Monitoring and controlling expenses can be one of the biggest challenges in managing a fleet of any size. Fleet managers resort to a range of solutions from driver education or telematics solutions to company credit cards in an effort to keep spending and cash flow under control. However, the use of company credit cards can be problematic, since they are not as easy to track, and attempts to make unauthorized purchases may only become apparent once the money has been spent. If your company's fuel spending is a concern, the Chevron and Texaco Business Card program may be a viable option.
While its consumer services and credit cards are the backbone of its business, Chevron/Texaco doesn't leave its business and fleet customers out in the cold. There are solutions suitable for local and regional operators, car, truck, and mixed fleets of all sizes, and even national carriers. Each increases security, cuts fraudulent use, and considerably streamlines record-keeping, compliance and accounting.
Cards, Rewards and Incentives
Whether your fleet numbers two vehicles or two thousand, and whether your service area is around town or cross-country, there's a Chevron/Texaco product tailored to suit your needs. The company offers three service levels to its customers. All cards are accepted at all Chevron and Texaco locations. Each offers online account management, the ability to purchase maintenance and repair services, purchase controls, reporting features (including exception-based reporting), security features and driver performance data, all with no monthly fees for qualified customers.
The Chevron and Texaco Business Card
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The Chevron and Texaco Business Card is touted as being suitable for fleets of all shapes and sizes. Since it's only accepted at Texaco and Chevron stations and doesn't have some of the added features of the other cards shown, it's better suited to smaller fleets, and fleets operating within a relatively small area.
The Chevron and Texaco Business Advantage Card
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The Chevron and Texaco Business Advantage Card is a great option for large fleets whose service area regularly takes them out of reach of the Chevron/Texaco network. Qualified customers earn rebates of six cents on the gallon. Other perks include purchase controls to manage employee spending, automatic accounting and 24/7 customer support.
Find a Chevron or Texaco Station
Finding a Chevron or Texaco station can be challenging. Part of this is because many of both chains' stations were acquired by Shell as they pulled out of markets on the Eastern Seaboard and the Midwest. Now, Chevron and Texaco stations are to be found mainly in the Gulf states, the Southwest, and on the West Coast.
Google Maps isn't much help in this regard, since many stations in the Northeast that once belonged to one brand or the other now operate under other brands (Lukoil, Shell, et al.), or as off-brand distributors. The Chevron and Texaco apps (Android and iOS, both free) have received complaints for the same reason: drivers are going out of their way to find Chevron or Texaco stations that no longer exist. Your GPS or navigation app, unless it's been updated recently, may have the same problem.
The most up-to-date information can be found on the Chevron and Texaco websites. Even that experience can be frustrating, since the map is small relative to the size of the screen. Worse still, there are only two options available: to search within a 25-mile radius of a ZIP code, or to use a point-to-point trip planner. The latter does show your options en route, but that may not be helpful if your route changes unexpectedly or if your navigation is erratic.
Pros and Cons
Location concerns aside, there's a lot to like about the Chevron and Texaco Business Card program. Especially attractive is the degree of control and customization offered; some of the features available on the basic Business Card are only available on higher tiers of other companies' services. The feature set and benefits are competitive, and two of the three cards offer coverage throughout the lower 48, though you won't get full perks and benefits (discounts and wholesale pricing) at non-Chevron/Texaco stations.
Chevron and Texaco stations could once be found from coast to coast. That's no longer the case; the brand, at least from a retail standpoint, has devolved to a regional player. If that region happens to be where you do all or most of your business, the Chevron and Texaco Business card will be a good fit. If, on the other hand, your fleet often ventures to the parts of the US and Canada where Chevron and Texaco stations are but a distant memory, a Diesel Advantage or Universal card might prove a safer bet.