Mobile Tracking and Consulting Services recommends you choose a fleet fuel card system that offers you some of the following features:
1. Fees – Make sure to choose a fleet fuel card company that does not charge any account maintenance fees, saving you hundreds annually. Other fuel card providers may charge account set up fees, monthly card fees, research fees, annual account fees, online access fees, customer service fees, out-of-network fees just to name a few.
2. Pricing – Don’t commit to one brand or a small network as it obligates you to their pricing, and no matter what they try to tell you, their price will fluctuate from good to bad. Choose the best price each day by using a card that is truly accepted nationwide. Having the freedom to shop price in a market that fluctuates daily will add up to savings.
3. Time is money – Wasted dollars of payroll and fuel can add up quickly driving to and from fueling locations with smaller or limited networks. Nationwide acceptance will allow you to keep those dollars.
4. Discounts cash back or points – Don’t let a fuel card provider distract you by offering pennies in discounts, cash back or points while taking dollars from your wallet to pay for it. Margin is thin for everyone in the fuel card business. Where there are ongoing discounts advertised, count on there being dollars of mark up or fees to over compensate for the pennies given back.
5. Wholesale pricing – Those who offer wholesale pricing in the fuel card business want you to believe that their product and service cost is less than retail. The problem is that their customers often pay more than retail. This can be attributed to several factors including hidden pricing at the time of fueling, their fees and a limited network.
6. Requirements – You may not qualify for their discount as they are often made intentionally difficult or unachievable. Make sure the discounts work as advertised and without fees or mark up to compensate for them.
7. No Obligation – Choose a fleet fuel card that has no hidden fees, and no cost to begin or end service, that way you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
8. Management Tools – Choose a fleet fuel card that offers customizable controls and services that are designed to save additional dollars by eliminating unwanted purchasing. To list one commonly used feature, save time and money as employees no longer need to keep receipts or make reports. Receipt detailed reporting should be available 24/7 via email, internet or phone. And, make sure you can set up alerts to be emailed or text in real time.
9. Customer Service – Choose a fleet fuel card provider that offers a personal touch during regular business hours with an individual assigned to each account for drivers and management – 365 days a year of 24/7 availability with US based customer service representatives waiting to help.