Prior to lease or purchase, equipment is physically evaluated for its current structural integrity as well as its perspective physical and cosmetic longevity in respect to purchase or term of lease. All worthy equipment will be documented as to current condition and existing repairs as well as non conforming repair standards to circumvent future costly in-service and off hire expenses. All defects and damages will be written for corrective repair or rejection prior to lease or purchase.
Off hire service aka claim adjusting is an art. Achieving success performing this task is directly related to several key factors. Those factors are but not limited to: accurate on hire information (if available) as described above, knowledge of repair standards and how overlapping damage effects repairs and labor costs, being able to differentiate damage from wear and deterioration as well as latent inherent defects due to design floors. These are key requirements in making any fair and honest settlement of liability.
In-service damage inspections are treated like a direct extension of customer managerial responsibility. It is not enough to simple make the call on damage repairs. The surveyor should always be the customers eyes in the field. Inspector will always take into consideration equipment's overall condition and physical ability to continue performing its duty safely within CSC/ACEP or FMCSA/FHWA standards. A recommendation to terminate, sell or return to Lessor for swap out, is essential in building a Lessee’s, Owner or Operators knowledge of fleet profile in respect to deteriorating equipment allowing an operator to manage a cost effective safe fleet.