Outsourcing fleet management
Commercial fleet managers
It can be expensive to outsource fleet management to external companies. However, tapping into their purchasing power, knowledge and expertise can save you money in the long run, for example through better vehicle selection and residual value estimation. Organisations can outsource all or only certain fleet management functions. Outsourced fleet management may also help an organisation reduce the number of vehicles in its fleet or decide whether to buy or lease vehicles.
Consider the following factors when deciding whether to outsource fleet management or keep it in-house:
- service quality and how it will be impacted
- competencies - whether your organisation has core competencies it wants to focus on and 'non-core' activities which could be outsourced
The Australasian Fleet Managers Association supplier directory provides a list of fleet management suppliers:
Other community service organisations – the lead agency model
Another potential opportunity for community service organisations is to collaborate on fleet management. A 'lead agency model' is where a community service organisation with a small fleet outsources their fleet management, for a fee, to a community service organisation with a large fleet and its own internal fleet manager role.
- Department of Human Services: Community service organisation fleet management solutions report [PDF, 467.2 KB - opens in a new window]In 2005, the Department of Human Services investigated strategies for improving community service organisations access to cost-effective vehicle acquisition and fleet management services.
Supported by the Community Sector Investment Fund (external link - opens in a new window).