Has your Leasing Provider Hit you with any Hidden Charges?

At Agility Fleet we believe in complete transparency.  We offer competitive rates, outstanding customer service with no hidden costs.

No one wants to hit by end of contract recharges, whether it be excess mileage, damages or administrative fees. With this in mind Agility Fleet wanted to change how the industry was perceived and reduce the stigma around Contract Hire and hefty bills and it has certainly paid off.

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Living by the businesses core values of integrity, enthusiasm and flexibility is a way of life for Agility and mirrored in their customer centric ethos of putting the client first. Agility Fleet was established in 2004 to be the preferred Vehicle Funding and Fleet Management partner for sub 200 fleets, providing customers with a service they want rather than what suppliers want to bestow.

Thus, reflected in receiving amongst of awards, the FN50 Customer Service Award. The Agility team demonstrated how it goes the extra mile and provides outstanding customer service at every opportunity.

Keith Townsend, managing director of Agility Fleet, said: “We pride ourselves on building relationships with our customers and are proud to have been named number one in our industry for providing exceptional customer service.”

Hidden recharges aren’t the only factor as to why Agility Fleet differ, treating all customers with integrity, having  dedicated Account Manager and providing a tailored service for your fleet whether it be for 10 or 200 vehicles you will always be a large company to Agility.

We have our own de-fleet centre where all vehicles are returned and inspected by our own fully trained staff, we do not use a 3rd party.  We follow the BVRLA guidelines for fair wear and tear but apply common sense only re-charging when necessary keeping costs to a minimum.

We’d be delighted to meet with you to discuss Agility Fleet further and cover all the other benefits we can offer.  If you are interested, please contact us on 01527 571605 or email info@agilityfleet.com

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The All-New Mazda3 | Is it for me…?

Redesigned and now fully equipped with SKYACTIV Technology. The Mazda3 is the first model stated by Mazda to offer internet connectivity to apps such as Facebook and Twitter.  The 7” touch screen with MZD-Connect infotainment enhances the driver experience and makes commuting hassle-free.

Not only is the new sculptured body creating an uproar amongst consumers but also the low CO2 emissions (99g/km) and excellent fuel efficiency (74.3mpg) is generating lots of appeal.

The Mazda3 demonstrates class as well as entertainment so would fit perfectly into any business fleet. If you are interested in having the Mazda3 become a part of your fleet contact us on 01527 571605.Blog divider

Review: Renault Megane

Make and Model:

Kia Sportage 4 CRD1 

Engine Size:

2.0 CRD1 6 speed

Overview:

The Kia Sportage is a lot of car for your money. It is large inside and out, stylish and comfortable. At times it can feel slightly ‘boxy’ but it makes up for that by offering generous amount of space, gadgets and nice features.

First Impressions – Exterior:

The outside design is quite typical of a modern SUV / Crossover – but a lot larger. It has a pleasant, aesthetically pleasing shape and to keep the vehicle somewhat masculine and not too curvy, when viewed from the front is slightly square.

It is also relatively tall and the average person will undoubtedly have to step up and into the car, this adds to the spacious feel. 

First Impressions – Interior:

The interior was well executed, with all of the controls within easy reach.

It was impressively well-equipped with technology, the amount of information it provided was rather overwhelming but that is down to personal preference.

Both the driver’s seat and the front passenger seat had electronic adjusters and another charming feature, both seats were heated. The seats themselves are really comfortable and have adjustable lumber support – It really did feel like you were driving from an armchair.

The built in Sat Nav was simple to use and extremely helpful for example it noticed the fuel was low and asked if I wanted to go to the nearest garage – very handy!

It also had a DAB radio and media player which supplied excellent sound all around the vehicle. All of these operations were accessed by an 8” touch screen which sometimes needed to be pressed twice to get recognition but the overall experience and the ease of use made it an impeccable gadget to have.

The roof was full length glass with tilt and slide open options, this let in a great deal of light and air and added to the feel of there being ample room inside. The boot also had major advantages, it was wide as well as tall so perfect for family trips or lots of luggage.

Performance:

The car is deceiving but in a good way, it looks heavy to manoeuvre due to its size but is actually surprising light to drive, which makes a change to other SUV type vehicles. The drive felt positive and overall the vehicle was very responsive to different road conditions.

Practicality:

The car is best suited for those with large families or people with a requirement for lots of interior room.

