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Autocare plans European expansion

VEHICLE management, preparation and reconditioning company Autocare is to expand its fleet services across Europe.

The company, part of Richard Lawson Autologistics, works with fleets including leasing companies and daily rental firms and much of its work is also manufacturer driven.

It performs preparation work, PDI (pre-delivery inspection) contracts, enhancement and the fitting of accessories on new vehicles such as company cars, daily rental vehicles, corporate demonstrators and dealer network vehicles.

Autocare also defleets and reconditions used vehicles for some of the biggest names in the European motor industry.

Although Autocare already operates in certain parts of Europe, UK sales and marketing manager James Smith said the company was now talking to customers and potential partners in a bid to expand its services and locations.

Two of the biggest areas for growth for the company are France and Spain, Autocare said.

Smith said that in the company's experience 'most customers want single company service supply deals on a pan-European basis'.

On the need for its services, Smith said: 'For most car owners taking delivery of a new car is an emotionally charged experience. First impressions count.'

Smith added: 'It is well to remember that even for the company fleet owner the state of preparedness of their car at the time of initial handover is absolutely critical. Any defects to it, however small, because of an incorrectly carried out PDI, can have a damaging influence on the customer.'

Heading up Autocare is Rupert Llewellyn, who was appointed to his position in December. His previous roles include UK fleet director for Budget and he also worked for Hertz UK, heading up its logistics, distribution, fleet purchasing and disposal operations.

Speaking at the Fleet News Europe Congress in Barcelona earlier this year, Llewellyn said: 'Fleet managers continue to demand more and more wholelife cost reductions from their service providers and suppliers, as this is one of the only ways they are able to compete in what is a very strongly represented market.'

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