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Why It’s Important to Research a Car before Building Your Fleet

Why It’s Important to Research a Car before Building Your Fleet

We all know the stress and weight of responsibility that comes with buying a car. You are, after all, trying to find the perfect car for your lifestyle, and one that will provide a good return on investment with as few problems as possible. Now, consider that same conundrum but in a multiple-car decision, and you have quite the task ahead of you.

That is the issue facing any business owner looking to invest in a fleet for their enterprise. How do you go about securing the right type of vehicle en masse for your budget? Here’s a bullet point guide of what should make up your ideal fleet vehicle.

Is It Up to Task?

Just like there are many “4×4” options littering today’s crossover SUV market that should never seen a single second off the tarmac, there are plenty of vehicles that might look the part for the job your business has at hand, but won’t truly meet your requirements when you dig down.

Make sure you’ve found options that truly meet the requirements of your enterprise. You probably shouldn’t take a uniform, one-model-only approach to building your car roster, as this will make growing the fleet to the level you require difficult. As you decide, bear in mind:

  • Size
  • Carrying capacity
  • Economy
  • Driving capability
  • Style and perception

Safety First

It’s virtually the first rule of any business model these days– the safety of your employees and customers is absolutely paramount. Once you know a vehicle is up to task, the next thing to consider is its safety reputation. A quick visit to Euro NCAP can help to alleviate any concerns.

Reliability at the Core

You want maintenance costs to remain as low as possible throughout the tenure of your fleet’s service, so it makes sense to invest in reliable names and reputations from the beginning. This is especially relevant to those looking to build a fleet of used models.

Remember, what saves you money now may come back to bite you in the pocket down the line.

Thinking Long Term

The “fleet used” car market is sizeable, with many individual buyers finding that their newly purchased car has a history in rental or company use. With that in mind, if you intend to refresh your fleet in the not too distant future, consider depreciation and resale factors in the models you choose. Your fleet has its own ROI potential that can be maximized if researched properly.

Optional Extras?

Buying new and in bulk? See what you can get thrown in for your money. Your substantial investment into a single line or seller should mean you get some freebies in return. These optional extras naturally enhance the quality of your fleet, but also make your employees and customers a little bit happier as well.

Build to Your Budget

When talking about building a fleet, you’re also talking about a significant cash outlay for your business. As with buying at a private level, be rigid in your financial approach, and understand the ins and outs of each of buying, financing, and leasing your fleet to understand which method should work best for you.

When buying used, look into finding a reliable and affordable dealer, such as Fords of Windsford. With the above points in mind, it’s about finding a balance between value and ensuring adequate delivery from your fleet. Finding that balance will be easier with thorough research.

Building a fleet for your business might well be one of the most important steps you take on the way to developing a successful enterprise. As it is a process not to be rushed in any circumstances, ensure you deliver the right product to your employees via the steps above.


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by Dirk DeBie // Contributor to Businessing Magazine.

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