By Stewart Smith on 2016-06-27 - Stewart was the former motoring editor of the Coventry Telegraph and is now a freelance contributor to Eurekar. He is based in Scotland and specialises in First Drive reviews.
Company car choice
is a family affair
THE husbands, wives and children of Britain's company car drivers play a crucial role in selecting their vehicles, according to new research.
Figures from Skoda demonstrate just how much Brits, whose jobs require them to spend time on the road, take their family's opinions into consideration when making up their minds on a new set of wheels.
When asked who they consult with when choosinga company car, nearly half of drivers said their partner is their first port of call - a quarter of men seek their wife's opinions (39 per cent) and over half of women (51 per cent) chat through options with their husbands.
Meanwhile, in around one in seven households, children get a say - with many of thosesurveyed claiming their kids' opinions matter most.
In general, men seek fewer opinions than women, with 11 per cent claiming they don't consult anyone at all. Conversely, more than a third of women ask for opinions from as many people as possible, even probing colleagues and friends about what they think.
Nearly half of company car drivers take children to and from school in their "work wheels", while almost three quarters ferry their kids to social occasions and sports practice every week.
Henry Williams, head of fleet sales at Skoda UK, said: "We understand a company car isn't just used for business, it's also for home life."
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