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[Case Study] Merlin Housing Society charmed by new fleet


Automotive Leasing, the public sector and non-profit specialist division of fleet management company LeasePlan,  appointed by Merlin Housing Society, to provide 120 commercial vehicles.

The Challenge:

Merlin Housing Society previously used a combination of rented, owned and contract hire vehicles. However, when the housing association reviewed its existing contracts, Merlin Housing used the opportunity to consolidate their fleet with one supplier and Automotive Leasing emerged as the clear choice.

The approach:

Automotive Leasing’s global deal with Mercedes ensured a competitive quote which subsequently cinched the deal. The win was also credited to Automotive Leasing being the first ranked supplier on Procurement for Housing’s prestigious framework agreement.

The solution:

The five year contract, which began in April 2014, commenced with the delivery of 120 Mercedes commercial vehicles to the operational staff who carry out maintenance on Merlin Housing’s 8000 properties. The contract hire vehicles are fully racked and liveried with the Merlin Housing Society signage.

Winston Williams, Managing Director of Property Solutions at Merlin Housing Society, said:

“Whilst evaluating our commercial fleet, it became clear that we needed one central supplier for all our vehicles and Automotive Leasing’s consolidated fleet offering ticked all the boxes. We are excited to work with the team and are delighted with the Mercedes vehicles.”

Catherine Hiles Account Director at Automotive Leasing, said:

“We are thrilled to have won the Merlin Housing Society contract and we are looking forward to working together over the next few years. The Automotive Leasing team worked incredibly hard to secure the deal with Mercedes to put forward a very competitive offer. Our first ranked supplier status on the Procurement for Housing framework also continues to demonstrate our commitment to the sector.”




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