Fleet Managers are tasked to do more with less, and sometimes they don’t have access to the resources necessary to succeed.
Fortunately, Automotive Fleet has developed a reference guide of the most up-to-date industry data on the market to support fleet professionals.
The surveys listed include: the annual Personal Use Survey, Accident Management Survey, Maintenance Survey, Salary Survey, Operating Cost Survey, and Order-to-Delivery Survey.
Personal Use Survey:
The state of fleet personal use charges in 2020 was complicated by the impact COVID-19 had on the industry, creating uncertainty for fleet personal use policies. Fleets have expressed concern over how the stay-at-home orders could negatively impact taxation of drivers with personal use vehicles at the end of the year, particularly as any miles driven or not driven during the shutdown would be factored as personal use.
During the pre-pandemic period, 2020 OTD became extended due to a GM strike and strong order demand. The onset of the pandemic nearly halted OTD by idling non-essential fleets and closure of all OEM assembly plants.
Accident Management Survey:
Crashes that occur during parking situations still dominate the fleet industry. These crash types have been prevalent in the industry, and are a perennial concern to fleets everywhere, according to Automotive Fleet’s annual Accident Management Survey.
Average repair cost per unit increased in 2019, primarily due to higher labor rates. Also, PM costs were up as more units require more expensive synthetic oil. Tire price per unit, on average, increased 3% in the past 12 months.
More fleet managers reported their salaries rising in the latest salary survey, which many attribute to increases that are based on achieving corporate goals.
Operating Cost Survey:
Fleet operating costs increased in CY-2019 due to higher PM costs, ongoing pressure to increase maintenance labor rates to address the widespread tech shortage, and higher prices for commodities to manufacture replacement tires. (Editor’s Note: 2020 data will be released on Oct. 23, 2020.)