Purchase of several cars: need 12 vehicles for the company team in rural India

Previously, we purchased Maruti Brezza diesel for managers and Swift gasoline for executives. Now the team is growing and we need more cars.

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I run a business in the agricultural input business. We have pan-Indian operations with the majority of our sales team based in B&C cities across the country. They travel a lot and their work takes them to villages and farmlands. Most of the roads they take are fairly passable and even if there is some odd terrain that seems inaccessible, they can easily park remotely and walk down.

We now need to supplement them with vehicles as the team grows. In the previous case, we bought diesel Brezzas for managers and gasoline Swifts for some executives. We now need to buy 12 vehicles in the next quarter – 3 for executives and 9 for executives.

They will be autonomous vehicles and a five-seater is more than enough. The average use of these vehicles is approximately 4,000 kilometers per month for executives and approximately 2,000 kilometers per month for executives. The first Brezza which we bought in November 2016, has done about 2.35 lakh kilometers and has been acting quite frequently lately.

While I wish there was a Toyota CSUV that I could opt for blindfolded (I’ve used Innovas successively from 2007 to date), there isn’t!

Which vehicles would you recommend to managers and which to executives, given the total cost of ownership over a 4-5 year period? Our budget is maximum around 12-14 lakhs for managers and 7-7.5 lakhs for executives.

For executives, we also give them the option to use their own car and reimburse them at a rate of Rs.9 per kilometer. If you think that would be a better option instead of the company owning 7 lakh assets and bearing all running costs, please suggest it. For the managers, we have decided to donate cars belonging to the company.

Thank you for the patient reading and advice.

Here is what BHPian Turbanator had to say about it:

Above all, you must understand that the asset you will give to employees must be maintained in the same way as they will themselves. But unfortunately that doesn’t happen, and you’ll find new cars turning into a mess in the lane.

I suggest you consider buying them on behalf of your company and deduct the base amount, eg Ex-showroom prices divided into 60 installments, without any interest/road tax or insurance. The cars will be operated in the name of the company and maintained by the company, but transferred to employees after the completion of installments. If they find EMI a bit higher, they can keep a lump sum payment at the time of sale. If an employee leaves early, they can pay company overhead and take the car, or if they don’t want to take the car, you can refund some of the money they paid.

This keeps cars in good shape and employees engaged with you. Moreover, they can use the vehicle for personal purposes without any hindrance and will feel socially proud.

Now, to come to which car, I don’t have much experience in this segment, but I can recommend sticking with Toyota or Maruti only. Both have a strong work ethic and very tight control over dealerships.

Here is what BHPian BlackPearl had to say about it:

Mahindra Bolero for executives and Bolero Neo for managers will be good I believe.

Here is what BHPian AkMar had to say about it:

Considering the usage, diesel makes sense. For managers, you can opt for Nexon or Altroz ​​Diesel. Nexon has been on the market for quite a long time, so there’s less to worry about Tata’s reliability issues.

Getting a diesel in the executive’s budget will be difficult. So you can watch the Marutis here. Ignis/Swift/WagonR, you won’t go wrong with any of them. If CNG is available in areas where vehicles are used, WagonR, Celerio CNG are your options.

Here is what Chinkara BHPian had to say about it:

By car, I would suggest Wagon R for executives and Bolero, Nexon or Brezza for managers. Wagon R is a very comfortable car for long trips and reasonably decent on rough roads considering the price range. 20 years ago I did a lot of rural marketing in the old Wagon R.

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