It has been 111 years since the first production Model T Ford was produced on August 12, 1908, at the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant in Detroit, Michigan. Since that day, millions of vehicles of all shapes and sizes have been sold in the USA, many for business travel purposes. Whatever the kind of business you’re in, you will more than likely need to invest in a car to not only travel to the office and meetings in but to visit clients with as well. With the consumer market being flooded with countless vehicle options, it’s only natural to feel somewhat overwhelmed when having to choose the right car for business travel purposes. A few elementary guidelines will help you focus your attention on what’s important, thus making purchase decisions that will be of the most benefit to you.
Fuel economy is of utmost importance
Regardless of what kind of business you’re in and how frequently you travel, fuel economy is a vital consideration when it comes to choosing a vehicle. Ideally, you want to find a vehicle that offers the best balance between horsepower and fuel efficiency. While electrified cars such as the Toyota Prius Eco and the Hyundai Ioniq Blue Hybrid continue to be the most fuel-efficient, they are not to everyone’s tastes. Thankfully there are still a number of gas and diesel vehicles that don’t guzzle down fuel like it’s going out of fashion. The Kia Forte FE averages around 35 miles per gallon, while the Jaguar XE Diesel’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder produces 180 horsepower while averaging around 36 miles on a gallon of fuel.
Decide whether you want to lease or buy
Once you have decided that you need to acquire a vehicle for business travel, you must determine whether you want to lease or buy. Both options have their own set of pros and cons, and it is only after careful consideration of all of these that you will be able to make an educated decision that will be the most beneficial to your business. While a lease requires only a small down payment, you will have to look for another vehicle once the lease expires. Buying a car may end up costing you more on a monthly basis (unless you make an outright purchase) but at least that becomes your property once it is paid for. It will also definitely be worth your while to compare prices between new and pre-loved vehicles to determine which will be a better fit for both your budget and your personal needs.
Look for a car that has all the comforts you require
When looking for a vehicle to use for business travel, you ultimately want it to be as comfortable as possible. While the term ‘comfort’ does certainly refer to the shape and size of your seats, it also includes the presence of any technologies that will make your travels more enjoyable. If you’re going to be speaking on the phone a lot while driving, you will need to get a car that features a hands-free Bluetooth system and other technologies that you may require, including USB ports and Wi-Fi hotspot facilities, such as those featured in the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the 2019 Ford Explorer.
Finding the right car to use for business travel is of the utmost importance. Not only will the right vehicle get you to your destination safely, but it will also allow you to do it in the best comfort imaginable.