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Lip service is not enough

4 years ago / 0 comments

There is a common theme running through chats I’ve had in recent months with bosses of car companies and dealer groups. At some point in the conversation fleet comes up and the desire to … Read More »

When fleet management isn’t fleet management

4 years ago / 0 comments

I think it was Charles Darwin who believed that species adapt to suit their surroundings and thus survive. I think presently we are seeing a fine example of this among insurance and accident management … Read More »

Self-registrations and you

4 years ago / 0 comments

A casual look at the new car market appears to show a sector in rude health, having been through the ravages of the recession and now in growth mode. Indeed, year-on-year sales growth has … Read More »

Going spare

4 years ago / 0 comments

It’s those round black things which are vexing me again, or rather the lack of them. In recent years, it has become the trend for many motor manufacturers not to fit a spare wheel … Read More »

Covering all bases

4 years ago / 0 comments

The new car market has been a tough place to operate for most car brands since the onset of the economic downturn. Old ways of doing things have been questioned, revised or jettisoned in … Read More »

The downtime dilemma

5 years ago / 0 comments

Recently, Vauxhall loaned us an Ampera for evaluation. And a very good car it is too. It’s also a long time since I drove a car which turned so many heads. And it set … Read More »

Cream of the crop

5 years ago / 0 comments

One the mostly fiercely contested parts of the fleet market is the premium sector. Here sales have remained strong throughout the recession, with models such as the 3 Series and C-Class regularly appearing in … Read More »

Spoilt for choice?

5 years ago / 0 comments

Businesses are tightening up choice lists in a way that has not been seen for a while. The move is often cyclical with companies tending to be relatively hands-off during the good times, while … Read More »

The Insider: What goes on tour…

5 years ago / 0 comments

As summer draws to a close, I reflect on another season of company drivers taking touring holidays abroad, and bringing their cars safely home again. In principle, we don’t have a problem with our … Read More »

At your service?

5 years ago / 0 comments

Service, maintenance and repair are expensive elements in the company car equation, but that does not mean they cannot be regularly reviewed by fleets seeking to improve cost efficiencies. An important factor in managing … Read More »

Getting to know you

5 years ago / 0 comments

The new car registration figures for the first six months of the year highlighted some interesting trends impacting fleets and their choice of vehicles. While Ford's trusty Fiesta continues to dominate the registration figures … Read More »

Moved by motor show and safety demos

5 years ago / 0 comments

The Moving Motor Show, precursor to the Goodwood Festival of Speed, enabled me to fulfil an ambition to drive up the famous hill climb course. I thoroughly enjoyed my day out and would urge … Read More »

Rental is driving me mental

5 years ago / 0 comments

Recently we discovered our drivers squeezing into smaller rental cars than due, within our specified grade. Used to a 1.6-litre hatchback, we are now seeing 1.2-litre superminis. Our policy allows a mid-size engine hatchback … Read More »

Joined up thinking

5 years ago / 0 comments

Volkswagen has launched a new leasing programme aimed at local fleets. What surprised me was not how groundbreaking the initiative is, it isn’t, but the fact that it was not already in place. Reading … Read More »

Camels, cars and CO2

5 years ago / 0 comments

In the old days, one’s wealth was dictated by the number of cows or camels one owned. Today’s drivers still focus on the perceived number of horses under the bonnet though, rather than understanding … Read More »

Independents’ day?

5 years ago / 0 comments

One of the few positives to emerge from the economic downturn is a greater appreciation of value for money. Rewind four years and, with the possible exception of bankers and politicians, cost control became … Read More »

Sometimes, sexism is a good thing

5 years ago / 0 comments

Car insurance costs are set to be studied by the Competition Commission after the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) said the market was ”dysfunctional”, blaming credit hire charges among other things, for a hike … Read More »

A new fleet funding option?

5 years ago / 0 comments

One of the few positives of the economic downturn is the availability of low interest finance. In theory there’s never been a better time to buy big ticket items, although in practice banks are … Read More »


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