AS a small business you benefit from being able to move quickly and adapt to a wide range of tasks and challenges that would often take larger businesses more time and staff to accomplish.
However, without the resources of bigger firms, SMEs can find the task of ensuring staff travel safely and cost-effectively a bit of headache. It doesn’t have to be that way.
Europcar, the European leader in vehicle hire and mobility solutions, provides SMEs with a range of tailored solutions that recognise the fact that there probably won’t be a dedicated fleet or travel manager responsible for travel arrangements.
Eliminating the administrative burden for MDs and proprietors, Europcar’s online booking tools enable employees to access vehicles that are regularly checked to ensure they meet safety standards. All the boss has to do is authorise the booking.
Stay in control
Many small business owners don’t provide company cars or have access to a fleet of prepared and maintained vehicles. This means employees use their own vehicles.
But that isn’t always good news for the firm – employees’ own vehicles might not be well maintained or supported by roadside assistance. And there’s no control on hours driven, plus costs can go through the roof!
Often the pence per mile rate paid out to employees via expenses can be well in excess of the cost of a hire car for the day.
Short-term vehicle hire helps employers meet their duty of care obligations and control the costs associated with driving for business.
Europcar aims to provide firms with a range of solutions that meet all their business needs. For example, by offering Diesel Guarantee on reservations, SMEs can benefit from fuel efficiency plus they don’t have to worry about maintaining their fleets, large or small, or the cost of vehicle downtime.
All Europcar’s vehicles are well maintained and, go through 71 cleanliness and safety checks, in addition, each vehicle is, on average, six months old, which means reliability is assured. And 24-hour emergency roadside assistance offers added peace of mind for businesses wanting to keep their drivers safe.
Flexible and Affordable
Short-term car and van hire is ideal for many businesses. Whether it’s a car for a specific employee trip or a number of vans to help meet seasonal demand, it’s the affordable, flexible solution SMEs need.
With Deliver & Collect, the car or van will be dropped-off and picked-up from an employee’s home or workplace, Europcar brings added convenience to vehicle hire.
And employers can tackle cost head on with the Europcar cost calculators to determine the optimum distance for when car hire is more cost-effective than an employee using their own vehicle.
Investigating damage costs on rental vehicles can be frustrating for SMEs and puts strain on cash flow with unexpected, unbudgeted costs at the end of a rental.
Recognising the need to remove the administrative burden, Europcar has introduced the Light Damage Option (LDO) for a streamlined rental experience. Small damage claims can be handled within a daily rate so customers don’t need to fill out forms for individual vehicle damage assessments.
Instead, a nominal daily charge is applied per rental which means any damage charges under £400 will be covered, including the cost of estimates, billing and collection.
The benefits of Europcar’s young fleet means SMEs gain access to the latest in-car technology. It’s important for businesses to stay connected and deliver a professional image and that’s why 90% of Europcar’s compact vehicles are fitted with Bluetooth and good proportion of these also have built-in SatNav, ensuring staff arrive at meetings unruffled and important visitors leave feeling confident about your business.
To find out how Europcar can help keep your business on the move today click here.