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Tips on Picking the Right Taxi For You

Tips on Picking the Right Taxi For You

This Mental Health Week, we provide you with helpful advice to make sure you choose the right taxi for you.

Choosing the right taxi isn’t just important from a financial perspective, but also a personal one.

It’s what helps make work easier and less stressful, with a vehicle you can rely on and feel comfortable driving.

Different drivers will have different priorities when it comes to choosing a new taxi. That’s why we’ve put together some of the top things to look for when picking the perfect taxi for you.

Comfort

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As a taxi driver, you’ll naturally spend a lot of time behind the wheel. Choosing a taxi you’ll be comfortable driving for long periods should therefore be high on your priority list.

Many new taxis today come with a range of driver features to enhance your comfort. From multi-way adjustable driver seats to built-in lumbar support. These help to provide the correct support for your back and neck, encouraging a healthy seating posture.

If you’re willing to spend a little extra, you could indulge in heated front seats or a heated steering wheel. These will add a more luxurious touch to your taxi and come in handy during the bitter winter months.

When browsing new taxi deals, be sure to ask our experts about any driver features and how to use these to your benefit.

Reliability

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Reliability is another important factor for many drivers when choosing a new taxi. Whether new or used, you want to make sure your taxi is in excellent condition and able to stand the test of time.

Warranties are a great indicator of this. Many manufacturers offer comprehensive packages for your peace of mind.

Most electric taxis also come with a separate warranty for the battery, for added reassurance. This guarantees that the battery should retain optimum health for a set period, otherwise it may qualify for a replacement.

If reliability is an important deciding factor, make sure you understand the warranty with your chosen taxi. Understanding what is and isn’t covered will help you to avoid unexpected costs later down the line. All new taxis available from The Taxi Centre come with the manufacturer’s full warranty.

Driving experience

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Your taxi is like a mobile office that you take with you everywhere during your workday. This means that when picking a taxi, you need to make sure it matches your preferences and driving style.

With a range of different powertrains available, there’s now more choice than ever for taxi drivers making an upgrade. From traditional petrol and diesel models to electric and hybrid models – the choice is truly yours.

If you’re looking for an easier, enjoyable driving experience, electric and hybrid taxis are the way to go. Either fully or partially powered by electricity, these taxis are known for their smoother, quieter drive.

Fully electric taxis come with automatic transmission, meaning there’s no fussing about with gear changes. While hybrid taxis often come with an option of manual or automatic transmission, depending on your preference.

When perusing different models, have a look at the different options available or tell our experts what’s important to you to help us find your perfect match.

Equipment

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For some taxi drivers, comparing equipment offered across different models can be helpful.

This could be driver assistance features that will help boost your confidence or reduce stress behind the wheel. Or, the latest technology like built-in navigation and voice recognition systems to help you keep your eyes on the road.

Each model normally comes with different trim levels, ranging from a standard trim up to the highest-level trim.

Compare different specifications and trim levels to make sure the model you’re considering offers what you’re looking for. If you only want a basic but still reasonable level of equipment, the standard trim may be your go-to.

Alternatively, there may be different packs you can add on to enhance your drive even further. These include technology packs, navigation packs, accessory packs, and more depending on the model.

Size and storage space

Back seat view inside a vehicle

Having enough space and storage for both you and your passengers is another thing to consider.

You’ll want to make sure that passengers have plenty of leg and headroom so they can travel comfortably. Plus, plenty of space yourself for storing all your workday essentials.

If you do a lot of airport runs, you’ll need a taxi that offers practical boot space for storing suitcases and luggage. Similarly, for larger group bookings you may need something larger like a minibus that offers more seats.

If space is a priority, make sure to view a range of different models and taxi types to make sure you choose the right option.

Top tips for choosing a new taxi

Now we know some of the main priorities to consider when choosing a new taxi, let’s look at some top tips to use during the process.

1. Do your research – find out as much information as you can about the models you’re interested in by asking questions and reading reviews.

2. List your highest priorities – this will help sales executives point out different models that might meet your needs.

3. Set a budget – this will help narrow down your options and find the right taxi for your business needs.

4. Check whether you’re eligible for any grants - if you’re looking at an electric taxi, there are several grants available to help cover the costs.

5. Take your time – don’t rush the process, and make sure you’ve viewed all your available options before decision time.

How we can help at The Taxi Centre

At The Taxi Centre, we’re here for you for your entire journey. From the initial browsing stage right up to arranging financing, collection, or delivery and beyond.

With such a wide range of models from top manufacturers at competitive prices, you’re sure to find something for you. We’ve got everything from standard and purpose-built taxis to electric and hybrid taxis , minibuses, and more.

Our taxi manufacturers include Ford, Hyundai, Kia, LEVC, MG, Nissan, Renault, Skoda, Toyota, and Volkswagen. Plus, with our special offers and flexible finance options, you’re always in for a great deal!

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