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Company vs. Personal car

  • 1.  Company vs. Personal car

    Posted 08-14-2019 14:37
    I have a project that is going to require driving for site access and the employee I would like to assign to this project does not have a car.  I've looked into getting a company car, but I don't think it's going to be the right option for us.

    Has anyone had to ask an employee to get a car? How did you handle it and did you offer an incentive/bonus?

    Many thanks!
    Chyanne


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    Chyanne Husar AIA, LEED BD+C
    Principal
    husARchitecture Inc
    Chicago IL
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  • 2.  RE: Company vs. Personal car

    Posted 08-15-2019 17:24
    Edited by David DeFilippo 08-15-2019 17:26
    Firms I have worked for have used Rental cars or used ZIP Car which are  billed to the client  as a reimbursable .

    David

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    David DeFilippo AIA
    Architect
    Tsoi Kobus Designs
    Boston MA
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  • 3.  RE: Company vs. Personal car

    Posted 08-15-2019 17:48
    I didn't have a car when I lived in San Francisco (long before Uber and Lyft, etc.). I took a cab to weekly site meetings and my office reimbursed the cost. It seems like one of these options would be easier than buying a car. It's wonderful that your employee can get to work without one.

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    Aaron Pilat
    Norman, OK
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  • 4.  RE: Company vs. Personal car

    Posted 08-15-2019 17:55
    In the past we've had much success with ride share programs but this project will require almost daily site visits and the client does not allow reimbursement.  I fear that I'll have more than paid for a car by the end of the job.


    Chyanne Husar, AIA, LEED BD+C
    Principal Architect
      3636 S. Iron St #C345. Chicago, IL 60609
     312.618.4064 d 312.414.0408  www.husarchitecture.com

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  • 5.  RE: Company vs. Personal car

    Posted 08-15-2019 18:59
    Worth consideration:
    When I worked at a large firm, we were often encouraged to rent a car to get to the project sites that were out of town (around 4 hours drive). Sometimes we had to take the whole team and then renting was also the most practical option. Renting a car is a whole lot cheaper than buying one, especially if you live in a city that you can get by just fine without one.

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    Sarah Hadskey
    Architect
    AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C
    SAM studio
    Memphis, TN
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  • 6.  RE: Company vs. Personal car

    Posted 08-19-2019 11:37
    Chyanne,

    Buy a company car that reflects your firm's values, put your firm name on the side, and write it off as a business expense.

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    Timothy Dearborn AIA
    Architect
    Architechnica
    Stockton CA
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