The world of business vehicles is changing


Whatever you do...

Whether you’re running a mobile sales team with ten executive saloons or a small army of delivery vans, building and maintaining a fleet is a full time job.

There was a time when it was a role with a fairly constant job description. Recently, keeping your people on the move seems to require an MBA-level understanding of finance, a degree in taxation accountancy and the ability to predict developments in environmental legislation way into the future.

And that’s before we’ve even started to consider market-volatility. The need for business overheads to respond to the order book is more important now than ever. Which is where XL Flex comes in. We’re one of the only providers out there geared up to face the new realities facing the modern corporate fleet manager.

So, if you’re looking to streamline your on-road solutions, minimise costs and benefit from a monitoring and allocation platform more befittinga multinational, XL can help.

Remember when it was a good idea to take on a new three year vehicle contract just to service a small upturn in business? No, nor do we.

Don’t get caught out

Whether seasonal variation, new business wins, extended contracts or new staff, these changes can be temporary or permanent. But in a business environment characterised by unknowns, why take on contractual risk when these arrangements don’t suit what’s happening in your world?

With XL Flex you’re not tied into long-term deals. We focus on giving you what you need now, for as long as you need it. If you need it for longer, or need to send it back, we’ve got it covered.

Divert around policy and legislation

As the UK becomes more congested the government is under pressure to tackle pollution in ways that increasingly impact fleets. Heavy penalties on certain types of engine are inevitable, as are localised congestion charges in major cities and towns. The potential blow to an SME lumbered with a vehicle type recently classified as falling under a £100 / day city charge doesn’t bear thinking about.

Similarly, the increasing burden of tax on private use of corporate vehicles renders traditional models deeply undesirable for all parties. XL’s Flex software, currently in beta testing, enables a model more akin to car sharing within an organisation – minimising fleet size, allowing private and business booking and managing the subsequent tax implications for all users.

Running a grey fleet has never seemed like a permanent solution to business mobility needs.

With XL Flex, reliance on personal vehicles to help staff steer clear of benefit in kind contributions is a thing of the past. Users simply consult the system to book a car for any travel required and usage is monitored through the Flex platform. That means no more staff mileage claims and a greater knowledge of how your business functions day-to-day.

And because Flex runs powerful artificial intelligence it learns the patterns in your business and can predict usage choke points whilst predicting potential spikes.

The shortcut

As a business, you’re looking for lower costs and fixed prices. You want no hidden extras and off-balance sheet funding. You need minimal maintenance and zero downtime. You want new, clean and economical vehicles that surpass emissions standards and comfortably operate within legislation. You’re looking for tracking, reporting and the ability to intervene in usage patterns.

In short, you need control and responsiveness. XL Flex can get you and your people where you need to be… it’s time to get smart.

Call now.

How we're responding to COVID-19.

At XL we've introduced several measures to ensure the safety of our customers and staff. Our head office is open for drop-offs and collections and all our vehicles are fully valeted and sterilised. Collections and drop-off staff all have full PPE including face masks, sanitising spray and hand cleaning fluid.

Our procedures for customers collecting vehicles:
  • New vehicles will be cleaned, sanitised and disinfected by our staff member, who will then place the keys on the windscreen and then go 2 metres away whilst the client goes to the vehicle to inspect it. Once our customer has checked and is happy with the vehicle a copy of the inspection report is emailed straight to them.
  • The handover is complete, and no contact is made between the customer and staff member. Spare gloves and sanitising wipes are available for our customers to use should they be required.
Our procedures for customers returning vehicles:
  • When a customer arrives with the vehicle our staff member will direct you to park the vehicle in a dedicated parking area and ask you to leave the vehicle, locking it and placing the keys on the windscreen. Once our customer has done this and is the required 2 metres away our staff member will approach the vehicle to disperse the sanitising/disinfecting fluid on the keys unlock and enter the vehicle sanitising the dashboard, steering wheel, handbrake, door and window controls, seat adjustment controls. Our staff member will then perform the initial visual checks inside the vehicle, such as mileage, servicing and fuel levels. A full external check of the vehicle is performed, along with tyres, under to bonnet and boot. Any new damage is noted. Once the inspection is complete a copy of the inspection will be emailed straight to the client.

Keep on keeping on... and stay safe!