Top 10 Personal Leasing Tips
If you are new to personal leasing it can be daunting to know what to look out for to make sure that you are getting the very best deal, especially with a plethora of online quotations and deals available. Finding and securing the right personal lease deal for you is a simple matter of breaking down what leasing actually is and tailoring the various elements to suit your needs.
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1) Personal leasing deals are VAT Inclusive
When searching for vehicles online, the VAT on leasing deals can be easy to miss. Something to always bear in mind is that while business lease deals are shown without VAT applied, personal lease deals will always have the VAT included.
When checking one quote against the next, make sure that the quotes are like for like, both inclusive of VAT. If you are unsure, please remember our team of vehicle and leasing experts are only a phone call away.
2) Up-front payment
The up-front payment (also known as
With any personal lease
3) Annual mileage
Contract mileage is
When quoting for a personal lease deal, our vehicle and leasing experts will always ensure that your annual mileage is tailored to your anticipated mileage for the duration of the car lease deal.
4) Excess mileage charges
The excess mileage fee is an amount charged for any miles that exceed your total agreed mileage detailed within your contract. The figure is usually charged as pence per mile, and this exact fee will be outlined in your tailored quotation. It’s yet another reason why our team of vehicle and leasing experts will tailor your annual mileage to your actual anticipated annual mileage, rather than manipulate the quotation by using a lower mileage than necessary.
5) Service and maintenance package
To maintain or non-maintain. Many leasing companies will advertise
At LeasePlan Breakdown recovery and Road Fund Licence are included within all of our prices as standard, these services last for the duration of your personal lease. When it comes to our popular service and maintenance package, you get to decide! One fixed monthly rental can include your car, manufacturer recommended servicing, general fair wear and tear maintenance and a no quibble tyre policy, allowing you to plan your finances and avoid those surprise maintenance bills from the garage. We use an approved network of suppliers to benefit from economies of scales and to ensure that standards are met.
6) Hidden fees
Let’s be honest, we all hate hidden fees. They crop up when you least expect them and, more often than not, when you can least afford them. It’s not uncommon to see, or rather not see, administration fees, finance acceptance fees or handling fees for documents in finance agreements, leasing included.
Here at LeasePlan, we do not charge administration fees or finance acceptance fees. However, we may charge a handling fee for procession items such as parking tickets, speeding tickets, failure to pay congestion charge etc.
7) Road Fund Licence
Road Fund Licence should always be covered for the duration of your Personal Contract Hire agreement. In some cases, leasing companies may only supply this for the first year, leaving you to pay the remaining years.
Here at LeasePlan, all of our personal leasing deals include Road Fund Licence for the duration of your Personal Contract Hire agreement as standard.
8) Fair wear and tear
At the end of your contract, you’ll need to hand your lease car back to your leasing provider who will expect it to meet certain standards. These minimum set of standards are often referred to as ‘Fair Wear and Tear’. Assuming that all is ok with the vehicle, you are free to walk straight into a new lease deal. But, if the vehicle is damaged, you are likely to face End of Contract Damage charges.
At LeasePlan, we abide by the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA), Fair Wear and Tear Policy. We will check the vehicle for damage and only charge for items covered by the policy. We understand that cars are likely to have one or two small bumps during your agreement, so we'll cover you for the first £150 of damage subject to the policy. We even use an independent company to carry out the inspection to ensure that it’s fair and unbiased.
9) When is your car available?
Searching and finding an incredible personal car lease deal online isn’t necessarily too good to be true, but, it’s certainly worth checking out when the vehicle advertised is available, or even if it is still available. Too often, lease deals promoted at low cost are often on short supply vehicles.
At LeasePlan, we’ll always base our personal car lease deals on either physical stock where we can
10) Premium models
Personal lease deals are worked out using the residual value of a vehicle (the predicted value of the vehicle at the end of the agreed lease based on the agreed term, mileage, age and condition of the vehicle). Because premium models often lose less money on average, these cars can often be far less to lease than other forms of finance. Perhaps, making your dream car more obtainable than you think.
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- Personal Contract Hire subject to status and credit acceptance.
- This is a hire product so you will not own the vehicle.
- Minimum duration is 24 months and 6,000 miles per annum.
- Service & maintenance package includes: manufacturer recommended servicing and excludes misuse, accident damage and vehicle glass.
- If the vehicle exceeds the contract mileage an excess mileage charge will apply.
returnthe vehicle must be in the same condition as on delivery subject to age, mileage and fair wear and tear excepted.