SaturnFans.com
what's new (beta) - classifieds - forums - photos


Go Back   SaturnFans.com Forums > Categories > General Saturn Discussion
Register FAQ Members List Groups Calendar Chat Room Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-20-2000, 01:21 PM   #1
LoveMySL1s
Member
LoveMySL1s is on a distinguished road
 
Join Date: Sep 2000
Location: Near Madison WI
Posts: 179
 
Default Saturn as a Fleet Car?

The agency I work for maintains a fleet of cars for business use. They have all the usual fleet cars: Neons, Cavaliers, Contours, Escorts, Taurus, Luminas, (recently) Focus Wagons, etc.. I've never seen a Saturn in a fleet, whether its a company fleet or government agency fleet. I would think with Saturn's high Intellichoice ratings for economy, reliability, and low depreciation, etc. that it would make an ideal fleet car: low maintenance costs, reliable, dent resistant body panels, and high resale value.

Doesn't Saturn sell in quantity to fleets? Is it because they don't dicker on the price, so there's no bulk buying discount?

I seem to recall in Saturn's earlier ad days, that some small companies bought Saturns for their company car. But I haven't seen or heard anything like it lately. I doubt that those small companies were large enough to buy vehicles in any quantity.

If anyone has experienced a Saturn as a fleet car, what was your experience like? How has it held up? I know there is a tendency to abuse fleet and rental cars since there's no "ownership" factor. If they're as good in a fleet situation as my personal one is, I'd like to recommend Saturns for consideration in our ageny's fleet.

Perhaps Saturn should start selling to fleets to boost some sagging sales.

REWARD EXCELLENCE!

Add to LoveMySL1s's Reputation
Rate the quality of this post and help LoveMySL1s reputation points. Click the reputation button near the bottom left corner of this message box. Thank you!
LoveMySL1s is offline  
SaturnFans.com Sponsored Links
Old 10-20-2000, 05:02 PM   #2
Dr. Bob
Master Member
Dr. Bob is on a distinguished road
 
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: SE Minnesota
Posts: 2,041
Default

Here's my speculation/understanding - Saturn wants to maximize resale value of their cars, to maintain lowest overall cost of ownership as a competitive selling point.

Fleet sales generally dump a whole lot of used cars on the market, increasing supply and lowering resale values.

REWARD EXCELLENCE!

Add to Dr. Bob's Reputation
Rate the quality of this post and help Dr. Bob reputation points. Click the reputation button near the bottom left corner of this message box. Thank you!
Dr. Bob is offline  
Old 10-20-2000, 05:32 PM   #3
dmtsl2
Member
dmtsl2 is on a distinguished road
 
Join Date: Feb 2000
Posts: 252
Default

Previously, I've noticed L-Series with the Enterprise stickers. Now I'm starting to see S-Series rentals with the same. I'm also seeing the latter being used for what I'm pretty sure are gas & electric company cars - white with a number painted on the bumper.

REWARD EXCELLENCE!

Add to dmtsl2's Reputation
Rate the quality of this post and help dmtsl2 reputation points. Click the reputation button near the bottom left corner of this message box. Thank you!
dmtsl2 is offline  
Old 10-20-2000, 06:18 PM   #4
John10
Master Member
John10 will become famous soon enoughJohn10 will become famous soon enough
 
Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: Eastern PA
Posts: 3,490
 

2006 ION-3 Sedan
2009 VUE 2.4L
Default

There is an arrangement with Enterprise and it has been pretty thoroughly discussed in a thread that was current several months ago. As far as fleet cars, I have seen a few SL's with our local county sticker on the door and there is an SW that is used in my city for parking meter enforcement. I also am involved with a local non profit agency that bought a few SW's for its program staff. They went to the SW because they needed a small wagon to haul their tools and test equipment and there are not many manufacturers in the small wagon market. Although these wagons serve as fleet cars it is my understanding that the agency bought them in a normal retail transaction. I was on the agency finance committee that approved the SW purchases and frankly there wasn't much choice of brands for what we could afford and what specifications we wanted.

REWARD EXCELLENCE!

Add to John10's Reputation
Rate the quality of this post and help John10 reputation points. Click the reputation button near the bottom left corner of this message box. Thank you!
John10 is offline  
Old 10-20-2000, 08:38 PM   #5
BlazerBill
Junior Member
BlazerBill will become famous soon enough
 
Join Date: Feb 2000
Posts: 31
Default

Yes, Saturn is actively pursuing sales to fleet customers through the Multiple Vehicle Purchase process. The biggest customer has been Enterprise Rent A Car, who prefers the Saturns due to their high residual value. Many commercial fleets are now experiencing the Saturn Difference and love it! High residual value, low cost of maintenance and quick order to delivery times are the main reasons. Of course, the fact that the company drivers are well treated by the retailers is a BIG plus as well. The SW2 was a great car for commercial fleets, as it was one of the few wagons out there. Check out www.gmfleet.com for a little more info on the "MVP" process.

Bill T.

REWARD EXCELLENCE!

Add to BlazerBill's Reputation
Rate the quality of this post and help BlazerBill reputation points. Click the reputation button near the bottom left corner of this message box. Thank you!
BlazerBill is offline  
Old 10-22-2000, 09:59 AM   #6
LocutusSC2
Junior Member
LocutusSC2 is on a distinguished road
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Posts: 39
Default

Around the burbs of Boston, I've seen some fairly new S series Saturns as Coca-Cola fleet vehicles. Pretty cool.

REWARD EXCELLENCE!

Add to LocutusSC2's Reputation
Rate the quality of this post and help LocutusSC2 reputation points. Click the reputation button near the bottom left corner of this message box. Thank you!
LocutusSC2 is offline  
Old 10-22-2000, 10:41 AM   #7
BobL
Master Member
BobL is on a distinguished road
 
Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: Raleigh, NC
Posts: 4,559
Default

Have discussed this with the GM of my dealership. We both thought that the L would make a nice city police car where speed's not the key to the decision. NYC used Aspens and Volares years ago.

REWARD EXCELLENCE!

Add to BobL's Reputation
Rate the quality of this post and help BobL reputation points. Click the reputation button near the bottom left corner of this message box. Thank you!
BobL is offline  
Old 10-23-2000, 11:00 AM   #8
wei_
Senior Member
wei_ is on a distinguished road
 
wei_'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2000
Posts: 1,296
 
Default

Verizon/Bell Atlantic seems to have a growing Saturn fleet in Alexandria/Arlington, VA. Haven't really seen them anywhere else yet.
-Wei

REWARD EXCELLENCE!

Add to wei_'s Reputation
Rate the quality of this post and help wei_ reputation points. Click the reputation button near the bottom left corner of this message box. Thank you!
wei_ is offline  
Closed Thread



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Add one more to the fleet: hit_n_run S-Series General 31 10-14-2009 10:21 AM
Another Saturn for my fleet? Ralphs S-Series General 3 08-27-2007 08:32 PM
Saturn Fleet - worth saving ? cstorry S-Series General 8 06-01-2005 10:17 PM
Saturn Fleet - worth saving ? cstorry S-Series General 0 05-31-2005 09:54 PM
The Fleet LynnF L-Series General 21 08-31-2003 08:32 AM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:32 AM.

Advanced Forum Search | Advanced Photo Search


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.9
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SaturnFans.com. The Saturn Enthusiasts Site.