It's no secret that operating a hotel or resort requires a lot of moving parts - a lot. In addition to managing the staff and guest relations, property owners also have to maintain grounds and buildings, plan and run events, and make sure day-to-day operations are flawless. All of these activities create a significant need for vehicles. Whether it's for transport or simply getting the job done.
With so many options on the market, it can be difficult to determine how many vehicles you actually need to function properly.
Here are a few tips on right-sizing your vehicle fleet for your hotel or resort. With the right number of vehicles in tow, you'll be able to streamline operations and save money in the long run!
Determine your needs - how many vehicles do you really need to get the job done
While it sounds like the article could just end here it might not be as straightforward as you think. Leasing or buying vehicles is an important part of the decision. Leasing vs. buying your fleet of vehicles have different implications for your overall business. With the changing economy and even the seasonality of the hospitality industry, it’s important to consider how many you need and if that number will change in the future. Leasing gives you the flexibility to scale with your needs. Before jumping into any contract, be sure to evaluate your situation – adding too many vehicles to a fleet may end up being more of a nuisance than a help.
Consider fuel efficiency when making your purchase - it will save you money in the long run
If you're considering a new vehicle purchase, make sure you do your research on fuel efficiency. Newer models offer better performance and tend to be more efficient and save you money in the long run. Depending on the type of car or truck you are looking at, electric options may be available to consider!
It's especially important to consider efficiency if you are looking to purchase your vehicles. You'll likely have each vehicle for much longer than you would if you lease. You'll be able to take advantage of advancements in fuel efficiency more fluidly with a leased fleet.
Keep fuel efficiency in mind, and you'll have a ride to get you where you need to go while saving some dough.
Choose a versatile vehicle that can be used for multiple purposes
How much luggage do your guests have?
How many people are you shuttling around?
What types of attractions are you visiting?
If these questions sound like something you face on a regular basis, then you need an exceptionally versatile vehicle that can accommodate at least a majority of your needs. A roomy van or SUV is the perfect choice for those who need to travel comfortably and in style and leave ample room for luggage. Or maybe you need a 15-passenger van that will allow you to shuttle groups back and forth from Disney in an economical way.
With so many manufacturers offering quality models with plenty of space for just about every purpose imaginable, finding the right vehicle for you shouldn't be too difficult.
If you can get the job done with fewer vehicles do it. If you can make guests happier with more vehicles do it. So when it comes to choosing a reliable and versatile vehicle that satisfies all your needs, don't settle; get what you need!
Don't forget to factor in maintenance and repair costs when making your decision
Choosing between leases and purchasing a car is all about what works best for you, however, don't forget to factor in those pesky maintenance and repair costs.
Leases include the cost of regular maintenance and make projecting your actual costs extremely predictable. Purchasing a car often requires paying out-of-pocket for required regular upkeep.
Evaluate your budget and business needs to determine which route fits -- just make sure not to overlook those routine maintenance fees as you build out your fleet!
Get rid of any vehicles that are no longer being used or are not up to par with the rest of your fleet
Are you ready to get rid of those older vehicles in your fleet? You don't want them holding others back, right?
But getting rid of inefficient or unsafe vehicles can be a hassle. Even if you increase resale value by taking great care of it, there are still additional costs, like auction fees that come into play.
Fortunately, no matter what condition the vehicle is in if you lease your fleet vehicles, the disposal process becomes much simpler. Just hand the key back at the end of the lease and let us else deal with it.
So there you have it, the top five things to consider when expanding your business fleet. Of course, there are other factors that could come into play depending on your specific needs and situation. That's why we recommend talking to one of our knowledgeable leasing experts who can help you make the best decision for your business.
Give us a call today!