Which car is best to use as a minicab?
As a private hire minicab driver, it’s entirely up to you what vehicle you use to carry out your daily work. Ideally, it makes sense to have something that’s reliable and inexpensive to maintain, without compromising on efficiency for you and your passengers alike.
If you’re considering looking for your next car, you may want to bear some the following aspects in mind, to help you decide upon the best car to suit your needs. We’ve also given you a couple of examples of popular motors among cabbies to give you a nudge in the right direction.
Vehicle cost and on-going reliability
One of the biggest costs you’re going to face is for the vehicle itself, especially if you’re going for a new build. Of course, you could always opt for a used car but, depending on the state of the vehicle, there’s a risk you may end up spending more than you might think if additional servicing is needed.
As a good compromise, you may find a used vehicle that’s perhaps just a couple of years old. This way, you could get a good deal on something that’s still quite reliable but at a reduced cost. Remember, your cab should be a means towards making money, not draining it! A flashy, top-of-the-range car might feel nice, but making a substantial wage in something smaller will feel much nicer.
Fuel type and efficiency
The cost of petrol is generally lower than diesel, although fuel prices are constantly fluctuating at the moment. This makes it difficult to judge whether a petrol or diesel engine would be more cost effective in the long run. On top of this, looking at fuel efficiency will help you to see how many miles you’ll get per gallon and, therefore, how often you’ll be filling your tank.
Cars reaching up to 70 mpg (or at least the high 60s) are ideal when looking for an efficient, yet affordable, vehicle. Popular choices in keeping with this include the Vauxhall Insignia, Hyundai i30 Tourer and VW Passat, allowing cabbies to travel further for less.
Passenger space and comfort
It’s fairly standard to have a 5-seater minicab for carrying up to four passengers. However, situations involving larger parties (of up to six people) heading to or from special events could benefit from the use of a 7-seater. Using something like the VW Touran could give you the flexibility of taking fares that other minicab drivers perhaps can’t facilitate.
A spacious vehicle can offer extra legroom for your passengers, giving them a comfortable ride between destinations. And when it comes to space and comfortable seating, don’t leave yourself out of the mix. Chances are you’re going to be in the driving seat for hours at a time, so you’ll certainly want to make your own comfort a priority.
Luggage and boot capacity
Passengers hiring minicabs will come from all walks of life, requiring your services for a variety of reasons. Shoppers with trolley-loads of bags, mothers with prams or pushchairs and holiday-makers heading to the airport may require significant luggage room in the boot.
Vehicles like the Škoda Superb and VW Passat (both Standard and Estate models) top our ranks with over 600 litres of boot space – more than enough to satisfy your customers, as well as allowing you to stow your emergency essentials. However, while the Ford Mondeo and Vauxhall Insignia come in closer to 500 litres, they can still provide ample space for storage.
Insuring your vehicle
There’s no right or wrong answer when choosing your next vehicle; what works best for you might not necessarily suit another driver. Whichever vehicle you eventually opt for, getting it insured is going to be the next step.
At Freeway, our strong relationships with a select panel of insurers allow us to negotiate the best Taxi Insurance deals, tailored to the individual. On top of that, we can offer Breakdown Cover with prices starting from just £75 for a year. To find out more about these, or get a competitive quote on your Taxi Insurance today, simple use the links below.Taxi Insurance Breakdown Cover