Magazine article Management Today

Fleet Car

Magazine article Management Today

Fleet Car

Article excerpt

Not many of us have to wait until we're 40 to get our first company car. For reasons far too complicated to explain here, I did. Having kicked off in 1984 with a pounds 250 Morris Marina (gorgeous in sun-faded red), worked my way through a Triumph Herald 13/60 convertible (written off by a moonlighting Chinese chauffeur in a Cadillac), made do with a 1 litre VW Polo (lean recession years) and then completed the century with a 1995 Saab 900S, I finally got my tax-inefficient wheels when I became MT editor in 2001.

Since then, I've been tooling around in a five-door Saab 9-3 2.0 T SE in Sun Green (when did the sun last look green to you? - after consuming a bottle of Chartreuse the night before, probably). Anyway, I'm doing my bit for the future of the planet by sticking with this one, although I did buy it from my employer a while ago.

I made a terrible and costly error of judgment within weeks of purchasing it by colliding with a bollard in the street outside the office (I swear it moved), thus wiping out an already non-existent no-claims discount. …

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