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 ...

The rise of in-car technology

Cliona Kenneally - Marketing & Brand Manager | 11/02/2011 3:34:19 PM

In 1929, American Paul Galvin, the head of Galvin Manufacturing Corporation, invented the first car radio. Customers were required to purchase the radio separately with the car as the first car radios were not available from car makers. Imagine how many people would cause a riot if they were told today that their car radios have to be purchased independently! Its hard to believe just how far we've come since then. Here at the Fleet Beat Blog we love hearing about all the gadgetry in n...

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...

Toyota to stay on top

Cindy Anthony - Marketing Assistant | 27/01/2011 3:41:38 PM

There was a time when Toyota was an automotive leader in the global car industry by a country mile. No other company was able to compare to the staggering sales records, quality reputation, and loyal consumers Toyota had accumulated through-out its years of operation. However, given the year of recalls they had in 2010, what comes to mind now when you think of Toyota? Throughout 2010 as the news of the various worldwide Toyota recalls hit the ears of automotive enthusiasts, the once quali...

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...

5 vehicle checks to complete post flooding

Cindy Anthony - Marketing Assistant | 13/01/2011 9:51:05 AM

As the flood waters in Queensland slowly fall, Australia is left with the devastating aftermath. The unexpected flooding savaged people’s livelihoods from communities and created ghost towns in its place. For the people affected by this natural disaster, all of us at Fleetcare have you in our thoughts and prayers. If you managed to salvage your vehicle in the immediate aftermath there is still bound to be flood damage. However, as a result of the excessive flooding conditions, the a...

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...

VW Polo - Car of the year 2010

Cindy Anthony - Marketing Assistant | 2/12/2010 10:31:52 AM

With a vast array of contenders vying for the title of Car of the Year, the winner which superseded all other competitors is none other than the little German powerhouse, the Volkswagen Polo. Firstly it won Drive’s Best City Car and went onto win the over accolade from both Drive and Carsguide. Nonetheless, this isn’t the first time Volkswagen has tasted victory. But it looks like the bub of the family decided it wanted its share of the spotlight after big brother Golf won ove...

Electric vs Petrol

Cindy Anthony - Marketing Assistant | 25/11/2010 10:37:25 AM

There is a substantial amount of people who believe as a society, we should take care of the environment in lieu of our future generations. Okay, so I kind of agree, I don’t want my future children or children's children to have to swim to school everyday because of the rising sea levels caused by Global Warming. And, while there may be some sceptics out there, we need to consider it may be a slight possibility. Consequently, the pressure resulting from society’s demand for a ...

Worlds Apart: Australian vs European car market

Cindy Anthony - Marketing Assistant | 18/11/2010 10:41:07 AM

Europe. The continent many Australians consider the epitome of exuberance. With the delectable cuisine, the breath-taking views, and the ancient historical attractions how could anyone say otherwise? However, its no secret the struggles that the European economy has faced in recent times. With record car sales just been announced on this side of the globe I decided to look further into how their car market is faring. While Australia has been enjoying impressive new car sales figures, Euro...

Holden Barina Spark - An ideal first car

Cindy Anthony - Marketing Assistant | 12/11/2010 10:43:51 AM

Do you remember your first car? I imagine some people would not have many pleasant recollections of their first bought as a teenager. However, the stereotype of the first car is fast approaching a revolution. This week at Fleetcare, we have had the amazing opportunity to cruise around in the new Holden Barina Spark for a whole week. The low price is definitely the first draw card, but delving further than first glance we found many more.   Exterior: With a chic appearance oozin...

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Is 3 star safety satisfactory?

Laura Taylor - Marketing Assistant | 5/11/2010 10:47:15 AM

In September we posted a blog about the real price of safety, taking a look at the cars that state they have 5 stars, yet require you to pay extra for that 5th star. This tweaked my curiosity to monitor the ANCAP safety ratings and I happened to come across something a little worrying.  Let’s start by stating the obvious. When searching for a vehicle for your fleet, what are some of the general features you look for? Possibly good fuel efficiency,  the number of airbags, i...

Driver education or ISA device?

Laura Taylor - Marketing Assistant | 29/10/2010 10:50:18 AM

Over the past 6 months, the RTA has been trialling an Intelligent Speed Adaption (ISA) device that warns people when they are driving over the speed limit by beeping until they decrease their speed. According to the RTA, this device could help prevent 35 deaths and around 1500 injuries, although it is not going to be made a compulsory installation. The majority of the time, people know they are speeding. It’s hard to be 20km/h over the limit and not notice. So why do people speed? I...

Sydney Motor Show Stoppers

Bowan Spanbroek - Marketing Co-ordinator | 20/10/2010 10:53:12 AM

In a day full of elegance champagne and super models these rough edged rouges showed that the Sydney Motor Show isn’t just for super car prototypes. These exciting previews signal 2011 as a year for a shake up in the Utility and Jeep categories.   Ford Ranger The new “one world, one ford” branding is doing great things across all categories and the utility is no exception. With bulky F150 styling and a payload of over 1500kg the styling is also backed up by le...

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