Government Fleet – Issue

January 2013

Cover Story By Thi Dao
Remarketing: From Local Auctions to an International Marketplace

From the full service with a local auction company to online remarketers, fleet managers have multiple options when it comes to selling their used vehicles. Here, fleets and suppliers discuss the benefits of various remarketing solutions.

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9 Steps to Online Remarketing Success

By Thi Dao

When posting a vehicle for resale online, consider these tips, courtesy of various remarketing professionals.

Fleet Spend: The Expansion of Fleet Procurement Options

By Barbara Bonansinga

From conventional, competitive selection processes to cooperative contracts and strategic sourcing, fleets employ a variety of approaches to meet today's demand for goods and services.

Utah replaces about 500 fleet vehicles annually. Pictured are some of its sedans.Photo courtesy of State of Utah. Fleet Spend Case Study: State of Utah

By Barbara Bonansinga

The State uses RFPs, outsourcing, and cooperative contracts to purchase vehicles, maintenance, and car rental.

Bill McCarty, director, Office of Budget and Management (left) is pictured with Fleet Director Mike Palazzolo, newly hired to run the consolidated fleet. Photo courtesy of City of Springfield. Fleet Spend Case Study: City of Springfield, Ill.

By Barbara Bonansinga

The City is looking to expand use of cooperative procurement as well as combining purchasing power internally.

Pictured here are some of the City of Boston's 38 fleet staff members. Technicians at the City's fleet now collectively hold 70 ASE certifications, including six Master technician designations. Boston: Reviving a Faltering Fleet Operation

By Cindy Brauer

Two years ago, the City of Boston's central fleet management was in dire shape. With strong management backing, director Jim McGonagle and his team have executed an astounding fleet operation turnaround.

National Insurance Crime Bureau investigators discovered a hoard of heavy equipment in which PIN plates had been altered or removed. Photo courtesy of National Insurance Crime Bureau. Preventing Equipment Theft

By Shelley Mika

With the cost of equipment theft reaching between $300 million and $1 billion every year, fleet managers must take theft prevention seriously. Fortunately, crime trends can help fleets gain a greater understanding of the problem — and these simple tips can help fight it.


Fleet Management And Leasing

Jack Firriolo from Merchants will answer your questions and challenges

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Public Fleet Tracking And Telematics

Amin Amini from Verizon Connect will answer your questions and challenges

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Fuel Management

Bernie Kanavagh from WEX will answer your questions and challenges

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Thi Dao
When Are Policies Too Strict?

By Thi Dao
Before writing a policy that will last for years, determine whether it’s the best one. Would a typical employee follow the policy?

What Your Vehicles Say About Your Fleet

By Thi Dao

Managing a Police Fleet

How Chevrolet's Tahoe PPV Differs From its Retail Relative

By Michaela Kwoka-Coleman
For the Chevrolet Tahoe PPV, tires are added to the vehicles that are capable of handling speeds of up to 134 mph and the brakes are adjusted to handle frequent stopping at high speeds.

Police Vehicles Pushed to the Limit in California

By Paul Clinton

Next-Gen Fleet

Facundo Tassara
Vehicle-to-What? — Evolving Vehicle Communication Technologies

By Facundo Tassara
Can vehicle collisions be avoided with vehicle-to-infrastructure or vehicle-to-vehicle technology? Several of the major OEMs think so and are spending billions of dollars a year working on the technology.

Streets of the Future Could Take Automatic Tire Readings

By Facundo Tassara

Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2018 Nissan NV Cargo

By Paul Clinton
The 2018 NV adds interior upgrades that make it more competitive with other full-size vans.

2018 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel

By Mike Antich

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Adapting to a Changing Tide

By Sherb Brown
Fleets are often the beta testers of the vehicle market. That shift away from compact sedans we saw in the fleet market a few years ago is playing out in real time in the retail market right now.

Keep Realistic Fleet Expectations

By Sherb Brown