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Ways To Cut The Running Costs of Your Fleet

When you are running a fleet it is important to keep the costs as low as possible. Running a fleet is an expensive business and the costs can soon run away with themselves. Obviously a big way to save money is to install vehicle tracking as this helps to cut down on wasted journeys and unauthorised journeys. But there are additional ways to bring down your running costs.

It is very common for fleets to use fuel cards. They help to lower the amount of paperwork and this in turn will lower costs. If you have a discounted fuel card or fixed weekly rate fuel card you can often buy your fuel cheaper than the pump price. This is especially true if you fill up a lot on the motorways where it is more expensive.

Although you need to watch out when using fuel cards, if you are not careful they can make your fuel purchases more expensive. Make sure you keep an eye on the fixed price each week. The fuel card companies will often push up the price you pay gradually over a period of weeks. If the price starts to go up, get a quote for another card or the same card, but from a different broker. You can often find a better deal and then you can either sign up to the new card or use this as collateral to negotiate a better deal on your current provider.

Also it can be wise to get a second fuel card. This can enable you to swap between cards depending on prices. Also a fuel genie fuel card can be used at Morrisons and Tescos, so it might be a good idea to make that one of your cards.

Other ways to save money on your fleet costs include shopping around for the best deal when you lease or buy vehicles. Always haggle when you buy or lease a vehicle. Never go for the first price they offer you. Be prepared to walk away from the deal if you do not get the price you want. Often if you walk away from the table they will call you back. Remember they want your business.

When getting new vehicles look at the fuel consumption of those vehicles, the road tax that is charged for that vehicle and how much the insurance will be. Go for vehicles that get you cheap road tax, cheap insurance and are economical on fuel.

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