Miles and Money

Posted on August 14, 2009 by - Also by this author

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Steven Eppinger has noticed a growing client segment for his services, which he never pursued nor knew about before: Limousine operators.

In the last two years, the founder, president and CEO of Ownersite Technologies of Roswell, Ga., has seen a small slice of limousine operators show up on the radar screen of 18,000 to 20,000 vehicles in the online database. The operators were among fleet clients such as mortuaries, Geek Squad-type services, landscaping firms, and HVAC companies that developed interest in the efficiencies of online fleet maintenance.

The clientele splits about 70% consumers, with an average of three vehicles per client, and 30% fleet-centered businesses, with an average of 20-25 vehicles each. With only a handful of chauffeured transportation operators so far, Eppinger sees ample opportunity to help operators in this recession and beyond.

What does do for clients?

  1. Maintain a comprehensive at-a-glance service history for personal and company fleet vehicles, such as details about fuel usage, oil changes, tire rotations, routine maintenance, payments and parts purchase
  2. Reminds and alerts clients via email, wireless, or on-screen reminders by odometer reading or time period for more than 70 service procedures or warranty, insurance, registration, and driver's license expirations.
  3. Records other vehicle information, such as purchase details, insurance data, registration dates, personal or business trip logs, factory and extended warranty details, trouble logs, etc.
  4. Provides dozens of easily generated reports, such as maintenance history logs, cost-per-mile figures, fuel economy stats, recalls and technical service bulletin summaries, consumer complaints, defect investigation summaries, crash test and rollover ratings, etc.
  5. Manages and tracks vendor-related expenses for tax and budgeting purposes.
  6. Connects to easy remote access and data entry capabilities with its mobile Internet interface for micro web browsers, the iPhone, Blackberry, Treo, smartphones, and laptops. The mobile interface accesses the most frequently used features such as fuel record entry and usage reporting, service reminder review, maintenance history access, and business or personal trip log entry
    and review.
  7. Offers data entry capability through
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