonne Mercedes-Benz Sprinters - totaling investment of more than £1.7 million. The new vehicles will be used to support the increased demand for mobile fitments.

Comprising a mix of fleet additions and replacements, the new long wheelbase Sprinters see the dedicated ‘car’ fleet grow by 25 per cent to 128 units, supported by a further 200 dual-purpose mobiles which are equipped to fit both car and commercial vehicle tyres.

Steve Bury, Head of National Car at ATS Euromaster, says: “We have transitioned our fleet car business to a much stronger mobile strategy, following increasing demand from our customers to fit tyres at their home or place of work. We typically find that once a customer has experienced the convenience of a mobile fitment, they request the service every time. 

“As a result our fleet needs to grow to meet this demand, with this latest investment ensuring we can continue to provide the largest mobile offering of any fast-fit provider in the UK, with 328 vans equipped to fit car tyres,” he adds.

Each of the new Sprinters is fitted with adjustable internal racking to securely store tyres and tooling, together with new 24 volt electric compressors which enable technicians to run the compressor for up to 45 minutes without the vehicle’s engine running. Powered by two gel batteries which are charged by the engine, this helps to improve fuel economy and reduce emissions, whilst also allowing the compressor to be operated in an enclosed environment without the risk of harmful exhaust gases.

Additional equipment includes an air-driven fitting machine capable of handling up to 24” wheels, with a plastic head and rubber gripping mechanism to protect alloy wheels, together with a 12V wheel balancer which can be swiveled upwards when not in use to increase space inside the vehicle.

In addition to those mobiles equipped to fit car tyres, ATS Euromaster also operates a dedicated fleet of over 500 vans which are used exclusively for commercial vehicle operations, plus specialist 4x4s and flatbeds for fitting tyres in the agricultural and industrial sectors. The fleet also includes 140 car-derived vans used by the company’s team of mobile fleet inspectors and other support functions around the business.

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