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I'll Take A Ferrari, Please

Obviously, employees can't have any car they want, but options can't hurt.

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Are your employees begging you to buy them orange Beetles with buffalo bars as their business cars? While the hot new Volkswagen may win their hearts, it could send the wrong message to customers...unless you're in the clown or safari business.

Definitely consult employees regarding their needs with business-specific utility or service-type vehicles that may require shelving or extra cargo capacity. But with sales fleets, the company car is more than a tool; it's also likely to be the employee's primary vehicle. Almost 90 percent of company cars are used by employees as their personal cars, according to Greg Corrigan at Peterson, Howell & Heather Vehicle Management Services in Hunt Valley, Maryland. This is where you should be flexible regarding employees' transportation, especially if they have families.

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