Market Trends

Forecast of Commercial Fleet Buying Intentions for 2007-MY

The forecast is for commercial fleets to purchase a comparable number of vehicles in 2007 as they did in the preceding model-year. The high price of fuel is impacting selectors, as are concerns about rising fleet fixed costs. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Wednesday, July 5, 2006 4:10 PM | » Comments(0)

High Cost of Fuel and Weak Retail Sales Softens Resale Demand

Resale values in the wholesale used-vehicle market have softened as retail sales of both new and used vehicles have weakened, said Howard Graus, assistant manager, vehicle remarketing for Automotive Resources International (ARI), a fleet management company headquartered in Mt. Laurel, N.J. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, June 27, 2006 11:49 AM | » Comments(0)

How to Minimize Vehicle Abuse

A major headache for fleet managers is dealing with drivers who willfully abuse their company-provided vehicles. Although they represent a very small minority of drivers, their actions (or lack of action, in the case of neglect) have a direct bearing on the company’s bottom line and fleet budget. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Monday, June 19, 2006 10:51 AM | » Comments(0)

Looking Over the Horizon:Five Predictions and Two Wild Cards

Each year, Automotive Fleet tabulates fleet-related data for its annual Fact Book to provide insight into the fleet industry for the current and preceding model years. With this foundation, I thought it would be interesting to extrapolate this data to identify trends that may influence fleet management decisions in the upcoming model-years. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, June 13, 2006 9:20 AM | » Comments(0)

Factors Influencing Development of 2007-Model-Year Fleet Selectors

Each month we are in contact with hundreds of fleet managers who manage fleets ranging from fewer than a hundred vehicles to mega fleets of tens of thousands of units. This link provides us a strong pulse of what’s happening in the marketplace. Emerging trends can be discerned after hearing similar comments repeated by a variety of fleet managers in different industry segments. Here is some of the buzz currently circulating through the industry. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, May 23, 2006 10:40 AM | » Comments(0)

15 Ways to Increase Your Fleet's Fuel Economy

Although gas prices have hit a record high, you can take actions to maximize the fuel efficiency of your fleet. Here are 15 suggestions for drivers to follow to maximize fuel economy, most of which won't cost you a cent. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, May 2, 2006 11:55 AM | » Comments(0)

Fuel Becomes Fleet's No. 1 Expense at $3.25 Per Gallon Depreciation Moves to No. 2 Position

If the price of gasoline reaches $3.25 per gallon, it will exceed depreciation as fleet's No. 1 expense, based on today's incentives and residual values. With the $3-per-gallon threshold already shattered, this scenario is not implausible. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, April 25, 2006 10:29 AM | » Comments(-1)

More Fleets Seek Reimbursement of Parking and Toll Violations from Drivers

Fleet managers of well-run fleets will tell you it’s getting harder and harder to find significant cost reductions. Many fleets are now expanding their focus to the next tier of cost savings. One area receiving increased attention is parking and toll violations. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, April 18, 2006 9:31 AM | » Comments(0)

Low Inventory of Vehicles Continues to Bolster Wholesale Resale Values

The inventory of used vehicles in the wholesale market continues to lag buyer demand, boosting resale values across the board when compared to sale results same time last year. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, April 11, 2006 9:01 AM | » Comments(0)

Fleets are the Targets for ‘Hidden Taxes’

Over the past two decades, the tax cost to operate a company-provided fleet has increased substantially. Today, taxes are the sixth-highest cost to operating a fleet. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, March 28, 2006 1:16 PM | » Comments(0)

Who’s Responsible for RetrievalWhen Ex-Employees Hold Vehicles Hostage?

At most companies, when an employee is terminated, a predetermined checkout procedure is initiated to ensure all company assets are returned. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, March 14, 2006 9:21 AM | » Comments(0)

Public Sector Fleet Operations on the Radar Screen of Politicians

The rapid rise in gasoline and diesel prices precipitated unanticipated fleet budget deficits throughout the country in 2005. This caused fleet to get on the “radar screen” of elected officials, the local news media, and taxpayer watchdog groups. As fleet managers asked legislators for additional funding, a knee-jerk “politicization” of fleet operations occurred with some elected politicians seeking to modify fleet policies. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Monday, February 27, 2006 3:34 PM | » Comments(0)

Are You a Tactical or Strategic Fleet Manager?

