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Are Your Employees a Safe Drive?

Joyce Morse

September 29, 2014

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Buying a vehicle is expensive; buying a whole set can really impact the bottom line for a small business.

Make sure you look for the best deal on fleet vehicles the same way you would if you were purchasing a car for your personal needs. Don't forget to consider who will be driving them, too.

Find the Right Place

The best way to know you are getting a good deal without a lot of negotiating is to go to a dealer that offers a dedicated department to small business vehicles.

Fleet sales people understand who you are and what you want. They are less likely to haggle with you over price and show you the best pricing in the beginning.

Know what you need before you go.

Make sure you know what features you are going to require such as a certain amount of power or towing capacity or excellent fuel mileage.

For example, a delivery driver is going to need a different set of wheels than a salesperson meeting with clients. Look for the right vehicle, not necessarily the cheapest one.

Get the Best Deal

If you are just starting out and know you are going to need multiple vehicles, purchase them at once with a fleet number.

You can often get a discount when you have a number from a manufacturer. Know ahead of time what each one requires so you can decide the best place to go.

While often fleet vehicles get the better deal, there may be times when the retail price is better with more incentives. Ask the dealer to check both sets of numbers to ensure you are getting the best price.

Get the Best Drivers

There is more to the cost of owning a fleet vehicle than the purchase price.

You also have to take into account the insurance that you must pay. You want to avoid at-fault claims as much as possible. This begins with hiring only the best drivers.

You'll also want to get a free Car insurance quote in California or whatever state you do business in to ensure you are paying the lowest price for coverage.

Before you hire employees, check out their driving record.

You have to get their permission to do this, but it is essential to make sure you aren't paying for their mistakes.

While you may think of this step in the hiring process for delivery drivers, you may not put as much focus on it for sales reps or other staff who go out to meet with clients.

However, anyone who is out on the road while conducting business for your company can be a liability. You don't want to find out after you have hired a person that he or she has multiple traffic violations and claims on the record.

Getting the best price on fleet vehicles means knowing what you need and how to negotiate price as well as hiring the best drivers for lower cost insurance.

Ensure their safety and protect the liability for your small business by checking driving records before you hire anyone who might get behind the wheel of your business cars.


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