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So....

There is a 90+% chance I will have a new role at work sometime this month. This new role will require me to have a company vehicle that I will have to supply, as I will have alot of work related (In town travel) to do.
Even though I supply the vehicle, I do of course get a car allowance every month of $600 (which is quite a bit I think)

I am required to have a 'late' model vehicle, so the ol' 96 will not do. It has been confirmed that if I spend less than the $600, I can pocket the rest. I am using this $600 for insurance as well, which for me ( near perfect 15 year driving record) is less than $100, even with good coverage.

I want something that is alot of fun to drive, but still economical in terms of fuel economy.

Any recommendations? I would be leasing and would like to keep the lease under $300(CDN) per month. That way with the insurance of $100, I can walk away with $200 a month that I can save for vacation :)

Thanks!
 

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I have an '08 grand caravan for a company vehicle. It is pretty nice, with a lot of useful features. I have stow'n'go, so I can put the seats down for more cargo room. I also have bluetooth built into the stereo system, so I don't have to worry about an ear piece. I have almost 70k miles on it, and it still rides nice, although the trans is starting to act up again.

If you are looking at used, I would just avoid the first run of the '08 model, which is what I have. It has had a laundry list of problems, which were resolved with the later '08 models.
 

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I will have to say that the Ford Transit passenger version caught my eye as well. I had asked our fleet department about it, but they are shying away from them. They said that it looks like a vehicle that carries parts, so it is more of a visible target to theives than a standard minivan. I see what they are saying, so I didn't try to press the issue. They also come with a 4-cyl engine, which would probably strain under the amount of weight that I carry in my van. Hell, my 3.3L V6 sometimes has issues when I am fully loaded.
 

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Be careful with leases. They usually limit the number of miles you can drive before a penalty kicks in. Have you estimated annual mileage work/leisure and checked out the lease contracts? Who is going to pay the upfront cash deposit on the lease? Have you figured out how much this job is going to cost you if you lease? You will probably have to report that $600 as income too.
 

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I have an expected yearly kilometre rating of 30,000km. I do not know about the upfront lease cash deposit yet, I will find that out if and when I get the job.
 

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bwahahah, on one of my previous vans, I put almost 90k miles on it in 2 years time. Luckily, we don't have a milage restriction, and we get a new vehicle every 90k miles.
 

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Did I say something at some point to offend you Brad? That was a pretty stupid thing for you to say in my opinion. Please do not reply to my threads if you only plan to contribute rubbish. I have been here a long time and even though I dont post much I don't like coming around to hear something of this nature

Anyway...this thread...... ya......
 

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I saw one of those Ford transits in front of a local dealer. I was surprised at how small it was.
 

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Alright. I am not known for my sense of humour by any means
 

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Room is a non issue, I just have to move myelf and a few boxes around, no cargo concerns at all. I am using it to visit retail locations as I may be a Business Support Rep for dealerships of a certain product I cannot yet mention.

I think they expect it to be 5 years old or younger. I have been checkin out late model Corolla XRS's and Sentra Spec-v's. I am partial to both of these.
 

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Exactly why does it have to be 5 years old or younger?

Seriously, if you got a nice paint job ob your Escort, and used a headlight cleaning kit on it, very few people would think it was more than a year or two old anyway.
 
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