There are thousands of cars out there that could be the perfect vehicle for you, but trying to narrow that down to just one can be tricky if you’re not sure what makes a good business car. Here are just a few top tips to help you decide…
- Be clear on what you need
The type of business vehicle you own first depends on what you need it for – there’s no point in having a swanky new sports model if you need a van to store tools. Before you start touring round garages and show rooms, go over those all-important requirements that will enable you to do your job to the best of your ability. That could be a larger boot space for workmen or a sat-nav system for salesmen going up and down the country, but this should be your first consideration.
- Style is important
Your vehicle says a lot about who you are as a business owner, and can have an impact on your reputation from the moment your clients see it. There’s no point in playing down this factor, because there are hundreds of other entrepreneurs out there who are taking advantage of it, so go for a car that suits the message you want to project about your business. For example, the new Range Rover Evoque has all the style and class of the larger models, but it isn’t overbearing, and would be ideal for any young professional.
- Don’t discount leasing
Most business owners these days are opting to try rather than buy for much longer periods of time, and it makes strong financial sense. Firstly, you get to test out your theory of what you need in a car without the financial commitment of buying one on finance, and you can change it whenever you wish. Secondly, it will be much cheaper to get that brand new Range Rover on a lease rather than finance, as the depreciation in value will be reflected in the price – check out the many Evoque leasing deals on offer if you don’t believe us! Thirdly, you get all the style, sophistication and appearance of success when leasing a new car, that you don’t have the price tag.
- Go for a diesel engine
It’s also worth considering whether a diesel engine might be better value for money than petrol. If you’re only making short trips or client visits occasionally, a petrol engine may well be more economical. However, if you drive for long periods of time, over long distances, or you’re considering buying company cars for your salesmen, opt for cars with diesel engines. They’re far more fuel efficient than their petrol counterparts, meaning not only are they more environmentally-friendly, emitting 20% less CO2 and lowering your tax band, but they’ll save you hundreds on fuel every year.
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