Private hire car drivers know the importance of choosing the right car for the job. This will be one of the most important decisions an individual will make when taking up a career. As private hire cars are larger vehicles that should be able to assist at least 8 people at a time, options are fairly limited.
The car needs to provide comfort as they are sometimes used for far distance driving, and passengers will need to be at ease with safety and a reliable, comfortable drive.
Choosing a car will also require the driver to consider the maintenance and running costs of the car to ensure a comfortable and reliable car without using all of their profits on expensive parts and upkeep services.
Throughout the UK, there are a variety of models specifically used for private car hire. This article will focus on how to choose the right vehicle for the job and what to consider when buying or leasing a car for private hire.
Lease or Buy
When choosing a car, it’s important to first decide whether to buy or lease the vehicle. Depending on each driver’s budget, leasing the vehicle will be taking a large gap out of their profits together with insurance and maintenance costs.
Leasing a vehicle also has its benefits with easier financing, no large up-front payments, but the car will not be owned by the driver.
Some cars may be more expensive to insure than others. Cheap taxi insurance is available to both taxi and private hire car drivers. As vehicles fall under different insurance groups, the driver needs to determine the car brand, popularity of the model, and parts prices which may result in more expensive or more affordable insurance costs.
As private hire cars are sometimes used for long-distance driving, it needs to be considered to choose a vehicle with a smaller engine and good fuel economy. Investing in a car with bad fuel economy can result in profits being used mostly on fuel and providing fewer profits at the end of the day.
As the driver will be driving the whole day, the car needs to be comfortable and provide features such as air conditioning, reclining seats, heat, GPS, and more. These features will ensure a comfortable ride both for the driver and the passengers and will bring clients back to using the drivers’ services again.