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...

Road trip movies - The top ten guide

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 16/11/2012 2:26:27 PM

At times we write about fleets and cars. Sometimes we write about tyres or maybe driver behaviour. These are all good topics, worthy of exploration but they are simply not as exciting, or as divisive as a movie top ten. This time we decided to create a top ten of drive/road trip/road movies to shake things up and bring some culture into our weekly blog. So what kind of movies would get into the mix? Which flicks did we consider worthy of note and most importantly, how do we define which movie...

Tips on driver training and education

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 9/11/2012 2:34:07 PM

Right, so let’s get one thing straight right from the start. This is not an article about learning how to drive or learning how to drive in a new type vehicle like a motorbike or a heavy goods vehicle. This is an article all about education and training courses you may want to think about to get the most value from your fleet and fleet drivers. Equipping drivers with additional driving skills can mean the difference between cars and people in recovery or sales and delivery people on the...

Animals and the road - Avoiding the worst case

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 2/11/2012 2:44:29 PM

“I had to swerve a little, there was a squirrel in the middle of the road” that was my response to a nervous driving test instructor who looked clearly shaken by the experience. “You know you shouldn’t swerve to miss an animal of that size” was his eventual reply. Needless to say I failed the test. From that day to this I’ve noticed that the information in the area is not always clear and advice on what to do can sometimes be lacking. What are the top tips ...

Top Ten Vehicle Importers to Australia

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 19/10/2012 2:49:55 PM

There are a handful of products and services which manage to awaken a unique flavour of national pride. Many of these traded items break away from their respective marketing departments and become part of a national image. Food can do it, beers and alcohol can do it, but most significantly of all, cars almost always do it. So what's the state of play now? Who is beaming with national pride and who is curiously missing?  Some of the results are genuinely surprising.   The T...

A note on the calculators involved in a novated lease

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 12/10/2012 3:12:01 PM

Making a big purchase decision is both a time consuming and resource consuming activity. When it comes to the tools you use to prepare for the purchase analysis it’s important you know what can offer an insight and what cannot. It’s equally important to understand specifically what each tool will tell you and whether or not the results will bring you usable information. With all this in mind we thought we would write up a quick note on the use of both a novated lease calculator an...

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