You might need a fleet manager if…?

Posted by Anthony Larsen on Apr 17, 2015 5:15:00 PM

jeff-foxworthyMany people have heard of comedian Jeff Foxworthy and his famous line, "You might be a redneck" where he explains certain reasons why people might consider themselves a "redneck." In that spirit, I would like to put my own spin on the saying and provide some helpful and humorous guidelines to see if in fact, You might need a fleet manager…?


 The Helpful

 If the size of your fleet has increased… You might need a fleet manager.

If the size of your fleet has increased, you’re acutely aware of the issues which result from the increased workload.  Even as few as 15-20 vehicles can constitute a fleet. From different financing options to consider and new maintenance schedules to keep track of, to the importance of remarketing your older vehicles.  All of these tasks require more time and manpower, and a professionally trained fleet manager can provide a high level of support so your team can focus on what's most important to your organization.

If your core business isn’t vehicles, but all you focus on is vehicles… You might need a fleet manager.

Your organization's main focus should be providing service to your customers, not managing the vehicles in your fleet.  A question you should ask yourself is, "How much time does managing  vehicles take away from focusing on what's most important to your organization's success?"  If you realize your answer is too much time, or that too many of your employees are being taken away from their responsibilities, you might need a fleet manager.  The decision to partner with a Fleet Management company usually happens when management realizes that managing vehicles has become a distraction that drains employee productivity. 

If you manage vehicles in different cities, states, or even across the country... you might need a fleet manager. 

There are many different things to consider: if you are in charge of vehicles across state lines, which include different guidelines for registration, licensing, and titling across the U.S.  A benefit of using a fleet management firm is pre-negotiated pricing discounts, which are available at all national auto service providers such as Goodyear, Pep Boys, and Firestone.  Having pre-negotiated pricing allows your organization to save 20-30% on maintenance and repair costs.  Finally, does your organization have direct relationships with all the major auto auctions across the country to help streamline the disposal of vehicles taken out of service?  Partnering with a Fleet Management firm can provide a cost-effective solution to these issues and many more. 

 The Humorous 

If you receive a Christmas present and a birthday present from your auto mechanic... You might need a fleet manager. 

If your mechanic puts a fruit basket in the front seat when you pick up your car... You might need a fleet manager.  

If your mechanic’s kids go to Ivy League schools... You might need a fleet manager. 

We hope these guidelines are useful to help you make the right decision... if your organization might need a fleet manager.  Please do not hesitate to contact us at (414) 771-7030 for more information.   

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