Believe it or not, procuring cars for your company fleet will take up a huge part of your budget. It is vital that you try and choose the right vehicles if possible. If you have a few questions as to how to choose the right vehicle or if you aren’t sure if the vehicles, you are looking at now are the best choice for you, then take a look below.
Assess your Operation
It doesn’t matter if you are buying, leasing or even leasing your vehicles because you have to make sure that they are entirely appropriate for the intended use that they have. There are a huge range of petrol, diesel and even electric vehicles out there, so it is a good idea for you to do your research on routes so that you can choose the best one for your needs. If you are doing a lot of stop-start work or if you are going to be going on a lot of off-road jobs, then the car that you choose will be very important. If you are transporting goods or other machinery, then you may want to look into moving machine services.
Cost is everything. Cost consists of the upfront price and the fuel for the vehicle, rather than just the sticker price that you see. If possible, you need to try and do some research into the various tax burdens that you have as well as the leasing costs, the maintenance and fuel costs, and even the residual value too. You may be thinking that if you are leasing, used cars do not matter. They certainly do. Cars or even vans that have poor residual value may end up being this way for a reason, and it is your job to find out if the reason why is going to cost you even more money in the future.
Think about it, is your chosen car a good overall representation of your company? If you are able to standardise your operation and if you can get a good idea of what you want from the get-go, then this will help you to make sure that your chosen car represents your image, your branding and your objectives properly. You can also make sure that it is giving your employees the right tool they need for the job. Consistency is everything here, so put a good amount of effort into researching maintenance, parts, and even training that people may require to drive the vehicle.
Reducing accidents will make your fleet way safer, and it will also save you a considerable amount of money when it comes to your insurance. It is worth making sure that you invest in the right vehicle tech so that you can enhance safety where possible and so that you can also limit the overall potential for accidents. If you can do this now, then you will soon find that you can save yourself a small fortune later on, and this can again, work in your favour.