Government entities nationwide are receiving intense pressure on their departments (patrol, undercover, public works, and code enforcement, among others) to deliver first-rate community services with increasingly scarce resources. In turn, government leaders are being challenged to find creative ways to do more with less, while maintaining high standards of quality.
With aging vehicle fleets taking their toll, many local government agencies are learning that working with a professional fleet management company provides them with flexibility and control over their assets: they can not only improve the lifecycle of their vehicles but also reduce their total cost of ownership with no impact on their current budget. As a result, government agencies can invest those cost savings in better serving the people who matter most: taxpayers.
Finances and Cash Flow
It’s no secret that older, high-mileage vehicles can be more trouble than they’re worth. Older vehicles often end up being more expensive due to frequent maintenance and reduced fuel economy. Other hidden costs can include administration, taxes, registration, depreciation, insurance, and more. Many municipalities pay cash for light-duty vehicles out of their capital budget to own their fleet, which typically limits their ability to replace vehicles to a small percentage annually. This method often results in vehicles remaining in the fleet past their recommended replacement policies.
By working with a professional fleet management company, a municipality can replace more of its fleet on an annual basis while maximizing savings. Fleet management companies assess reliable forwardlooking market data to help government agencies implement the mobility solutions that best meet their needs at the lowest cost to the taxpayer.
Technology and Innovation
Industry-leading cost control and reporting capabilities help fleet customers reduce the total cost of ownership, while also improving productivity and providing updates on the latest industry trends.
For example, Enterprise Fleet Management offers telematics solutions that provide fleet operators a comprehensive view of the analytics of each vehicle and driver to help them track and evaluate:
- Fuel management strategies
- Scheduled and preventive maintenance and maintenance alerts
- Driver performance, accident management, and crash avoidance
- Employee productivity
- Data for regulatory compliance
Resale expertise is an important (and often overlooked) element of reducing fleet expenses. The vehicle replacement process is particularly important for government entities as they have a variety of vehicle types and usages.
A fleet management company with remarketing expertise can help maximize vehicle resale value with a rapid sale process and optimal exposure through multiple channels. As a result, government entities can focus on more important assignments and allow fleet experts to put equity back into their investments.
All budgets and fleet needs are different. It’s essential to partner with a company like Enterprise Fleet Management that can provide a customized solution for your agency’s needs. You just might find that you have more control over your fleet costs than you thought – without sacrificing quality or flexibility.
About the Author: Dain Giesie is the assistant vice president of business development for Enterprise Fleet Management, the largest affiliate of Enterprise Holdings. In this role, Giesie oversees strategy development, government marketing, and partner relationships, as well as Enterprise Fleet Management’s client advisory board and overall marketing efforts.