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FOR some businesses, choosing how they source company vehicles is a real pain.

There are a number of different options to choose from, all with their own pros and cons. Despite the multiple vehicle hire and lease options available, 81% of UK businesses still own their company vans, whether it is the most suitable option or not.

Tim Bailey, UK Fleet Director at Northgate Vehicle Hire said a big part of fleet management involves minimising risk.

He added: “There is of course much more involved, including improving the efficiency and productivity of the fleet and making sure that each vehicle follows government regulations. For many business owners, the main barrier to vehicle hire is a lack of understanding of the processes and policies involved.”

Over the past couple of years, vehicle hire has changed significantly to provide customers with even more flexibility and do away with complex or daunting processes.

Bailey said the problem is that businesses are not quite aware of these changes and can be wary of vehicle hire as an option.

Here are five questions business managers concerned about vehicle hire should ask to overcome any concerns:

  1. What services to you provide?
  2. How flexible are your services and what prices do you charge?
  3. How much money can I save if I use a vehicle hire company?
  4. Who is responsible for servicing and maintaining the fleet?
  5. What happens if a vehicle gets damaged and do your plans cover repair?