Fleet acquisition is a concern for many small businesses. Often as not, the growth of the fleet mirrors the growth of the business; it's a haphazard patchwork affair, with vehicles being acquired on the fly, which can result in vehicles of varying types, brands, and vintages. That's often out of necessity, since your business may be acquiring fleet vehicles when time and money permit, but it can be a problem when it comes to addressing safety and maintenance concerns, to say nothing of brand image.
Fleet leasing is a smart option for nearly any business that operates a fleet, including field service companies, claims adjusters, in-home medical services, couriers, contractors, delivery services, auto repair shops, and a host of others. Bear in mind that your fleet need not be enormous; businesses needing a smaller number of vehicles can still benefit from fleet leasing.
What is a fleet vehicle?
For business purposes, a "fleet" is any number greater than one or two vehicles owned or operated by a business, nonprofit, or government entity rather than a family or individual. Of course, that raises a few other questions, which we'll answer presently.
What kinds of vehicles qualify as fleet vehicles?
Anything you need more than one of. Depending on the needs of your business and your drivers, your fleet can be made up entirely of sedans, SUVs, vans, box trucks, luxury cars, or pickup trucks.
What if I need more than one kind of fleet vehicle?
Mixed fleets, which combine vehicle types as needed, are common. For instance, a field service company might operate a fleet of light trucks with service bodies for its technicians, while operating a handful of cars or SUVs for its supervisory staff.