9 Mistakes to Avoid When Playing Musical Cars

Mar 19, 2009

In an interesting article posted on Business Fleet on March 10th, the topic of “reverse expansion” is covered.  This is the politically correct way of saying that vehicles need to be retrieved from terminated employees and reassigned.  These days, some fleet managers are comparing the practice of reverse expansion to a game of “musical cars”.

The article gives managers a number of common mistakes and some basic tips when or if you find yourself in the position of having to collect and redistribute fleet vehicles.

Planning and communication are pointed out as key in dealing with HR situations involving terminated employees.  The last thing you want to do is claim a vehicle from someone who doesn’t even know they’ve been terminated yet.


Coordinating insurance coverage, allowing time for an employee to purchase their company vehicle, storage advice for vehicles not in use and knowing the right vehicle to reassign to the right driver are just a few of the topics that the writer covers with great detail.

While the article appears to focus on larger fleets, the information provided seems like it could help managers who find themselves in a situation where they need to downsize – a scenario that is affecting more and more businesses each month.

Read the entire article here.