Many small and large businesses across the land use a fleet of vehicles in order to get their workers where they need to be each day in order to do their jobs. These fleets can be great ways to get your businesses’ presence out there, but the cost of owning a fleet of vehicles is a large and daunting one.
This article will explain some ways in which its possible to save money on your vehicle fleet. Whether you have 2 or 200 vehicles, saving money on their purchase and maintenance will add significantly to your bottom line.
Buy in Bulk – Most major automakers are happy to work with businesses looking to buy a fleet. Manufacturers do plenty of business with rental car companies, police forces, and other businesses and services to sell hundreds or even thousands of vehicles to the same entity. If your purchase is large enough, you’ll be able to leverage additional discounts on both the purchase and regular scheduled maintenance on your vehicles for the duration of their warranty.
Hire Maintenance Staff – Depending on the size of your fleet, you could find it much more economical to have a serviceperson or team of them do your work for you rather than driving to the mechanic anytime a vehicle required servicing or regularly scheduled maintenance.
Even if you’re not apt to hire a full-time mechanic, it’s still wise to do a cost-benefit analysis of having someone come in and change your oil and fluids versus taking those same vehicles into a shop for that service.
Keep Ahead of Repairs – it’s better when managing a fleet of vehicles to avoid waiting until one problem has become catastrophic and the fleet has to be reduced while repairs are made. Regular repair will ensure you have the fleet necessary to conduct business as you wish to, irregular repairs can lead to some or all of your fleet being disabled for a time, and that’s just bad for business.
Keep Fleet Presentable – A fleet is still the face of a business or enterprise, so a really worn and tired looking vehicle makes the whole fleet look less sound in construction. Cleaning, waxing, and other cosmetic maintenance will save money on refinishing and also help reel in new business with a very professional looking fleet.
Taking care of your fleet of cars as more difficult than your home vehicle by a power of however many vehicles you own. Taking care of them helps them take care of you.