Put away your cash and credit cards. Why fuel cards are better for business.

Mark Schneider | 10/10/2017 9:49:14 AM

It was Benjamin Franklin who famously observed that time is money. Old Ben was one clever fella so if he were around today he'd be sure to have fuel cards. Why? Because the right fuel cards are the perfect way to save both time and money when you're out and about on the road. Let's take a look at how fuel cards stacks up against the way you're paying for fuel now, and why it beats cash, credit cards and shopper dockets hands-down. Fuel cards vs cash Paying for fuel...

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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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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...

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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Petrol on the rise for Christmas but OPEC’s power not what it used to be

Mark Schneider | 21/12/2016 9:15:58 AM

OPEC’s recent decision to cut oil production and raise the price of crude oil was something of a return to form from the once all-powerful oil cartel but any impact on the price of fuel at the bowser may not be particularly big or long lasting. That’s because OPEC is far from the monopolistic cartel it once was. Non-conventional oil Its price-fixing prowess has been greatly weakened in recent years by a flood of non-conventional oil from American shale-oil producers and in...

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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...

Mitsubishi Cheating Fuel Consumption Figures

Mark Schneider | 9/05/2016 12:10:49 PM

Mitsubishi has now joined a growing list of car makers including VW, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Ford, Mini and Mazda who have all been caught out cheating emission standards and fuel consumption figures. It’s a reasonable bet that they won’t be the last. The Japanese manufacturer has put its hand up to falsifying fuel consumption figures for 157,000 of its eK wagons and eK Space light passenger cars, and for 468,000 Dayz and Dayz Roox vehicles it produced for Nissan i...

Americans can't get enough of their big utes

Mark Schneider | 24/03/2016 9:07:14 AM

Everything’s big in America – especially those utes. One of the myths about the collapse of the American auto industry in the global financial crisis is that it was largely brought about by manufacturers sticking to huge gas-guzzling dinosaurs that no one wanted. The sales figures for 2015 should go a long way to dispelling that idea. The top three places are filled by the Ford F-Series, the Chevrolet Silverado and Dodge’s Ram 1500-3500. They’re all crew-cab utes (or p...

Petrol Prices Down World Wide

Mark Schneider | 22/03/2016 9:17:25 AM

The falling price of oil may have the world’s oil producers all hot and bothered but it’s a fair bet you’re smiling a little more at the pump each week with petrol prices dropping below $1 in some parts of Australia early this year. It’s a similar story all around the world with falling prices for petrol and diesel, with at least one notable exception: in Venezuela the price of petrol has gone up dramatically! By 6000 per cent, no less, and it’s all to do with th...

Biofuels' Environmental Promise Falls Well Short

Mark Schneider | 16/03/2016 2:09:51 PM

Biofuels promised plenty of environmental benefits when their use became common in the US, Europe and elsewhere, but so far that promise has fallen well short of the reality. The idea of a carbon-neutral fuel that could be readily produced from plants, partially replacing non-renewable liquid fuels, spurred the Europeans to make a percentage of biofuel mandatory at filling stations throughout the continent. The EU wasn’t alone, with many other nations, including the US, mandating that a...

Ford Falcon XR8 vs Santa’s sleigh

Mark Schneider | 15/12/2015 11:53:32 AM

Christmas is looming and the excitement is building around the world with children eagerly anticipating Santa’s arrival with presents for all. He’s been doing the job for centuries now, using the same old faithful sleigh with Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen putting in the hard yards with the reindeer power up front, with occasional help from young Rudolph. Perhaps after all those countless Christmas deliveries it’s time for Santa to ...

New developments in water injection and turbocharging

Mark Schneider | 25/08/2015 4:01:55 PM

Water and petrol do mix, apparently Water and petrol seems an unlikely combination to put in your car - they certainly don’t mix very well - so why is one of Germany’s top car makers planning to inject water into the engines of its new petrol models? The news coming out of Bavaria is that BMW will be using water injection technology on all its turbocharged petrol engine cars in an effort to squeeze more power and better fuel consumption out of them. The science behind ...

Credit cards vs. Fuel cards

Mark Schneider | 20/08/2015 8:00:00 AM

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...

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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