Salvaged Vehicles

On tuesday, the Denver Post reported that the Colorado Senate Transportation Committee is making an effort to  protect consumers from “salvaged vehicle” titles. This directly affects the vehicles coming out of the So13 September Floods. The post reported that:

House Bill 1299, which the Senate Transportation Committee approved Tuesday night, would repeal the vehicle-age requirement so that the vehicle, no matter how old, would carry the salvage designation after insurers make a “total” payout.

“It’s really a matter of helping to protect the consumers who are buying cars that are damaged. On the surface they look OK, the title is clean, but the car has gone through extensive repairs that will likely not keep it running,” said John Medved, who owns five car dealerships across the state and who backs the proposed measure.

Because of the state’s more lenient salvage laws, flood-damaged cars from areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy have made their way to Colorado for clean titles, say proponents of the measure, which include groups such as the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association and the Colorado Independent Automobile Dealers Association.

Read more: Effort in Colorado legislature would expand car salvage titles – The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_25470414/effort-colorado-legislature-would-expand-car-salvage-titles#ixzz2xwkzoQgV 

This is an effort that will likely help to stave off faulty cars getting onto the market.

 

What do you think? Should this law go into effect here in Colorado?

Help the Thanksgiving Travel Crowd with your Northern Colorado Fleet Lease

Thanksgiving is the ultimate get in the car and go Holiday. It’s a long weekend, there’s usually relatives to be seen, and in Norther Colorado almost always a little white stuff on the ground. Northern Colorado fleet lease companies understand this and want to get trucks on the road before it’s too late. We had a wet summer, it’s bound to be a wet, cold, and long winter.

 

If you own a plow or snow removal business, chances are you’re getting ready for the next storm to head our way. While we can’t always predict exactly when it is going to happen, we can predict that you will need to have your crews and fleet on the the road, ready at any time. You may be realizing that there are some chinks in your armor and you need to get them fixed, but that means you’ll have a certain amount of vehicles out of commission for an extended period of time. If this is the case, consider fleet leasing as an alternative. You can lease the equipment  and trucks you need to get your job done this winter and spend the time you need getting your vehicle repaired. This allows flexibility and options for your company, no matter what the needs are.

 

So, bundle up, winter’s coming! Let’s just hope it waits until after Thanksgiving.

 

Winterizing Your Vehicle

The crisp days of November have made it and we’ve already seen a bit of snow driving through the Front Range. We’re well on our way to a cold winter, if the patterns we’ve seen hold. Colorado residents are used to seeing snow, but there are hazards we should remember as the season approaches each year.

 

1. Do you have an emergency kit in the trunk?

We all love to take off for the mountains every weekend:  you can hit the slopes, explore the landscape on some snowshoes, wor whatever it may be that gets you out there, the last thing you want is to be caught in the mountains with car trouble or an accident. Make sure your emergency kit includes:

  • water
  • flashlights
  • flares
  • back up batteries for your vehicles and a power source for your phone or GPS
  • preservable food  supply
  • blankets
  • heat sources: hand warmers, fire starter, etc.
  • shovel

Having a kit in your car will keep you safe should you run into the unforeseeable.

 

2. Sand Bags

If you’ve got a lightweight vehicle adding sandbags can give you some traction on those slick roads; not to mention, give you the footing you need to get out of a slippery spot.

 

3. Check your car battery life. 

Your car battery may be up for a replacement. Get it tested and know just how much longer it will last. Cold mornings are hard on the battery and starter. If you tend not to drive too much, start your vehicle every few days and let it run so the battery has time to charge.

 

Get your vehicle tested now and avoid having to deal with it  in five feet of snow. There’s nothing worse than having to deal with vehicle fixes and do it in -2 degrees. If you’ve got fleet vehicles in Fort Collins, now’s the time to get your staff ready to go. Give them a checklist and make sure every vehicle is  inspected. Oh, and throw a scraper in the back seat, you’re going to need it from here out.

 

 

Host A Trunk-or-Treat From Your Commercial Vehicle

Looking for a fun way to get your business involved in Trick-or-Treating? Or maybe organizing a party for the neighborhood? Trunk-or-Treating is a fun way to go about Trick-or-Treating  that’s not only safe for the community, but is a great way to throw a party and get everyone involved!

 

If you’ve got a fleet of commercial vehicles, you’ve got all you need. Set up a Trunk-or-Treating party and invite all the staff and their families!

