There’s no denying that transport and mobility are key factors in most businesses. After all, you have the get the goods out there somehow. Not only that, you have to get around, visiting customers and attending meetings. These could be anywhere in the county. So, it’s likely you’ll spend a fair amount of time in your vehicle.
Running a car or vehicle for your business means extra expenses as well. Granted you can claim some of these costs back against tax, if the car is for your business use. Nevertheless, some wise decisions now could save you money and also help you get the most out of your vehicle.
What car will be best suited for your business?
It may be fine to think about cruising around the country in a Jaguar and claiming all your expenses against tax. The reality is, however, this may not be the best choice for your business. The expenses involved are likely to be far higher than most small businesses could warrant. You’ll need to focus on something a little less extravagant to begin with!
A key question to ask yourself is if the car is going to be used solely for business. If you have a young family, you’ll have different needs. So what exactly do you need your vehicle to do? If you are running a tech company, for example, you are not likely to carry large volumes of materials. You may be able to get away with a two door saloon or even a sports model with a limited amount of boot and carrying space.
It may be that your role in your company necessitates carrying no stock whatsoever. This could mean you can afford to run a car less focused on practical space. If your weekend activities mean that you love to hit the ski fields or even the beach, you’ll want something with a good carrying capacity. There are some great clip on roof accessories that you enable you to carry a range of sports equipment.
Town or Country?
The amount of travelling will also help you decide the type of car that will best serve your business. An eco run about may well suit a confirmed townie, and these cars are great for nipping in and out of tight spaces in an urban environment. They will be perfect for a home delivery business. They are going to win hands down over a Range Rover for example. But out in the open, a 4×4 starts to make sense. A bigger car will make longer journeys effortless and allow you to feel refreshed when you arrive ready to do business.
Have a think about logo too. If you are a sole trader or running your own small business, you might decide your car could well incorporate an eye-catching logo. An unusual car with a bright sign can be a fabulous way of getting your name out and about.
Style and Practicality.
Your business needs may dictate that you car is not your main business vehicle and that something like a van will be necessary for day to day work loads. That means there will less stress placed on your car. This is especially true of tyres. Wear and tear on high mileage vehicles is likely to be increased. Van tyres, in particular, need attention due to the heavy loads they carry. Make sure you have the contact details of a tyre specialist who can come out to you on the road, and ensure any tyre problems are taken care of.
It might make sense to choose something more stylish and comfortable focused on your personal needs. When you are thinking about a car for your business, it doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style for practicality. For example, a landscape gardener may find they could combine the best of both worlds by running a powerful utility vehicle. Not only will you have space for carrying people in the cab, but you’ll also have the room in the back to carry your tools of the trade.
If you need to carry longer lengths of materials, for example pipes or even scaffolding, then why not think about investing in or hiring a trailer? A tow bar can be fitted to pretty much any vehicle. This could mean that your car could easily tow something along the lines of a small coffee cart or portable stall.
Have a think about which car would best suit your business. It might mean that style doesn’t have to be sacrificed for practicality.
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