Survey illustrates different running costs

Running costs are a constant headache for fleet managers, particularly as fuel prices continue to bounce around. Fortunately, the Royal Automobile Association's (RAA) 2014 Cost of Vehicle Ownership survey should be of use to South Australian fleets, in particular.

Data was collected over the last 12 months and revealed that it actually costs less to run a vehicle today than a year ago. This is because of lower loan interest rates across the board and overall reductions in Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurance.

The survey takes into account registration fees, stamp duty, driver licences and the tyre upkeep and servicing fees.

Different fleets have varied demands and uses for their vehicles. Some fleet services require a large vehicle capable of making long journeys interstate, but others only need a smaller runner which is great around the inner city. 

In light of this, RAA's survey looks into both situations.

For fleet services looking for a micro car for everyday business, the Suzuki Alto or the Holden Barina Spark could be good options. The RAA calculated the vehicles cost $133.33 and $114.74 per week respectively.

Mark Borlace, RAA Senior Manager Mobility and Automotive Policy, explained that the Suzuki brand holds dominance in the small vehicle market.

"Keeping things in the Suzuki family, the Suzuki Swift takes out the honours in the light vehicle class at $125 per week, closely followed by the Hyundai i20," he said.

For larger fleet vehicles, the petrol version of the Holden Commodore reigns supreme. Recent increases to LPG prices, meant it was "surprisingly" cheaper to run the petrol Commodore.

To keep fleet costs down, you could install fleet software which can update you on maintenance schedules and servicing times. This means fleet vehicles are kept on the road where they make the business money.