How to choose the right vehicle for private hire work

Written by Benedict Harrison

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Some top tips on how to choose the vehicle that's right for your private hire work.

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Whether you’re looking to start private hire work for the first time or you’ve got years of experience, getting a new vehicle to use for your job is an important decision. As a private hire driver, you spend a lot of time in your vehicle, so it’s worth making sure you choose a car that suits your needs.

In this post, we’ll look at some of the factors you may want to think about when shopping around for a private hire vehicle. We’ll also explain how you can get started for your quote for Private Hire insurance with Zego quickly and easily.

How much does the vehicle cost to run?

When you work as a private hire driver, one way of maximising your earnings is by keeping the costs associated with your work to a minimum. The costs associated with your work include things like insurance and fuel. There are a number of ways you can maximise your fuel economy, including following good driving practices, but some vehicles are designed to be more efficient than others.

If the vehicle you’re looking at has a particularly large engine, insurers may judge that it is a riskier car than smaller alternatives, which could mean your premium is more expensive. If you’re interested in how much your Private Hire insurance is likely to cost, you can get an estimated price for your cover by filling in your details below.

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How comfortable is the vehicle?

If you spend a lot of time in your vehicle, you’ll know how important it is to make sure that you feel comfortable. Comfort has a significant impact upon your overall wellbeing and how you feel about your work, so you should always find a car that gives you what you need.

A comfortable car will also go down well with your passengers too and will make for a better experience on their journeys. If your passengers leave a rating for you at the end of their trip, they may be more likely to give you a high score.

How reliable is the vehicle?

The nature of private hire work means that it’s important for you to stay on the move. As a result, you should always look to find a vehicle that is known for its reliability and doesn’t have a track record of breaking down.

If you are worried about faults with your vehicle preventing you from doing your job, you can add Breakdown Cover and replacement vehicle cover onto your Private Hire insurance policy with Zego.

How much storage space is there in the vehicle?

If you regularly look for work around airports, you may find yourself picking up several passengers with large pieces of luggage. So that you’re prepared for this, it’s worth thinking about how much storage space a vehicle has before you buy.

Are you looking for a vehicle just to work or will it be used for other journeys?

Whilst some people buy a vehicle just to use for private hire work, other people rely on a family car for both their work and personal driving. If you’re looking to use your car outside of your work, you should check that it meets any other needs you have that aren’t connected to your job.

Is it worth considering an electric vehicle?

With new makes and models available every year, there is a growing trend in the number of private hire drivers using an electric vehicle for their work. If you use an electric vehicle for your private hire work, you can access a number of benefits, including exemption from road tax, the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), zero emission zones and congestion charges.

You can find out more about using an electric vehicle for private hire work by clicking here.

At Zego, we offer competitive quotes to private hire drivers working across the UK. You can choose your policy duration, level of cover and customise your policy by choosing from our great range of optional extras to build a policy that works for you.

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For more information, you can visit our Private Hire insurance page, or get in touch with our friendly team. We’re available 7 days a week and we’re always happy to help.