Maintenance

Mahle Service Solutions Introduces New ShopPRO Commercial Wireless Mobile Column Lifts

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – MAHLE Service Solutions is introducing three products in a new line of ShopPRO Commercial Wireless Mobile Column Lifts featuring a wireless communication system and a 10-inch touch screen graphic control system. Capable of lifting a variety of commercial vehicles, these lifts have no external wires or cords making it easy to set up and move where needed to complete vehicle repairs – both inside and outside the shop. The lifts can be used at a full operating lift height of 69 inches.

Blue Bird Extends Allison 7-Year Extended Warranty into 2018

FORT VALLEY, GA — Blue Bird, North America’s leading school bus manufacturer, announced that as of January 1st they will continue to offer the industry’s best warranty for their Allison Transmission equipped diesel buses in 2018. The warranty coverage – which includes 7 years, unlimited miles – was also offered in 2017, and is applicable to all Blue Bird buses using the Allison Transmission 2500 and 2550 Pupil Transportation Series™ models. These Allison transmissions carry a comprehensive warranty, which covers 100% of parts and labor.

Maintaining your Budget

As fleets look to buy new buses, many approach a bid with a concerted effort to get the cost of the individual buses down as much as possible. After all, who doesn’t like to walk away from a good deal? With most districts are concerned with the “here and now” of an annual budget, it is very easy to lose sight of the costs that are created over the life of the vehicle. School buses have an average life of 10-15 years. That’s a long time to consider not only fuel costs, but also the cost of maintaining the vehicle, and replacing necessary parts.