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Specialist heat cleaning offers alternative to expensive replacement of diesel particular filters

01 November 2016

DPF Clean Team is advising vehicle leasing companies that, in the majority of cases, they can avoid the significant expense of having to fit a new replacement diesel particulate filter (DPF). This follows the company’s own research, which has revealed 70% of business are being advised to have DPF units replaced unnecessarily.

Nationwide automotive reconditioning specialist DPF Clean Team’s research has uncovered a worryingly high level of inaccurate advice given to business owners, with 7 out of 10 vehicle companies being advised by garages to have DPF filters replaced when the majority could in fact could be restored quickly and cost-effectively with a thorough DPF specialist heat clean. The company attributes this to a lack of knowledge and training on the part of garage technicians in relation to DPFs.

The research from DPF Clean Team comes as research from LeasePlan has shown that, for businesses considering leasing vehicles, the single most important factor when making that decision is the overall cost management.

Following the recovery from the economic downturn of 2008, improving economic conditions have prompted rising demand from businesses for vehicle leasing, providing strong revenue growth in this sector over much of the past five years. And with research from the Car Rental & Leasing Market Research Report 2016 revealing that the vehicle leasing industry is continuing to grow by an average of 4% per year, contributing an estimated £14 Billion to the UK economy, it makes any potential cost savings in the industry a key consideration.

DPF Clean Team’s research also follows a busy year for the company, which has seen a number of developments including the introduction of a rapid new cleaning method for DPFs; a service which is the first of its kind in the UK. Utilising induction heating technology, DPF Clean Team can now effectively clean a DPF unit as well as catalytic converters and silencers in far less time using a kiln and clean cycle and still for a fraction of the cost of having the filter replaced. Although, DPF Clean Team has a 96% successful clean range, the percentage of fleet vehicles that do require a replacement filter can also now have a new or reconditioned filter fitted from stock carried by the company, which also provides a much a quicker turnaround time, usually within 24 hours. 

Speaking about the research, Director at DPF Clean Team, Cameron Bryce explained: “Our research has uncovered a worryingly high level of inaccurate advice given to vehicle owners regarding DPFs from garages and vehicle technicians. We are not suggesting this is deliberate. In fact, it appears to be a combination of a lack of knowledge and technical ability about DPFs. Regular maintenance of vehicles is a significant consideration for leasing managers not just in terms of costs, but also in relation to downtime and the impact this has on businesses. The cost of having a DPF replaced can cost as much as £2,000 per vehicle, and that’s before the cost incurred by taking a vehicle off the road is even considered. By having DPFs unnecessarily replaced, fleet managers could also be wasting tens of thousands of pounds per year.”

When considering the alternatives, Cameron goes on to say: “The research conducted amongst our customer base has shown that the vast majority of DPF filters can be cleaned without the need for a replacement. DPF Clean Team’s special heating technology enables our trained experts to bring filters back to a near-new condition, enabling leasing managers to have entire fleets serviced within a day. We also offer an additional Saturday drop off service which means we can ensure business disruption is kept to a minimum for our customers.”

On the rare occasion that a DPF is beyond regeneration, DPF Clean Team also has a number of cost effective replacement options, including the ability to provide both new and reconditioned units, ensuring fleets are kept on the road whatever the issue.