Buying A Vehicle For Work 101: The Basics

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So many people drive vehicles as part of their jobs. Whether it’s to transport themselves to meetings, others to their destinations, or it’s for moving products and supplies. That means there is a hell of a lot of people out there that have to deal with the hassle of choosing a car or another type of vehicle that is right for the field they are in. So, with that in mind, keep reading the guide below, as this may make your decision a little clearer when it comes to it.

Cost / value for money

Of course, the cost of a vehicle is going to be one of the most important things that you need to account for when purchasing one for work. After all, if you are a small company that cost will make a big difference to your business finances, and it would not be prudent to overspend on a vehicle unnecessarily. While, if you work for a larger corporation or organization it is likely that you will have a budget you need to keep to when buying a vehicle. Although you may find that you have to choose the car from an acceptable selection negotiated with the manufacturer. Severely limiting your choice due to cost factors. While, it is likely that the more commercial and industrial vehicles you need will have to be sourced from places like truck auctions and specialist dealerships. As they can provide both the range to choose from, and give you the expert knowledge to help pick the right option for your businesses needs.

Comfort for passengers

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If the vehicle that you are buying is going to be used to carry passengers for example as an airport pick-up car, uber, or taxi then comfort will be something you also need to bear in mind. That is why cars like the Chrysler 300 and the Toyota RAV4 and Range Rover Sport are a good selection in this case. As they have large cabins with good passenger room for a comfortable journey.

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It’s also worth looking at models especially designed for this including people carries like Citroen C4 Picasso and Kia Grand Carnival if you want to be able to transport larger groups at one time.

Speed

While vehicles bought for work will rarely need to be super fast, speed may come into the equations regarding reaching the destination safely, in the least time possible. As well as relating to productivity with more industrial pieces of equipment.

In terms of cars, Volkswagen Passat 132 and Peugeot 508 Active are a good bet, as they are safe and relatively fast, and have a good level of comfort. Making them useful for peripatetic sale people that have a lot of motorway driving and appointments to get to.

Handling

Handling is, of course, a vital consideration when you are buying a car or vehicle for work. Mainly this is because you want any work-related vehicle to be as responsive as possible, as this will help to keep the driver, passengers, and any other road users safe, and protect your company from any unwanted accidents that could result in bad PR and legal action.

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Handling is also important regarding comfort. Especially if you are using the car to pick up passengers, but also for the driver, as no one wants to arrive at their destination feeling like they have just spent the last few hours in a bone shaker. It’s certainly not going to give them the edge with any negotiations or evaluation they have to do for your business once they arrive.

 

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So check out the Toyota Corolla SX Hatch for this category, as they are well known for their smooth, comfortable ride. They both also score well on the motorway and on smaller country roads, making them a clever, flexible choice for your business’s needs.

Safety

In a similar vein to handling, safety is always something that you want to vet thoroughly before buying a vehicle related to work. This applies to cars, as well as more specialized plant equipment like excavators, forklifts & trucks. After all, you have a responsibility to the people that work for you to make their workday as safe as possible.

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Great cars that have a high rating include the Toyota Camry and Hyundai Santa Fe. While to improve on heavier plant machinery safety make sure that you have it thoroughly inspected by an expert before you buy. In addition to providing the right training for all employees involved in working with the vehicle.

Load capacity

Depending on the intended use of the vehicle you are buying, the load capacity, or how much it can carry may be way up the top of your list of priorities. Of course, being able to carry a lot means the vehicle needs to be sturdy, and is usually heavier, and so uses more fuel. Making these type of machine less economically to run, as well as being fairly expensive in the first place. So you will want to get your choice right, first time.

There are quite a few different types you can choose from here though that include flatbed pickups, like the Ford F150, traditional 4X4s like the Land Rover Defender and estate cars like the Skoda Fabia 66TSI. As well as specially designed small lorries and vans. The latter being much better for sole commercial use because they are built to withstand the rigors of work, both inside and out.

Reliability

Lastly, never buy a work-related vehicle without considering how reliable it is. After all, if your vehicle breaks down at work, it will not only cost to get it fixed but will also cost the company money in wasted hours. As the person that is meant to use it will not be able to get on with their work.

In car form, the Hyundai Genesis is well known for the reliability, and Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium and Mercedes-Benz GLC 250D make a good choice in the SUV pick up class too. Just stay clear of the Holden Camira as its shocking track record making it an unwise choice for a vehicle for work as well as it being slow and prone to rust, making it definitely one to miss, wherever possible.

 

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