Blakes Coaches Begin In-House Testing with Totalkare Mobile Brake Tester

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Coach holiday provider Blakes Coaches is set to benefit from significant cost savings and workshop flexibility with the introduction of a Totalkare mobile brake tester.

The Devon-based family business provides a range of holiday tours across the UK and Europe. Their fleet of coaches is regularly maintained and tested to ensure an excellent holiday experience for their customers.

After being impressed with a demonstration of the product on Totalkare’s stand at a trade show in 2019, Blakes Coaches introduced a single phase mobile brake tester from Totalkare to facilitate more crucial vehicle testing and maintenance in-house, saving significantly on the time and expense involved in taking each vehicle to a test centre.

The simple yet strong and flexible design of the DVSA-approved mobile brake tester can test up to 16,000kg axle load and can be placed on asphalt, concrete and even on uneven gravel, sand or dirt. For heavier axle loads, an upgraded version that can test up to 20,000kg is also available. The brake tester comes with a PC, printer, monitor, cabinet and  tablet device as standard, the latter enabling brake tests to be conducted from the driver’s seat in a matter of minutes.

The mobile brake tester complements the existing T8DC cable-free mobile column lifts previously supplied by Totalkare, providing Blakes Coaches with the latest in lifting and testing technology for their workshop.

Although Blakes Coaches had used their own finance method for this particular purchase, Totalkare had a range of finance options that were discussed in order to suit the customer’s needs. Totalkare have a variety of finance solutions with weekly payments that can be less than the cost of an hour’s labour, to suit your businesses’ financial needs. These options include: lease hire, lease purchase, short term hire, 0% finance deposit and a low finance option.

Paul Stoneman, Engineer at Blakes Coaches said “We have a long-standing relationship with Totalkare ever since our purchase of T8DC mobile column lifts and were impressed with the quality of the mobile brake tester and the fact it was available with single phase power.”

George Georgiou, Area Sales Manager at Totalkare, commented “Brake testing in-house will deliver considerable value in the medium to long term.  While Totalkare can offer a range of flexible finance options, we were also happy to work with a third party finance provider arranged independently by the customer.  This enabled Blakes Coaches to spread the cost of this capital equipment across a term to suit them while immediately benefiting from increased fleet availability due to the time savings in-house testing provides.


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