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3 reasons fleet owners and company car drivers should test-drive a car before buying

3 min read

18 March 2019

Every driver knows how difficult buying a new car can be. Without sitting behind the wheel, how do you know you’re making the right investment?

If you’re a fleet manager, there are added considerations. You are not only buying objectively, but according to the unique needs of your business. What’s more, if you are part of a larger organisation, your role is likely to be more strategic. You’ll allocate more time to developing and maintaining framework agreements with manufacturer brands. Plus you’ll need to really focus on your company’s car policy to keep colleagues safe and motivated.

As businesses increase in size, the interaction between those making fleet decisions and those driving company cars often decreases. When a company’s fleet is large enough to require a continual rolling cycle of decisions, this can create a disconnect.

Real Business takes a look at why test-driving a car can bring fleet owners and company car drivers together.

3-point checklist when test-driving a car

Touch

Before you part ways with your cash, it’s vital to get a feel for the interior of a vehicle. Make sure you find the action satisfying. Getting familiar with the weight of steering and the pedals is what makes the test-drive a key part of buying a new car or fleet.

Visibility

Once settled into the driver’s seat, it’s important to check your visibility against the dimensions of the car. Can you check over your shoulder into your blind spot, and through the rear windscreen?

Balance

Test-driving is also crucial in assessing the balance of the car and whether it fits your driving style.  Do you prefer softer suspension for a smoother rider, or the strong handling of firm suspension?

4-Day Test Drive Programme

SEAT is inviting business customers to take four-day test drives on its entire business range. The 4-Day Test Drive Programme gives company car drivers the chance to enjoy the technology of SEAT’s latest cars as they undertake work and leisure activities. Using a vehicle for a meaningful period of time enables fleet owners to gain a comprehensive understanding of its individual benefits.

The offer means test drives of up to four days are available via SEAT UK for any model.

Commenting on SEAT’s four-day test drives, Peter McDonald, Head of Fleet and Business Sales at SEAT UK, said it was a “no brainer” for the manufacturer to offer the service to business customers.

“Test drives are one of the most important stages in choosing a new car, particularly for fleets,” he said.

“Business customers need to be certain they’re making the right decision, and we’re happy to give them the time to make sure individual needs are met.”

Book your 4-day test drive if you are a fleet owner or company car driver and a SEAT representative will contact you. Alternatively, call 0800 464 0405 to provide your details.