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Requirements for Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier Certification


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Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier
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With over three decades of experience in the luxury coachbuilding and ground transportation industries, Ed Grech leads Grech Motors as the company’s chief executive officer. Through the efforts of Ed Grech and his team, Grech Motors has developed a reputation for quality and innovation in vehicle manufacturing. To reinforce this reputation, Grech Motors has earned the Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) certification every year since the introduction of the QVM over 25 years ago.

To achieve QVM certification, a manufacturer must undergo an in-depth Ford Motor Company evaluation, which examines the company’s vehicles based on criteria including the manufacturing process, engineering ability, and quality control.

Further, all QVM certified businesses must remain compliant with all relevant Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS), in addition to Ford and Lincoln’s guidelines as they relate to vehicle conversions. QVM businesses also submit to annual inspections of their facilities, complete with a review, and dedicate a continued commitment to improvement in all aspects of their work.

Grech Motors’ GM28 Shuttle Bus

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GM28 Shuttle Bus
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A coachbuilding industry veteran, Ed Grech serves Grech Motors as CEO. The company has found success as a luxury vehicle manufacturer due to the dedication of Ed Grech and his team to ensuring clients receive the services they require. In 2016, Grech Motors introduced the GM28 E-450 in response to increasing demand from operators for a minibus capable of holding 23 rear passengers.

The Grech Motors research and development team worked tirelessly to expand upon the company’s original GM28 prototype, which was capable of holding 21 rear passengers. A key concern was ensuring the modified vehicle fell within the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) standards that ensure performance and safety.

The GM28 E-450 uses aircraft-grade riveted aluminum for its bodywork, in addition to fiberglass skirts, rear caps, and front caps. The vehicle is now available for purchase at the Grech Motors website and comes with an array of additional features, including individual reading lights, a DVD player, and dual USB outlets for each row of seats.

Things to Check Before Purchasing a Used Bus

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Grech Motor
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As the CEO of Grech Motors, a luxury coach building company in California, Ed Grech leverages over 30 years of experience in the ground transportation industry. In addition to its range of brand-new vehicles, Ed Grech’s company sells used buses. Here are some things you should check before purchasing a used bus.

1. Maintenance records – Ideally, the coach will come with a full set of records that document how far it has traveled and its transmission and engine service history. Most fleet operators will offer these records, though personal sellers may not.

2. Interior condition – Check the coach’s seats for wear and tear and try out the HVAC and audio systems to ensure they are in working order.

3. Check for rust – Rust will only spread over time, particularly as the vehicle is exposed to rain and snow. In particular, you should check the vehicle’s frame, undercarriage, and side panels for signs of rust.

4. Service – Research your local area to find professionals who can provide maintenance and servicing for the type of vehicle you intend to buy. If you can’t find a qualified service professional, reconsider your purchase, as a coach you can’t maintain will cost you more money in the long run, even if it carries a low sale price.

Grech Motor’s Warranty Offering

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Grech Motor
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From his headquarters in Riverside, California, Ed Grech manages the Grech Motors team as the company’s chief executive officer. Leveraging over 30 years of experience in business leadership and the coachbuilding industry, Ed Grech ensures customer satisfaction through a dedication to quality, innovation, and reliability.

All vehicles purchased from Grech Motors come with a comprehensive warranty package that offers parts and labor services for the vehicle’s flooring, paintwork, aluminum body skin, tube caging, and fiberglass components for a period of five years or within 100,000 miles.

Additionally, the warranty program includes a 4-year or 50,000-mile limited warranty for parts and labor on its Grech bus conversions. This covers the vehicle’s framing and electrical systems, barring OEM components, as these have separate warranties from their manufacturers. Further, the REI audio-visual units installed in Grech vehicles come with a two-year unlimited warranty.

Though air conditioning systems are not covered directly by Grech Motor’s warranty offering, they do receive coverage from ProAir. Air conditioning systems in vehicles built between 2013 and 2016 benefit from a 2-year / unlimited mileage warranty, whereas those built in 2017 and beyond receive coverage of 3 years or 100,000 miles.

Advice for Creating an Innovative Work Culture

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Grech Motors
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The founder and CEO of luxury vehicle manufacturer Grech Motors, Ed Grech brings extensive experience in the coachbuilding industry to his work. The company has continued to succeed through consistent innovation, with Ed Grech and his team committing themselves to steadfast excellence and innovation in all offerings.

Here are some pointers for businesses looking to create a culture of innovation in the workplace:

1. Employ innovation initiatives throughout the company, rather than focusing solely on the products the company offers. Business processes and policies benefit just as much from innovation as company products, with increased efficiency in those areas serving the business and its clients.

2. Create structured free-time periods to encourage employees to get away from immediate concerns and think about how they could make things better. Some companies designate up to 10 percent of the work day for free-time initiatives, which provides employees the time needed to explore new ideas and creates a structure to ensure this exploration does not take priority over immediate business concerns.

3. Leaders should support employees while taking care not to stifle the process of innovation. Provide access to informational resources relevant to the innovations your company requires and give employees the opportunity to experiment with such tools themselves instead of limiting them through structured over-guidance.