Small businesses facing big costs to stay on the road

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 14:32
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56% of small businesses spend £1,685 per year on each company car

Small businesses in the UK are spending on average almost £1,700 every year maintaining each of their company cars according to new research by RAC Business – with one in five (20%) spending more than £2,000 per car.

The survey carried out among 1,000 small businesses during the first quarter of the year found that firms in Scotland are feeling the expense most of all with more than a third spending between £3,000 and £4,000 annually on company car maintenance.

In comparison small businesses in the East Midlands are the least affected financially, with 44% spending between £1,000 and £1,500 on servicing each of their company cars per annum.

Despite some signs of recovery in parts of the economy, small businesses still face financial challenges from running costs and cash flow which RAC Business says can be helped by looking at alternative fleet management options.

RAC sales director for corporate partnerships Jenny Powley, says: “Keeping a company car fit for purpose does require regular and thorough maintenance – without it, a business is looking at a hefty price tag in terms of unexpected servicing and breakdown costs.

“Leasing rather than purchasing gives businesses the opportunity to financially plan ahead in one of their largest areas of spending, which will have a positive impact on the success of that business, potentially cutting out thousands of pounds in unnecessary costs every year.”

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