Fleet finance options explained

Kirsten Brent | 11/04/2013 8:46:26 AM

When looking for ways to finance your vehicle fleet, it is easy to get bogged down in technical jargon, making it difficult to break down the facts and get a clear and simple comparison. In deciding which finance method is best for your fleet and business, it is important to fully understand the differences between the different funding options. This article aims to make the decision process easy, laying out the different types of finance options available to fleets. The different types o...

Saloon or sedan - vehicle types explained

Kirsten Brent | 22/03/2013 2:43:24 PM

When it comes to vehicles these days, buyers have so much choice. The same can be said for vehicle types – buyers are spoilt for choice, with everything from subcompact city cars all the way up to people movers. Whatever your needs, chances are you’ll find the perfect vehicle to fulfil your requirements. However, all this choice has also lead to some confusion about which vehicles fall into which categories, and what the vehicle type actually means. We decided to look at vehicle type...

The death of a car brand – 5 interesting car brand obituaries

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 1/03/2013 1:21:15 PM

Look online for dead car brands and you’ll see something remarkable; there’s hundreds of them. Hundreds of people throughout the years have built interesting but ultimately doomed car brands. Some have lasted more than a lifetime and some have barley even got their first car off the assembly line. After looking at the phenomenon we decided to make a list of the 5 most interesting car brand deaths. From the spectacular to the slow and painful we’ve covered a good number of to...

What maketh a road?

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 22/02/2013 1:28:43 PM

In parts they are as wide as a football pitch and they cover the country in a seemingly endless network, but ask most how they are made and you’re greeted with blank stares. Like most areas, knowing more about roads, their variety and their composition can help you as a driver to manage your own experience on the roads. This is especially true when it comes to smaller and unsealed country roads. This week we looked at all things bitumen to understand a little more about the many veins a...

The know how guides – Changing a wheel

Maintenance department and Rory Deegan | 15/02/2013 1:34:12 PM

For many a flat tyre is an absolute nightmare, just the thought of pulling to the side of the road on a wet and windy day is enough to make most grimace. For the experienced hand the whole thing can be done in under 5 minutes, however for the novice it can be intimidating enough to ruin an entire day. While many feel confident and secure about changing a wheel, there are many who feel worried that one simple mistake could cause a serious calamity. While in many cases these people can rely on ...

Car security explored

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 8/02/2013 1:39:30 PM

With the exception of the 2011/12 financial year, car thefts have been falling for the past 10 years. Like the dramatic falls in car related fatalities, huge improvements have been seen in the area but as long as cars are still being stolen and unrecoved there is still room for improvement. With all that in mind we thought we would go through some of the important features which may help in your efforts to protect your car.   What are the most popular/standard features? The sta...

The connected car

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 1/02/2013 1:47:20 PM

For many a “connected car” means plugging your smart phone into the cigarette lighter/charger or, if you’re lucky connecting your car and phone via Bluetooth. In car information systems vary from poor to downright archaic. I can’t tell you how many new or near new cars I’ve driven which wouldn’t even give me information on my litres per 100km figure. So whats going on? Why are our favourite vehicles so far behind a device as small as a smartphone?   ...

Australia Day car accessories

Kirsten Brent | 25/01/2013 11:59:49 AM

More than ever before, our cars are being used as a means to express our personality – we display everything from stickers depicting our families to our favourite sports teams on our vehicles. When it comes to celebrating Australia Day on January 26th, the expression of national pride extends to our cars, with many flying Australian flags on their vehicles. We take a look at what sort of accessories you can use to show your national pride on Australia Day, and take a look at the debate ...

Top selling cars in Australia 2012

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 18/01/2013 12:01:59 PM

Another year and yet another top ten list showcasing the top sellers. In what is becoming an annual article here at Fleetcare, we take the top ten selling cars and try to understand what they tell us about the habits of the Australian public. Last year we had the Mazda 3 at number 1 - would it hold its own? Could the Holden Commodore come back? Or perhaps a new contender could take the crown. As per usual, we look past the figures to find out what the table is telling us. In the past we looke...

Are you distracting your own drivers?

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 11/01/2013 12:20:53 PM

On my way home from the airport recently I took a shuttle bus to the city centre. While the trip was relatively uneventful, it did give me a major insight into how some commercial drivers (in this case a bus driver) are being distracted by their work. My driver, while very friendly and helpful, was constantly distracted by an array of pick up rosters, questions and comments from his radio and at one stage a full scale mobile phone call (no hands free kit). Surely this can’t go on and su...

Australias most searched car brands in 2012 -How the statistics stack up against sales data

Kirsten Brent | 21/12/2012 12:24:14 PM

If you’re in the market for a new car, and are looking up vehicle specs and prices, what do you do? Google it – anytime we need information about any topic we turn to Google, the world’s most popular search engine, to find our answers, and the topic of cars is no different. But do you know which car brands were the most searched in 2012? Google Zeitgeist compiled lists that best reflect the essence of 2012 from over one trillion searches that people typed into Google thi...

Look mum no hands – Googles self-driving car

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 14/12/2012 12:29:30 PM

“You look at self-driving cars. You know a lot of people die, and there's a lot of wasted labour. The better transportation you have, the more choice in jobs.” Those were the words of much respected Larry Page on the topic of why Google is working on a self driving car. On reading the quote it appears that Page has over-cooked the explanation, a simple “It sounded like fun” would have covered it. Regardless of his and Googles motivations, its clear to all that mass...

The Australian auto industry - Where to now?

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 7/12/2012 1:53:10 PM

2012 will be remembered by Australian car people as the year the car sales market bounced back, but what about the locally made Australian cars? The surprising fact is that locally built car sales were up on 2011, however as a portion of the total sales they are down slightly. What's most worrying is the general sales trend.  Locally made cars as a percentage of total sales have been falling for years now, and the current range of locally made cars are not turning the tide. Add to th...

Vehicle colour choice- impacts on depreciation and visibility

Kirsten Brent | 30/11/2012 2:02:49 PM

Choosing a colour for your new car is one of the most exciting aspects of buying a vehicle. Everyone has a different method when choosing their car’s colour – do you pick your favourite colour, or be practical and choose a common shade? This article focusses on the latter, as colour selection can actually affect your vehicle and safety in ways that may not be initially obvious.   Depreciation Most people don’t often think about car colour in relation to a ...

Summertime sadness- Heat related car problems

Rory Deegan – Online Marketing Executive | 23/11/2012 2:22:42 PM

Ah the summertime, a time when we sing lyrics like “when the living is easy”, “when the weather is high” and “Time to sit back and unwind”. Well, that’s all well and good, but what about those heat related vehicle problems, do we have a song for that? Sadly there is very little demand for a songs compelling us to check our tyres and cooling system, so we suppose a blog post will have to do. Jokes aside, heat related vehicle problems really do have the...

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