A lot on your mind? Navigating fleet management for SME's

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 18/05/2012 10:35:24 AM

“What's involved in fleet management exactly?” This is a question we get all the time. The common misconception is that it focuses on holding onto car keys and passing them on to the next person when a company car is needed. Fleet management is much more than holding the keys, so to speak. For the small to medium sized business, fleet management ranges from day to day fuel management all the way to remarketing of company vehicles. The role is big and with new vehicle, fleet an...

Budget 2012 for the car owner

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 10/05/2012 10:41:03 AM

There is no getting away from it; the Gillard government is very unpopular at the moment. The Labor party has a primary vote of 27 precent and things are simply not getting any better. With all of this playing on the minds of the Labor front bench, they have conceived what is called the “battlers budget”. While commentators up and down the country analyse the implications in general terms we have taken a closer look from an auto perspective.   The changes In truth t...

Crisis, what crisis? Is the auto industry back to boom times?

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 3/05/2012 10:46:50 AM

The 4th of December 2007 was a very cold day in Detroit. GM CEO Rick Wagoner woke up, joined the heads of Chrysler and Ford and drove to Washington to beg for the survival of their industry. Something was clearly rotten in the city of Detroit. While big changes and big progress has been made since that dark day the question still remains; Is the auto industry out of crisis yet? Is the crisis over? The short answer is yes, but nothing is ever that straightforward. While vehicle production...

Vehicle recalls - the need to know guide

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 12/04/2012 11:03:02 AM

"This can result in the electrical system malfunctioning, the vehicle failing to start and, in some cases, charring or fire,". Those were the words of BMW on their most recent recall of around 1.3 million vehicles. While this latest recall is not the largest or most dangerous on record it does give us a chance to discuss the subject. Indeed it's this very subject which gives car designers and fleet managers unending nightmares the world over.   What to do when your ve...

Hybrid or electric - A new comparison

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 5/04/2012 11:10:41 AM

Switch on the TV, listen to the radio or check-up products online. Over time you will notice the widespread use of one word in particular. That word is “compare” and it can be used or misused to persuade you, as a customer, to part with your cash for any given product or service. This week we take an independent look at the comparison between hybrid and electric vehicles. Focusing on cost, environmental impact and the major drawbacks of both we hope to understand more on what many...

Going green – The next steps to a greener fleet

Fleetcare Maintenance and Government Teams with Rory Deegan | 15/03/2012 11:36:28 AM

The 24th of June 2010 was a big day for Australia. Julia Gillard was sworn into office with the help of a handful of independents and, most importantly, the Australian Green Party. Suddenly ambitious green policies become a real prospect. Tax concessions for green fleet managers are currently thin on the ground however in the current political environment this may not remain the case. While the concept of including car drivers in any carbon policy is not currently on the table it is still ver...

Route planning - Your directions to lower costs

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 8/03/2012 11:43:20 AM

We all know the feeling, you’re on a road, in the middle of nowhere, with some very poor directions. You’ve been trying to coordinate both your map and your notes, but things are not going well. While satellite navigation systems have eliminated a lot of the problems in this area, it is still relatively easy to get lost. Proper route planning has never been easier but in a strange twist of fate its seems that the skill itself is dying out. This week we look at some smart ways to s...

"Must drive better" - A guide to motivating your fleet drivers

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 1/03/2012 11:54:30 AM

Like any matter of the mind, motivation and its causes is a highly debated and at times confusing subject matter. As a fleet manager motivating drivers and other stakeholders to do the right thing, or avoid the wrong thing can be a real challenge. Providing the carrot can be difficult now that costs are tight and constantly using the stick becomes meaningless once it’s overused. So what are fleet managers to do?   Motivate to do the right thing Here fleet mangers need to ...

Tips for the top – predictions for the top sellers of 2012

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 16/02/2012 12:10:53 PM

2011 was a year of radical change with uprisings, a new country in Africa, financial turmoil and financial miracles. The same, fortunately or unfortunately, could not be said of the Australian top ten selling vehicles. Other than a few re-models and a brief shuffle of the deck very little has changed in the last ten years. In this weeks blog we give our tips for the top in 2012 and, unless something very big comes along, we're predicting very little change.   Our tips for the t...

Fleet cars and staff cars - the SME need to know

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 9/02/2012 12:33:54 PM

There are a number of daunting aspects of starting up a new business. Tax, insurance, logistics and recruitment can seem like purpose built mazes designed to trap and punish the uninitiated. Fleet and staff cars have the unfortunate accolade of covering all of these confusing and at times infuriating areas. With this in mind we decided to list our top 5 things small business owners need to know about fleet cars and staff cars. 1. Encourage positive driver behaviour – This needs to b...

The New Toyota Camry 2012

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 3/02/2012 12:38:41 PM

“Same, same but different” those were the words of my colleagues from the corporate sales team on the all new Toyota Camry. Indeed the new Camry provokes an “I’ve seen this car before” response from the uninitiated while treating the seasoned Camry buyer to subtle yet wide ranging changes. While the changes are comprehensive they cannot be perceived as bold. However, considering the year Toyota has had and the relative success of the Camry they could be forgiven ...

A drivers guide to mobile phone use

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 25/01/2012 12:43:07 PM

Everything used to be so simple; a driver would set out on his or her journey and promise to call the office or house for further instructions or updates when they had reached their destination. With the possible exception of worrying about where to find a pay phone, drivers had very little to think about when it came to phones within their vehicles. Oh how things have changed. From the retro car phone to the modern day smart phone, in car communication has come a long way. With all this beha...

Collision avoidance systems a fleet managers new best friend

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 13/01/2012 1:44:22 PM

“The next thing I know my Mercedes had stopped, without hitting the car in front of me.” Those were the words of Google Senior Vice President, Vic Gundotra, who described his experience with collision avoidance technology in this YouTube video. Collision avoidance technology is quickly becoming a very serious selling point for some very forward thinking vehicle manufacturers. With this in mind we turn our attention this week to examples of this new and emerging technology and what...

Holiday driving a non-crash course

Rory Deegan and the Fleetcare Maintenance Team | 22/12/2011 1:50:23 PM

Beach parties, Santa hats, work holidays and the highest number of road fatalities for any 5 day period in the entire year, welcome to the Christmas holidays. While most of us enjoy our annual rituals and customs which come with the festive season, our high Christmas road deaths have, in our recent history, become something of an inevitability. The figures have decreased and the messages of caution are slowly but surely being listened to by an ordinarily sceptical Australian public, but more ...

Preparing for the worst – Planning for accidents

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 16/12/2011 1:55:32 PM

“I just froze, I had no idea of what to do. In my panic I scanned my thoughts for any piece of advice I had ever received about dealing with a car crash, but I couldn’t think of anything”. Those are the words of a shaken Adelaide resident who was involved in a minor vehicle collision earlier this year. The unfortunate fact is that very few people are in fact prepared for the worst and even fewer have a fool proof company procedure for dealing with collisions or car accidents...

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