Society and the market are changing in unprecedented ways, and companies are working hard to adapt. Solutions include launching and revising websites, delivering deliveries, conference calls, and allowing employees to work remotely. While companies go online, remote shopping and delivery are booming. Because of this, there has never been a better time to buy or lease fleet vehicles for your business.
If all of this is new to you, we have your back! Here are eight useful tips for buying fleet cars.
Buy fleet cars from fleet dealers
When you buy supplies, do you go to Walmart or do you buy supplies from wholesalers that target companies? Almost every company with more than a few employees naturally purchases in shops for business needs. Why should buying fleet vehicles be different? Working with a fleet vehicle dealer is the right way. You can get special business prices and they understand your needs better than the average consumer retailer.
Know what you need
Going to a car dealership without having a good idea of what vehicle you need is a recipe for disaster. This is a great way for traders to overhaul the decision making process and get them to make a purchase that they don't want to make. To avoid this, do a lot of research before buying. Consider factors such as appearance and mileage. Above all, make sure how functional the vehicle is for the intended purpose. A small hybrid may be appealing, but does it fit the cargo or passengers you need to transport?
What is for you: new or used?
If you know what type of fleet vehicle you want to buy, consider whether you want to buy the car or new or used cars. Both options have advantages and disadvantages. You can find more information about chewing here.
Purchase of new fleet vehicles
- New cars are usually more reliable
- It is easier to find spare parts for new vehicles
- Manufacturer warranties may be available
- If new technologies are important to you, the vehicle functions are up to date
- Insurance is often cheaper due to improved security technologies
- Your purchase is most likely subject to lemon laws
- New fleet vehicles cost more
- Parts for newer, automatic cars with computer integration can be expensive
- A new car could be more attractive to thieves
Purchase of used fleet vehicles
- Used cars are cheaper
- An older car doesn't attract as many robbers
- Parts can be less expensive
- You can still get a dealership or other guarantee
- Sometimes dealers sell used cars with hidden mechanical problems
- Your purchase may not be subject to lemon laws
- Security features and other technologies do not correspond to those of new models
- Older fleet cars may not look as professional if you don't work cheaply
Check the price against the invoice
It is popular for car buyers to compare dealer prices with the list prices of the vehicles. A better way to judge how good a deal is is to see how the dealership's price matches what the manufacturer charged you when you bought the car. Ask your car dealer about the bill!
Forget about dealer fees
Even the nicest and most helpful car dealerships will likely try to get you every dollar they can. It is not an insult. Traders are also companies and have to make a profit. Merchant fees, however, are additional fees that are added to your invoice and add to your already generous profit. When you buy or lease a fleet car, they have already marked it and charged it for other services. It makes sense for traders to take care of their interests, but you must also take care of yours. So there can be no harm in negotiating this annoying dealer fee away. Some retailers will take it off, but only if you push it!
Guarantees are guarantees
Nobody likes to buy something just to make it fall apart shortly afterwards. If it's a car, not only is it frustrating not to have a vehicle and possibly putting a strain on the budget, but it can also be dangerous! Fortunately, every state in the United States has a kind of "lemon law" to protect buyers from car purchases that went wrong. However, they have their limits – for example, many only apply to new cars. So treat yourself to a safety net by ensuring that the purchase of your fleet car comes with a solid guarantee. Don't forget to read the fine print!
Plan your funding
Once you have figured out how much you will pay for the car and the associated costs, it is time to find out how you can cover the balance. If you can just buy your fleet vehicles, this is the way to go. You don't have to worry about accrued interest. However, leasing is the only option for many companies. To get the best deal, it is helpful to make an agreement with your bank before going to the dealer.
Be ready to wait
Vehicle maintenance is a fact of life. If your company owns a fleet of cars, it's not always possible to go to the mechanic if a vehicle has a problem. Fortunately, setting up a garage for basic maintenance doesn't have to be difficult. Buying a used diesel air compressor and other used tools is an easy way to keep costs down while ensuring that you are prepared for maintenance and simple problems.
Manage fleet vehicles with an advanced skill set
If after purchasing your fleet vehicles you are unsure of what type of maintenance you need to do or how to do it, you do not need to worry. We have all the tips you need here on our blog. If you've learned enough, you may not have to see a mechanic for a long, long time!