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Company vs. Personal car

  • 1.  Company vs. Personal car

    Posted 08-14-2019 02:37 PM
    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 Husar AIA, LEED BD+C
    husARchitecture Inc
    Chicago IL

  • 2.  RE: Company vs. Personal car

    Posted 08-15-2019 05:24 PM
    Edited by David DeFilippo 08-15-2019 05:26 PM
    Firms I have worked for have used Rental cars or used ZIP Car which are  billed to the client  as a reimbursable .


    David DeFilippo AIA
    Tsoi Kobus Designs
    Boston MA

  • 3.  RE: Company vs. Personal car

    Posted 08-15-2019 05:48 PM
    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.

    Aaron Pilat
    Norman, OK

  • 4.  RE: Company vs. Personal car

    Posted 08-15-2019 05:55 PM
    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
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  • 5.  RE: Company vs. Personal car

    Posted 08-15-2019 06:59 PM
    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.

    Sarah Hadskey
    SAM studio
    Memphis, TN

  • 6.  RE: Company vs. Personal car

    Posted 08-19-2019 11:37 AM

    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.

    Timothy Dearborn AIA
    Stockton CA