Whether your old car is getting a bit dated, it’s costing more to run than it used to, or you’re just plain bored, there always comes a time that you’re ready for a new car for your job. Picking isn’t always that easy though – sometimes we’ll have something in our heads immediately, and other times it’s a matter of spending days and weeks considering the options. Either way, these following points are the main ones that you should be thinking about.
You can’t pick up fares if your car is in the shop can you? Having a reliable vehicle is so very important that it should probably be the main criteria that you judge your options by. The first thing to do is check how reliable the model is by looking at online reviews and reliability indices. Then, you’ll want to figure out how reliable the car you’re looking at is, if you’re not buying brand new. This means looking at service history, mileage and previous ownership.
You’ve got to be able to fit four adults comfortably in whatever you choose, so this will narrow down the field a fair bit. Most compacts simply won’t be up to the job, so they are best avoided. You’ll also want a decent sized boot for luggage, particularly if you’re going to be picking up a lot of airport passengers. Most taxis for sale on dedicated sites will fit the criteria here, because it’s a deal breaker.
A taxi is almost like a mobile office for the taxi driver. You’re going to be spending a very long time in it, so you’ll want something that’s nice and comfortable, with all of the amenities that you and your passengers would want. Of course, comfort doesn’t just mean the seats – a soft suspension will help keep you relaxed on your journeys, so that’s a big no-no for any kind of sports trim.
Lastly, but certainly not least, is the kind of fuel mileage you can expect from the car. Whether you’re self-employed or work for a firm, the more economical the better. Generally, this is going to mean that you need a diesel. A very important point to make is that the manufacturer’s claims for economy are not necessarily accurate – they can be out as much as 25% – so you’ll want to check out online reviews if you’re going to get a realistic view.