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SME Company Car Advice

This section is stuffed full of useful business car advice for both business car managers and business car drivers with tips on driving, car finance methods along with case studies of small businesses and business owners.

MotorwayCan a mandatory motorway driving test make company car drivers safer?

Story: Paul Myles | Posted 13 October 2014

A RESOUNDING thumbs-up for mandatory motorway driving tests could boost driver safety for SME fleet operators. After motorway fatalities increased by 14% last year, a survey has revealed that 90% of motorists want a motorway driving test introduced for all drivers. Asked whether they believed all drivers should have to pass a motorway driving assessment… Read more…

engine, mechanicWhat’s the best way to manage your small fleet maintenance?

Story: Debbie Mountford | Posted 1 October 2014

ONE of the most problematic issues that SME small fleets face when it comes to running their company cars can very often be the management of maintenance. Maintenance management can not only be time-consuming, it can also be difficult to budget for and as a result, can have an unexpected negative effect on cash-flow. Many… Read more…

apple, iwatch, twoApple smartwatch rotten for company car managers

Story: Paul Myles | Posted 29 September 2014

COMPANY car managers have been warned to take measures against employees using smartwatches such as Apple’s latest. Fleet management specialists Alphabet has joined road safety organisations including the Institute of Advanced Drivers in highlighting the risks of using smartwatches while driving. While a dangerous issue needing to be dealt with by fleet managers, it also… Read more…

man in a rageSix ways to avoid electric vehicle ‘charge rage’

Story: Ralph Morton | Posted 28 September 2014

WE’VE all heard of road rage. But here’s a new type of rage at the more genteel end of motoring: at the electric vehicle charge point. How is this? All those drivers who have chosen to go green with either electric cars or plug-in electric hybrids are all searching for places to recharge their depleted… Read more…

Alfa, romeo, mito, disabled, driverSafer parking advice for Blue Badge holders of company cars

Story: Matt Morton | Posted 23 September 2014

What is the Blue Badge scheme? The government says that the Blue Badge scheme provides assistance to disabled drivers to park closer to their destination. The Blue Badge scheme is recognised throughout Europe. DOES your small business employ company car drivers who hold a Blue Badge? Or perhaps you have Blue Badge holders who you… Read more…

Fuel pumps at a filling stationDiesel mileage rate cut to hit SME fleet favourites

Story: Paul Myles | Posted 29 August 2014

DIESEL vehicle operators are being hammered in changes to company car mileage rates by HMRC, which is targeting the key 2.0-litre and under sector. While rates, known as advisory fuel rates (AFR), remain unchanged for petrol, LPG and diesel engines larger than 2.0-litre, the reduction in rates, effective from Monday 1 September, for smaller diesel… Read more…

Man, sitting, carHow leasing can make your company cars more tax efficient

Story: Debbie Mountford | Posted 2 July 2014

WHEN an SME makes the decision to provide its employees with a company car, there is a lot more to consider than just the cost of the vehicle itself. How you choose to fund your vehicle – or perhaps your small fleet of company cars – can make a big difference when it comes to the… Read more…

cars, car repairs, car maintenanceHow maintenance contracts could cut your motoring costs

Story: Debbie Mountford | Posted 24 June 2014

ACCORDING to a a recent study of latest annual garage labour rates by Warranty Wise, this year, the highest hourly UK charge for mechanical work was a shocking £215. Of course, not all garages charge this rate but – rather unsurprisingly – anyone living in the capital can expect to face a £91.99 average hourly fee…. Read more…

Volvo salesDemand for salesman free test drives on the rise

Story: Matt Morton | Posted 20 June 2014

Have you ever wanted to test drive a car without a salesman breathing down your neck, spewing trivia such as boot space, top speed and fuel economy? Seems you’re not the only one – as research by automotive software specialist, DCML, has found demand for extended test drives has risen by 23 per cent in… Read more…

Diesel pumpWhy do we pay more for diesel than petrol?

Story: Matt Morton | Posted 11 June 2014

DRIVE a diesel company car and wonder why you’re  paying more for diesel at the fuel filling station? Well the RAC agrees, and this week issued a statement asking retailers to reduce the price of diesel as wholesale costs approach that of unleaded petrol. If you’ve ever wondered why forecourts charge more for diesel than… Read more…