Fleet Solutions for Engineering

Engineering

Cargo vans, trucks, and other commercial vehicles for all types of engineering

Merchants Fleets offers a wide variety of commercial vehicles for every sub-specialty of engineering — including industrial, civil, electrical, mechanical, environmental, aerospace, biomedical, petroleum, marine, and more. Choose from cargo vans, trucks, passenger vans, and flatbeds from top manufacturers such as Chevrolet, Ford, and RAM.

Vehicles can be upfitted to accommodate your business needs and special types of engineering equipment, including hand tools and machinery of all sizes. We also offer Electric Vehicles (EVs) and have access to the latest EV cargo vans, pickups, sedans, and more. If you want to learn more about EVs and ways to start integrating them into your fleet, visit Electrify Fleet — our EV hub featuring the latest tools and resources to help you get started on your fleet electrification journey.

Engineering Fleet Management Overview

Merchants Fleet knows that engineering fleets need to be dynamic to meet the fluctuating demands of project based work. Benefits of partnering with a fleet management company include:

  • Lower Costs
  • Improved Fleet Safety
  • Customized Short-Term & Long-Term Leases
  • Key Data to Manage Your Vehicles
  • Faster Deployment to Job Sites
  • Trackable Fuel Spend
  • Visibility Into Vehicle Lifecycle Costs
  • Ability to Monitor Equipment

Vehicle Considerations for Different Engineering Sectors

When looking at vehicles for residential, commercial, and industrial engineering sectors, you’ll find overlap in the makes and models being used to get the job done.  Most importantly, your fleet management company should help you find the right vehicle for the right job. This can help lower overhead costs, and in many cases even reduce fuel spend, insurance premiums, and registration costs. Here are some points to consider:

Off-Road Driving  
Vehicles used in commercial engineering can experience accelerated wear-and-tear when going off-road for field use. As employees often drive frequently to different work sites and locations, it is especially important to consider tires, maintenance, and the lifecycle of a vehicle. These commercial vehicles may also need upfitting to accommodate various types of specialized equipment.

Diesel vs. Gas 
Rising fuel costs make fuel consumption a top consideration for fleets acquiring vehicles today. Initially, diesel engine-equipped vehicles have a higher acquisition cost, but you also need to consider the total cost of ownership (TCO). This includes the total fuel, maintenance, depreciation, and financial spend over the vehicle’s lifecycle. If properly maintained, diesel engines typically have a longer service life compared with gasoline engines.

Your choice of a gas vs. diesel engine will depend largely on mileage. Typically, 30,000 to 35,000 annual miles is a good baseline to start seeing the fuel economy advantages of a diesel engine. But there’s a lot to consider, which is why Merchants Fleet is here to help.

½ Ton vs. ¾ Ton vs. 1 Ton vs. 1½ Ton  
You will likely see diesel trucks listed by the ton. This is just a classification based on their payload capabilities, otherwise known as the maximum amount of weight they can hold in the cargo and passenger areas.

For example, a ¾ ton truck offers more power and towing capabilities than smaller trucks and is a good middle-ground option for anyone whose diesel rental truck needs include heavy lifting. A popular example of this type of truck is the Ford F-Series.

A 1-ton truck can tow anywhere from 35,000 to 37,000 pounds and has a weight capacity of up to 7,800 pounds, depending on the make and model. If you’re looking for even more power and payload and towing capabilities, consider a 1 ½ ton diesel truck, which typically comes as a classic cab that you can upfit to your needs.

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Vehicles for Engineering

The most popular type of commercial vehicles for engineering are typically light duty pickups, SUVs, vans, and fuel-efficient sedans. We also offer vocational trucks in gas and diesel options, depending on your intended towing capabilities, and crew cabs designed to transport multiple people.

