The fleet market - a broad range of solutions The fleet market - a broad range of solutions
All vehicles generate some costs under the headings above, irrespective of who owns them or how they are used. In the UK the fleet market (collectively all the businesses supplying goods and services to fleet operators) has developed over the years a huge range of solutions to deliver different packages of these costs.
For example, some service providers wrap up depreciation, maintenance and funding, with much of the fleet administration, into a single package called contract hire or leasing. Specialist businesses - Accident Management companies - deal with all the repair actions needed as a consequence to a road accident. There are specialist credit/ charge card providers concentrating on making re-fuelling easier to manage by issue of fuel cards.
However, there are also many businesses using cars and vans which prefer to do everything inhouse, rather than outsource any of these areas to specialist agencies. Its fine in principle - but it is not a guarantee that it will reduce costs: it's not the administration that costs the most; it's the actual costs in depreciation, funding and fuel! "Saving money" is about overall delivered results, not focus on one small component part of the whole cost picture.
The fact is that there just isn't any one simple way to run every fleet: different methods and approaches will yield very different results in different circumstances. The objective of the "fleet manager" is to get the best overall result for the main business, rather than run the best fleet.