Very often we have our customers ask about the 125-point inspection that G.E.V. performs on their refurbished ambulances and why it is important to have one done before the vehicle goes out on the market. I would like to start with a simple example:
Not too long ago my friend Adam found out that he was going to be a father. Adam was a good athlete, was in good shape, and had no known health issues. But motivated by the responsibility of raising a child he wanted to dedicate himself to being the healthiest person he could. When he shared this with our group the first responses were thick with sarcasm (Adam clearly appeared to be in better shape than most) or simple mantras like “Eat Better” or “Exercise More”. Lucky for all of us, Adam was taking nothing for granted and started his quest with a complete physical exam.
As Adam progressed through the litany of tests it was just as most of us expected, his blood pressure was good and his heart rate was fine. His height to weight ratio was perfect and the only medication he took was Benadryl for allergies. As he continued to have positive results, it started to look like he was in great shape maybe all he really did need were some simple mantras and a little discipline to lead a healthy life.
Just as the examination was coming to a close the doctor noticed how tan Adam was. Adam worked outside and spent most of his free time during the summer at a beach rental. As long as I can remember Adam seemed to be tan and it appeared that it had come at a price. After some tests, the otherwise healthy Adam was diagnosed with skin cancer. Lucky for us he caught it early and his treatments so far have been a success. I’m thankful my friend is in remission and I’m thankful that medicine has made so many advances, but in many ways I am thankful that my friend decided on a full physical exam to truly understand what shape he was in.
A physical examination can be invaluable when addressing ones health, but I would argue a similar value can be assigned when evaluating an ambulance or rescue vehicle. Like our bodies, emergency vehicles have many different parts. Some companies who sell used ambulances believe in checking the “Vital Signs” and declaring that they have the best units in the market. Global Emergency Vehicles conducts a 125-point inspection on all of our used ambulances for sale. Similar to a physical examination the GEV 125-point inspection encompasses all of the different systems that make up the vehicle including Mechanical, Electrical, Interiors, and Body/Paint .
Let’s take a look at a common example to demonstrate the value of this thorough inspection:
- First the unit is transported to our Full Service Facility where our teams of experienced technicians will get the unit ready to be refurbished.
- The unit will be given a full mechanical inspection. During this step we check under the hood, under the vehicle, and observe actual road tests.
- Next, the unit will be subjected to an Electrical Inspection. During this process the technician will check all of the lights, light bars, sirens, along with heating and air conditioning
- The Interiors inspections includes checks of the cab, locks and shelving
- The Body and Paint team inspect the unit for dents or defects in the body or paint
Once each of these steps has been completed GEV can confidently claim to know the true condition of the vehicle and identify a refurbishing plan that will look to rectify potential issues and increase the value of the vehicle. Without conducting this type of inspection you are simply checking the vital signs and hoping for the best. We ask our emergency vehicles to not only be versatile, but also durable and reliable. In some cases, these vehicles might a save a life, in other cases it might simply be a matter of customer satisfaction. Whatever the case, you owe it to yourself and your organization to have the best vehicle your budget allows. Having a full inspection is key in determining the true health of your unit. Without knowing for sure you are taking chances. Often we assume that everything is “good” but how much are you willing to risk that you are right? Adam found out that a small investment of time and a willingness to be thorough can be worth a lifetime of happiness, perhaps the same will happen to you.
What are the typical steps that you use to evaluate the a used ambulance you are considering for purchase?