A recent initiative from salary sacrifice car specialist Tusker, called StopGap Cars, which is designed to keep its drivers mobile while they await delivery of their new car, has proved to be a resounding success after almost six months.
Tusker introduced the StopGap Cars scheme at the beginning of June for all drivers who had ordered a new car under the company’s award-winning salary sacrifice car scheme, SalarySacrifice4Cars (SS4C).
The move was in response to delivery delays of over three months on some popular models and was intended to ensure drivers were always kept mobile.
Once a salary sacrifice car has been ordered, a driver can request a StopGap car, typically a SEAT Ibiza, Mazda2, Volkswagen Polo or Mini, to drive while they wait for their new car to be delivered.
Since its introduction, demand has soared and Tusker now has more than 60 StopGap cars in circulation and has had to increase the number of cars available several times to meet request levels.
Initially, Tusker carried out a regional trial before rolling the scheme out nationally. Under its current terms, a driver can request a StopGap car for up to three months complete with fully comprehensive business motor insurance, maintenance, breakdown cover. The cars are prominently branded with the Tusker logo and delivered directly to the driver so there is no administrative disturbance for their employer.
David Hosking, CEO at Tusker, said: "Drivers often have to wait lengthy periods for their new cars, due to circumstances completely beyond their and our control.
"StopGap cars do exactly what the name suggests. We have had a lot of drivers who have ordered a salary sacrifice car but have nothing to drive until the new car is delivered. This scheme means they can stay mobile while they wait for their new car to arrive.
"Based on the response levels received to date, I truly believe our StopGap fleet will continue to grow as it helps to make our drivers’ lives easier."