CoolKit is celebrating approval from Ford’s Qualified Vehicle Modifier Programme (QVM) scheme.
The recognition means that CoolKit can provide a warranty for the conversion that matches Ford’s own, in terms of mileage and duration.
The QVM Programme requirements are:
- Annual facility inspection and review,
- Follow all Ford industry guidelines for vehicle conversions
- Compliance with all applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.
- Adhere to seven quality management principles in ISO9001
Ford of Britain’s LCV product marketing manager Nicola James said: “Ford are delighted that CoolKit have joined the Qualified Vehicle Modifier Programme.
“Convertors who join the programme have to meet the highest standards in manufacture and quality control, assessed by Ford.
"We are looking forward to working with CoolKit to offer an even wider choice of vehicles to meet customers individual business needs.”
The assessment covered a quality plan which involved proof of management commitment, employee involvement, engineering capabilities, manufacturing environment, process control, quality control and the sign-off of the completed vehicle prior to customer delivery together with customer support provided.
CoolKit’s head of operations Steve Wilkinson said: “We have been evaluated by a Ford Motor Company on criteria such as engineering capabilities, manufacturing process, quality control and adhering to Ford QVM guidelines.
“Because the program assists approved manufacturers in developing a high-quality conversion process, customers can feel confident that the finished product will meet high expectations.”