Don's Blog

It is with great excitement that we welcome you to the inaugural posting of Don's Blog! We hope that over the course of time you will look forward to the exciting and educational posts that are made from one of the leading professionals in the Automotive Fleet Industry, our own Don Saxon; the President of Saxon Fleet Services.


I first and foremost want to express my gratitude to each and every one of you for reading my blog and following me along through the industry I am so passionate about, "The Automotive Fleet Services Industry".

I started my journey many years ago working at Saxon Ford in St. Paul, taking the bus when I was only 6 years old down to detail cars on the weekends. It was then that I realized my passion for the automotive industry which I have chosen to work in my entire career.

 

I come from an Automotive family background, as my Grandfather and Father were both franchised auto dealers. I found my passion in the Fleet Services Industry over 40 years ago, and have been growing Saxon Fleet Services with great ambition ever since.

Our company Saxon Fleet Services specializes in business to business vehicle fleet management solutions; from procurement and remarketing, to life cycle management, we offer ways to save time and save money while helping you run your vehicles more efficiently.   

When I am not on the road visiting with our customers, or working with our team at our office in Oakdale, MN - I enjoy being with my family.

As I always welcome feedback, please feel free to email me with questions or comments!

I can be reached at dsaxon@saxonfleetservices.com

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As the end of the year passes, and the new year begins, we would like to thank all of those who have embarked on this journey with us that we call Don's Blog.

As January begins, comes great opportunities for all of us to learn from the past year, and to help plan for the future. No matter how well you run your fleet, there are always several areas to be mindful of that could use constant improvement.

A few topics of conversation come to mind regarding the daily operation of any well ran fleet, I would like to highlight a few:

1.    Daily Issues, no matter how big or how small, require constant monitoring and attention. As you tackle these challenges, it goes without saying- to          be the best fleet manager you can be, you have to maintain a positive attitude and serious focus towards improvement.


2.     Vehicle repairs and manufacturer recalls are a fleet managers constant obstacle. As long as we can expect the unexpected, we can easily work through these matters. I have found that when we can communicate with our manufacturer partners directly, we can more easily overcome these types of challenges.


3.     During the time of year when we place our large fleet orders, suppliers will announce shortages, and transportation companies will announce logistic delays. These complications are handled in the same way as the other challenges in our role; using patience, planning, and communication. Having good processes in place to work with the drivers and locations of these new vehicle orders, is the key to handling even more delays that are out of our control.

    

As a long-time professional in the fleet industry, I can attest to the saying, "it's not about how we achieved our successes in our daily work, but in how we handled and learned from our failures". 

Many have reached out with great feedback and excitement, and as we look forward to bringing continued insight and perspective on the Automotive Fleet Industry, we again encourage your ideas and thoughts!
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Don's Blog April 2019          

Good Morning,

As I write this blog today, I am coming to you from the road, on my way to visit some of the many customers across the country that we do business with.

 A topic that was discussed in an industry seminar I attended earlier last month was Total Cost of Ownership, or TCO as it is known to industry insiders. There probably is not a more important subject foundationally to the fleet industry.

Many of you may not have heard of TCO before. Others are very familiar with this phrase. At Saxon Fleet Services, we are constantly educating our customers in business who are responsible for managing their vehicle expense.

Total Cost of Ownership is made up of many components that are managed in different ways. Some businesses run their fleet at four cents per mile, and others run the same type of vehicles at five dollars per mile; they are all correct!

Our goal is and always will be, to provide you with the knowledge of how to calculate the Total Cost of Ownership.Therefore, you can make the best decision for your business fleet.

Have a great spring!

Don Saxon
Saxon Fleet Services

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Don's Blog May 2019

Spring is here in Minnesota, and that means warmer temperatures and the beginning of the new season for many vehicle fleets!

As a reminder, vehicle maintenance and safety should be on the top of your priority; when overlooked it can quickly turn your vehicle asset into a liability.

Vehicle down time can be very expensive to a business's bottom line, more expensive than the cost to annually maintain the vehicle.

The right maintenance schedule prepares your business vehicles to operate safely during the busy times of year, and it all starts with a good annual inspection.

Items to consider to help your vehicle run safely and reliably:

·         Inspect the brakes

·         Change the fluids

·         Check the belts and hoses

·         Adjust the alignment and suspension

·         Rotate and check the tires

·         Charge the battery

·         Test the air conditioner

·         Detail the vehicle

  
Planning will save thousands of dollars vs. no planning!

Have a Great month!

Don Saxon
Saxon Fleet Services