How Do I Buy a Car Under My Corporation?

by Fraser Sherman; Updated September 26, 2017
Salesman selling a car to young businessman

If your business is a corporation -- even a one-person corporation -- it's legally a separate individual. Your money and the corporation's account are two separate pools. If you want your company to have title to the car, you have to buy it with business funds or have the corporation take out the loan. The title goes in the business's name.

Weighing Options

It's perfectly legal to drive a company car on personal business. It's also taxable: The use of a company car is a fringe benefit, and your corporation has to report the equivalent cash value on your W-2. There are still advantages to driving a corporation-owned car, though. The insurance premiums are often lower, and the company may get a better interest rate on a loan than you would.

About the Author

A graduate of Oberlin College, Fraser Sherman began writing in 1981. Since then he's researched and written newspaper and magazine stories on city government, court cases, business, real estate and finance, the uses of new technologies and film history. Sherman has worked for more than a decade as a newspaper reporter, and his magazine articles have been published in "Newsweek," "Air & Space," "Backpacker" and "Boys' Life." Sherman is also the author of three film reference books, with a fourth currently under way.

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