On average, RVS customers pay 40% less for a refuse vehicle that is arguably as reliable as a new one and built to the same specification. RVS Managing Director, Spencer Law, who has been building and repairing dust carts for more than 25 years, says 'We can engineer a vehicle to meet a customers precise requirements, whether that involves full or partial body remanufacturing. A big plus is that we can beat manufacturers lead times: we can often source, remanufacture and deliver an as new vehicle in less than four weeks.' Once an appropriate vehicle has been sourced, RVS uses its engineering expertise and in-house capability to modify it to meet the customers specification, such as retrofitting under-body or bin-lift weighing systems, or changing bin lifts. Next in the remanufacturing process is a Super Jack steam clean of all parts. This precise process takes on average three working days to complete. The vehicle is then inspected, defects recorded and a workplan drawn up for any rectifications. RVS uses its own engineers and welders, subcontracting specialists as required. After a second inspection and any additional tasks are carried out, it is sent to the purpose-built paint facility in Warwickshire. Before delivery, the vehicle receives a full service, MOT, and final inspection. Earlier this year, RVS was awarded a second contract to provide Swindon Commercial Services (SCS) with a new fleet of six refuse vehicles. SCS says, 'If we can get the equivalent lifetime and operational standards from remanufactured vehicles as we can from new vehicles, at the same time making significant savings against capital costs, we are able to provide a much better value for money service.'

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