 

Here’s how to get started:

  1. Set up the ground rules: each vehicle is assigned to a team or single person. Their charge is to decorate the trunk and fill it with ghoulish give-a-ways.
  2. Set up your judging board: you can have the kids do this, or make it as elaborate or as simple as you’d like. Just figure out who will decided the winner is.
  3. Get your prizes in order. 
  4. Be sure invites go out.
  5. Provide each vehicle with candy.

 

Once you’ve got all your ducks in a row, get to work! Trunk-or-Treaters can visit each vehicle and stay within your parking lot. Host games, pumpkin carvings, and other activities for a great party that not only brings your staff together, but creates lasting memories!file0001305906391

Considering a Lease vs. Buy Scenario Can Save Your Business

Many companies are asking employees to drive their personal vehicles for work purposes these days, but that can be costly on the employee, and tolling on their car. From Head Start Programs to social welfare programs, sales associates to wine and liquor representatives, on-call nurses, and cleaning services, companies routinely require that  employees complete their work  in their personal vehicles. Not only can this be dangerous, but it can be unreliable.

You see an ad for a job: “must have reliable vehicle”  and you answer the call, not understanding just how much you will need to drive, but the job entails several different visits a week and though the employer might reimburse for gas, they do not reimburse for the wear and tear on the vehicle. What happens when the vehicle malfunctions because of driving the vehicle for a work-related call and it simply got worn out or there was an accident? Not only is your employee unable to get to work and complete their job, they no longer have a personal vehicle to get them to any job.

 

Taking on a fleet of vehicles can be a big step, but one that will help to create an atmosphere of professionalism and employee loyalty. 

When you have decided to finally build a fleet of vehicles for your company, where do you start? What is the best financial move for your company?

Consider the use of your vehicles, who will be driving them, what condition you want them to remain in, and what you can sustain paying for.

Weighing out those options is the most important thing you can do. You may realize you have a lot of employees who rotate through, thus, the use of your vehicles changes with the employee. You may find that you have a few, dedicated employees who need their own personal vehicle to carry all of the items they may need on a call. This is where you start weighing the two options. Buying a few vehicles vs. leasing several.

This is all going to come down to how you finance it, and how long you want to keep paying on it.

Obtaining a vehicle fleet can be an excellent way to set the standard in your own industry by putting the right tools in the hands of your employees for them to be successful. 

Colorado Flooding Rebuild: Lease Fort Collins Fleet Vehicles to Get The Job Done

Somehow, the State of Colorado has been hit with disaster after another disaster this year. Despite what has hit us, we are able to spring into action and help one another out. Colorado is built on community, on helping, and on staying strong for one another. The rebuilding of our infrastructure is next on the docket, and with the release of both federal and state funds to support it, the need for temporary fleet vehicles and equipment is in high demand.

 

The positive that has come out of this tragedy is the number of jobs it will create. Colorado’s highways have to be rebuilt, and they’re set to do so in a short amount of time. Contractors are going to need to beef up their staff and supplies, but we know that it is only for a short amount of time.  When we see this type of influx in need for equipment, we have to look outside of the box and consider different options for supplying equipment and staff.

 

Additionally, you probably want to find someone nearby, who can make the transition easier and supply vehicles right where you need them. Fleet leasing in Fort Collins is a great place to start: the connection Fort Collins has to not only the Front Range, but the entire affected area is huge. Fort Collins managed to hide out from the brunt of the damage and can easily get supplies and vehicles moved to where you need to go.

 

Nonscoring these projects requires knowledge of the area and  the different needs that will arise. Fleet leasing Fort Collins vehicles will not only give you an edge, but allow the job to get done on time and get our lives moving back to normal.

Beware Flood Vehicles: Fort Collins Fleet Specialists Are Watching Out For You

As we begin to clean up here in Northern Colorado, unfortunately, we have to think about a few realities of the Northern Colorado flood disaster.

 

One concern we have to think about is  the influx of flood vehicles into the used car and fleet market. 

This is not something that people want to even worry about at this point, we still have rescues going on, but it is something that will begin to happen, and can devastate our area even more. We’ve seen it happen with both Hurricane’s Katrina and Sandy, and it is up to car sales in Fort Collins to protect the consumers from this predatory selling. Vehicles can be cleaned up and sent out around the country, looking virtually new, and the unsuspecting new owner is left with a hefty price-tag and a vehicle that was deemed totaled.

