Australians still love their SUVs

Mark Schneider | 2/09/2015 3:08:10 PM

Australians’ love of SUVs shows no signs of cooling if the latest new car sales figures are any indication. While sales grew by around 3% overall in July 2015, SUV sales were up by no less than 13.4% for the month, contributing to an overall increase of 13.7% year-on-year. Where once sedans such as the Falcon or Commodore, or perhaps their station wagon equivalents, were the natural choice for the family’s set of wheels, today the SUV seems the natural choice. So what&...

New developments in water injection and turbocharging

Mark Schneider | 25/08/2015 4:01:55 PM

Water and petrol do mix, apparently Water and petrol seems an unlikely combination to put in your car - they certainly don’t mix very well - so why is one of Germany’s top car makers planning to inject water into the engines of its new petrol models? The news coming out of Bavaria is that BMW will be using water injection technology on all its turbocharged petrol engine cars in an effort to squeeze more power and better fuel consumption out of them. The science behind ...

Credit cards vs. Fuel cards

Mark Schneider | 20/08/2015 8:00:00 AM

If you own a business then you’ve got better things to do than keeping track of hundreds of separate invoices for fuel. It’s a time wasting distraction when you just want to get on with doing what you do best – running your business. So you might be thinking that simply running up your fuel costs on a credit card is the answer. After all, that allows you to record all those fuel purchases on one simple monthly statement, which is surely better than accumulating all those...

Is history repeating for electric cars?

Mark Schneider | 13/08/2015 8:00:00 AM

New car buyers are faced with more vehicle choices than ever before, and it’s not just about make and model. Today we can choose between petrol and diesel engines, hybrids, plug-in hybrids and even pure electric vehicles. Well history has a way of repeating itself and you may be interested to learn that today’s plethora of choice is a curious echo of an earlier age, especially when it comes to electric cars. Electric was more popular than petrol Electric cars have a su...

Fully Maintained Novated Lease vs. Non Maintained Novated Lease: What’s the Difference?

Jamie Press | 7/08/2015 8:55:00 AM

Novated leasing provides a great opportunity to take off the financial pressure when buying a vehicle, without the hidden costs and huge amounts of interest. By offering you the ability to lease a motor vehicle on behalf of your employee, staff can use pre-tax dollars to make payments and budget stress is significantly reduced. This salary packaging option has become very popular throughout Australia because it provides significant GST savings and income tax. It also allows the employee to ef...

Novated Leasing vs. Other Buying Options

Jayde Ferguson | 30/07/2015 2:33:18 PM

Buying a car is rarely an easy process. Most people can’t afford to buy a brand new car outright in their lifetime, so you look for other options that can take the financial pressure off – like financing or a second hand vehicle purchase. But how do you know which option is right for you? With the interest and hidden costs of many finance solutions, or buying a second hand car that may not be reliable, it can definitely be a time consuming and frustrating journey for many. Nov...

How to pick a great used car

Mark Schneider | 24/07/2015 8:34:14 AM

If you’re thinking of buying a car then one of the first questions that comes to mind is whether to buy it new or used. While that shiny new car offers the security of mechanical soundness and the very latest features you may be tempted by the cheaper price of a used car and the promise of saving money. A quality used car can be a very good choice and there are thousands of well-serviced, well-maintained vehicles to choose from, but how do you ensure the car of your dreams doesn&rsq...

A brief history of vehicle safety

Mark Schneider | 14/07/2015 12:09:01 PM

Ever since Nicholas Joseph-Cugnot’s steam powered automobile crashed into a wall in 1771 in the world’s first automobile accident, improving vehicle safety has been a concern for manufacturers, legislators and the travelling public alike. Find out more Find out more Some safety features go back a surprisingly long way - like safety glass - which became standard on Fords from 1930. E...

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The high cost of ignoring your car’s servicing

Mark Schneider | 8/07/2015 2:04:44 PM

If money’s too tight to mention and your vehicle’s scheduled service is looming large then you may be thinking that stretching that service out a little longer may be a sensible budgeting measure. Well think again, because the money you save on servicing in the short term can cost you heaps in the long term in many, many ways. Find out more Find out more Modern cars are extremel...

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Is your car in the airbag recall?

Mark Schneider | 8/07/2015 2:04:39 PM

With more than 50 million cars and 10 vehicle makers involved, the Takata airbag recall is now the biggest vehicle recall in the history of motoring. Airbags are an essential part of any car’s safety system, but in the case of Takata’s faulty product, the device designed to protect drivers and passengers has in some cases killed them. At least six deaths have been blamed on the faulty airbags, though thankfully there have been none in Australia so far. What’s causing...

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Slow but steady roll out for Australia's "electric roads"

Mark Schneider | 19/06/2015 11:10:34 AM

Australia has quite a way to go before an electric car becomes a practical proposition for anyone but the most city-bound motorists, but a couple of recent developments have eliminated “range anxiety” on some key routes. In April electric car maker Tesla announced that a supercharger station would be opened in Goulburn New South Wales by mid year, making it possible for Tesla owners to travel between Sydney and Canberra. Recharging their car is free. It’s part of Tes...

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Motoring joy on a novated lease

Mark Schneider | 5/06/2015 12:07:16 PM

One of the many great things about novated leases is that you get to choose the car you want. For many of us that’s a sensible set of practical family wheels for hauling the kids round on the weekends, doing the shopping and heading to the bush for holidays. But for more adventurous types the lure of owning a sports car proves irresistible. Well the good news is that the price of many sports cars has actually come down quite markedly, making the prospect of a bit of motoring excitem...

Grey fleet vehicle blues could leave you in the red

Mark Schneider | 22/05/2015 11:10:18 AM

If your business runs a vehicle fleet than you're probably aware of the OH&S responsibilities you have to your employees and your potential liabilities to them and other road users in an accident involving one of your vehicles. But you may not be aware that you're also potentially liable for accidents caused by vehicles used on behalf of your business, whether you own them or not. They're known as "grey fleet" vehicles and they include any vehicle owned by a staf...

Meet our Business Development Management Team

Jess Wallace | 8/05/2015 12:25:58 PM

We had the opportunity recently to sit down with one of our Business Development Managers, Wade Gardiner, to find out more about his role and how our Business Development Managers work with new client opportunities and their client portfolio.  Wade joined the Fleetcare team nearly a year ago and is a great asset to our sales team.  Here is what Wade had to say. 1. What does your day in sales usually consist of? A day in sales never stops; a normal day consists of searching f...

Novated Lease Residual Value Explained

Jayde Ferguson | 23/04/2015 12:49:04 PM

For employees and drivers that are in need of a new car, Novated leasing has offered a practical solution. Almost everyone can relate to the struggles of forking out money for a big purchase. A Novated lease makes for an easy financial solution. When an employer provides salary packaging on a car, it allows the employee to lease the vehicle on behalf of the company, thus leaving the employer responsible for the lease. Combined with the Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) from the Australian Taxati...

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