Four fuel card features you've never heard of

Mark Schneider | 25/05/2017 12:52:29 PM

You probably already know about the many benefits of vehicle fuel cards such as cutting administration costs, discounted fuel, reducing fraud and improving transparency, but there are a range of other benefits, too, that you may not be aware of. In fact by combining your Fleetcare fuel card reports with the exception reports available from Fleetcare, you'll have a powerful business tool to reduce your fleet running costs in four important ways: 1. Fuel overfills Fuel card...

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What's involved in a vehicle service?

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 26/04/2017 10:07:38 AM

Like most, I personally find car services are like stepping into the unknown. The idea of leaving your car in the hands of a stranger can seem counter intuitive and without knowing what’s happening it can also feel little worrying. What’s being done, what parts are being replaced, what exactly should I expect once the service has been completed? With all of this confusion in mind I set out to find out what was involved in car servicing so I could decode the jargon that left me stu...

Autonomous Car Tech Forging Ahead

Mark Schneider | 5/04/2017 8:54:57 AM

Electric car sales may have stalled but the autonomous vehicle revolution looks set to overtake the motoring world with quite astonishing speed. Around the world carmakers, technology firms and governments are scrambling to embrace the strange new world of autonomous motoring. Computer giant Intel recently bought autonomous vehicle technology firm MobileEye in a $15.3 billion deal. MobilEye's technology for data analysis, machine learning, localisation and mapping for driver assistanc...

Fuel Cards for Small Business - How, why, and where you’ll save money

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Manager | 15/03/2017 12:31:13 PM

At times, the troubles of managing a small business can be overwhelming. Every entrepreneur eventually realises that running a business is about more than simply going to the wall with a great idea. Logistics, employee management, taxes, and production problems will pose obstacles along the way. The wise small business owner will find ways to simplify and streamline their operation, minimising these problems as much as possible. Fuel Management For businesses that have employees on th...

Misfuelling your car – a costly mistake

Jess Wallace | 8/03/2017 10:02:44 AM

Putting the wrong fuel into your car can be a massive mistake. If the vehicle is driven, the engine can seize and parts of the fuel system may be destroyed. It can easily result in a write-off due to parts costs. At Fleetcare, on average, a maintenance controller will take around 3 calls a week regarding misfuelling. A diesel input hole in a vehicle is bigger than a petrol input hole, so more than likely these calls have been regarding a client misfuelling a diesel car. The pump for di...

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Credit cards vs. Fuel cards

Mark Schneider | 2/03/2017 12:20:32 PM

If you own a business then you’ve got better things to do than keeping track of hundreds of separate invoices for fuel. It’s a time wasting distraction when you just want to get on with doing what you do best – running your business. So you might be thinking that simply running up your fuel costs on a credit card is the answer. After all, that allows you to record all those fuel purchases on one simple monthly statement, which is surely better than accumulating all those...

Can your business save money with fuel cards

Cindy Anthony - Marketing Assistant | 27/02/2017 10:49:44 AM

With the cost of living constantly going up, who wants to spend extra money on rising fuel costs? I certainly don’t. And I imagine most business owners would agree, especially those who own fleets of vehicles. If you think about it, when you add up how much is spent on fuel each month, the savings from discounted fuel could be significant. A popular solution amongst fleet owners for reducing monthly fuel expenses is fuel cards. How exactly do fuel cards work? Fuel cards work by ...

SUV sales tipped to outstrip passenger cars

Mark Schneider | 20/01/2017 8:13:46 AM

If you think you're seeing a lot of SUVs on the roads these days, well you're not wrong. According to a recent report in the Australian Financial Review Australia is predicted to reach a "tipping point" by the middle of this year when we'll be buying more new SUVs than passenger cars. While sales of passenger vehicles are languishing we just can't get enough of SUVs, which are seeing record sales. The top selling models for many carmakers including Nissan, Honda,...

Is Germany about to ban internal combustion engines?

Mark Schneider | 13/01/2017 8:35:31 AM

Is the country that gave birth to the modern internal combustion engine about to kill it off? Well maybe and maybe not. News that the German Bundesrat, the federal council of all of Germany’s 16 states, recently voted to ban gasoline and diesel powered vehicles by 2030 has made waves worldwide. However, German petrolheads, or perhaps dieselheads, needn’t panic just yet, because the decision is non-binding and is as much a statement of intent as anything else. The Bundesrat doe...

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12-volt electrical systems are reaching the end of the road

Mark Schneider | 6/01/2017 9:13:05 AM

The pace of change in vehicle technology has been dizzying in recent years with engines, brakes and safety systems all undergoing radical transformations that have brought dramatic improvements. They don’t make cars like they used to, and we can all be very thankful for that. However one thing that’s remained unchanged for decades is the electrical system that underpins much of this technology. Cars have been running 12-volt electrical systems since the 1950s when most manufac...

Petrol on the rise for Christmas but OPEC’s power not what it used to be

Mark Schneider | 21/12/2016 9:15:58 AM

OPEC’s recent decision to cut oil production and raise the price of crude oil was something of a return to form from the once all-powerful oil cartel but any impact on the price of fuel at the bowser may not be particularly big or long lasting. That’s because OPEC is far from the monopolistic cartel it once was. Non-conventional oil Its price-fixing prowess has been greatly weakened in recent years by a flood of non-conventional oil from American shale-oil producers and in...

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Ferrari resists all-electric performance push

Mark Schneider | 2/12/2016 8:47:11 AM

Sales of electric cars may still be a trickle but that trickle may yet become a flood if Toyota’s reported plans to mass-produce long range electric cars by 2020 come to fruition. Toyota’s decision coincides with Renault-Nissan’s recently announced plans to introduce an US$8,000 electric car to the Chinese market. One manufacturer that won’t be joining in the electric revolution anytime soon however is Ferrari. While the exotic Italian intends to give all its new c...

The great Aussie ute has evolved

Mark Schneider | 22/11/2016 8:21:46 AM

The impending demise of Australia’s domestic vehicle manufacturing has also heralded the end of an original Australian contribution to the motoring world – the traditional Aussie utility or ute. But the great Aussie ute isn’t dead, it’s simply evolved into something a little different and even more practical. The genesis of the Aussie ute dates back to a letter written to Ford by a farmer’s wife in 1933. Sadly her name’s been lost to motoring history, b...

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Hate Speed Cameras? You'll Really Hate This One!

Mark Schneider | 15/11/2016 9:29:23 AM

Some people just hate speed cameras, those sneaky invisible roadside enforcers that relentlessly snap away, dispensing speeding fines with silent aggravating efficiency. In fact some people hate them with such a passion they’ve been known to hit them with hammers and other heavy things, park in front of them and even run over them with four wheel drives. Tut-tut. Naughty! Well they’d better not try it with the latest law enforcer from Germany. The Vitronic Enforcement Trai...

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Researchers expose VW security flaw

Mark Schneider | 11/11/2016 8:17:31 AM

Concerns about the vulnerability of modern cars to hacking attacks have been heightened by the news that four researchers from the University of Birmingham have replicated the master keys for millions of VWs built since 1995. The computer security research team used $40 worth of freely available electronic equipment to reverse engineer VW’s encrypted master keys, allowing them to unlock the cars. And it’s not just VWs, it’s others from the VW group as well, including Sea...

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