Fleet buyers dominant in record vehicle sales

Mark Schneider | 27/02/2018 10:12:55 AM

Fleet buyers are really dominating new vehicle sales in Australia with 52% of new car purchases in 2017 accounted for by business, government and rental buyers. In all they bought some 584, 895 vehicles, not including an additional 36, 849 heavy commercial vehicles, according to VFACTS data. VFACTS breaks data down into Private, Business, Government and Rental, categories. While business buyers were up slightly at 2.6%, rental fleets really surged, increasing by 18.2%, or 10,963...

Electric trucks promise to slash running costs

Mark Schneider | 19/02/2018 1:44:28 PM

Tesla has promised to turn the trucking industry on its head with the development of a powerful new electric semi that promises dramatically reduced running costs. But as usual with Tesla, the glittering promise is qualified with a lot of "ifs, buts and maybes". The semi is undeniably big and impressive – "a beast" according to Tesla's Elon Musk that's designed for heavy-duty work. Apart from that not much is known about it apart from a claim that it will...

Safer automotive maintenance products welcomed

Mark Schneider | 24/01/2018 10:55:38 AM

While the threat of shark attacks are constantly in the news at this time of year it's a sad fact that more Australians are killed working on their cars than by Great Whites lurking in the surf. Each year around five Australians are killed by vehicles falling on them during maintenance, with a further 43 injured. It's a grim statistic that the Australian Government is keen to do something about. The government has recently strengthened safety standards on automotive maintenanc...

Cost savings with fleet fuel cards

Kirsten Brent | 11/01/2018 12:05:53 PM

When operating a business fleet costs can quickly blow out, especially in terms of fuel usage. With the falling Australian dollar (June 2013) forcing petrol prices to the highest price in years, cutting costs at the bowser has become more important than ever. One way to reduce your fleet costs is by using fleet fuel cards. But just what cost benefits can you receive from utilising fuel cards? We take a look at five of the main areas where your business can save money. 5 main cost savings ...

Tips to reduce vehicle running costs

Kirsten Brent | 1/01/2018 12:05:16 PM

When considering vehicle costs, the first thing that comes to mind is the purchase price, with the everyday running costs often not thought of until later. While this is an easy trap to fall into, it is important to consider your vehicle running costs before purchasing a car as expenses can easily snowball. One way to avoid this is to actively reduce all vehicle costs including insurance, tyres, servicing and fuel. We take a look at some simple tips to make running your car as cost effective ...

6 Strategies to Cut Your Fleet Management Costs Right Now

Kirsten Brent | 13/12/2017 11:59:53 AM

As fuel costs rise and the economy continues to stumble, managing a fleet becomes more difficult. Many businesses must now operate with a reduced fleet management budget, and many need to find creative ways to be profitable and ensure the long-term health of the operation. With that in mind, we consider six strategies that have helped achieve that success.   1. Find Inefficiencies in Actual Costs Budget reduction does not necessarily require sacrifice. Before looking at where t...

Cutting down Christmas car time

Mark Schneider | 11/12/2017 8:00:00 AM

Christmas holidays are a time of joy and happiness, of families coming together to share some quality time and relax. Or at least that's how it's meant to be. But when you're stuck in traffic stretching out to eternity and the guy in the car in front of you is swearing and waving his fist at the driver in the car in the other lane it's all too easy to forget all that. The traffic during the festive season can really put a dampener on the fun and frivolity and the car is on...

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Categories: Safety, Christmas

Safer stowing makes for happy holidays

Mark Schneider | 8/12/2017 2:17:33 PM

Happy holidays begin with a well-packed car. Luggage that's packed to the roof, blocking your rear vision while the kids are crammed in between the last minute odds and ends is a recipe for a stressful, miserable journey and a possible disaster. Badly packed cars are dangerous. For starters, packing your holiday gear to the roof will impair your vision. You really do need to know what's going on around you when you're on the road at all times. Find out more ...

A Fleetcare Christmas Tale

Mark Schneider | 7/12/2017 9:59:52 AM

'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. Except in Hahndorf, South Australia, where Santa's best-laid plans went sadly pear-shaped last Christmas Eve. But happily for Santa, Fleetcare Accident Management was there to help him just when he needed it most. There was Santa racing around Hahndorf delivering presents right on schedule with everything going smoothly. Then all of a sudden directions to the reindeers were mi...

Christmas crashes needn't be calamitous

Mark Schneider | 6/12/2017 8:54:03 AM

It's that time of year again. The weather's warming-up, the cricket's on the TV again and our thoughts are turning to Christmas shopping, holidays and getting together with friends and family. It should be a happy time for all, of course, but all too often the festive season is marred by accidents, and especially accidents on the road. In fact the Christmas holidays are notorious for car crashes. Increased traffic, distractions, tiredness and even stress can turn into a danger...

Can using seat belts wrongly cause injury?

Mark Schneider | 5/12/2017 2:46:02 PM

Modern cars come packed with an impressive array of safety devices designed to prevent accidents in the first place and to protect the driver and passengers should one still happen. But one of the most vital pieces of safety equipment is actually one of the oldest. It's the seat belt. The three-point seat belt was invented by Swedish engineer Nils Bohlin in 1958 and became standard equipment in Volvos the following year. Seat belts have undergone quite a bit of change since then w...

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Categories: Safety

A Tradies' Guide To Managing Vehicle Expenses

Kate Walker | 4/12/2017 8:41:34 AM

Republished with approval from Fleetdynamics. The unavoidable truth of running a trades business is dealing with vehicle expenses. Between on-site quotes, picking up supplies and actually running your jobs, tradies spend a lot of time on the road. Calculating fuel costs, keeping track of log books or trying to find tradies when the customer says they didn’t arrive on site takes time and effort away from you being able to run your business. With that in mind, here’s our top...

Five things to remember for designated drivers

Mark Schneider | 27/11/2017 11:09:46 AM

Christmas may be the season of goodwill, relaxing and getting together with family and friends, but it's also one of the most dangerous times on our roads. In fact the Australian Transport Safety Bureau tell us that more passengers, women and children under 15 are killed during Christmas holidays than at any other time of the year. One of the biggest causes of road crashes at this, or any other time, is alcohol. It's only natural that most of us let our hair down over the festive ...

Three ways Fleetcare maintenance and servicing saves you big dollars

Mark Schneider | 22/11/2017 11:47:48 AM

Some myths die hard. Heard the one about the guy who went on holiday in Bolivia, went out on the town then mysteriously woke up in an ice-filled bath minus one kidney? It's been doing the rounds for decades and it's a load of old nonsense of course. Here's another one: Fleetcare must be making big margins on its repairs and maintenance service because ... well because that's their business, right? So if I shop around myself I'm bound to get a better deal than they can ...

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Categories: Maintenance

6 Employee incentives that don't cost the earth

Mark Schneider | 17/11/2017 10:54:05 AM

Quality employees are the heart and soul of any successful business and keeping your staff motivated and their morale high makes good business sense. It pays to remind them that their contribution is appreciated and to appropriately reward their hard work and diligence. But how do you do that without it costing the earth? Here are six employee incentives that won't cost your business the earth: 1. Team building days Team building days are a great way to add some fun to any wor...

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