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Fleet Manager Plus is FREE whether you source your vehicles from OVL Group Ltd or not!

Fleet Manager Plus is FREE whether you source your vehicles from OVL Group Ltd or not! FleetManagerPlus is OVL Group's exciting solution to manage any organisation’s vehicles. FleetManagerPlus gives you all the pow... Read More

How do I choose the right vehicles for my fleet?

How do I choose the right vehicles for my fleet? What’s your driving force when choosing new vehicles to add to your fleet? For many it is price and we understand that but there are many oth... Read More

How to keep cool on the roads in a heatwave

How to keep cool on the roads in a heatwave Summer has arrived! This week is set to be the hottest of the year, and yes, we know that the Great British weather is very changeable but let'... Read More

How do you keep track of your fleet?

How do you keep track of your fleet? Keeping track of your fleet is definitely a challenge for any fleet manager. Whether you're a dedicated fleet manager with a large nu... Read More

The hybrid revolution continues

The hybrid revolution continues The UK Government’s plan is to ban petrol and diesel cars from our roads by 2040. This week Mitsubishi Motors announced a great step forward ... Read More

Thinking of going electric? Our tips will help with your decision.

Thinking of going electric? Our tips will help with your decision. With the UK’s Government plan to ban petrol and diesel cars from our roads by 2040 we are potentially just 22 short years away from all elect... Read More

Advisory Fuel Rates from 1 June 2018

Advisory Fuel Rates from 1 June 2018 HM Revenue & Customs has announced Advisory Fuel Rates that come into effect from 1 June. Engine ... Read More

What is Fleet Manager Software?

What is Fleet Manager Software? Fleet Management Software like FleetManagerPlus, simply put, makes your life easier. It’s very similar to many of the tools you use every day... Read More

WLTP – The EU fuel economy test 

WLTP – The EU fuel economy test  What is WLTP? The Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure, or WLTP, as initiated from September 2017, is a test used to measu... Read More

Our tips on driving in London

Our tips on driving in London Driving in London can be notoriously challenging, presenting a range of difficulties, including a huge amount of congestion, complex one-way system... Read More

Fleet Manager Plus is FREE whether you source your vehicles from OVL Group Ltd or not!

10/07/2018

Fleet Manager Plus is FREE whether you source your vehicles from OVL Group Ltd or not!

FleetManagerPlus is OVL Group's exciting solution to manage any organisation’s vehicles.

FleetManagerPlus gives you all the power you need:

  • Keeping all vehicle relevant documents in one place.
  • Giving appropriate access to your drivers.
  • Offering a quotation service for vehicle renewals.

 

With FleetManagerPlus you can manage your fleet whether we supplied your vehicles or not. So if you have any number of vehicles you can get the full benefits of FleetManagerPlus software today. The first step is a demo to see how the system works. Then we can load some of your vehicles onto FleetManagerPlus so that you can see how it looks with your live information. You can try the secure login from office or home working. And the next step is to go live. Imagine that, all your vehicles in one place, on line. This applies whether we supplied the vehicles or not. 

Why do we do this?

Because we know that once you experience FleetManagerPlus and our outstanding service, you will want to explore our vehicle leasing service. You may have cars, vans or minibuses and whatever your requirements we can help with industry leading service at really competitive prices.

Contact us today to find out more.

How do I choose the right vehicles for my fleet?

03/07/2018

How do I choose the right vehicles for my fleet?

What’s your driving force when choosing new vehicles to add to your fleet? For many it is price and we understand that but there are many other factors to consider before you make a decision.

Our team is on hand to help you to navigate through the various options but here we lay out some key considerations:

How many people does the vehicle need to carry?

This shouldn’t be answered with a ‘worst case scenario’ figure. For example if your team ‘carpool’ to the annual conference this isn’t the number you should think of. 

Consider the space needed 90% of the time

TIP: Don’t over specify vehicles on the ‘just in case’ basis. 

What loads will the car or van have to carry on a regular basis? 

As above, consider the load that will be carried 90% of the time. 

This consideration is more relevant for vans of course where you’ll be considering weight and length of loads and access needs. 

If you have the need for a larger van once a year, consider a daily rental rather than specifying a much larger vehicle at the time of leasing. 

Additional features

Whilst your drivers will want some ‘gadgets’ avoid highly personalised options as these will be difficult to pass on if the original driver leaves the company, for example.

A car that is fit for purpose and safe is the main consideration. 

Specific features for vans should be considered carefully. For example is racking needed? Our team can discuss various options with you. 

Engine size

Historically there has been a relationship between engine size and power and performance but many modern vehicles use things like turbo chargers and electric motors to provide much more power than might be expected from a ‘small’ engine. Do your research here so you don’t discount a 1.4l engine on face value. 

Where will the vehicle be driven? 

This is a really important consideration. Will the vehicle be on the motorway daily, or is it to be used in town, on country roads even? Generally speaking,  diesel vehicles are better suited to motorway and ‘A’ road journeys, but hybrid (petrol/electric) vehicles are better suited to the stop-start driving needed in towns and villages.

How long are your average journeys?

Once again we’re back to considering the need that is 90% of the time.

If most journeys are short, then a petrol engine is often going to be more cost effective and diesels pay for themselves when being used on long motorway routes.

Think about emissions

It is important to consider the fuel efficiency of the vehicle and its environmental performance. 

For company cars, most of the taxation is based on CO2 emissions and, as such, selecting vehicles with high CO2 emissions will be very expensive for the company and create a high tax burden for the employee. 

Aim for lowest emissions practical. This will save the employee and employer money as well as provide environmental benefits. Also consider fuel type and fuel economy. Fuel is typically 25% – 33% of the running cost of a vehicle and hence selecting fuel efficient vehicles is very important. 

 

If all of the above sounds a bit daunting, don’t worry our highly experienced team is on hand to help you with your decision making – get in touch today.