Is your business getting all its fuel tax credit rebates? Here’s how to claim the lot!

Mark Schneider | 26/09/2018 3:05:30 PM

Rising fuel prices have been putting the squeeze on businesses right around the country, and for that matter right around the world lately. That toxic combination of tight global supply, the falling Aussie dollar and high gross retail margins have seen fuel prices the highest they’ve been since 2015. While a Fleetcare Fuel Card will guarantee that you get discounted fuel every time one of your fleet vehicles fills up at the bowser, you’re still getting whacked by those fuel ta...

Four reasons to monitor driver behaviour

Mark Schneider | 26/09/2018 3:05:22 PM

Your drivers’ behaviour can have a big impact on your business’s bottom line, but all too many businesses seem content to let them just drive off each day and trust that they’re doing the right thing. A business that depends on its fleet depends on its drivers and in the age of telematic technology there’s really no excuse for not keeping a close eye on your drivers’ behaviour. Here are four good reasons for doing so: Safety Australia’s roads can be...

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Fleetcare Telematics makes Fringe Benefits Tax less taxing

Mark Schneider | 26/09/2018 2:57:16 PM

Sipping cocktails on a tropical island; front row seats for the Rolling Stones; watching your team win the Grand Final at the MCG; filling in vehicle log books. One of these things is not like the others. It doesn’t matter whether you’re filling in the details or recording them later, old-fashioned vehicle log books are just tedious, time-consuming and, well, taxing, aren’t they? And do you know what? Because they’re very hit-and-miss, old-fashioned log books are c...

ANCAP ad destroys cars and old myths head-on

Mark Schneider | 30/08/2018 9:31:55 AM

“I feel so much safer in my old car. It’s just so much better built and more solid than these new ones and I’m sure it will protect me better in a crash.” Some old motoring myths die hard, like that one. The truth, of course, is that virtually all new cars are safer than the old ones. The days when the only car makers making safety a priority were Volvo and Mercedes are long gone. Older vs Newer Corolla ANCAP, Australasia’s independent non-profit cras...

Modern trucks make for safer roads says trucking industry

Mark Schneider | 26/04/2018 1:54:44 PM

A shocking rise in road deaths involving trucks in New South Wales has seen the truck industry's peak body call upon government and industry stakeholders to improve road safety measures. The Truck Industry Council (TIC) has backed calls by the Toll Group's Managing Director, Michael Byrne, for the federal government to create incentives for trucking businesses to upgrade to new, safer trucks. Road deaths involving trucks in NSW rose from 29 to 54 in 2017 – an increase of...

Fleet buyers dominant in record vehicle sales

Mark Schneider | 27/02/2018 10:12:55 AM

Fleet buyers are really dominating new vehicle sales in Australia with 52% of new car purchases in 2017 accounted for by business, government and rental buyers. In all they bought some 584, 895 vehicles, not including an additional 36, 849 heavy commercial vehicles, according to VFACTS data. VFACTS breaks data down into Private, Business, Government and Rental, categories. While business buyers were up slightly at 2.6%, rental fleets really surged, increasing by 18.2%, or 10,963...

Safer automotive maintenance products welcomed

Mark Schneider | 24/01/2018 10:55:38 AM

It's a sad fact that more Australians are killed working on their cars than by Great Whites lurking in the surf. Each year around five Australians are killed by vehicles falling on them during maintenance, with a further 43 injured. It's a grim statistic that the Australian Government is keen to do something about. The government has recently strengthened safety standards on automotive maintenance products including motor vehicle recovery straps, portable ramps and vehicle sup...

Are universal road user charges inevitable?

Mark Schneider | 17/07/2017 10:25:09 AM

The idea of road user charges - directly charging people to drive on the roads – has long been a favourite of policy wonks and economists, but political anathema to politicians. Now however there are a few factors at play forcing politicians to at least consider the issue. They're all driven by looming technological change. One is electric vehicles, and the other is autonomous ones, which brings with it the threat of increased traffic congestion. If you hate the id...

Aussie Originals: Bolwell Nagari

Mark Schneider | 3/07/2017 11:11:24 AM

Australia has a long history of producing memorable performance cars, with Holden's Monaro and Torana, Ford's high performance Falcon models and even the Valiant Charger springing to mind. With the demise of Australian vehicle manufacturing those names are destined to become just another part of Australian motoring folklore, but there's another lesser known Aussie performance car, and it didn't come from a major multinational carmaker. It's the Bolwell, Austr...

Budget bonus for first homebuyers

Mark Schneider | 23/06/2017 1:06:52 PM

This year's federal budget contained some good news for hard-pressed people saving up to buy their first home. First homebuyers will welcome the fact that they can now put part of their pre-tax income into their superannuation fund where it can go towards a deposit for a home. From July 1 2017 individuals can put a total of $30,000 into their super fund, or up to $15,000 per year. Couples can put up to $60,000 into super. From there they get the benefits of growing that ...

SUV sales tipped to outstrip passenger cars

Mark Schneider | 20/01/2017 8:13:46 AM

If you think you're seeing a lot of SUVs on the roads these days, well you're not wrong. According to a recent report in the Australian Financial Review Australia is predicted to reach a "tipping point" by the middle of this year when we'll be buying more new SUVs than passenger cars. While sales of passenger vehicles are languishing we just can't get enough of SUVs, which are seeing record sales. The top selling models for many carmakers including Nissan, Honda,...

The great Aussie ute has evolved

Mark Schneider | 22/11/2016 8:21:46 AM

The impending demise of Australia’s domestic vehicle manufacturing has also heralded the end of an original Australian contribution to the motoring world – the traditional Aussie utility or ute. But the great Aussie ute isn’t dead, it’s simply evolved into something a little different and even more practical. The genesis of the Aussie ute dates back to a letter written to Ford by a farmer’s wife in 1933. Sadly her name’s been lost to motoring history, b...

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Categories: Ford, Australia

How to get 10 cents off per litre of fuel

Natalie Mankowski | 8/11/2016 8:31:51 AM

With Australia being the sixth largest country in the world geographically - spanning over 810,000km of road, us Australians rely heavily on our cars to get us around on a daily basis. With fuel prices likely to only increase and a heavy reliance on our vehicles, Australians need to be savvy when it comes to saving on fuel. Fortunately - there are several ways to save significantly, even up to 10 cents off every litre. Know your city’s discounting cycle Knowing your city’s...

Ford Falcon has come a long, long way

Mark Schneider | 4/11/2016 9:12:33 AM

The last Ford Falcon to roll off the production line at the Broadmeadows plant put an end to 91 years of manufacturing history for Ford in Australia. It also ended the remarkable 56 year run of the Ford Falcon, which began with the American designed XK in 1960 and ended 3,578,689 Falcons later with the FG X Falcon XR6. Falcon sedans and wagons were family favourites for generations of Australians, selling in huge numbers and locked in a battle with Holden for market dominance. For many of...

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Categories: Ford, Australia

Victoria is Australia’s car theft capital

Mark Schneider | 26/10/2016 10:01:44 AM

Australians tend to be a little parochial when it comes to their home state, proudly proclaiming the superiority of NSW, Victoria, Queensland, WA, or wherever else they call home. We even have a history of putting state slogans on our number plates. But here’s one you’re unlikely to see adorning Victorian number plates: “Australia’s car theft capital”. Yes, Victoria has earned that unwanted title after an extraordinary 33% rise in car thefts in the year to Ju...

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