Whether you run a business on the road, or you own a fleet that needs expanding, when it comes time to choose a vehicle for work, it’s different from choosing one for yourself. You need to stop thinking about what you want out of a drive and start thinking about what works for business. Here are a few of the top considerations that should be on your mind.
It’s a business decision, so naturally the bottom line should factor into things. Choosing cars that are more energy efficient based on whether you’re likely to spend more time driving it in the city or on the motorway is important, for one. You should also look at the average maintenance costs for the vehicle with some research online. What problems is it likely to experience and how much are they going to cost? There are lots of ways to cut the costs of car ownership, but getting a vehicle that’s more reliable and efficient is going to make a much bigger difference.
How well suited is the vehicle to the business that you run? If, for instance, you work in the city and your need a vehicle solely to get from place to place and meeting to meeting, then a compact smart car might be the right option. Of course, for tradespeople and those who need to take more inventory or tools on the road, then looking at vans from providers like Southern Commercial Sales is a no brainer. Just make sure you have an idea of how much space you need and whether you need to make any additions such as adding a tool rack inside.
Again, it comes to a question of reliability. We’ve looked at how it can impact your costs, but you should also have an idea of how long your vehicle should remain in good condition. You don’t want to invest in an asset that’s going to start suffering major problems and adding to your costs exponentially in a few months. Don’t forget to invest in the vehicle maintenance that can keep it in good condition for a lot longer and spot any potentially serious problems before they have the chance to do some real damage.
Is buying the company vehicle the right choice for you? Think about whether or not it’s the right time to make such an investment. If you need a trade vehicle and you have the money in the budget, it’s undoubtedly cheaper in the long-term to buy. However, if you don’t have the budget or you’re looking for a regular company car, a long-term leasing agreement, as shown at Trade Skills 4 U, might be better for now.
If it’s a company car, designed to attend meetings and events, then style might not be as irrelevant as you might believe. After all, your vehicle is another extension of the brand and can be a very convincing perk for your employees. Otherwise, the four points above take precedence.