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Road Runners kept it moving in Tassie

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

WITH a fleet of 85 vehicles and with depots in Hobart, Launceston and Devonport, transport company Road Runners represents a number of large mainland companies who choose not to have their own infrastructure in Tasmania.

Road Runners run a fleet of 16 Isuzu's

Road Runners run a fleet of 16 Isuzu's


Road Runners delivers and picks up interstate and international freight on behalf of these companies and also services its own client base within the state.
It employs 120 people and delivers around 20,000 consignments a week.
To provide services to such a large and diverse range of customers, Road Runners must be able to provide a reliable and punctual service.

According to Road Runners’ managing director David Bean, their 16 Isuzu trucks have been important tools in building and maintaining their excellent reputation.
“We chose Isuzu trucks because they are a proven product,” he said.
“We have found Isuzu makes the most reliable, cost effective vehicles, with impressive whole-of-life costing.

“Our oldest Isuzu truck is a 1997 FVM 1400 and it’s still going very well.
“It only does local Hobart delivery work now because of its age, but for many years it travelled up and down the highway and we had no major problems with it. “Our fleet travels about three and a half million kilometres a year which means servicing and maintenance costs of our fleet become very relevant, as do the vehicles’ comfort features and reliability.
David Bean, who has owned and operated Road Runners for 22 years, decided to take out service agreements for several of their Isuzu trucks.
“We took out Sapphire On Road Service Agreements for six of our Isuzus; four NPR 300s, an NQR 450 and an FSR 700 at the time of their purchase.
“From a financial point of view and a convenience point of view, it’s fantastic.
The Sapphire agreement includes scheduled maintenance and replacement of consumable parts such as globes, belts and hoses, brakes, clutches, uni-joints and suspension components. When we decided on the service agreements, it was a new service offering,” David Bean said. Isuzu had just introduced it and they were flexible in structuring the package to our requirements.
“Now that our vehicles are a few years old and have quite a few kilometres on them, naturally more maintenance work is required. It’s now that we are really starting to see the benefits of the service agreements.

“The whole purpose of the Sapphire On Road Service Agreement is that it provides scheduled servicing and replacement of parts for a fixed monthly cost for the life of the vehicle. We don’t have to allow for large, unexpected maintenance and repair bills, so it is great for budgeting and assisting in cash flow. It’s very convenient and comforting to be able to book the trucks in for a service and know that it’s always going to be done according to factory specifications by Isuzu-trained mechanics.

“When we eventually trade the trucks in or sell them, the fact that they have been serviced their entire lives by Isuzu mechanics using genuine Isuzu parts will add to their resale value,” David Bean said.