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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.

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…

Motorway, M42Motorway speeding fines set to rocket

Story: Martyn Collins | Posted 10 June 2014

Breaking the speed limit, who doesn’t do this?  Almost every trip now seems like a game of cat and mouse, pitting drivers against cameras and Police patrols, the victor getting to their destination earlier without points and fines. So considering our speedy pace of life, what could possibly slow us down? Well, what about a… Read more…

Car cleaning10 minute check up could save thousands in damage charges

Story: Matt | Posted 9 June 2014

Are you a business car manager, sick and tired of lease car damage charges when your company cars are returned to the leasing company? Research by business vehicle specialist, Fleetdrive, has found that managers could save thousands of pounds every year by giving their cars a quick 10-minute check-up a few weeks before the official… Read more…

Peugeot_308Petrol or diesel – which is most cost-effective for your next company car?

Story: Martyn Collins | Posted 30 May 2014

OKAY, so they may cost more to buy, but diesel models have always been king in company car circles. Mainly because of the fuel economy, plus lower tax and insurance costs. However, despite many companies dictating that their fleets must run on diesel, or perhaps a hybrid option, the advent of smaller, more efficient turbocharged… Read more…

Woman_with_laptopSix business benefits of business car leasing

Story: Martyn Collins | Posted 29 May 2014

BUSINESS car leasing, if you’ve not heard of it before, is a way for SMEs to run company cars with low monthly payments and agreed mileage over a contract period, which is usually two, three or four years. You pay a monthly rental for the lease of the car and at the end of the… Read more…

Company_car_disposalWhat to do with your unwanted company cars

Story: Martyn Collins | Posted 8 May 2014

YOU’VE leafed through all the brochures, made your decision and picked your chosen colour plus specification for your staffer’s new company car. So far so good. But. And this is the issue for you Mr Business Car Manager, how do you relieve the pain of disposing of that old company car that’s now sitting comfortably… Read more…