Due to its sheer size, it makes narrow parking (even with the reversing camera) quite a challenge. However, the driving position is noticeably high above other vehicles so all round vision is very good.

Rivals:

Nissan Quashqai, SEAT Ateca, Renault Kadjar and Hyundai Tucson

Overall Thoughts:

The overall interior space, user friendly gadgets and comfortability are added bonuses to the sportier feel it presents on the road. The Kia Sportage is undeniably a worthy contender in the SUV/Crossover market.

Score (out of 10): 

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Great Scott!!! The DeLorean has arrived at Agility

What an exciting morning here at Agility, only Marty and Doc were nowhere to been seen.

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With the entire body panels being made from stainless steel and its futuristic looks we can see why the DeLorean was the chosen time travel machine for Back to the Future.

 “Thanks to the stainless steel construction of the DeLorean, flux dispersal is generated at an optimum level from the Flux Capacitor, providing the entire vehicle and its passengers a smooth passage through the space-time continuum during temporal displacement.” *

The DeLorean is well known for its wing doors and ‘Flux Capacitor’ time travel capabilities in the Back to the Future Trilogy. So we thought we would take a look back on the years the DeLorean visited and share how automotives have evolved.

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1885

The Benz motor car in 1885 was considered the first practical motorcar, the Benz motor appears to be an evolutionary adaptation to the horse and cart. This may be the reason inventor Uriah Smith put forward the idea in 1899 to attach a wooden horses head to the front of the vehicles to reduce the nerves of passengers and also function as a fuel store.

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1955

In Back to the Future 2, Biff’s pride and joy is the Ford Super De Luxe convertible and this isn’t the only car that was someone’s most prized possession in 1955.

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1985

In 30 years you can see just how much the body style has changed and the look is a lot more sporty and square. The evolution over 100 years is astonishing and you can’t begin to imagine driving a car with little to no exterior.

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2015

In Back to the Future 2, we saw Marty Mcfly travel to 2015. The cars in the film are what the Directors thought the future would hold for automotives in the future and we have to say they weren’t far off.

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We have seen the launch of the fully electric Tesla that comes with Autopilot capabilities and the BMW i8 hybrid with DeLorean style wing doors.

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Cars of the future

Now we have gone past the DeLoreans 2015 destination, how are car designers seeing the future for us?

BMW, Mini and Rolls Royce have released concepts for how they see their automotives in the future. How do you see the future for the car industry?

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*Source: Back to the Future

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The All-New Mazda 2

This high level spec hatchback is bursting with energy, character and it’s striking new design is turning heads.

Whether you are on the motorway or commuting within the city this super hatchback offers exceptional MPG (83.1mpg) and CO2 (89g/km) and reaches 0-62mph in 10.1 seconds.

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The Mazda2 is premium in look and feel, it is also jam packed full of technology fitted as standard. Such as; SAT Nav, Climate Control, Cruise Control, Touchscreen, Smart City Brake Support and SKYACTIV Technology all centred around the driver cockpit to ensure a comfortable driver experience.

If you are interested in having the Mazda2 become a part of your fleet contact us on 01527 571605.

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Come join us at Fleet Management Live 2016

We are excited to be exhibiting at Fleet Management Live at the NEC in Birmingham and to be showcasing our new branding!

We would like to invite you to join the team for a catch up and to find out more about our new products and services at the event on 19th and 20th October, 2016.

Our core values are a way of life for us, along with developing relationships with our clients based on trust. We pride ourselves on continually improving our service and providing consistently high levels of customer satisfaction, which has been recognised in our recent ‘FN50 Customer Service Team of the Year Award’.

We would love for you to join us for a light lunch from 12:00pm until 1:00pm or for afternoon tea from 2:30pm until 3:00 pm on Stand E14.

For your free badge to enter the exhibition register here. We look forward to seeing you.

Who will be available on the day?

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       Sales Director Lee O’Connell               Operations Director Jacki Stevenson

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SME’s and tailored solutions

After reading the blog post by Steve Whitmarsh ‘SME: Tapping into the goldmine’ it made us think about how we evaluate and service the needs of SME’s.

In the article Steve states a valid point:

“The needs of an SME are not dissimilar to the needs of a large organisation, and the sales process to convert these fleets to contract hire requires the same level of investment, thought and consultation. Therefore, beware of the contract hire company that has a dedicated department for SMEs (this generally guarantees SMEs get a lower level of investment, thought and consultation).”

