Many Dutch entrepreneurs consider having a company car as the next step in professionalizing their business. Nothing looks more sophisticated than rolling up to your clients in your own modern vehicle. But that desire is often not fulfilled because of several practicalities, ranging from significant costs for your business to simply not knowing where to park around your office. Meanwhile modern shared platforms often have you driving around with someone else’s advertisements. There is another way, as car-rental startup UFODRIVE proves.
Company cars: do you buy, lease, rent or share?
When you are considering a company car, there are several options to explore. Owning or leasing a car can be the preferred option. However, it requires a long-term commitment. There will be significant costs, even if the car is not being used. And on top of the depreciation and fuel costs, you’ll have to find – and pay for – your own parking. Good luck if your business is located anywhere in the centre of a Dutch city.
There are alternatives that might be more flexible and cost-efficient. Traditional car-rental is the most obvious one. But renting a car can be a hassle. Picking up a rental car often involves long queues, lots of paperwork, confusing insurances and hidden costs. Then there are several modern initiatives for car-sharing popping up in Dutch cities. They are generally the cheapest option if you don’t use a car all day every day and are easy to pick up. However, rolling up to your clients in a brightly coloured compact, covered in stickers and branding that is not yours, might not give the first impression you’re looking for as an entrepreneur.
The hassle-free and flexible way of driving a company car
That is why UFODRIVE seeks to combine the advantages of those options and with their all-electric, app-based car rental. The startup offers stylish cars for a professional impression, without any of the long-term commitment or costs involved with ownership.