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...

Expanding your vehicle fleet –Some top tips to manage fleet growth

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 5/10/2012 3:20:27 PM

For many, the transition from one or two company vehicles to a full fleet can be slow, careful and easy to manage. For many others however, this process can be sudden and scaling up in a very short time period can cause real difficulty. When a significant number of new vehicles are added, spotting problems, maintenance issues and even fraud can become a real chore. In these cases the slow trickle of receipts from one or two cars turns into a flood of receipts and information on many new vehic...

The Modest Odometer

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 28/09/2012 3:24:38 PM

So it sits there, glaring back at us, pleading with us to explore it, understand it and get some use from it. We, on the other hand, ignore it and move on with our daily lives. “It” is the vehicle odometer figure which we, on most occasions, routinely ignore. For the most part ignoring the many seemingly random figures it presents is normal. However occasionally there is something to be learned from the figures under our nose. So what can they offer? This week we set out to find o...

Vehicle imports examined - China

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 21/09/2012 3:29:59 PM

"One Chinese newcomer to the local car market is racing out of the showrooms and defying critics sceptical of cheap imports". Those were the words of a Channel Ten News presenter covering a special report on Great Wall Motors, a relatively new entrant to the Australian vehicle market. Leaving aside the curiously high level of enthusiasm in this report from April 2011, we decided to look into the facts and figures behind these relatively new players. Were we witnessing a meteoric ris...

The top selling cars under the microscope - fuel economy

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 14/09/2012 3:41:31 PM

This Olympic season we were all introduced to something new. This year’s Olympic medal table got looked at through many new lenses, including medals per head of population, medals per funding dollar and so on. This got us thinking; perhaps we should take a deeper look at the usual top selling vehicles with a little more depth? With this in mind we decided to take the top 30 selling vehicles and make a list of the 10 least fuel efficient of the bunch. The list rules Usi...

Changing Times - Logbooks and FBT

Michael Hunt and Rory Deegan | 7/09/2012 1:47:15 PM

2011 and 2012 were years of big change in the Australian tax landscape. The headlines were grabbed by new costs on carbon and proposals for mining profits taxes. While all this was happening a major shift also occurred in the area of FBT (Fringe Benefit Tax). In short the new situation will see the rates of FBT flattened to 20% across all kilometre ranges from 1 April 2014. What made the change remarkable was the fact that the previous system actually granted drivers lower rates as a res...

Thinking points - The company pool cars

Department of Sales and Client Relations with Rory Deegan | 31/08/2012 2:08:57 PM

“Pool cars are amazing, they don’t need oil, maintenance or even cleaning”. Those were the tongue in cheek words of one of Fleetcare’s account managers. For the most part businesses pool cars (fleet cars which can be used by all authorised company drivers) get a raw deal. In many cases they don’t get the care and attention they need and at resale time businesses can lose thousands. Like many company kitchens; company cars are used and abused until somebody sets d...

Driving and behavioural change

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 24/08/2012 8:38:19 AM

Just this week French car maker Peugeot was hauled over the coals by the Advertising Standards Board. What was their offence? Could it be scantily clad ladies, perhaps some questionable claims about fuel efficiency or maybe it was some underestimation on the car price? Surprising as it may seem, their only offence was a hand being waved outside the vehicle in their recent advert for the 4008 SUV (pictured). Many will think this is a vast overreaction and many more will argue that Peugeots off...

Drink driving laws - the new landscape

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 17/08/2012 8:46:20 AM

"Alcohol is currently a factor in almost a third of crashes in which people are killed and seriously injured on Western Australian roads,'' those were the words of WA Police and Road Safety Minister, Liza Harvey. The minister delivered the frankly shocking statistic in an interview where she went on to explain the new crackdown on drink driving in the Wildflower State. The crackdown, which mainly rotates around the confiscating of licences before court cases, is one of many acros...

Holden Colorado -Don't think, don't hope, do

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 10/08/2012 8:55:20 AM

In the recent ad campaign for the Holden Colorado the famous Hawthorn AFL coach John Kennedy Snr. is heard booming in the background. His famous "Don't think, don't hope, do!" speach compels us to consider his words in the wider context of how Holden is managing its own current difficulties. I first saw the Colorado at the 2011 Perth motor show where it was unveiled amid a flurry of flash bulbs and cheers. Fast forward a year and a few months and the mood at Holden HQ has ch...

The road trip checklist

Fleetcare Government Department and Rory Deegan | 3/08/2012 9:01:38 AM

Ah, the road trip. We’ve all had one, hated one, loved one or just had one we simply could not avoid. In Australia, like in the US, the long haul car trip is an institution with its own traditions and unique culture. Done well, it can be an enjoyable way to see the Australian bush and countryside. Done poorly and you’ll be at the mercy of the emergency services. With this in mind we took to creating a road trip checklist to help all those new at the experience.   The li...

Accident repairs and insurance - A helpful guide

Lauren Heerey and the Fleetcare Accident Management Department | 27/07/2012 9:11:15 AM

Repair and insurance It’s the guide nobody wants to see. Along with our guide on write offs this one on how to bring your car back to full health is one you don’t want to end up using.  Be that as it may, guides are a massive help should the unfortunate event come to pass. Having a guide can act as a stabilising force at a very unnerving time.   The timeline While the timeline may change depending on the circumstances, it is important to be aware of a rough tim...

Blending in too well - ethanol in Australia

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 20/07/2012 9:17:31 AM

Another week, another fuel article. We could be criticised for going into so much depth about one topic if it weren’t for the increasing public demand for alternatives to the petrol status quo. This week we turned our attention to ethanol. Whilst ethanol is an alternative to regular petrol, it does not fit into a like for like comparison like LPG or diesel does. This is because the fuel can be blended with other fuels (most notably petrol) to work with multiple engine types. The most pr...

Petrol vs LPG - a fair fight?

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 13/07/2012 9:24:04 AM

So we’ve done other comparisons, we’ve looked into the differences between petrol types and we've reviewed many models. However, not yet have we compared Petrol with its much discussed competitor; LPG. LPG or liquefied petroleum gas has been an alternative to petrol for a long time however it has never truly dented petrol’s dominance of the fuel marketplace. Currently there are only two major manufacturers, Ford and Holden, making the vehicles (not including conversions)...

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