The rise of companies using fleet cars

Fleet cars are experiencing a commercial boom, further establishing their longstanding place in the corporate arena

Fleet cars were always a handy workaround for the company that liked to stay mobile without running their own fully-fledged auto company. Of course, the media has long reported people outgrowing the use of cars, especially in urban spaces. However, it’s not quite as simple as that. While full blown purchases of newer vehicles may be slowly winding down, the use of the fleet car is gradually ramping up thanks to corporate investments.
Fleet cars are easier to discover and afford than a brand-new motor. There is a stigma that what served as a taxi or a company car must be of poorer quality, but it is this stereotype that in turn contributes to a better value for money.
A discounted deal takes full effect, with providers wanting to shift their stock for fear of not flogging their fleet of cars. Companies can then invest in used cars, having them delivered to their doorstep for a huge price reduction. To top it all off, the specifications of each vehicle is listed online, accurate data inspiring a more acute deal. Ultimately, it’s a generous system that is being wisely exploited by those involved.
Additionally, then comes the avoided costs in fleet maintenance and management. This is another result of fending off the stigma, as companies work tirelessly to ensure that their fleet up for sale isn’t of shoddy stock, which most might expect.
Should there be problems, all a company need do is discover them and inform the seller to rectify the rest, instead of going through the trouble of doing it themselves.
Furthermore, in every instance of its prior use, one single scrape would create a large array of problems for the driver and their boss, meaning that most past professional drivers were probably quite careful with the vehicle.
Of course, some drivers will inevitably neglect basic care in a car that does not belong to them; smoking, getting into accidents or just allowing the car to waste away overtime. However, companies looking for a fleet car can simply carry out a quick vehicle history check to ensure they acquire the most appropriate vehicle for their company, doing a bit of research to secure that good deal.
From service history to recall checks, it’s all accessible. Once again, this workaround involves investigating that common misconception; that everything that has been previously used must be bad! Ultimately, companies are discerning the fact from the fiction themselves.
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Neil Buckland is a Leeds Business School University graduate who has been working in the digital industry for the last five years. With a particular interest in business and tech-related topics, he has been writing content for various publications since graduating. When he is not writing, you can find him on the pitch for 5-a-side, reading or enjoying the occasional online video game challenge.