We are a new company looking to work with larger mature firms. Considering we are a startup, we have had rejections from large companies who we actually wanted to buy products from. I believe they analyzed our company history/profile and assumed that we were not good business for them. This are companies which work with much larger firms.
We have had a potential partner agree to give us a site visit and discuss potential collaboration. I am supposed to meet them for the meeting. My question is whether it is necessary to ask my boss for an expensive company car to pick our partner as they travel to our offices. I drive a modest car but the company owns huge expensive cars which I think would give a good impression of our company. Do I ask my boss to give me this company car for the sake of company image. Does it add any value in a business conversation if you know the other person is successful financially? Personally it would to me.