Which car is best to buy as a taxi?

Now the risk of redundancy is high, I thought I would pursue a new career as a taxi driver.

I would need to buy a car under 15 years old and it needs to have the following criteria:-

An ability to drive in third gear all day regardless of speed

The agility to change lanes at short notice and good bumpers to take the knocks which occur from time to time when I want to turn right using the inside lane of a roundabout etc.

A good radio/cassette player

A big windscreen to see out of

A decent steering wheel

A hook to hold a good pine tree shaped air freshener

A good CB radio so I can call in one of my colleagues when I have a prang to "witness" the accident and provide an impartial account

An anti-assault screen for the nightclub shift

The following features are not important:-

Indicators

Highway code

Insurance - Is this necessary? Petty beaucracy at the least.

MOT certificate - A good home office printer to print out copies when the car has to be inspected.

I don't want a London Taxi, but any other suggestions would be useful especially for those readers who have been made redundant from the City and have to trade in their Porsche 911 for a quality used practical vehicle.

Re: Which car is best to buy as a taxi?

3 years 31 weeks ago

It depends if you're taking from the point of the driver or the driven. To be in a taxi, I'd always hunt down an E-Class as the ride and composure are exemplary. The Skoda Superb is ok, but feels a bit like a larger, better built Passat. Avoid the Passat. Rattly, noisy and cramped. I had to do a long taxi ride in a new Laguna the other week and was mightily impressed too. To drive, well you would probably want a 5 year old Avensis 2.2Di or similar. Volvo S60 good too and a torquey engine to boot. Please please whatever you do, don't choose one of those Scudo fiat things, it is a van not a taxi, I only tolerate a Sharan because it has an AdddyLee sticker on the back. The most ridiculous taxi I ever caught was a BMW 750iL. Great car but the fuel bill must have been huge.

Re: Which car is best to buy as a taxi?

3 years 31 weeks ago

Hyundai Stellar.


Re: Which car is best to buy as a taxi?

3 years 31 weeks ago

Why not start mobile catering, local entrepreneurs 'Hooked and Cooked' bring fish and chips to our village once a month, perhaps Snettertons Kebabs could also enhance our new found taste for the exotic 12 times a year!

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Re: Which car is best to buy as a taxi?

3 years 31 weeks ago

Any big non premium saloon that is 70% depreciated after 3 years will do, try a C5 or a Saab 95 to stand out from the Vectras!

Re: Which car is best to buy as a taxi?

3 years 31 weeks ago

taxi

Here's to the crazy ones......

Re: Which car is best to buy as a taxi?

3 years 31 weeks ago

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