Challenges and rewards of managing a fleet in Africa

Challenges and rewards of managing a fleet in Africa

You will have to take into consideration that many factors may be different from your home country. Fortunately, Avis Fleet will take care of  the stresses that you would otherwise have to navigate on your own – from keeping track of where your vehicles are to knowing where to get your vehicles serviced, sourcing spare parts, or getting the best resale value. Here are some of the challenges faced and solutions that Avis Fleet have developed to manage and maintain a fleet throughout Africa.

Keeping track of your vehicles:

  • Challenge: Sending your fleet into African countries or managing a fleet in Africa means that often your fleet vehicle covers  large distances. This means not only will fuel and wear and tear will be concerns, but also the ability to track your vehicle. On a long distance haul you may want to ensure your driver and vehicle’s safety and without a tracking tool you would be left in the dark when vehicle is late, whether they are delayed at a border crossing or  if they took a detour.
  • Solution: when taking large distances into account, it is beneficial to know exactly where vehicles are. This is done with GPS and the Pulse Solution. With a telematics solution in place you can track your vehicles in real time or set up alerts for any long delays or unnecessary route changes.

Reducing maintenance costs:

  • Challenge: When operating a fleet in Africa there is a scarcity of dealerships and service centres available to manage your maintenance. This leads to vehicles that are not being serviced regularly becoming poorly maintained and overused. The escalating and unnecessary cost of breakdowns can become unmanageable for a company.
  • Solution; Avis Fleet has a relationship with key dealers and car brands throughout Africa and can negotiate favourable maintenance costs on your behalf. Using Avis Fleet will also help you to be able to avoid maintenance fraud. This network of dealerships and the regular maintenance checks we put in place ensure reduced maintenance costs and longevity of the fleet.
  • Sourcing good dealerships and workshops: using a fleet management company who will do this for you will make your life easier. And you will benefit from a reduced turnaround time.

Getting the right vehicle:

  • Challenge: Considering what a vehicle is needed for in a fleet that either services Africa or is based here, determines what kind of vehicle a fleet should be using. When you consider that often fleet companies will use the cheapest vehicles for the fleet, they may not consider the dealer network in Africa to service those vehicles. Because of the limited amount of dealerships, it can also be difficult to find the right make/range/model to fit your fleet, wouldn’t it be great if a fleet management company did this for you?
  • Solution: Avis fleet understands our customers’ fleet needs. We always ensure we do an indepth examination, making sure that make/range/model is correct for our customer’s needs.
  • Selling your vehicles: the market is flooded with grey import vehicles resulting in low residual value for vehicles. When you are ready to sell vehicles that have reached the end of their useful life or lease, Avis Fleet takes the stress of selling vehicles out of the equation– so you don’t have to worry about it.
  • Full Maintenance Lease (FML) is a comprehensive fleet management solution at an agreed rental for the use of specifically selected vehicles over a set period of time and distance. In terms of this all-inclusive, hassle-free contract, we source, procure and deliver the vehicles and bear all risk and maintenance costs.

Check out our Fleet Solutions for more information on how we can make fleet management easier.