Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Work Trucks: Buy or Lease?

Photo source: 2016 Silverado-1500

It’s the time of year when you want or need to buy a new work truck. The question that every fleet manager must now answer: Do we lease or do we buy a new work truck? Unfortunately, this question will need to be asked and answered several times. Even after the pros and cons, every financial option and business demands have been weighed, there is always that little voice of doubt- “did I make the right choice?” The answer is never clear cut. Depending on your company’s needs, both options have their advantages.

Leasing Pros:
Lease payments are lower than loan payments
Get a new car every few years
      - Latest safety equipment, technology and warranty
No hassles at the end of a lease
      - Hand over keys if all requirements were met
Additional financial incentives
      - Can be claimed as a tax deduction

Leasing Cons:
You don’t own the vehicle
      - Must be maintained in excellent condition and no modifying
Penalties for wear, tear, and mileage
    - Plan to pay for excessive mileage or poor condition
Depreciation fees at end of lease
Endless payments
      - Could end up paying more in the long run

Leasing a new vehicle has its appeal, but is more restrictive and ultimately more expensive than buying and keeping it for a while.

Whether you lease or buy, Fleetwest has the service body for your fleet work truck. Fleetwest offers both heavy duty steel and fiberglass composite service bodies that are 100% transferable, even fully loaded, with a no holes drilled installation. These units are built to outlast many vehicles. That makes them a better return on investment! Not to mention more efficient and increase technician productivity. It’s a no-brainer decision! Check it out for yourself here. Call for a quote today toll-free in the U.S. at (866) 497 -7200.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

2017 Ford Super Duty Breaks Guinness World Record | NASCAR | Ford Perfor...

Way to go Ford! This is so cool. Watch how Ford breaks another world record...


All-new 2017 Ford F-450 Super Duty claims GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS ™ title for the World’s Largest Banner Pulled by a Moving Vehicle, pulling a 45 by 92 foot, 4,124 U.S. flag over four laps at Homestead-Miami Speedway’s 1.5 mile track.

Friday, December 9, 2016

'Tis the Season for giving!! ...Dallas Firehouse Surprise Makeover | Super Duty | Ford

Since this is the Season of Giving, who better to be on the receiving end than people who put their lives on the line everyday to save ours. Watch as the Dallas Cowboys, Ford, Denis Leary, and The Leary Firefighters Foundation give Dallas Firehouse 43 a much needed surprise makeover.

Learn more about the 2017 Ford Super Duty, here:

A nice edition to the Ford Super Duty is a Fleetwest Load'N'Go ST-2000, transforming your pickup into a multiple use work truck in minutes. These units can be removed even while fully loaded and provides additional storage, flexibility, and efficiency. Get a quote here or call (866) 497-7200.

by Fleetwest

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Protect Your Fleet’s Assets

The most common areas for equipment theft are active construction sites. Professional thieves will look for the easiest opportunity or more susceptible vehicles and items. Heavy equipment and Fleet vehicle theft can cause big losses for companies. Not only does the fleet suffer the loss of equipment, also factor in the costs for equipment rental or replacement, project delays and the personnel time wasted.  Higher equipment theft creates a need for increased security measures in fleets.

Top Targets for Thieves

By Category:
• Light Utility Vehicles/Work Trucks and Trailers
• Backhoe Loaders/Skip Loaders/Wheel Loaders
• Generators/Air Compressors /Welders (Towables)
• Skid Steers

By Brand:
• Ford
• Bobcat
• John Deere
• Caterpillar
Source: 2013 LoJack proprietary theft and recovery data

There is no one-and-done technology that can completely protect your equipment from theft. There are types of systems can at least help improve your odds of not losing valuable assets in the field. Systems such as: a keyless ignition system, telematics and radio-frequency tracking. Even with these systems, there are also the typical precautions to take in making your fleet less vulnerable to theft.

·         Keep your doors locked at all times!
-   80% of stolen vehicles are attributed to unlocked doors
·         Don’t isolate your truck!
-   Parking near other vehicles in illuminated areas will reduce theft attempts
·         Protect your valuables!
-   Keep your tools and equipment secured, stored and locked up

Fleetwest offers innovative solutions for fleet security. The Load’N’Go Security Top by Fleetwest is designed with features to protect your tools and expensive equipment from damage and theft. The Security Top features double-locking, dual panel steel side doors with pad lockable stainless steel T-handles; as well as a locking/removable roll top that will ensure protection for your work truck. Call a Fleetwest representative today at (866)497-7200 and start protecting your fleet’s assets.