What makes a popular fleet car?

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 2/06/2011 1:15:18 PM

Car popularity has always been an issue of debate and popularity amongst fleet cars is a similarly contentious subject. Does popularity really mean quality and reliability, or does it mean something altogether less reassuring? For most, any given car's popularity is a combination of factors, some emotional and some practical, but is it possible to separate the two contributors? Without segmenting the fleet industry too much (the industry varies from tool of the trade cars to all range...

How will the Carbon Tax affect pump prices?

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 26/05/2011 1:23:21 PM

The art of negotiation has a long and distinguished history. While in a political sense it gathers most attention during coalition formation talks, it does have the capacity to crop up at any time or place in most societies. The current negotiations and wrangling over the terms and conditions of a proposed carbon tax may (and most likely will) create a new chapter in Australian negotiation history. Fleet Managers will be well advised to stay updated on these developments as the prospect of a ...

FBT (Fringe Benefit Tax) Changes Budget 2011

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 17/05/2011 1:52:50 PM

This year’s budget change relating to Novated Lease FBT rates on company vehicles has been much talked about since the release of the budget information last week. On our blog this week we wanted to outline these changes for our readers whilst addressing the most common questions relating to the new system. The overhaul will, over a four year time frame, end the lower rates of FBT liability for those who drive in excess of 24,999 kilometres per year. The change to those over th...

GPS and Fleet Management

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 13/05/2011 2:02:55 PM

Since the American military released its first satellites in the “Block 1” launches back in 1979 the world of navigation has been forever altered. Long ago drivers relied on maps, intuition and local knowledge to get to customers and deliveries. Today when we peer into a police car or taxi we will see an entire dashboard of navigation and communication devices. Global positioning systems have changed the way we navigate, plan and forecast our own personal and business lives, but h...

Getting the most out of Fuel Cards

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 5/05/2011 2:14:38 PM

The humble fuel card has, for many Australian businesses, replaced company credit cards and cash in an effort to allow accounts departments generate a clearer picture of how much fuel is costing their respective businesses. Fuel cards simply add up all the fuel purchases made by a business and charge monthly through a standard invoice. While most businesses are content with the standard benefits (discounts, reduced administrative cost, reduction in fraud along with increased transparency ...

2011 the year of the SUV?

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 14/04/2011 2:26:58 PM

The main trend With new hybrid and electric models being trooped out by almost every major car manufacturer you would be forgiven for believing that the public was, en masse, moving away from large, noisy and relatively high emissions vehicles. This, however, is not the case according to last months FCAI (Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries) vehicle sales report. Sports utility vehicles now make up 24.5% of all new vehicles sold in March of this year. The significance of this lay...

Holden on for a new Cruze

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 7/04/2011 2:31:48 PM

Since an emotional launch in Adelaide back in late February Australians have waited to hear the assessment of the new series 2 Holden Cruze. Would this second model build on the relative sales success of the first, or would it remind us of the disappointing Vectra range which Holden and GM would prefer to forget?   The changes Apart from a new grill, new bumpers and new wheels there isn’t much to distinguish the new Cruze from the one which left showrooms and forecourts w...

Pump prices pack a punch

Laura Taylor - Marketing Assistant | 1/04/2011 2:37:18 PM

Who would have thought 5 years ago that we would be paying $1.50 per litre at the petrol station? I certainly wouldn’t have. Gone are the days that a station was selling fuel for $0.98/L. How I wish those prices would come back! But times have changed, and so have prices. Now the average national petrol price is at $1.43 per litre, and it doesn’t look to be decreasing any time soon. We all rely on fuel in one way or another. These are just a few areas that the price rise has a...

Australian auto industry faces some speed bumps

Laura Taylor - Marketing Assistant | 18/03/2011 2:44:54 PM

As the devastating news of an earthquake and subsequent tsunami hitting Japan came across TV screens all over the world, so too did the images of the damage and catastrophe it had left behind. One of the scenes saw the new cars that were at the dock ready to be shipped overseas instead being dragged away by a strong and powerful wave. It soon became obvious that these terrible events weren’t just restricted to this one country, but they were going to affect the world, in more ways then ...

Safety vs Cost Control

John Hutchison - Online Marketing Coordinator | 25/02/2011 3:21:20 PM

A question which is often avoided by car buyers, which is more important – keeping costs low or safety? Many people want to appear as if safety is their highest priority, however more often than not, they will often choose a vehicle based on low whole of life costs rather than the safety features. This is also a vital question for companies who own a fleet of vehicles. Businesses have the obligation of providing staff with a safe workplace, and if a vehicle is used for the purpose o...

Can your business save money with fuel cards

Cindy Anthony - Marketing Assistant | 17/02/2011 3:25:09 PM

With the cost of living constantly going up, who wants to spend extra money on rising fuel costs? I certainly don’t. And I imagine most business owners would agree, especially those who own fleets of vehicles. If you think about it, when you add up how much is spent on fuel each month, the savings from discounted fuel could be significant. A popular solution amongst fleet owners for reducing monthly fuel expenses is fuel cards. How exactly do fuel cards work? Fuel cards work by ...

Driverless Cars - the future of automobiles?

Cindy Anthony - Marketing Assistant | 3/02/2011 3:37:23 PM

Old movies like Back to the Future or TV series Knight Rider presented futuristic scenarios featuring flying or even talking cars. While outside of the movies we may not be quite there yet,  we are however taking a huge leap in the automobile industry with our latest breakthrough sensation – the robo-car. Yes, the robo-car. They are the vehicles built with their very own ‘brain’. However, unlike our organically compounded human brain, their artificial intelligence i...

Top 5 bad habits your drivers have

Cindy Anthony - Marketing Assistant | 19/01/2011 3:46:08 PM

Many of us see ourselves as good drivers - whether we’ve had our licence for 2 days or 2 decades. However, it can be said with confidence that we are all guilty of not driving with the best interests of our vehicles in mind. Small everyday things such as not using the parking brake, etc, are some of the causes in reducing the longevity of a vehicle. While bad habits can often be made light of, they are bad news for fleet owners who may not realise the everyday actions of their drive...

Does your fleet really need premium?

Cindy Anthony - Marketing Assistant | 17/12/2010 10:21:08 AM

It’s in middle of the day and you’re craving something sweet. Chocolate cake or a brownie? The cake sounds much more delectable than the brownie, but at the end of the day they both consist of the same product that will satisfy your craving. Chocolate. The same goes for when your car becomes a bit hungry. Amid the vast range of car-snacks comes the hard decision of which to choose. Premium or regular? We all know the cost of petrol prices are always on the rise. So why do ...

Is your fleet in need of a security upgrade?

Cindy Anthony - Marketing Assistant | 9/12/2010 10:22:48 AM

Imagine the inconvenience if one of the most active vehicles in your fleet was stolen, or broken into – causing irreparable damage and your driver to be off the road indefinitely or at least until you come up with an alternative. I suppose vehicle security should have been right up there with safety and performance from the beginning but hindsight is a great gift isn't it?! However, being a person quick on your feet you decide on a remedial course of action. Vehicle hire perhaps? Ma...

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