Company car - advice please

Farmer Fin

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Arable Farmer
Location
Aberdeenshire
When vetting I had Skodas and the last one was a scout version. Raised suspension and all wheel drive. Never had an issue with it on farm tracks and great on the roads - I was doing 35k plus a year. If you have too good a 4 wheel drive certain farmers will take this pee where they ask you to go. Better off jumping in their vehicle sometimes.
Issue with electric is the charging and can you guarantee you will get back to a decent charge point in the day?
 

JP1

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Livestock Farmer
When vetting I had Skodas and the last one was a scout version. Raised suspension and all wheel drive. Never had an issue with it on farm tracks and great on the roads - I was doing 35k plus a year. If you have too good a 4 wheel drive certain farmers will take this pee where they ask you to go. Better off jumping in their vehicle sometimes.
Issue with electric is the charging and can you guarantee you will get back to a decent charge point in the day?
My 2wd Octavia estate copes pretty well with farm drives and a bit of towing on to the soft too
 

Wombat

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Mixed Farmer
Location
East yorks
The thing is if you take something like a

4x4 2.0 tdi Skoda kodiaq L at £36k retail it’s 145g/km which puts it in the 34% emissions band so it’s benefit in kind is about £12240 (£36k x 34%)

so it drops the 20% tax rate threshold to £260 and the 40% down to £38k

So It’s not something to take lightly
 

Horn&corn

Member
I’m looking at new family cars at the moment and wondered about electric leaf/kia e-Niro etc. Don’t currently bother with company car as use double cab hilux for all farm work and v occasionally family runs.
if I went all Elec and bought through business would it cost me anything in tax? Mostly for wife to use as health Visitor in local area and school runs etc
 

Lincsman

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Arable Farmer
Location
Lincolnshire
The thing is if you take something like a

4x4 2.0 tdi Skoda kodiaq L at £36k retail it’s 145g/km which puts it in the 34% emissions band so it’s benefit in kind is about £12240 (£36k x 34%)

so it drops the 20% tax rate threshold to £260 and the 40% down to £38k

So It’s not something to take lightly
Might aswell buy your own, all my reps have done.
 

Finn farmer

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Pretty much any none hybrid SUV will be in the 30%+ emissions tax range, i have been looking at some at the moment and even a Skoda kodiaq is there due to the constant tightening of the bands.

I am going to be changing mine soon and i think it will have to be hybrid just to get the tax down to a sensible level.

I quite like the look of the new Subaru forester
The new Foresters hybrid drivetrain is a joke. 16hp electric motor that cuts the emissions just 14g/km compared to the non-hybrid. I drove one, liked the interior etc. But the hybrid is there just to add weight. Only speeds it can do on full electricity are parking lot speeds.

It should be a phev and have atleast 50 electric horesepower.
 

Qman

Member
Location
Near Derby
For lots of motorway work a BMW 520d will be great. 55 mpg if you drive steady, 45 mpg if you drive fast. Top speed...plenty and good acceleration. A 530d is even faster.

An X3 would do nicely but is more expensive. And of course with a BMW you don't have to waste your energy on using indicators etc.
 

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