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Specialist business centres

When a fleet customer chooses a Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Jeep, Abarth or Fiat Professional van, they will be supported by FCA Group’s specialist business centres across the UK.

Thames Motor Group, an FCA brand specialist, has two business centres – one in Slough, Berkshire, the other in Tunbridge Wells, Kent – and they have been part of the FCA family for more than 30 years. They understand the range intimately and have a strong customer base. So, focusing on the fleet and business market is important in their sales growth ambitions.

Rita Mehra, Thames Slough local business specialist, runs the fleet team from the Jeep and Alfa showroom. She has been at Thames for the past four years and works with local businesses to supply vehicles from all FCA Group brands.

Mehra says: “As a fleet specialist we are able to dedicate more time to prospecting, speaking with customers and maintaining relationships we have built up over the years.

“We make sure the relationship doesn’t end when a customer has ordered a car or van, so customers know that we’re here and we’re not just getting in touch with them when it’s time to sell them another vehicle.”

This contact includes Mopar aftersales support to help minimise vehicle downtime and facilitate fleet servicing and repair. Thames can minimise disruption to a business by collecting vehicles, providing courtesy cars and dropping vehicles back when work is completed.

While competitive pricing is a really important factor for fleet customers, Mehra says a consistent service and strong relationships are the key things businesses look for when choosing which brand and dealership they want to work with.

The kind of fleet business Thames facilitates at the Slough showroom varies between supplying Fiat 500s for local estate agents and Ducatos for industrial sites.

Part of Mehra’s role is knocking on doors locally and getting to know the businesses that operate there and their specific needs. Thames can arrange for companies to come down to the showroom for one-to-one time to check out a range of vehicles, or Thames can take vehicles to a business.

Mehra says: “Working with FCA, we can also arrange for three-day fleet demonstrator test drives to prospective companies so they can experience many different models across the range. FCA will also support us with sales leads we can follow up on.”

For customers that order and are in need of vehicles quickly, dependent on availability the dealership can provide a solution while vehicles are being built. Thames can also help facilitate special orders on vans such as refrigerated ones.

Mehra says: “We’re here to provide as much help and support as they need. If they have something on order, it’s so important to keep communication flowing to make sure customers know when they can expect their new vehicle.

“FCA is attracting more and more fleet customers that are looking for something different from the mainstream and we have seen that they are always pleasantly surprised when they see the breadth of products on offer across the group.”