So, how do we combat this issue that we know is inevitable? By continuing to be vigilant as we inspect our vehicles, asking for complete reports, and being wary of “As-Is Warranties” or “Water Damage Disclaimers”.  Initiate third-party inspections, understand each piece of paperwork you receive, and understand the total risk you undertake when buying a vehicle.  Fort Collins fleet specialists and personal vehicle leasing consultants are here to aid in navigating this new reality we are faced with.

Fleet vehicles have been affected as well. While these vehicles are hardier than your personal vehicle, there are several yards that have been flooded. There is no limit to how hard this flood has hit. 

As the clean-up and rescue efforts continue across the Front Range, damage is being revealed to us. We keep victims in our thoughts and continue to monitor what is happening in the vehicle leasing and buying market.

Fleet Lease Fort Collins Vehicles to Keep It Local

If you are a company requiring commercial vehicles in Fort Collins, how are you obtaining them?

 

Rather than wasting time seeking out auctions, closed businesses selling off items, and even traveling to other states for equipment, consider obtaining your vehicles from Fort Collins. Having someone who knows the local conditions and needs of a fleet lease in Fort Collins is imperative. You need someone to work for you who knows that road conditions can be bad all year round. You need someone who understands what it means to use chains in the wintertime. You need someone who understands what erosive chemicals may or may not be used on the roads you travel, eventually effecting the condition of your fleet.

 

You are also going to see the benefits of knowing who you are working with, because let’s face it, Fort Collins has a small town mentality, especially when it comes to businesses requiring commercial vehicles. It seems everybody knows someone from another crew, and knowing who has handled your equipment is important. You will be able to interact with your Fleet Manager on an one-to-one basis–a service you may not always get outside of Fort Collins.

 

Fleet lease Fort Collins vehicles and know what you are getting into, every day you work.

 

 

Boost Your Business by Creating a Drivers’ Safety Course for Your Commercial Vehicle Fleet

Now that you’ve got your fleet up and running, you’ve got another step coming at you:

Driver Safety

The most successful companies are creating these courses, tailored to the needs of their commercial vehicle fleet, and implementing them within the company.

The benefits?

-Expectations of employees while driving are clear

-Professional driving atmosphere

-Reduction in insurance rates

-Reduction in mistakes and accidents

-Awareness of employee surroundings

-Productivity

-Customers feelings of safety

So how does one begin to implement this? Here are a few starting points to create a custom Drivers’ Safety Course for your commercial vehicle fleet: 

  1. Create a handbook. Document all of your procedures and how you want them to be done. Write down every scenario you have faced and can anticipate.
  2. Create a probationary period: have your employees “buy in” to the program. Put it on them to learn correct procedure–give an incentive to be better and learn.
  3. Create a vehicle checklist: This should include a visual check of the entire vehicle, allowing notes to be made on any new scratches or dings, flat tires, or damage done since the last time the vehicle was driven. This will keep employees accountable and your fleet well cared for.
  4. Create a driving test: the test should include a written and practical part, with a passing grade of 80%. Ask questions regarding CDL information, weight limits, backing procedures, speed limits, and courtesy towards others. For your driving test, have your employee demonstrate their abilities, as according to the vehicle’s needs.
  5. Create an accident account system: descriptions of the accident, information from all parties involved, and medical and emergency vehicle information. This will keep your employees accountable and make sure that the documentation you need to file a claim is all accounted for.
  6. A Reward System: Reward good behavior! Make it known who the good drivers are and reward them in front of everyone: positive reinforcement is more powerful than negative!
  7. Finally, follow protocol and keep it updated! Your job is to create a safe working environment, and that starts with empowering your employees to be their best!

 

 

Having this system implemented into your company is a great way to show your insurance company and potential customers that, above all, safety is important to you. Not only can it help to lower your rates, but you will find the trust of your customers increasing because your crews, the face of your company, are behaving in ways that support your business and it’s image.

Best Car Lease Deals – February ’13

2013 VW Jetta 5-speed, Power Package
1st payment plus tax down, $199 (plus tax) 42 months

2013 Nissan Altima 3.5 V6 S Package, Loaded
1st plus tax down, $240 (plus tax) 36 months

2013 Nissan Pathfinder S, 4WD, Auto, Power Package
1st payment + tax down, $335 (plus tax) 39 months

2012 Nissan Rogue S AWD
1st plus tax down, $260 (plus tax) 42 months

2013 VW Tiguan, AWD Loaded
1st plus tax down, $305 (plus tax) 36 months