No matter what you need, we offer a variety of commercial vehicles to accommodate all types of engineering equipment. Our most popular vehicles include:

Light Duty Pickups

  • Ford F-150
  • Chevy Silverado
  • RAM 1500
  • Nissan Titan
  • Toyota Tundra

SUVs

  • Chevrolet Equinox
  • Ford Escape
  • Honda CR-V
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • Nissan Pathfinder
  • Toyota RAV4

Sedans

  • Chevrolet Bolt
  • Chevrolet Malibu
  • Honda Accord
  • Toyota Prius

Vans

  • Chrysler Voyager
  • Ford Transit Connect
  • Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

Upfit Applications

Upfits are often essential for vehicles in the engineering industry. Popular options include:

Here are some of the most popular upfits for engineering vehicles:

  • Logos, Branding, and Decals
  • Truck Bodies Designed to Carry Specific Equipment
  • Truck Boxes and Toolboxes
  • Safety Lights
  • Ladder Racks
  • Drawer Units
  • Shelving Modules
  • Alarm Systems
  • GPS Systems

Comprehensive Fleet Services & Technology

We offer flexible leasing and funding options to fit every type of engineering fleet, including:

  • Open-End Lease
  • Closed-End Lease
  • Short-Term Lease
  • Rent-to-Lease
  • Value Lease

We’ll work with you to customize your financing terms and structure. Electric vehicle fleet leasing and funding is also available.

Fleet Maintenance

In partnership with Mastercard® fuel credit cards, we offer fuel management programs backed by a nationwide vendor network for security, convenience, and cost management. Our TotalView technology allows you to:

  • Track Fuel Spending
  • Streamline Expense Management
  • Manage User Profiles
  • Set Up Overspending and Fraud Alerts

TotalView

With TotalView fleet maintenance reporting, you can access purchase order data, backup documentation, and key reports through TotalView, our fleet management software, and easily track maintenance expenses and vehicle maintenance history. TotalView also allows full visibly into your employee fuel spend you can prevent fraud and identify areas for cost savings.

Fleet Maintenance

Control spending and simplify maintenance with our fleet maintenance programs. Benefits include controlling costs, reducing administrative burdens, minimizing downtime, and eliminating unpredictable expenses.

Our Merchants Fleet Roadside Assistance program provides fleet maintenance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Whether it is a flat tire, dead battery, or empty gas tank, you and your drivers will have a toll-free number to call — any time of day or night.

In addition, our network of ASE-certified technicians will take care of all your fleet maintenance and repair management needs, in addition to offering guidance and support for routine services or emergency repairs.

TotalConnect

Merchant Fleet’s connected vehicle technology, TotalConnect, powered by MOTORQ, gives you the deep visibility into your fleet in order to make effective, analytic driven improvements. With TotalConnect, you can expect:

  • Real-Time Data to Guide Important Fleet Decisions
  • Seamless Integration of Fleet Data
  • Cost Savings Potential
  • A User-Friendly Data and Analysis Platform

Fleet & Driver Safety

The best way to save on insurance premiums is to reduce your number of accidents, and the best way to accomplish this is with the right safety and training programs. With Merchants Fleet, you can ensure your drivers have the tools, education, and resources they need to avoid accidents or injury.

We can see what’s available through the OEM in terms of safety features, help you budget accordingly, and accommodate any special safety requests or needs.

You can choose to implement driver safety training — either with a generic program or one customized to your needs — and monitor driver behavior with our connected vehicle technology TotalConnect, telematics, and GPS tracking.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of a fleet management solution?

A fleet management solution will help keep you and your residential care community running safely and efficiently. Benefits include: reducing operational costs, reducing administrative burden, lowering fleet repair costs, and ensuring the highest level of safety for you, your employees, and your residents. Plus, even if you own your own vehicles, we can help! Merchant Fleet can add fleet management services to help with administration time and manage operational costs. With FleetAssist and our administered maintenance program, our experts take on the day-to-day administration of your fleet, which frees up more of your time.

What kind of fleet leasing and funding terms are available?

We offer a variety of flexible leasing and funding options designed to meet your budget and needs. These include open-end leases, close-end leases, short-term leases, rent-to-lease, and value leases. Electric vehicle leasing and funding is also available.

What are the best vehicles for engineering?

Our most popular vehicles for engineering include a range of sedans, light duty pickups and SUVs. The Ford F-150, Honda CR-V, Nissan Pathfinder, and Chrysler Voyager are all popular options.

What upfits do you offer?

Upfits will depend on your specific needs. Some of the more popular upfits for construction vehicles include logos and branding, trailer and hitch options, shelving and drawers, roof racks, ladder racks, and power locks.

How long does the upfitting process take?

It depends on the number of vehicles and which types of upfits you’ve chosen. Contact Merchants to discuss your upfit needs, and our team can provide more detailed information about potential costs and timeframe.