Next year’s vehicles on order

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The town of Mount Olive continues to replace vehicles in its fleet with new ones annually and next year’s order has already been placed.

Six 2022 models have been ordered to replace 2019 models and 11 other 2022 models have also been ordered.

The 11 new ones will go to the police department and public works.

The six going to the police department will be Dodge Chargers, and the others will be Fords going to public works operations.

Next year’s order will make the fourth year the town’s motor vehicle policy has been handled by Enterprise Fleet Management.

When the town began with Enterprise Fleet Management three years ago the plan was after five years the town’s vehicular fleet would not have a single vehicle over five years old.

It was also expected to save the town over that five year period about $300,000 in vehicle maintenance expenses.

Under the arrangement, when a vehicle is replaced it is sold and the money is returned to the town.

Mount Olive is the first municipality in Wayne County to contract with the company.

Town Manager Jammie Royall said since the contract with Enterprise Fleet Management began, the town has incurred little to no maintenance expenses.

He said the contract with Enterprise Fleet Management works just like it is supposed to work.

The town now has more than 25 vehicles that have been replaced since the arrangement began.

The town manager said a good example is his 2019 Chevy Silverado truck was expected to sell for more than the new 2021 Chevy SUV that replaced it.

The reason for that, he said, is that the town buys them at a cheaper rate directly from the dealers.

Royall said he has no doubt at all after the five year period the town will have saved around $300,000 in maintenance expenses.

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