When your business depends on reliable transportation, anything that goes wrong with your van can be disastrous. The key in avoiding problems is to stay on top of maintenance by checking the van regularly and changing oil, filters, and tires as often as recommended by the user manual.
There are several options for maintenance, one of which includes hiring a vehicle maintenance worker on-site or under contract to be on call as necessary. This is preferable if you have an entire fleet of vans to maintain.
In this case, it is likely that at any given time, at least one van will need some sort of maintenance. While hiring someone to care for your vans can be costly, it can actually save money in the long run because you will not be paying for expensive repairs if the van is properly maintained. Those who don't check their vehicles regularly tend to allow problems to continue until the van is no longer drivable. Also, there is the option of finding a reputable mechanic if your company only has one or two vans.
For those who have the expertise to work on vans themselves, the other option, of course, is to do all the maintenance alone. In this case, all you will need is the owner's manual for the van; if it is not available, most of these can be downloaded online, or you can call the company to have them send one.
The most common aspects of maintenance include changing the oil, tires, and filters; another thing is to make sure that all of the machinery is in good working order. There are basic guidelines to follow; for example, oil should be changed every 3,000-5,000 miles and tires should be rotated every 6,000-10,000 miles. However, these are simply guidelines and they will definitely vary depending on the van's age, quality, and the amount of wear that the van endures daily.
An added benefit to keeping your van in good shape is that a properly maintained van will be more fuel-efficient. For example, low tire pressure results in higher fuel consumption. Though it might seem that maintenance is expensive, the fact of the matter is that the lack of maintenance can actually be more costly in the end.