Fleet Services Newsletter, November 2018

Fleet Services Newsletter

November 2018

Do You Want To End the Lease on an Assigned Vehicle?

It may be possible to end the lease of your vehicle before the end of its life if we can transfer your vehicle to another customer.  To discuss this opportunity, Mike needs to hear from you ASAP.  He begins ordering new vehicles in November so he needs to make any lease changes before new vehicles are ordered.  If you wish to discuss your vehicle lease, please call Mike at (319) 384-0564.


How to Buy A Used Car

Occasionally, I see an article that may not be fleet related, but may be of interest to our customers.   The link comes from a website called Autoblog.  They post many auto related stories and this one caught my eye. It is an article with some suggestions on how to buy a used vehicle


Fleet Services Requisition Tutorial

One of our new staff members, Joe, has put together a tutorial on how to fill out a Fleet Services Requisition. The tutorial is a short video that takes you through all of the steps on how to fill out a Fleet Services Requisition. The tutorial also answers some of the basic questions about the Fleet Services Requisition.  You can use this tutorial as a refresher if you do not fill out the form very often or you can use it to train a new staff member. The tutorial is on our website.  View Fleet Services Requisition Tutorial


Vehicle Replacement Letters Have Been Sent

If your vehicle is due for replacement in FY 2019, you have received a letter outlining your options.  You can return the vehicle and end your lease, replace it with the same type of vehicle or request a new type of vehicle.  Those forms are due back to us by Friday, November 16.  If you have any questions after getting the form, please let us know. If you would like to get an additional vehicle for your department please give us a call and we can discuss the options.  


It’s That Time of Year; Don’t Veer For Deer

According to Allstate Insurance, the most likely time of year for a motorist to strike an animal is between October and December. 38% of these types of claims occur in the last three months of the year.  Here are some tips for avoiding these types of accidents:

Be especially alert from sunset to midnight and in the hours shortly before sunrise. 

If you see one deer cross, slow down, others may be following.

Pay special attention in areas labeled for deer crossings.

On highways, when there is no oncoming traffic, use your high beams.  They reflect the deer’s eyes better.

If a deer is in your path, brake firmly, but stay in your lane.  Many accidents happen as drivers swerve to avoid a deer and lose control.

If you do hit an animal, do not touch it or move it.  Call the police.  They will be able to notify the appropriate local authorities to care for the animal.

    Holiday Hours

    With the holidays fast approaching, please be aware of some modified office hours during this time.

    The office is closed November 22-23, December 24-25 and January 1

    Our office will be open from 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on December 26, 27, 28 (closing 1 hour early)

    The office will be closed the following Saturdays: November 17 and 24, December 8, 15, 22, 29, January 5 and 12

    Regular Saturday hours will resume January 19

    Closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 21

      Fleet Factoid

      Did you know that we have an air hose for our customers to use if they need to fill up their tires?  It is on the SW corner of the CAMBUS Maintenance Facility, next to the fuel island.


      Fleet Services Info

      Manager: Mike Wilson

      Phone: (319) 384-0564

      Fax: (319) 335-5865

      Hours: 7:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.  Monday-Friday 

      Fall and spring only: 8:00 a.m. -  11:00 a.m. Saturday

      Shop Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  Monday-Friday

      Shop Phone: (319) 335-5102

      Fueling Hours: 24 hours/ 7 days a week

      E-mail: Fleet-Services@uiowa.edu

      Web Site: http://transportation.uiowa.edu/university-vehicles