Insights

Over the decades we have amassed a library of resources, both internal and external, which help our team and our partners do their jobs with skill and confidence. Peruse these pages for current trends and thought leadership, our newsletters, and tips that we have found helpful over the years. And if you have any questions for us, we’re always here for you.

Safe Driving in Fall Weather

Driver Safety Posted by Dan Darbor, Regional Sales Manager on September 28, 2016

Fall tends to feel like a mild driving season; summer construction is starting to wrap up and the depths of winter are still at bay. But as the saying goes, safety never takes a holiday. Drivers must always be vigilant; even when—perhaps especially when—they feel like they can relax a little.

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3 Most Common Ways to Upfit Your Trucks and Vans

Tips and Advice Posted by Sheri Smith, ‎Purchasing Manager at Union Leasing on September 21, 2016


Thinking of upfitting your fleet to better suit your drivers’ needs? Here are the most popular ways to do it (and the reasons why).

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When a terminated employee won’t return your vehicle

Tips and Advice Posted by Rhonda Zielinski, SVP Sales ad Marketing on September 15, 2016


Nine times out of 10—if not more often—the process of retrieving a fleet vehicle from a terminated employee is hassle free.

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Fleet Management 101: Open-end vs. Closed-end Lease

Fleet 101 Posted by Jeff Malko, Regional Sales Manager on September 7, 2016

It used to be that commercial leases came as one fixed offering: fleets were given a monthly rate that was determined by the lease duration and expected mileage. This option (the closed-end lease) is still available, but now fleet managers have another leasing option that allows for more flexibility: the open-end lease.

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Three lifecycle management strategies for your fleet

Fleet Management Posted by Greg Carson, Vice President Operations on August 17, 2016

Lifecycle management is about accounting for a vehicle’s total operating costs. More than just the initial price of the vehicle, lifecycle management includes the costs for fuel, insurance, licensing, routine maintenance and parts replacement—not to mention any costs associated with administration and downtime (the loss of productivity) during repairs.

Why bother with the math? Because it gives you a more accurate idea of when to replace a vehicle in your fleet—saving you money in the long run.

Granted, not all fleets will have the same priorities in managing all the cost variables. For example, one company might be comfortable absorbing the cost of downtime, whereas another company will see it as a direct loss in revenue.

Lifecycle management makes room for managing cost variables differently. There are three widely accepted strategies for vehicle replacement.

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Why accident management costs are increasing and what to do about it

Fleet Management Posted by Bill Krick, Manager of Fleet Services on August 10, 2016

Accidents happen. When you manage a fleet, you know this to be inherently true. The question is why does the annual budget for dealing with accidents continue to rise?

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Fleet Management 101: How maintenance affects miles per gallon

Fleet 101 Posted by Greg Carson, Vice President Operations on July 27, 2016

When we think about fuel economy, our minds tend to go right to the type of vehicle in use. We think about smaller, lighter vehicles, or hybrid electric models. This makes sense, but it doesn’t help our fleet after the deal is done and the vehicle is sitting in the lot.

The good news is no matter what type of fleet you’re managing, there are always ways to save on fuel. That’s because the way vehicles are driven and maintained contributes to miles per gallon. In fact, according to the Department of Energy, fixing a serious maintenance problem, such as a faulty oxygen sensor, can improve mileage by as much as 25%. Ideally, however, you’re performing regular preventative maintenance, which the DOE says will increase fuel mileage by an average of 5%.

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9 Tips for getting the most from your tires

Fleet Management Posted by Greg Carson, Vice President Operations on July 20, 2016

Despite three years of relatively flat tire costs, it’s still not cheap to replce tires in your fleet. With a well-defined tire maintenance program in place, you can save a considerable amount of money by prolonging intervals between replacements. Of course, tire maintenance isn’t only about cost savings. Better-maintained tires mean better fuel mileage, improved driver safety, as well as lower chances of roadside emergencies and expensive downtime.

Since there are several factors that contribute to the life and performance of a tire, here’s some advice that could save you headaches in the long run!

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How best to manage vehicle depreciation

Fleet Management Posted by Bill Womack, VP of Sales on June 22, 2016

Last month, Black Book released a residual value forecast that highlighted rising vehicle depreciation
rates.

Here are highlights from the forecast:

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What To Consider Before ‘Greening’ Your Fleet

Hybrid Vehicles Posted by Rhonda Zielinski on June 15, 2016

A quick look around the industry tells us that green fleets are here to stay. Whether companies are adding hybrid or all-electric vehicles to their lineup, or are experimenting with alternative fuels, the green movement continues to be top of mind for both manufacturers and brands.

As exciting as technological advancements are, the changeover to a green fleet is not necessarily a straightforward one. Adding hybrids and electric vehicles (EVs) is not the same as bringing a traditional vehicle on board; they require different parts, different infrastructure, and have different cost models.

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