Changes in Car Fleet Management as a Result of the COVID-19 Pandemic - The Case of Polish Companies

Tomasz Rokicki, Piotr Borawski, Aneta Beldycka-Borawska, Andras Szeberenyi, Luiza Ochnio, Marek Zielinski, Bogdan Klepacki
European Research Studies Journal, Volume XXVIΙ, Issue 3, 15-26, 2024
DOI: 10.35808/ersj/3420


Purpose: The aim of the article is to determine changes in the preferences of institutional automotive consumers as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The specific objectives are characterise the car fleet of enterprises, showing preferences in car fleet management in enterprises before and after the COVID-19 pandemic, presenting plans and intentions in the field of car fleet management in enterprises. Design/Methodology/Approach: Companies with a car fleet and operating in Poland were deliberately selected for the study. Then, 50 enterprises were selected for testing by random sampling. At the same time, the participation of enterprises operating in various sectors of activity (production, trade, services, tourism) was ensured. The data sources were 50 surveys conducted in June 2023 in the form of a direct telephone interview. Findings: As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, 24% of businesses struggled to identify ways to finance car purchases. After the pandemic, the percentage of companies holding back on car purchases increased. They were more likely to seek to extend the life of the vehicle and to pay attention to how employees drive. The largest percentage of companies indicated that changes in car fleet management as a result of the pandemic were sustained. Practical implications: The results will fill in the gap concerning changes in car fleet management during the crisis. Originality/Value: The new information about impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on car fleet management.

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