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When Your Business Needs a Vehicle, Here’s How to Make the Choice

By: Jeremy Bowler

 

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With the cost of living skyrocketing, you may be looking for a way to become more economic with your business. There are certain aspects that you may not be able to cut back on, but having a company vehicle is a significant expense that could be reduced or eradicated altogether.

If you are seriously about looking at ways to reduce costs in your business then re-evaluating your business vehicle needs might be a positive step forward. With this in mind, here are some pointers which may help you to make the right decision for your company.Image from Pexels – CC0 Licence

Fuel Costs and Considerations

One of the biggest expenses for any vehicle is the cost of fuel, and this is even more prominent right now. You may need to set aside a budget for fuel if you are going to be driving long distances. You may even want to look into other options such as electric vehicles, which may help to reduce your costs in the long run. On a similar note, the IRS recently announced that the standard mileage rates for qualified business drivers in the year 2022. This is a nod to the rising in fuel costs, so this may help you to make your final decisions with regards to your vehicle.

Monitoring Employee Usage

When you supply a business vehicle for your employees, you need to make sure that it is only used for its intended purpose. It can be quite difficult to monitor vehicle usage of your employees, and you will need to have a certain level of trust in the people who use it. Monitoring employee usage will help to reduce unnecessary vehicle expenses so that you aren’t shelling out unnecessarily. 

Considering Buying or Leasing Business Vehicles

As with any car purchase, it’s important to consider the pros and cons of buying or leasing your business vehicle. Leasing a vehicle allows you to drive a newer car for lower monthly payments, whereas it can expose your business to liability. Similarly you may also be limited on your mileage with a leased car, so it may be better to buy a business vehicle if you’re planning on traveling long distances on a regular basis.

Look into deals online and see if anything fits within your current budget; this should help you decide whether buying or leasing a business vehicle is the best option for you.

You may be looking into getting a business vehicle or you might be on the fence as to whether to get rid of it altogether. Whichever side you are currently on, it’s important to consider all of the points mentioned above. In many cases, business vehicles are becoming a necessity for many businesses as it allows your workforce to be mobile and serve customers in a quick and efficient way.

Widening your clientele and service areas might be extremely important to you, but it will come at a cost. Hopefully, the notions above will help you come to the right decision with regards to your business vehicle.

Published: July 15, 2022
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Jeremy Bowler

Jeremy Bowler is a full-time copywriter of five years specialising in business and finance. Jeremy graduated from the University of Chester with degrees in business accounting and finance. He's an avid traveler and has taught English in Nepal, Malaysia, and Japan and has produced copy for Neil Patel, Entrepreneur and Metro amongst many other high-end publications.

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