ARVAL has brought much of its accident management operation for vehicle leasing and fleet management in-house for better customer service and use of its technical expertise.
In a unique approach in the vehicle leasing industry, Arval will manage an initial comfort call with the driver, the booking of repairs and hire vehicles, repair authorisation and downtime management. They will also manage the collection and off-hire of any courtesy or rental vehicles via in-house expert teams.
At the same time, Arval has moved to the RAC to provide the outsourced elements of the product, using their systems and expertise to deliver first notification of loss and uninsured loss recovery.
In combining the power of RAC systems with the technical and customer support expertise of the Arval team, it is expected that this solution will provide new levels of support to Arval customers, and importantly their drivers, at what can be a stressful and upsetting time.
Accident management is one of the most important interactions that we have with our customers and their drivers – Benoit Dilly, Arval MD
The latest research from RAC shows that 36% of companies have concerns over the costs involved in recovering and repairing vehicles involved in an accident.
Arval believes that this new approach can alleviate some of these concerns, keeping accident costs to a minimum while ensuring that the vehicle is repaired and back on the road in the shortest possible timeframe.
Arval UK managing director Benoit Dilly said: “Accident management is one of the most important interactions that we have with our customers and their drivers.
“That influenced our decision to bring many elements of the process back into Arval, ensuring that we can fully support drivers and limit costs and business impact to our customers. At the same time, we are utilising a trusted supplier to manage those remaining areas where they can add value.”
RAC Business Services director David Wallace adds: “We’re very excited to be extending our roadside relationship with Arval in this way, to provide support in accident management services.
“The combined strength of the two brands working together will offer clients an industry-leading service, putting the customer journey first which comes from our shared value of putting the customer at the heart of all we do.”
“The key to the success of the new relationship is the flexibility of our systems and service expertise, which means Arval has been able to design the solution specifically to meet their own goals to provide the best service for their customers.”