Selsia reduces fleet accident costsReturn to news
19th March 2020
Selsia’s Fleet Cost Reduction Programme helps fleets to reduce the costs relating to the management of accident repairs and where expensive tasks can be outsourced. The key areas where Selsia helps to reduce these costs are as follows:
Selsia’s approved national network of car, van and HGV repairers means vehicle movements following accidents are kept to a minimum and all types and sizes of vehicles can be repaired in a one-stop shop service. Bodyshops have already been approved by Selsia which reduces the time involved in sourcing and liaising with reliable repairers.
Selsia’s pre-agreed service level agreements includes labour rates, parts and paint and materials discounts. This avoids fleets receiving varying estimates with different repair rates for the same type of repairs across the UK.
Repair rates are set up on Selsia’s cloud-based repair management portal and these rates are used for the calculations derived from Audatex or GT Estimate. The repair times, parts prices and refinishing materials and quantities are all pre-set and calculated by motor manufacturers as well as MIRRC Thatcham and cannot be adjusted by our repairers without it being flagged on the estimating system. Repair estimates are therefore accurate and in line with the area (s) of damage being assessed. This assessment platform is a constant within the accident repair industry and ensures that repairers are delivering consistent estimates as laid down by the industry standard and guarantees a transparent charging tariff.
Selsia’s repair over replace philosophy can help to reduce the cost of repair and avoid the need to make an insurance claim. Selsia can specify the use of non-OE as well as green recycled parts which has a positive effect on the fleet’s claims history and can help to avoid higher renewal premiums. It should be noted that Selsia has consistently delivered average repair costs which are at least 15% below industry averages.
Selsia’s engineering and operations team works to minimize supplementary charges. Selsia does not encourage overestimating at the initial stage to cover potential unseen damage in order to avoid supplementary estimates as this would have an adverse financial impact on our clients. Parts pricing is a particular issue as it is a variable due to manufacturers’ price increases, currency fluctuations and certain model derivatives not covered by estimating systems. Selsia has a policy of not accepting supplementary estimates 14 days after the handing over of the vehicle.
Selsia’s Operations team are progress chasing fleet clients’ vehicle repairs every day. This process means that fleet departments can better deploy their resources in more productive ways and central
invoicing negates the need for multiple monthly repairer invoices and reduces costs within fleet accounts departments. 24 hours FNOL, nationwide recovery, fast deployments of accident damaged vehicles and chasing estimate authorisations reduces costly vehicle downtime which could be as much as £500 per day in lost deliveries, dissatisfied customers and hires.
Through our approved partners, we can source almost every conceivable type and size of replacement vehicles for continuous mobility which helps to avoid the costs related to loss of use as well as avoiding ULR charges.
Finally, Selsia has a process in place with several approved salvage agents across the UK which can be centrally managed as part of our total service. We will contact our approved salvage agents with damage details and have bids back within 3 working days. Selsia always aims to get our clients’ salvage vehicles collected, free of charge, prior to the free storage period expiring. This results in less recovery and storage costs, reduced administration and competitive bids from multiple salvage agents.