The common denominator among the companies operating the nation’s 300 largest commercial fleets is that they empower their fleet managers to make strategic decisions necessary to cost-effectively operate their fleets. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, February 21, 2006 1:04 PM | » Comments(-6)

Public Sector Fleets:Why Fleet Resale Proceeds Should Not be Returned to the General Fund

A fleet with a vehicle replacement fund to which resale proceeds are returned makes the fleet manager more accountable for the disposal of surplus vehicles and equipment. It is in the fleet manager’s best interest to maximize resale proceeds to offset the cost of new vehicles. READ MORE

Author: MIke Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, February 7, 2006 10:33 AM | » Comments(0)

Think You Run a Well-Managed Fleet? Show Me the Metrics

Strategic sourcing has been a strong trend in corporate procurement for more than a decade. It has changed the corporate landscape and many fleet managers today find themselves reporting into the company’s procurement/sourcing group. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, January 31, 2006 8:12 AM | » Comments(0)

The Time is Now to Create a Certified Automotive Remarketing Program

The International Automotive Remarketers Alliance (IARA) has launched an important industry initiative to develop the first-ever certification program for remarketers. Known as the Certified Automotive Remarketing program (CAR), it will be open to all members of IARA, along with nonmembers who meet the eligibility criteria. Currently, no such program exists for the remarketing industry. However, this is not the case in other industries. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, January 24, 2006 8:34 AM | » Comments(0)

Higher Fuel Prices Prompt Increase in Truck Overloading

Higher fuel costs have created budgetary pressures to minimize operating expense, prompting some companies to make the most of every trip by overloading trucks. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, January 17, 2006 9:11 AM | » Comments(0)

How Should Fleet Resale Performance be Measured?

A variety of resale guides are available for commercial fleet managers to use in benchmarking vehicle resale values and measuring the performance of their remarketing vendor. Recently, the advent of online resale guides is prompting some fleet managers to actively consider the use of other industry benchmarks. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, January 10, 2006 11:29 AM | » Comments(-4)

Use of a Company-Owned Vehicle May Override the ‘Coming and Going’ Rule in Workers’ Comp Claims

Most state workers’ compensation systems do not provide benefits for injuries sustained while an employee is commuting to and from work. This is commonly referred to as the “coming and going” rule. Under ordinary circumstances, any injury that an employee may suffer while traveling to and from work would not be covered by workers’ compensation. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Wednesday, December 28, 2005 2:27 PM | » Comments(0)

Driving and Prescription Drugs Can be a Lethal RX

As fleet manager, any time one of your drivers uses an over-the-counter or prescribed medication, you must consider the risk and the effect it might have on their ability to drive. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, December 20, 2005 2:21 PM | » Comments(0)

Saving Gas Can Be as Simple as Properly Inflating Tires

The easiest way to minimize fuel expenditure is to ensure that tires are inflated to the correct pressure. Statistics compiled by the American Automobile Association (AAA), show that fuel economy is compromised by 10 percent when tires are under-inflated by only 2 psi (pounds per square inch.) An under inflated tire increases rolling resistance, requiring your engine to work harder. Proper tire inflation could save several hundred dollars annually at the gas pumps. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, December 13, 2005 12:01 PM | » Comments(0)

You May Be Violating State Law By Deducting Driver Wages to Pay for Vehicle Damage

Many nationally dispersed fleets include a provision in their fleet policy guidelines stating that drivers are financially liable for damage to their company-provided vehicle if it was caused by negligence. However, many fleet managers are unaware that this practice is illegal in some states. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, December 6, 2005 8:10 AM | » Comments(0)

Fleet Cost Control Starts with the Company Driver

The best time to control cost is before it occurs, and the way to do this is by establishing policies and procedures that inhibit unnecessary spending. However, just because your company implements a written fleet policy doesn’t mean it is being followed. How do you increase driver compliance with fleet policy? READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, November 29, 2005 12:22 PM | » Comments(0)

Designing Tires to a Specific Model Has Consequences for Commercial Fleets

Tires are an evolving component on vehicles. One simply has to look at the trend with factory OEM wheels and tires. Only a few years ago, the norm was 15- and 16-inch wheels. Currently, these same-sized cars, are now equipped with 16- and 17-inch sizes and some even have 18-inchers for mid-size cars. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, November 8, 2005 12:21 PM | » Comments(0)

The Impact of Hurricane Katrina on the Wholesale Used-Vehicle Market

An estimated 250,000 to 1.2 million vehicles were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. There were approximately 20,000 commercial fleet vehicles in the Gulf Coast at the time of the Hurricane with as many as 2,000 units destroyed or damaged. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, October 4, 2005 8:24 AM | » Comments(0)

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