Total cost of ownership: The hidden traps of buying a car

Jason Ovens - Accounts Receivable | 14/06/2010 12:35:47 PM

A new vehicle is one of the most important purchases we make in our life time. But do we really consider what is in our best interests when selecting a vehicle? Most of us choose the best priced car in the yard without considering the ‘total cost of ownership’, a decision that can cost you thousands in the long run. There are many costs to consider that aren’t included in the initial price of a vehicle. These include ongoing operating costs that can hurt your hip pocket,...

5 Simple Steps to Stop Fuel Cards from Declining

Whitney Perret - Client Services Officer | 11/06/2010 12:39:52 PM

There is nothing more annoying than having a fuel card declined. As a driver reaching in to your own pocket to pay for fuel can be extremely inconvenient. Not to mention the lengthy reimbursement process where drivers are left out of pocket and the loss of the fuel card discount. If you’re in charge of your company’s fleet implement these five simple steps & avoid those fuel card dramas. They might seem obvious but they come directly from our client services officers who k...

Toyota Ruckus Trendy or Tacky

Bowan Spanbroek - Marketing Co-ordinator (Gen-Y) | 4/06/2010 12:52:12 PM

We all have that ‘trendy mate’. They are the ones who had an i-Phone before you even had an i-Pod. They were twittering before you had even heard of Facebook and they're always up with the latest fashion (to the point of irritation). In marketing terms they're called ‘innovators’. A small but powerful crowd that have been proven invaluable for influencing the general public & starting new trends. Why are we talking about your trendy mate? Because To...

To Track or not to Track

Nigel Malcolm - Chief Executive Officer of Fleetcare | 20/05/2010 1:34:50 PM

I was with a prospective new client the other day and they were telling me how all of their vehicles have GPS tracking. Recalling some earlier discussions around concerns for driver privacy I asked how this was addressed in the organisation. They told me privacy concerns had been a minor issue before the accident, but now GPS tracking is fully supported. The accident? They told me that one of their drivers had a head-on collision on the crest of a hill in a remote location, one driver dea...

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Vehicle Maintenance 101

Peter Shelley - Head of Maintenance at Fleetcare | 20/05/2010 1:30:29 PM

Basic car maintenance is not beyond the average driver. Most likely the best bit of help you can get when carrying out some basic checks is still in the same place as when you first got the car - in the glove box! You should find the drivers handbook there and this will give you all the information you need to know specifically about your vehicle. Even if you personally don't plan on carrying out any maintenance on your vehicle have a basic understanding of it, this can help you avoid pro...

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2 Simple Reasons Employers Should Start a Novated Lease Program

Bowan Spanbroek - Marketing Coordinator | 14/05/2010 1:36:32 PM

With another skilled labour shortage heating up the old saying good help is hard to find is really starting to ring true. In order to stay competitive employers have to start offering incentives to keep the workforce they have and attract new talent. But how can you differentiate your business? Cheap gym membership and a free flu vaccine every year are nice but it’s doubtful they would really increase retention or attract great new talent. What if you could offer everyone in the...

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Categories: Novated Lease, Leasing

A Hummbling Response: What our readers really thought about the H3

Bowan Spanbroek - Marketing Coordinator | 6/05/2010 2:21:17 PM

A week ago we blogged about the Hummer and why it seems Australians never really warmed up to the flashy SUV. We also performed a survey on some of our newsletter readers to see what everyone really thought about the Hummer. Going by the results it seems it wasn't the brash styling but rather the poor fuel consumption that was the root of the negative response. (function(w,d,s,l,i){w[l]=w[l]||[];w[l].push({'gtm.start':new Date().getTime(),event:'gtm.js'});var f=d.getElementsByTagName(s)...

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Ford Step Ahead, Posting a $A2.2b Profit for Q1 2010

Bowan Spanbroek | 29/04/2010 2:25:55 PM

The A$2.2billion profit for Q1 represents a full year out of the red for Ford, quite an achievement compared to the Detroit based companies neighbours GM & Chrysler. No doubt the solid financials are the effects of their competition being flawed for most of 2009, with GM & Chrysler needing government bailouts & Toyota being snowed under by a mountain of negative press. As a result of the stronger than average 2009 their market share rose by 3% in North America, with a US$1...

