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Why Gas Cards Make Perfect Cents

Dec 20, 2007
Every business needs to keep an eye on their operating expenses when it comes to turning a profit. This includes such things as electricity, rent, and in many cases, fuel costs. Regardless of the size of your business, the rising cost of gas is sure to affect your bottom line. When your business is a freight or delivery service that is dependent on the use of many vehicles, why not maximize your profits by downsizing your fuel costs?

Having your drivers and vehicles equipped with special gas cards can mean the difference between being profitable and simply surviving. Therefore, it is crucial that you keep track of how much gas your drivers and vehicles are using. Decreased gas mileage can be a sign of a vehicle in need of repairs, or possibly even fraudulent activity on the part of your employees. By making use of a gas card you can be protected against fluctuations in gas prices. As some places have price differences for gas, your drivers may be caught unaware if they only carry cash to buy gas. By using the gas card, they're always ready and able to buy the gas, no matter how much the price fluctuates from place to place. Not to mention that you are able to pre-plan your route based on designated filling stations associated with your card.

By having one simple gas card that is designated specifically for the purchase of fuel, you can very easily track the amount of gas consumed by your vehicles and at what price for which the gas was bought. These credit cards are sometimes also associated with reward points programs that allow you to save up points earned by purchasing gas and trade them in for prizes or services. Even a small business can rack up considerable points over the course of a year by simply buying the gas they need to buy anyway with a single gas card. The most common reward that's offered is, of course, free gas or a discounted rate on the gas purchase. The gas company sometimes credits the business account for the rebate and other times offers the actual reward certificate through the mail.

The ability of the business owner to keep all receipts for fuel purchased by different members of the same organization on one simple account is a very attractive feature. The statement that one receives every month has all the purchases recorded and also has a running total so you can compare the previous months' purchases to the present statement. Many gas companies offer special loyalty programs for their customers or reward them for using the credit card a certain number of times over the course of a year. This is a loyalty program and is a lot like a points reward program. They want their customers to always return to their station to buy their gas and they like to reward this form of loyalty with special prizes or discounts. Lower interest rates are sometimes used as incentives to get customers to use the card more often during slower periods of consumption. Therefore, having your drivers make use of gas cards can save money and lead to better fleet management.
About the Author
Amy Nutt is a respected author of over 1000 articles distributed worldwide. Nutt is often used as a resource on effectively managing a company's operating expenses. This is particularly relevant when dealing with the transportation industry.
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