How to choose the right cars for your private hire fleet

Written by Benedict Harrison

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We take a look at some of the key things to consider when it comes to buying cars for your private hire fleet.

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When you’re looking to build out a fleet of private hire vehicles, it’s important to make sure you take the time to choose vehicles that suit you. There are a number of different aspects to consider when it comes to making a decision on which cars to buy.

In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the key factors that can help you decide which cars are right for your private hire fleet. We’ll also take a look at how Zego’s Fleet insurance solutions offer you full flexibility to scale up your fleet operations.

What are the most important qualities in a private hire car?

There are a number of features that determine whether a car is well-suited for private hire work. One of the most important aspects in your decision is making sure that you choose a vehicle model that is known for being fuel efficient. Private hire cars cover a lot of distance out on the road, with trips ranging from short city runs to travelling back and forth between airports. If you can build out a fleet of fuel efficient vehicles, you can save money on your operating costs in the long run.

Similarly, it’s also worth making sure that your vehicles are known for their reliability. If your cars need regular maintenance, they’ll spend less time out on the road and more time in garages, which can be costly. So not only will you earn less from your fleet operations, you’ll also be spending more on maintaining your vehicles.

As a private hire fleet owner, purchasing vehicles that offer a good level of comfort can help to keep your drivers happy and offer a great service to customers too. Exactly how comfortable the cars need to be may depend on the level of service your customers expect, however it’s always worth keeping this in mind.

Finally, you may want to keep in mind how much different vehicles are likely to impact your insurance premium. The make and model of your vehicles is factored into the overall risk of your fleet, so choosing more powerful vehicles may end up costing you more in insurance premiums.

How can Zego’s Fleet insurance solutions support your fleet?

At Zego, we offer flexible Fleet insurance solutions that help you to scale your business up and down so that you can match any changes in your demand. Zego’s Fleet insurance policies provide you with fairer pricing that helps you stay on top of your costs, as well as access to our dedicated management portal so you can add and remove vehicles with ease, whichever vehicles you decide to purchase.

For more information about our products, or if you’re looking to get started with your quote for flexible Fleet insurance, have a look at our Fleet insurance page. If you’re looking for more information about how our cover works, you can watch the video below.