Hasta Lavista Hummer

Bowan Spanbroek | 22/04/2010 2:27:40 PM

After a March sales figure of 14 it seems the Hummer H3’s place on Australian roads is truly done & dusted. The doom was hanging heavy in the clouds with GM announcing earlier this year that Hummer would wind down production. But why did it never really take off in Australia? It’s fuel economy actually matchs the likes of pajero & patrol, the price is reasonable and by most reports it is a great off-roader. However despite looking good on paper the H3 just can’t ...

5 Ways Small Business Can Benefit from Outsourcing Their Fleet Management

Bowan Spanbroek | 15/04/2010 2:50:02 PM

If your business has over 2 vehicles you could now consider it a fleet and get the benefits that come along with owning a fleet. Over the past decade fleet management companies have uncovered the small business market as a valuable prospect, creating innovative solutions that help small businesses cut down on their overheads and administration time. These days you don’t need 1000+ vehicles to benefit from outsourcing fleet management. Here are five ways small business can benefit fr...

March New Car Sales Increase by a Record Breaking 25.2%

Bowan Spanbroek | 8/04/2010 2:58:42 PM

In December 2009 the car sales figure dubbed ' the magic million'  seemed like a far off prospect left back in 2007/08. The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industry  chief Andrew Mckellar predictied 2011 as the year Australia would return to pre-GFC sales levels.  However the outstanding March new car sales figure of 94,744 was enough to change Mr Mckellar’s somber tune from last year, “This is an outstanding March result and provides further evidence that...

Ford Say Goodbye to an Old Fleet Favourite the Falcon Wagon

Bowan Spanbroek | 31/03/2010 3:15:20 PM

Ford recently announced the deletion of the Ford Falcon Wagon by June, a fleet institution for large corporations such as Telstra. With no demand in the consumer market it’s been kept afloat by fleet sales since it’s the BA/BF models where released. Last year it only accounted for 2500 of the 31000 falcons sold in 2009 the majority of which came from business and government fleets. Fleet buyers loved this car because of its large boot space, safety and drivability. Anyone coul...

Holden Caltex and the Victorian Government Create Alternative Fuel Consortium to Introduce E85 Fuel Network

Bowan Spanbroek | 25/03/2010 3:23:15 PM

The bio-fuel cars of tomorrow could be closer than we think with the Victorian government recently announcing the formation of a consortium including, Caltex, Holden, & Coskata. The group will investigate the viability of creating an ethanol production plant in Victoria. This plant could produce up to 200 million litres of ethanol annually for cars powered on the ethanol based bio-fuel E85. This alternative fuel consists of 85% ethanol and 15% regular petrol and has various positive effec...

The Move Towards a 0.02 Alcohol Limit for Australian Drivers

Bowan Spanbroek | 18/03/2010 3:33:10 PM

The recent suggestion of a 0.02 blood alcohol limit in Queensland has ignited a nation wide debate, splitting academics and the media down the middle. It has stemmed from a submission to the Government of Queensland giving numerous options for combating drink driving, a 0.02 limit being one of them. Professor Daube from Curtin University in Western Australia says the move is ‘inevitable’. “We can wait forever for yet more evidence or we can decide as a nation that we...

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The Australian Camry Hybrid Distraction or Innovation?

Bowan Spanbroek | 11/03/2010 3:47:43 PM

The new hybrid Camry is a welcome distraction for Toyota Australia amidst the Prius media storm. With the recall extending to Australia the local confidence in their hybrid range has undoubtedly wavered. With a total of 2378 Prius vehicles being recalled early this year consumer and fleet buyers alike may be hesitant about the new hybrid Camry. However Toyota issued in its press release that ‘the locally made Hybrid Camry launched this week in Australia is not affected (by the prius...

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