My friends disagree about buying an older 'company car'. I contend
they are well taken care of since the company can afford to keep it
running, whereas a private owner might skimp on maintenance depending
on their budget...opinions please!
P.S. I'm seeing a local newspaper agency with a fleet of Ford vans,
natural gas models ....and the usual early model sedans from the Coca
Cola/Frito Lay salespeople...
As I've noticed, different companies maintain their vehicles
differently. I work in a restaurant, one of our account reps, that
serviced some equipment for us, has a company car, but he has to make
sure maintenence is done, the company pays for it, but he has to make
sure it gets taken care of. There is no central facility for the
company that has company-paid mechanics servicing the vehicles.
On Wed, 23 Jul 2003 16:23:15 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I replied to a general question. We do the service for large
corporate and government fleets in six eastern states and they
do the maintenance, other small fleets may not. I know rentals
companies do not provide the best service since they only
generally retain vehicles for one year. Same as with private
owners I suppose, some do some don't. Naturally when one buys a
used vehicle they can never know for sure what use of abused it
was subjected too, or what type of service it did or did not
receive. Have the vehicle thoroughly check by someone that knows
automobiles, as always buyer beware.
Mike Levy wrote:
I have no first hand experience with company cars. Some companies take
care of their cars, others don't. A friend bought one from a company his
brother in law worked for. It was the brother in laws company car so he
knows how the car was driven for the first 50,000 miles.
Its a 1992 Buick Century. My friend has had good luck with it but has
replaced the normal wear items and just last month had the transmission
rebuilt & radiator replaced.
The car has 155,000 miles on it now.
1991 Pontiac Bonneville LE
It depends highly on the nature of the business and the use of the cars --
I'd hesitate to buy a car from a fleet which was used by a random employee each
day or which hauled food or chemicals (such as a pizza delivery car,
Many companies that used to provide "company cars" as a benefit now just give
a lease allowance to eligible employees. I can see no reason these would be
any better or worse than other lease returns with similar mileage.
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