Do you, or have you ever worked fleet?
Like I said, there are a lot of peculiarities and things that just don’t make sense
Yes, where I work, it actually is easier to order that set of pads or the alternator, versus the tpms sensor cloned to serial number #12345678
Right now if I’m doing a service on a vehicle and run into a bad sensor, I grab one off the shelf. Then I bring the tire over to the machine, let out the air, break the bead, replace the sensor, air it up, remount it on the vehicle, reinitialize tpms, and I’m done. And it takes only a few minutes.
What you’re proprosing would entail filling out a paper parts requisition form, which alone takes longer than actually replacing the sensor. Then I submit it to my boss. Then it gets handed over to our parts guy, who FAXES . . . yes, faxes, that was no typo . . . it to an approved vendor.
The quickest turnaround time when requisitioning parts or services is when a vehicle gets picked up for a steering alignment. It’s a matter of a few hours before they even show up to pick up the vehicle . . .
Part of the problem is that only certain businesses are on the “approved list of vendors” . . . and it’s pretty difficult to get another business on the list. And many businesses don’t even want to apply to be on the list. Yes, they have to jump through some hoops to even apply.
I believe the fact that I’m fleet AND work for a city, makes my situation even more peculiar, versus a fleet mechanic working for UPS, Penske, etc. I’ve got pencil pushers in city hall, and even politicians withholding money, that complicate things to take in account.
It may not sound like there’s a lot of problems with my job. It certainly has its quirks, but the benefits are quite good, relative job stability is a big plus, and the pay is quite fair. Yes, I could earn more on the outside, but I could also earn less, or the shop owner could sell and I’m out of a job, or business could dry up, because the shop owner doesn’t know how to run his business efficiently.