Choosing the right vehicles for your taxi business can be tricky with so many factors to be considered. From running costs, to practicalities and reliability all needing to be considered before making a decision, sourcing the right vehicle can be a lengthy process. Here’s some of the key things that you should be looking for when buying a taxi:
Number of Doors
An obvious one, but well worth mentioning. The number of doors is crucial as passengers need to be able to get in and out of your vehicle easily so a three door car isn’t an option. There also needs to be enough leg room and interior space so that passengers are comfortable when travelling in your car so be sure to take a seat in both the front and back of the car before making a deal.
A really important factor to consider from a business point of view is the MPG your vehicle delivers. It’s not convenient for a taxi driver to have to keep nipping to the petrol station in between shifts, and you don’t want your business to be losing business with a gas guzzling car when you could be saving money with a more eco-friendly vehicle so do your research first.
A cab with a tiny boot isn’t going to be any good for those runs from the supermarket or to the airport. When looking for a new taxi be sure to take a look at the size of the boot and ensure it’s big enough to get a weekly shop in or a suitcase and some other luggage. If passengers struggle to get all of their essentials in your vehicle it’s unlikely that they’ll opt to use you again and you could lose business.
All taxi drivers need a vehicle that won’t let you down. Buying a car which requires a lot of maintenance or upkeep, means time spent off the road and that’s essentially time spent not making money. When you buy a taxi from Cab Direct you can find perfectly reliable vehicles as they’re factory reconditioned cabs for sale, meaning that you don’t have to worry about buying a vehicle that could let you down. Popular reliable choices include the Skoda, Volkswagen and Ford brands.
With these factors to consider, it’s important to put a lot of time and effort into the search for your next taxi in order to get the right one for your business.