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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.

Cars-parked-in-line-275x206Flexed to offer flexible business car leasing contracts

Story: Matt Morton | Posted 15 April 2014

ARE you a small business owner looking to lease a small fleet of company cars, but without the worry of a long-term contract? We’re going to lease the very best top-spec cars at low prices on short-term deals to suit the customer Well new short-term car leasers, Flexed, may have the answer. Flexed is a… Read more…

Volvo_S60_D4_reviewDo you understand the risks attached to running a small fleet?

Story: Andrew Charman | Posted 15 April 2014

FAR too many business drivers are risks on the road, and the companies that employ them are doing too little about it. Collisions involving business drivers regularly result in their employers going to court to answer breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act. Last year, shockingly, figures revealed that four in 10 employers… Read more…

OutsourcingCase study: outsourcing your business car management

Story: Debbie Mountford | Posted 9 April 2014

RUNNING a small fleet of cars and light commercial vehicles is a time-consuming business for an SME.  There’s the sourcing  of the company cars or the business vans, and then beyond that there’s ongoing vehicle management and driver management. We didn’t feel that our small fleet warranted the cost of employing an in-house fleet manager… Read more…

Salary_sacrificeHow salary sacrifice schemes can work for SMEs

Story: Debbie Mountford | Posted 2 April 2014

SALARY sacrifice. This is a term that many SMEs know but that’s as far as it goes. However, salary sacrifice could save both you  as an employer and your staff that take up the scheme a chunk of money each year. If you want to offer a valuable perk to your employees and encourage a… Read more…

Car crashWhat is GAP insurance?

Story: Gavin Braithwaite-Smith | Posted 24 March 2014

WE all know that a vehicle starts to depreciate as soon as it leaves the showroom. Obviously the rate of depreciation will vary depending on the make and model, but there will always be a difference between the market value and the price you paid for a car. GAP insurance is a very important product… Read more…

Police_and_carResearch reveals 1000+ business drivers are unlicensed

Story: Andrew Charman | Posted 24 March 2014

5 essentials for driving licence checks Dr Paul Ripley, the managing director of Driver Risk Dynmics and our expert on small fleet safety, suggests the following five essentials for driving licence checking: Always do a full check, not just a visual – ask the DVLA for information. Repeat the process at least once a year. If a driver… Read more…

folowsWhy do some businesses mistrust contract hire?

Story: Peter Hollinshead, director Fleetsave | Posted 19 March 2014

  MANY years working in leading roles in the leasing and vehicle management industry created our commitment to contract hire and our belief that this product was the panacea for company cars, a straightforward and cost effective solution, writes Peter Hollinshead, director of FleetSAVE. After working independently with private and public sector customers, we have… Read more…

Driver_safetyCrunch time for crashes: 5 ways to improve your company driver safety

Story: Paul Ripley | Posted 8 March 2014

ROAD crashes happen all too often but most are avoidable and unnecessary.  Over 95% of all crashes are due to driver error, and many of these are attributable to driver behaviour. And a third of all road crashes involve an ‘at-work driver’.  Behind these figures is a never ending spiral of associated costs, increased insurance premiums,… Read more…

Bus_lane£8m bill for law-breaking company car drivers

Story: Richard | Posted 5 March 2014

BUSINESSES faced a bill of more than £8m last year from company car and van drivers racking up motoring fines. And according to Lex Autolease, the cost of driving offences is soaring – up 15 per cent in 2013 despite the number of offences only increasing by 2.7 per cent. Lex Autolease compiled its annual… Read more…

Driving_in_heavy_trafficHow to be a safe commuter

Story: Tanvir Nandra, IAM | Posted 3 March 2014

HERE’s a feeling familiar to many business drivers I suspect: you arrive at the office and realise that you can’t remember a thing about the journey you’ve just made. It’s scary when you think about it. Driving on ‘autopilot’ is all too easy to do, but it’s dangerous especially when you think that you certainly won’t… Read more…