How to solve the long waiting times for company cars!

There are delays with new cars and the waiting times for company cars are also getting longer. You may already be experiencing this in your fleet. Delivery times are taking longer than ever, and company cars could almost be described as a scarce commodity. How do you deal with this as a fleet manager?

Published 22nd of August 2022

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Why are the waiting times for company cars so long?

It is not difficult to pinpoint the reason behind the long delivery times of cars: it has everything to do with the Coronavirus crisis.

As car dealers were forced to close their shops in 2020, sales reached a low point. This led to a fall in demand from car manufacturers, who in turn reduced their production.

The producers of chips and semiconductors that run our car computers also encountered the same problems. However, they quickly found an equivalent alternative in the market for electronics such as smartphones and game consoles. During the lockdown, demand in this niche market actually rose, and quite significantly.

The car market therefore fell behind in terms of priority. 

  • The shortage of chips and semiconductors disrupted the logistics flow.
  • Deliveries to car manufacturers were delayed.
  • Several factories closed their doors.

The logical consequence thereof? Increasing delivery times and long waiting times for company cars and private cars. The Coronavirus crisis turned out to be, as it were, a semiconductor crisis.

Delivery periods are sometimes as long as two years

To this day, we still feel the effects of the Coronavirus years.

  • Waiting times for company cars vary from six months to two years, depending on the selected make and model.
  • The war in Ukraine is also having an impact.
  • Currently, we are facing interrupted transport routes and a shortage of wiring harnesses, important electrical components in vehicles.

Is there any prospect of improvement? Not really.

This makes matters very complicated for fleet managers in particular: electric and other company cars are not given priority. Waiting times are getting longer and the mobility of your employees is seriously affected by the delays.

Is there a solution?

Of course, there is a solution. Ensuring smooth transport starts with reviewing your current fleet. Working from home has become an integral part of the business world. Many employees are not required to travel to and from work as often anymore. Their company cars are more stationary than moving these days.

Are the leasing contracts at your company about to mature? Then this could be the perfect time to ask yourself, are all those company cars really still necessary? Is there a cheaper alternative?

Sustainable mobility soon emerges as a viable alternative when searching for an equivalent option. This is not surprising, as public and shared transport perfectly meet the mobility needs of your employees.

Compared to the cost of a leased petrol car you can save € 12,300 per year through sustainable mobility.

But in all honesty, the additional administrative burden that comes with that is considerable. One expense report can easily take up several hours to process. We can help with our Olympus App.

It could not be easier or more convenient. With the Olympus app, you get one monthly invoice, while your employees can easily manage their mobility in one app. The administrative simplification can save you as much as € 155 per employee and does not even take an hour of your time.

Looking for a solution for long waiting times for company cars?

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Here you can read more about the six steps you should take to help your employees on the road to sustainability.

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