In the Soest region of North-Rhine Westphalia, four new Unimog vehicles take care of road maintenance.
Roads, paths and public spaces need to be cleaned and maintained regularly both in summer and winter – an expensive task but a necessary one.
In view of increasingly limited public funds, treasurers are delighted at any possible ways of saving money. That is why the borough of Soest in North Rhine-Westphalia has decided to sign a service lease contract for four new Unimogs. A cost comparison has shown that even when finances are tight, this form of purchasing can make economical and environmentally-friendly operation possible.
The borough of Soest has put in place a climate protection policy, and we are beginning with our fleet.
Jürgen Mintert, deputy head of the Municipal Depot in Erwitte
Service leasing as a cost-saver.
Over the past six years, service leasing has been a "real cost-saver" for the borough of Soest, Hartwig Thiele, Head of the Municipal Depot in Erwitte, confirmed. He had carried out a cost comparison between three identical Unimog U 400 models over this period: one was purchased, one was hired and the third was leased in a service leasing deal. The result showed that the overall costs for service leasing were low and that, at the same time, there was a high availability of vehicles. Repairs and maintenance could be carried out within a small space of time, because administrative steps such as requesting quotes, comparing the potential offers and confirming the order for the work in question were no longer necessary. As a result, down times were minimised and vehicle availability was increased even further.