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With Uber making earning from driving a taxi an easy to implement income, many people are opting for the freelance lifestyle of driving their own cab. Choosing a car for your taxi or taxi firm is exciting, at whatever stage you are doing it. However, it’s important to remember that there are a set of rules regarding what is and isn’t acceptable for using a second-hand car as a taxi. Naturally, you will want to work this out in terms of what budget you have available. It’s possible to buy cars at almost any price, but finding something that works and runs well can be a little trickier.
You might be lucky enough to find black cabs for sale in your area, which take the stress out of car shopping and ensure you have a trademarked car, simply by its design. Here are some key considerations before making your purchase.
Check your age
Some cars past a certain age are deemed unfit for use as taxis. Check this information before committing to the type of car you want or even any budget range. Some cities, states or countries may stipulate that a second-hand car cannot be used at all, so it’s worth getting to know what you can use.
Whilst something second hand may seem like a good investment, it will only prove to be so if the car has a good history, rust free body work and is economic. Think about repairs and how you will manage them. Planning and strategy will help you weigh up the real costs.
Further to the above point: research. If there is a specific make of car that you think will be appropriate, find out as much about that kind of car as you can. The internet is a great tool, but don’t forget to talk to people and find out about costs such as acquiring new car parts. Sometimes second hand cars as cheap as they are because their pats are difficult to find, which means laying out more cash eventually. Choosing something classic and reliable that is easy on parts could lead to a smoother journey later down the line.
It goes without saying that you should always try for a second-hand car that has a long time left on its MOT and has passed it with flying colours.