Manage your fleet efficiently and reduce spending by following our small business fleet guidance:
Avoid vehicles being out of action for too long, disrepairs and causing accidents. Opt for a company that can handle vehicle mechanics and windscreens.
As the name implies, this bundles together all costs connected with vehicle leasing, including servicing, registration, tyres and maintenance. If you wish, you could add in extras such as roadside assistance, business fuel cards and vehicle insurance. All you need to do is choose your vehicle, decide on term of lease and kilometer usage. You will then be provided with just one monthly invoice.
Benefits include improved cash flow (no deposit), choice of lease term, predictable monthly payments, one monthly invoice (no matter how many vehicles) and in-depth reporting on the performance of your fleet vehicles. You can spend your time running your business rather than getting involved with vehicle management.
Bringing with it some great tax benefits, this is an easy-to-use funding. All you need to do is choose your vehicle, your deposit amount, loan term and kilometre usage. You then receive one monthly invoice with the option of adding in roadside assistance, a TFM fuel card and motor vehicle insurance.
Benefits include tax advantages in that GST, depreciation and interest charges may be claimed back and you may be able to offset the fuel input tax credit. The product provides a choice of loan terms, predictable monthly payments (no matter how many vehicles) and in-depth reporting on the performance of your fleet vehicles.
The purpose of your fleet may determine whether a car, ute, van or truck is more suitable. For example, different vehicle types may, serve a specific task, be more suitable as executive vehicles or provide an employee incentive.
You may even wish to consider factoring in things like reliability or your company’s environmental policy (thereby opting for vehicles with low emissions).
TFM’s Fleet Advisory Service can help by providing you with a comprehensive range of options when it comes to decision making. Based upon your type of business, they will enable you to identify the most suitable vehicles to suit your needs, thereby maximising efficiency.
Buying a fleet is more expensive so look at how much buying a vehicle will cost for the whole of its working life, taking into account fuel, depreciation, servicing and maintenance. Try and look for providers with the best reputation instead of focusing on the lowest leasing prices. You may even wish to outsource your fleet management, avoiding the need to get involved with logistics, maintenance or servicing.
● Fuel: Look at economical vehicles, track fuel usage, ensure drivers use vehicles economically and keep tyre pressures inflated. Consider fuel cards.
● Insurance: Research vehicles with the best insurance ratings. Fleet insurance policies can cost less than individual policies.
● Service maintenance and repairs: If you are leasing, maintenance should be included.
● Tax: Calculate the total amount that you will have to pay.
● Vehicle monitoring software: Should you opt to use this, factor in the cost of the software you choose, calculating the cost for the total number of vehicles you have in your fleet.
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