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Cruise Control Whether you've got 3 or 30, there's a program to help you manage your vehicles.

By Jill Amadio

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Business budgets for transportation can go haywire without the proper controls and procedures. There are several programs that can help you manage your fleet by keeping track of your vehicles and scheduling maintenance and repairs through your auto dealer. Most dealers' fleet managers offer various plans that are created especially for entrepreneurs whose fleets may number two to five and up. If your business fleet is small enough to handle in-house, you can buy fleet management software to help you out.

Among the most comprehensive fleet management systems is Ford's. It also offers Truck Commercial Connection, which assists in selecting a fleet, offers incentives and reimburses qualified buyers for ordering extra shelving and other interior truck equipment. Ford's Business Preferred Network has a staff of certified account managers and commercial service managers to work specifically with business owners. If you prefer to manage your account in-house, the company's Quality Fleet Care simplifies the maintenance and repair processes for you with a monthly centralized billing service.

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