We know that federal, state, and local agencies have very specialized requirements. Merchants Fleet has over 50 years of experience in funding and servicing government fleets with a focus on superior service, flexible terms, customized programs, and innovative solutions and technology. We also partnered with Sourcewell to make contracting with Merchants a streamlined process for Sourcewell partner agencies.
We offer a comprehensive suite of fleet services, including leasing and maintenance options that allow you to know all the costs up front, which is essential for budget-driven government agencies. Whether it is through an operating lease or a capital lease, closed-end or open-end, our team of fleet experts is focused on helping government organizations of every size find the leasing options that maximize their budget.
A popular option is our closed-end lease, which gives you a one-stop fleet budgeting solution. When you sign a closed-end lease with Merchants Fleet, you control your costs and minimize risks. Our Full Maintenance program works the same way — you have a fixed monthly fee so there are no budgeting surprises.
Improving Efficiencies in Government Fleets
Cloud computing and big data are powering systems that can capture a wealth of actionable fleet information. In this white paper, learn how to make informed decisions to maximize your government fleet.
Choose from a variety of trucks, dump trucks, light-duty vehicles, vans, shuttles, buses, and more. Here’s a list of some of the vehicles we carry
(please contact us for more details or if you require a specific vehicle type that is not listed):
Government Fleet Leasing & Funding
As a government agency, you may have specific funding needs or be eligible for certain tax advantages. Our flexible leasing and funding terms can accommodate your budgeting and tax requirements.
Fleet & Driver Safety
Safety is our top priority, which is why we’ll do everything we can to ensure your vehicles are in top condition and that your drivers have the tools, education, and resources they need.
In terms of safety features, we can see what’s available through the OEM and help you budget accordingly. Some government vehicles require specific safety features or additions, such as fire extinguishers and first-aid kits. We can accommodate any special safety requests or needs.
We can offer your drivers safety training — either in the form of a generic program or one customized to your specific needs.
Merchants Fleet will also help you pull motor vehicle records and set up an alert so that you’re notified if one of your drivers has a violation.
In addition, you can monitor driver behavior with our connected vehicle technology, TotalConnect, telematics, and GPS tracking. Through the power of telematics, you can capture detailed information about braking habits, speed, after-hours usage, acceleration, and other individual driver behaviors.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is included in your fleet remarketing services?
We take over all risk and handle the entire process for you, including, market research and outreach, resale strategies, pricing and transfer of ownership.
There are certain fees associated with our OpenTrac third-party remarketing option. Under GuaranteeBUY, all fees are covered by Merchants Fleet.
What is an open-end lease?
An open-end lease give you complete leasing structure flexibility. This is ideal if you want a plan that’s as close to vehicle ownership as possible, but with all the benefits of leasing. You retain the equity in your vehicle, with a long-term structure to pay for your fleet.
What is a closed-end lease?
With a closed-end lease, you control your costs and minimize risks. You never have to worry about market price volatility, rate fluctuations, or seasonal resale influences. At the end of your closed-end lease, you will only be responsible for excess mileage and damages.
Will my fleet be eligible for any government-specific discounts and services?
Discounts and benefits include low, guaranteed fixed rates, tax-exempt leasing and registration, and unique lease structure. There are also options for flexible payment terms.
Do you have a question?
Leave us a message and we'll get back to you. If you need to to speak with us immediately, visit our Contact page.