Grand Union Housing Group (GUHG) switched to a fully outsourced contract hire solution with Ogilvie Fleet for its 45 light commercial vehicles. When the provider and developer of affordable housing realised it needed the most cost effective method of acquisition for its vehicles, Ogilvie Fleet offered the best contract.

The vehicle leasing and fleet management company worked together with Richard Pearce, GUHG’s Health, Safety and Business Services Manager, as well as electricians, multi-trade operatives and ground maintenance staff, to select vehicle make and models and specify the vans to ensure they were fit-for-purpose.

The chosen supplier was Vauxhall due to its ability to meet cost, vehicle specification and van delivery times, together with its capability to provide service, maintenance and repair though its local franchise network. Additionally, Ogilvie Fleet involved preferred vehicle conversion specialist Bott to equip the vans.

“Value-for-money is clearly vital, but the key reason for opting for contract hire and moving away from outright purchase was that it delivered budgetary simplicity due to monthly fixed costs. We previously found that service, maintenance and repair costs could escalate rapidly in the final year or two of a vehicle’s operating life and that could impact on budget certainty,” said Richard, who is in charge of the new fleet.

Ogilvie Fleet will also provide GUHG with a full suite of in-life services, including accident management, daily rental and management of the legacy vehicle fleet assistance with its disposal. Furthermore, the organisation will benefit from being able to access the supplier’s industry leading and multi-award winning MiFleet Showroom online reporting tool.

“Our detailed analysis of GUHG’s van fleet requirements from acquisition costs through to operational requirements has provided the organisation with a fleet of cost-effective, modern, smart and efficiently converted vehicles along with a 24-hour support service ensuring vehicle mobility and driver safety,” said Jo Clark, Director of Sales at Ogilvie Fleet.