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 ...

Are you eligible for salary sacrificing?

Mark Schneider | 8/06/2017 1:24:32 PM

If you think you've got better things to do with your weekly pay than giving large chunks of it away to the taxman then there's a simple strategy to reduce your tax and hang onto more of your hard-earned. It's called salary sacrificing, salary packaging or total remuneration packaging. In simple terms you arrange for your employer to pay some of your household bills for you out of your pre-tax income. That reduces your taxable income and the dollars the taxman can get his hand...

Cost savings with fleet fuel cards

Kirsten Brent | 31/05/2017 12:05:53 PM

When operating a business fleet costs can quickly blow out, especially in terms of fuel usage. With the falling Australian dollar (June 2013) forcing petrol prices to the highest price in years, cutting costs at the bowser has become more important than ever. One way to reduce your fleet costs is by using fleet fuel cards. But just what cost benefits can you receive from utilising fuel cards? We take a look at five of the main areas where your business can save money. 5 main cost savings ...

Tips to reduce vehicle running costs

Kirsten Brent | 31/05/2017 12:05:16 PM

When considering vehicle costs, the first thing that comes to mind is the purchase price, with the everyday running costs often not thought of until later. While this is an easy trap to fall into, it is important to consider your vehicle running costs before purchasing a car as expenses can easily snowball. One way to avoid this is to actively reduce all vehicle costs including insurance, tyres, servicing and fuel. We take a look at some simple tips to make running your car as cost effective ...

6 Strategies to Cut Your Fleet Management Costs Right Now

Kirsten Brent | 31/05/2017 11:59:53 AM

As fuel costs rise and the economy continues to stumble, managing a fleet becomes more difficult. Many businesses must now operate with a reduced fleet management budget, and many need to find creative ways to be profitable and ensure the long-term health of the operation. With that in mind, we consider six strategies that have helped achieve that success.   1. Find Inefficiencies in Actual Costs Budget reduction does not necessarily require sacrifice. Before looking at where t...

Five ways novated leasing can boost your business

Mark Schneider | 31/05/2017 9:00:53 AM

Novated leasing is an attractive option for employees, offering them the pleasure of owning a brand new vehicle of their choice while keeping more money in their pocket each payday. And it can be an attractive tool for business owners who recognise the role that novated leases play in attracting, rewarding and retaining great staff. Let's take a look at five ways novated leasing can boost your business: 1. A tool in salary negotiations Attracting quality candidates is a tough...

Four fuel card features you've never heard of

Mark Schneider | 25/05/2017 12:52:29 PM

You probably already know about the many benefits of vehicle fuel cards such as cutting administration costs, discounted fuel, reducing fraud and improving transparency, but there are a range of other benefits, too, that you may not be aware of. In fact by combining your Fleetcare fuel card reports with the exception reports available from Fleetcare, you'll have a powerful business tool to reduce your fleet running costs in four important ways: 1. Fuel overfills Fuel cards g...

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What's involved in a vehicle service?

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 26/04/2017 10:07:38 AM

Like most, I personally find car services are like stepping into the unknown. The idea of leaving your car in the hands of a stranger can seem counter intuitive and without knowing what’s happening it can also feel little worrying. What’s being done, what parts are being replaced, what exactly should I expect once the service has been completed? With all of this confusion in mind I set out to find out what was involved in car servicing so I could decode the jargon that left me stu...

Autonomous Car Tech Forging Ahead

Mark Schneider | 5/04/2017 8:54:57 AM

Electric car sales may have stalled but the autonomous vehicle revolution looks set to overtake the motoring world with quite astonishing speed. Around the world carmakers, technology firms and governments are scrambling to embrace the strange new world of autonomous motoring. Computer giant Intel recently bought autonomous vehicle technology firm MobileEye in a $15.3 billion deal. MobilEye's technology for data analysis, machine learning, localisation and mapping for driver assistanc...

Fuel Cards for Small Business - How, why, and where you’ll save money

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Manager | 15/03/2017 12:31:13 PM

At times, the troubles of managing a small business can be overwhelming. Every entrepreneur eventually realises that running a business is about more than simply going to the wall with a great idea. Logistics, employee management, taxes, and production problems will pose obstacles along the way. The wise small business owner will find ways to simplify and streamline their operation, minimising these problems as much as possible. Fuel Management For businesses that have employees on th...

Misfuelling your car – a costly mistake

Jess Wallace | 8/03/2017 10:02:44 AM

Putting the wrong fuel into your car can be a massive mistake. If the vehicle is driven, the engine can seize and parts of the fuel system may be destroyed. It can easily result in a write-off due to parts costs. At Fleetcare, on average, a maintenance controller will take around 3 calls a week regarding misfuelling. A diesel input hole in a vehicle is bigger than a petrol input hole, so more than likely these calls have been regarding a client misfuelling a diesel car. The pump for di...

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Credit cards vs. Fuel cards

Mark Schneider | 2/03/2017 12:20:32 PM

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...

Can your business save money with fuel cards

Cindy Anthony - Marketing Assistant | 27/02/2017 10:49:44 AM

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 ...

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,...

Is Germany about to ban internal combustion engines?

Mark Schneider | 13/01/2017 8:35:31 AM

Is the country that gave birth to the modern internal combustion engine about to kill it off? Well maybe and maybe not. News that the German Bundesrat, the federal council of all of Germany’s 16 states, recently voted to ban gasoline and diesel powered vehicles by 2030 has made waves worldwide. However, German petrolheads, or perhaps dieselheads, needn’t panic just yet, because the decision is non-binding and is as much a statement of intent as anything else. The Bundesrat doe...

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