November 28, 2023 / 2 minute read
It’s that time of year again! Time to get your 2024 vehicle orders in now to aid in prompt delivery for next year. However, with the ongoing parts shortages, specific models are becoming unavailable. Not only that, prices for available vehicles continue to increase.
For fleets, this could present a big headache—or an opportunity. The solution is to pivot to other vehicle models that work just as well, or better, than your current ones.
Let’s talk about which vehicles aren’t available right now, and which are. This blog will help you avoid getting caught off guard so you can keep operating smoothly.
Which vehicles aren’t available for 2024 ordering?
The current shortages will affect fleets that operate pickup trucks, vans, and SUVs. Compact pickup trucks will, in particular, are going to be difficult to get your hands on (Ford Maverick, Ford Ranger, Chevy Colorado, and GMC Canyons). Compact vans are not available in Canada at the moment.
At Foss, we recommend either midsize pickups with a cap or compact SUVs, depending on your end use.
Prioritizing fit for purpose
Even with the shortages, there are still well-suited vehicles available for fleets. It’s just a matter of re-evaluating your options.
The key factor? Keep fit for purpose at the forefront. Any vehicle you choose should be able to easily get the job done, and allow for any upfitting you need.
By thinking about each vehicle’s end use, you may discover that a different vehicle will do the job just as well as your current one.
How Foss can help
At Foss, we help you keep operating strong, no matter what’s happening in the vehicle market. Whether you lease or purchase, we’ll be there every step of the way.
We work with the vehicle markets every day, allowing us to stay ahead of any issues that come up for you. With us, you won’t get caught without a vehicle that you need.
We also think well beyond the initial acquisition. This means we consider each vehicle’s life cycle, including:
- choosing the best vehicles for the job
- structuring leases or payment plans in a way that suits your needs and budget
- cycling out vehicles for the highest returns possible.
Any vehicle you get through us will be fit for purpose, and fit for budget.
And remember, vehicle acquisition is just one part of a successful fleet operation. When it comes to saving money and becoming more efficient, we offer a suite of services to optimize fleets of all sizes. Learn more in this blog.
At the end of the day, our mission is to help your fleet operate successfully in an ever-changing landscape.
While it’s definitely frustrating when models you rely on suddenly become unavailable, there are other options out there. Consider the alternatives we’ve outlined above and act quickly to arrange for those vehicles in 2024.
Give us a call or contact us here if you’d like to learn more about optimizing your entire fleet.
Get to Know the Author
Hussain Dhanani has worked in the fleet management industry for 15+ years. He started working in the industry as a Client Service Representative in 2006 and now enjoys his current role as Regional Director, Western Canada. Hussain has a passion for people and enjoys being able to help companies achieve their fleet management goals. When Hussain is not working, he is most likely planning his next trip to a new country.Meet our team