AA Expands their Fleet With More Fords
AA, the UK’s leader in breakdown service as well as a number of other consumer services, has announced that they’ve just placed an order for almost 350 new Ford Transit Custom vans to add to their 2,100 vehicle fleet. Ford now constitute over half of the roadside assistance company’s vehicle patrol fleet.
According to Sara Dopson, AA’s head of fleet, the decision came and the order was placed after her organization did extensive research into the advantages and costs of all of the different options, and particularly of the whole life costs of different vehicles. “We looked at all the usual factors – acquisition price, depreciation, servicing and maintenance costs, running costs including fuel economy – and the Transit Custom came out top. Deliveries of the new vehicles will be complete by November, in time for our busiest period for call-outs.”
The order was for both the 310 and 330 L1 models, all of which will be converted to include AA’s contract recovery trailer that allows broken-down vehicles to be partially lifted for recovery. The vehicles will also be outfitted with dual battery systems and a special racking system, as well as equipped with AA’s signature yellow design. The conversion will be provided by a vehicle preparation specialist.
Ford’s direct sales manager Ian Watson praised AA’s decision. “Ford is already supplying around 3,000 cars a year to the AA Driving School, and we are very pleased that the organization has recognized the Ford Transit Custom’s many attributes including the important financial ones. They look eye-catching in AA livery and will prove a reassuring roadside sight for AA members.”