A brief history of vehicle safety

Mark Schneider | 14/07/2015 12:09:01 PM

Ever since Nicholas Joseph-Cugnot’s steam powered automobile crashed into a wall in 1771 in the world’s first automobile accident, improving vehicle safety has been a concern for manufacturers, legislators and the travelling public alike. Find out more Find out more Some safety features go back a surprisingly long way - like safety glass - which became standard on Fords from 1930. E...

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The high cost of ignoring your car’s servicing

Mark Schneider | 8/07/2015 2:04:44 PM

If money’s too tight to mention and your vehicle’s scheduled service is looming large then you may be thinking that stretching that service out a little longer may be a sensible budgeting measure. Well think again, because the money you save on servicing in the short term can cost you heaps in the long term in many, many ways. Find out more Find out more Modern cars are extremel...

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Is your car in the airbag recall?

Mark Schneider | 8/07/2015 2:04:39 PM

With more than 50 million cars and 10 vehicle makers involved, the Takata airbag recall is now the biggest vehicle recall in the history of motoring. Airbags are an essential part of any car’s safety system, but in the case of Takata’s faulty product, the device designed to protect drivers and passengers has in some cases killed them. At least six deaths have been blamed on the faulty airbags, though thankfully there have been none in Australia so far. What’s causing...

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Slow but steady roll out for Australia's "electric roads"

Mark Schneider | 19/06/2015 11:10:34 AM

Australia has quite a way to go before an electric car becomes a practical proposition for anyone but the most city-bound motorists, but a couple of recent developments have eliminated “range anxiety” on some key routes. In April electric car maker Tesla announced that a supercharger station would be opened in Goulburn New South Wales by mid year, making it possible for Tesla owners to travel between Sydney and Canberra. Recharging their car is free. It’s part of Tes...

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Motoring joy on a novated lease

Mark Schneider | 5/06/2015 12:07:16 PM

One of the many great things about novated leases is that you get to choose the car you want. For many of us that’s a sensible set of practical family wheels for hauling the kids round on the weekends, doing the shopping and heading to the bush for holidays. But for more adventurous types the lure of owning a sports car proves irresistible. Well the good news is that the price of many sports cars has actually come down quite markedly, making the prospect of a bit of motoring excitem...

Grey fleet vehicle blues could leave you in the red

Mark Schneider | 22/05/2015 11:10:18 AM

If your business runs a vehicle fleet than you're probably aware of the OH&S responsibilities you have to your employees and your potential liabilities to them and other road users in an accident involving one of your vehicles. But you may not be aware that you're also potentially liable for accidents caused by vehicles used on behalf of your business, whether you own them or not. They're known as "grey fleet" vehicles and they include any vehicle owned by a staf...

Meet our Business Development Management Team

Jess Wallace | 8/05/2015 12:25:58 PM

We had the opportunity recently to sit down with one of our Business Development Managers, Wade Gardiner, to find out more about his role and how our Business Development Managers work with new client opportunities and their client portfolio.  Wade joined the Fleetcare team nearly a year ago and is a great asset to our sales team.  Here is what Wade had to say. 1. What does your day in sales usually consist of? A day in sales never stops; a normal day consists of searching f...

Novated Lease Residual Value Explained

Jayde Ferguson | 23/04/2015 12:49:04 PM

For employees and drivers that are in need of a new car, Novated leasing has offered a practical solution. Almost everyone can relate to the struggles of forking out money for a big purchase. A Novated lease makes for an easy financial solution. When an employer provides salary packaging on a car, it allows the employee to lease the vehicle on behalf of the company, thus leaving the employer responsible for the lease. Combined with the Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) from the Australian Taxati...

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Reduce your insurance premiums with vehicle tracking

Mark Schneider | 22/04/2015 1:53:54 PM

You probably already know that GPS vehicle tracking offers a heap of benefits, telling you where your vehicle is at any time of the day or night, recording its movements and making FBT reporting a breeze, for starters. But did you know it can also reduce your insurance premiums?   Many insurers are keen to discount their premiums because GPS vehicle tracking makes recovering your stolen vehicle so much easier, and of course cheaper for them.   When you have a Fleetdynamics t...

Will bad maintenance wreck your business?

Mark Schneider | 17/04/2015 12:46:15 PM

Vehicle maintenance matters a lot. As a business owner you have a clear obligation to provide a safe working environment for your employees, an obligation that extends to the vehicles they drive. Any crash caused by your poor maintenance resulting in injury or death could leave you liable, or partially liable. Not only that, but if you are found to be liable under state and federal work safe legislation then you're open for lawsuits and compensation in the civil courts. Consider these...

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A little maintenance prevents a winter of discontent

Jess Wallace | 26/03/2015 12:58:20 PM

With summer on the run and the colder, wetter days of winter looming, your thoughts may be turning to holidays in the snow, weekend getaways in the country or the blast of the siren heralding the start of another footy season.  Car maintenance probably isn’t uppermost in your mind at this time, is it? Well despite that it’s worth giving it some thought, because a bit of attention now can prevent a winter of discontent over the coming months.  Windscreen Wipers ...

Tesla Model S – The game changer

Jess Wallace | 23/03/2015 9:26:06 AM

Both a motor and a technology company, Tesla is set to make a big impression in the Australian automotive industry. Co-founded by Elon Musk, Martin Eberhard, Marc Tarpenning, JB Straubel and Ian Wright, Tesla is here to change the way Australians think of electric cars and push forward the future dynamics of the automotive industry.  A bit about Tesla Tesla Motors entered into the electric automotive industry in 2006. Its first vehicle – a Roadster, was an all-electric modi...

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Novated Lease - FBT Rates Guide by Fleetcare

Jayde Ferguson | 6/03/2015 1:29:18 PM

What do Fringe Benefits Tax Rates Mean for Novated Leases? The Novated Lease Fringe Benefit Tax (FBT) has been the talk over the last few years as the rates on company vehicles have increased. Whilst these rate changes in the last four years have had a positive long-term outcome in mind, the initial increases have been a frustrating out of pocket expense for many. Since the release of the initial budget change back in 2011, Novated Lease FBT rates have amplified from 7% to 20%. As a r...

Misfuelling your car – a costly mistake

Jess Wallace | 27/02/2015 1:53:40 PM

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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6 Fleet Management Cost Savings Your Boss Will Love

Jayde Ferguson | 6/02/2015 1:58:17 PM

It doesn’t matter what industry you’re in, reducing costs is a mind-numbing battle field for any business owner.  For commercial fleet managers, managing costs is the number one challenge faced daily – and the constant budget restraints don’t help either. With the never-ending struggle to ease the organisation expenses, fleet managers need reliable and constant tactics to help drive down those business costs – both in the short term, and in the long term. ...

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