This is why we pride ourselves on offering a personal solution to fleets of all sizes with access to best practice solutions and account management typically associated with large corporate fleets.

Steve also goes on to ask why aren’t sales and lease back being offered? Many fleets aren’t aware of the effects of leasing vehicles and the effects on balance sheets.

However, with Agility Fleet’s whole life cost analysis service we can review all the current company vehicles as an outright purchase and make recommendations on how to do it more cost effectively. Our overall aim is to provide customers with an understanding of all the costs associated with running a fleet to help make purchasing decisions simple, as well as making budgeting easier.

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Bromsgrove business races ahead to raise £8k for local charity

Bromsgrove based charity ‘Rees Foundation’ was presented with a cheque for £8K, thanks to the fundraising efforts of a group of petrol heads from Stoke Prior contract hire and fleet management specialists, Agility Fleet.  

Sarah Milan, director of Rees Foundation, accepted the cheque from Keith Townsend, managing director of Agility Fleet, who with four of his colleagues successfully competed in the 24 hours European round of the prestigious Teesside Karting Championship in the heart of the world famous Le Mans, raising more than £8K in the process. 

The Rees Foundation is a charity that supports young people and adults who’ve had foster care or residential experience, ensuring they can access the support they need to help them achieve their potential. 

Sarah Milan, director of the Rees Foundation, said: “This event was a real test of endurance, and covered around 1,000 miles at race speed – the equivalent of driving from Land’s End to John O’ Groats and back to Glasgow again all in a go kart!  It was a fantastic effort by the Agility Fleet guys and I’d like to thank all the businesses that supported them via sponsorship and donations, helping to raise funds to support young people after they leave care system.”

In addition to their fundraising activity, Agility Fleet are also working in partnership with the Rees Foundation to help with the expense of providing driving lessons for care leavers.  With the current cost of learning to drive in the UK averaging £1,300 many of the country’s most disadvantaged young people find that they are priced out of ever learning to drive.

Managing director of Agility Fleet, Keith Townsend, said: “As my greatest passions include four wheels and speed, I jumped at the opportunity to combine these with supporting a great local charity. The Rees Foundation do some wonderful work but don’t seem to get as much publicity as some of the other well-known charities. Our hope is that after competing in this popular championship we have played a small part in changing that.

“I’d especially like to thank Mike Smith, managing director of Fleet Assist – Agility Fleet’s partners for servicing, maintenance and repairs – who also entered a team into the race, as well as thanking our two key sponsors, Itec and Ormorod Rutter, for their generous donations.”

For more information on the Rees Foundation and details of how to access its services, get involved as a volunteer, or donate, visit www.reesfoundation.org

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Sarah Milan, director of the Rees Foundation, receives a cheque for £8K from Keith Townsend, managing director of Agility Fleet.

Review: Audi A3 Sportback

MAKE AND MODEL:

Audi A3 Sportback

ENGINE SIZE:

2.0L

OVERVIEW: 

The Audi A3 is an overall neat and tidy looking vehicle with CO2 emissions varying according to engine size of 99-129g/km. The Sportback version is noticeable longer in body length and benefits from extra boot space and overall passenger leg room.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS – EXTERIOR:

The model we tested had sporty alloy wheels giving the vehicle a great first impression. The roof bar made the car look extremely stream lined making it look like an item of real craftsmanship and quality.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS – INTERIOR:

The inside is very minimalistic with only  a few gadgets and dials, the Multi Media Interface lets you control the majority of the functions centrally so there is little distraction whilst driving. The display is extremely clear, that clear you think it is a touch screen rather than just a display screen. Overall the cabin is elegant, well built and ergonomically excellent.

PERFORMANCE: 

The 2.0l engine provides extremely strong performance and under strong acceleration is still very quiet and fun to drive.  The vehicle provides strong grip on the road, smooth transition between gear changes and bear minimum vibration fed back through the steering. The road handling makes you feel exceptionally safe and secure.

PRACTICALITY:

The extra leg room and boot capacity makes it great for any family looking for a new car for this purpose. But, fitting a pushchair and shopping at the same time was a tight squeeze. For a family with older children the extra space inside is perfect.

RIVALS:

Ford Focus, SEAT Leon, BMW 1 Series

OVERALL THOUGHTS:

Visually, it is very similar to a Leon, the drive is comfortable and spacious making those long journeys much more bearable. It is perfect for family with older children.

SCORE (OUT OF 10):

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