Buying a car for your employees comes with many benefits. Not only does it act as a great incentive for any future candidates, but it can also help the business progress and run smoothly. However, it is an expensive decision and one that needs careful consideration. There are certain factors to think about before deciding to buy a car for your company.

 

Finances

Firstly, how much are you willing to spend on the car and how are you going to pay for it? The first option is to buy the vehicle in full. This works out as cheaper in the long-term but can be risky for a business to make such a large one-off payment. Another option is to spread out the costs over monthly payments. This makes the finances more manageable, however, due to interest rates the car will end up costing more. To cut down the cost, second-hand vehicles could be a viable option. You can explore used vehicles suitable for business use by using a vehicle search.

 

Purpose

Alongside allocating a budget for a company car, it’s also important to establish the main purpose of the vehicle. This will depend on the nature of the business. For instance, some lines of work will require a van to be able to transport goods, whereas other industries will need a smaller car suitable for driving through cities and fitting easily into parking spots. As a business owner, you need to ask yourself why you’re investing in this car. You could also discuss with your current employees and find out what they would want from the car.

 

Model

Once the budget and purpose for the car have been established, it’s time to start looking at different car models. Create a checklist of features the car should have to meet your company’s needs. This can include safety, size, and how easy it is to drive. Also, if you want the car to reflect the brand of your business, it’s important to focus on the car’s appearance, too.

 

Fuel

It’s also important to ensure you’re getting a fuel-efficient car. Not only is it better for the environment, but it will also save you money. The employees can travel further and spend less on fuel. There are different options to consider when looking at fuel-efficient cars. There are hybrid and electric engines, which have low maintenance costs and are cheaper than petrol. However, the range is limited. There are fuel-efficient engines, which run on petrol and diesel.

Buying a car for your business is an important investment. There are several different factors to consider during the process. Remember to ask for help if you’re unsure. What would you look out for when buying a company car?

 

 

By Lisa Baker, Senior Editor

Senior Editor Lisa Baker is the owner of Need to See it Publishing Group, providing contract news for business and news sites across the UK. Lisa is an experienced HR writer and commentator, editing HR publications for more than 5 years.