Hybrid vs Diesel - a new auto comparison

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 22/07/2011 10:29:44 AM

Like everyone who stares blankly at listings on car sales websites, I too am overcome with the sheer level of choice. From hatchback to convertible, manual to automatic and all the other choice criteria the number of options for the car seeker can become very confusing. While most of these options are fairly self explanatory there are a few which always confuse in terms of a definite winner. The choice of diesel versus hybrid is, for me, top of this confusion pile. Why buy eithe...

Fleet cost reduction for the long haul

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 24/06/2011 11:29:49 AM

In a perfect world, goods and services would be bought or sold with scant regard for costs and people could glory in the comfort of purchases and consumption. Unfortuantely we do not live in that world. With Greece in crisis, the US broke and the global economy still a little bruised, “Austerity measures” has transformed the way we think about cost control. With these trends and the new culture of business cutbacks in mind we thought we would outline some of the best long term cos...

Depreciation; Do you know how much it's costing you?

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 10/06/2011 1:08:02 PM

Intricate financial modelling is not the first thing to spring to mind when you consider buying a new car……but it really should be. Choosing the wrong vehicle can cost thousands of dollars and leave many burnt fingers. The inconvenient truth is that the lifetime cost of a vehicle does not take centre stage in most vehicle purchase decisions; immediate cost, styling and other considerations usually take precedence.   What causes fast or slower depreciation? The dep...

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 ...

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 ...

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...

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...

Total cost of ownership: The hidden traps of buying a car

Jason Ovens - Accounts Receivable | 14/06/2010 12:35:47 PM

A new vehicle is one of the most important purchases we make in our life time. But do we really consider what is in our best interests when selecting a vehicle? Most of us choose the best priced car in the yard without considering the ‘total cost of ownership’, a decision that can cost you thousands in the long run. There are many costs to consider that aren’t included in the initial price of a vehicle. These include ongoing operating costs that can hurt your hip pocket,...

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