Issue 4: September 2014

In This Issue

• Reducing our carbon footprint
• No more rego stickers
• Change to damage liability
• Economical driving tips
• Carbon emissions
• Dual Cab LandCruiser Ute
• Tyre Pressure Experiments
 
 

Upcoming Dates

  1 Oct - Rego stickers cease
  1 Oct - Damage liability amount changes to $4,400
  6 Oct - Labor Day holiday
14 Nov - G20 summit holiday
 

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Vista Hire Birubi Street - now with solar panels

We're All About Saving and Sharing...

In this edition, we focus on ways we're saving (time, money, and the planet) and you can too.

At Vista Hire, we're all too aware of the impact of our vehicles on the environment. Here's a few things you might not know we're doing to reduce our carbon footprint:
- We've recently had solar panels installed on our Birubi Street office, and now generate a percentage of our own electricity. 
- Our staff use a bike when doing vehicle deliveries close by, or often use public transport for further deliveries.
- We do basic vehicle detailing in-house using environmentally-friendly cloths which use far less water than the equivalent car-wash facility.

If you want to help reduce your carbon footprint, read on for our articles on economical driving tips and how adjusting tyre pressure can change your vehicle's performance. 

No More Rego Stickers

Check registration status results
 
From 1st October 2014, registration stickers will no longer be issued. We're really pleased about this change as it saves us (and you) the hassle of keeping the stickers up to date. 

If you want to check the registration status of your vehicle:
1) Go to www.qld.gov.au/checkrego 
2) Enter in the vehicle registration
3) The registration status will display as pictured.

We will also start putting registration certificates in the glove box of the vehicles - if you have a car on hire and need a copy of the registration certificate, just email us and we'll send you one.  

After the 1st October, you can remove the registration label on your vehicle if you want to. 

No Rate Rise - change to Standard Damage Liability

We are always looking for ways to keep our prices competitive, and this year, instead of doing a standard rate rise, we have been working with our insurers to alter the damage liability amount if an insurance claim is lodged. 

From the 1st October, the standard damage liability will change to $4,400 (inc GST) - this is maximum amount you will pay for any damage to either a Vista Hire vehicle or another party's vehicle – whether you’re at fault or not - provided you haven't breached the terms and conditions of the rental agreement.

We will continue to offer the option to reduce your damage liability by paying a Collision Damage Waiver fee of $16.50 (inc GST) per day - this reduces the maximum amount you pay to $550. 

You can read our full updated terms and conditions online. Or if you'd prefer we sent you a copy, please email us. 

Economical Driving Tips

At Vista Hire, we value economical driving - it helps extend the life of various components like clutches, tyres, diffs and brakes, and also saves fuel, unnecessary downtime, and the environmental cost of driving inefficiently.  

Here are a few of our best tips for economical driving, or read the whole article on our website:
  • Minimise the use of four wheel drive and especially low range. The added friction of drive components in four wheel drive mode increases fuel consumption, especially when the centre differential is locked and the vehicle is turning. So, if you're driving to site on the highway, leave the 4WD disengaged until you get to site. 
  • Reduce excess equipment in the vehicle. Only carry what is necessary, more weight means the vehicle will use more fuel. That's why at Vista Hire we always check what equipment you require before renting the vehicle out - so, for example, if there's no need for you to carry a second spare tyre, then we won't supply one.
  • Use cruise control. The majority of Vista Hire's four wheel drive vehicles have cruise control fitted. Cruise control will hold the vehicle at a steady pace without excessive acceleration or braking and is usually more efficient than if performed manually by a human. Cruise control also reduces the risk getting speeding fines!

Fuel Consumption and Carbon Emissions

Ever wanted to know which model has the best fuel consumption and carbon emissions. See our summary below:
 
  Make / Model   Fuel Consumption   Combined CO2
   Rating
  Meets EURO IV Emissions
  Regulations
  Toyota Hilux SR    8.7 L / 100km (auto)
   8.3 L / 100km (manual)
   219g/km     Yes
  Toyota Prado GX    8.5 L / 100km (auto)    288g/km     Yes
  Holden Colorado RG    9.2 L / 100km (auto)    243g/km     Yes
  Ford Ranger PX    9.2 L / 100km (auto)    251g/km     Yes
  Toyota LandCruiser 
  GX and GXL
 11.5 L / 100km (manual)    304g/km     Yes

If you're interested in more information on each vehicle make/model, we've now created individual web pages for each make/model in our fleet:
Toyota Hilux | Toyota Lancruiser | Toyota Prado | Ford Ranger | Holden Colorado

Introducing the Dual Cab LandCruiser Ute

Dual Cab Landcruiser Ute

We've recently added the 70 series Toyota Landcruiser Double Cab Chassis GXL to our fleet. This tough work vehicle has a 4.8 litre diesel engine, 3,500kg towing capacity, 130 litre fuel tank. Despite the big engine, the LandCruiser meets the EURO IV emission laws and achieves 11.9/litres per hundred in cycle tests. 

If you want more details and photos of the Landcruiser Ute, check out our Landcruiser Ute page.  
If you want a quote for hiring a Dual Cab LandCruiser Ute, send us an email

Our Tyre Pressure Experiments

Adjusting tyre pressure is the most effective and cheapest way to change a vehicle's performance.
 
We recently experimented with lowering the tyre pressure on our vehicles to see the impact on the contact patch and the static load ratio.

                    
The diagram above shows that at reduced tyre pressure, it was the length, not the width of the contact patch that changed.

Overall, we found was that by reducing tyre pressure from 40 psi to 20 psi we reduced pressure on the ground by 15%.  To read more about what we discovered, see our full Tyre Pressure article. 

If you have any questions about the tyre pressure in your rental vehicle, give us a call or drop us an email

We've joined Facebook

We've just created our new Facebook page - we'll post updates regularly on the latest vehicle availability and may even have some special offers. So, go ahead and 'like' us. 
 
 
As always, if there's anything we can do to be a better 4WD hire partner, then just drop us a line or give us a call. 
 
Steve and the team at Vista Hire
 

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