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Thursday, 19 January 2017

Act Now to Save up to £669* on your Next Lease Vehicle!

If you’re thinking about leasing a new car in 2017, then you might want to consider taking delivery before March 31st.

Why you ask?  Well there are big changes to the way “Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) - better known as Road Tax is calculated which could result in a fairly significant bump in lease rentals after April 1st.

In the 2015 budget, the Chancellor set out plans for Road Tax in the first year of registration to be calculated based on the vehicle’s Co2 emissions.  Most vehicles will then move to a standard rate of £140 annually from the second year.  The exception to this are vehicles which have an original list price of over £40,000 – there will be an additional £310 a year payable for a 5 Year Period on these.

The good news is that if you lease a vehicle with zero emissions – such as the BMW i3 eDrive Auto Electric Car – then no Road Tax is payable in the first or subsequent years – so there will be no adverse cost implications for BMW i3 users based on Road Tax.

However, if you’re looking to lease a popular fleet / company car such as the SEAT Leon1.6 TDi SE Dynamic Technology which boasts Co2 emissions of 103g/km then you’ll see Road Tax increasing from just £0 in the first year to £140, and the standard rate thereafter rising from £20 to £140.

Concept Vehicle Leasing are currently offering the pre-facelift version of this model for just £169.95 + VAT* per month based on a 36-month Business Contract Hire agreement.  From April 1st, the cost of an equivalent lease would increase by £9.75 + VAT per month – a total of £479.70 including VAT over the term of contract!

Another example is the BMW 2-Series Active Tourer 216d Sport 5dr – currently £189.45 + VAT** per month on a 48-month deal.  The cost of an equivalent lease will rise by £10.53 + VAT per month from April – a whopping £669.71 increase over the contract term!

There are just a couple of suggestions here, but it’s fair to say that these changes to Road Tax will affect a significant number of vehicles – particularly those with lower Co2 emissions.

For example, a car with Co2 emissions of 99g/km will be liable for road tax for the first time with the first year rising from zero to £120 and subsequent years increasing from zero to £140 – on a 4 Year lease, that’s a total of £540!

So, if you want to avoid handing over more of your hard-earned cash to Her Majesty’s Government, then it’s worth considering leasing a new car before March 31st.  Concept Vehicle Leasing can supply all makes and models, and have a wide range of vehicles available from stock.  Don’t delay – lease today!

Here is a table which shows the planned changes to Road Tax on April 1st:

*Seat Leon1.6 TDi SE Dynamic Technology (Pre-Facelift model) based on a Business Contract Hire agreement.  6 rentals in advance, followed by 35.  10,000 miles per annum.  Subject to status and availability.

**BMW2-Series Active Tourer 216d Sport 5dr based on a Business Contract Hire agreement.  6 rentals in advance, followed by 47.  10,000 miles per annum.  Subject to status and availability.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

What to look for in a 7 Seater

Need to transport 7 people? 

See what options there are for 7 seater vehicles.

What to look for in a 7 Seater

Deciding on a vehicle is a very complex task, we all have personal touches that are must haves to ensure we are comfortable with the vehicle, hoping to achieve a place of serenity and happiness for our means of travel.

These vehicle decisions start with one simple question, what size? From there we can start filling in the blanks, creating our special vehicle fit for purpose.

However, when it comes to a 7 seater, whether it’s a MPV (Multi-Purpose Vehicle/ Van) or SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle), the list of variables becomes increasing smaller. So what should you be looking for in a 7 seater vehicle and what options are there?

Comfort – From the get go you will know that being a 7 seater, comfort is going to be the most prominent decision, however comfort can be described many ways. Never take the word comfort to mean exactly what you would determine as ‘comfortable’.  More than likely you have selected this vehicle for carrying up to 7 people or you need the space to carry goods. The type of cargo you are carrying will help to determine what form of comfort you need. If you need to transport 7 adults then you may define comfort as a lot of space to move around; whilst someone transporting a family with small children will determine it by how their gluteus maximus feels after a 5-hour road trip.

Safety and Stability – Being larger than the typical vehicle that is used for work, being safe and sticking to the road is going to be a top priority for a 7 seater car or van. You will want to ensure that all passengers or goods within the vehicle are kept safe in the unfortunate event the vehicle is involved in an accident. Another key point is make sure that everything inside the vehicle, being people or other, is not going to be thrown around like a rag doll. This is where stability comes in, being able to corner nicely with body-roll along with driving up a gravel road without hitting your head on the roof is a definite must have for any vehicle of this size. 

A good thing to consider is also seasonal weather, a MPV may get you and your passengers everywhere you need to be in the milder months, but come winter a light dusting of snow could really hinder your travels where as a 7 seater SUV will keep you moving all year round. 

Distance – This is where the SUV vs MPV/Van battle really comes in to play. If the distance you have to travel is short range and reasonably urban then the a MPV or Van is probably the way to go. Multitudes of space with easy access in and out of the vehicle. If however you have long distances to travel or a more varied terrain then the 7 seater SUV would be more suitable. 

Gadgets – Gadgets are all the rave inside vehicles and also the one thing to push your budget through the roof. Whether you would like the latest apple connection, touch screen navigation or even cup holders with trays on the back of your seats, most options will need to be added at an extra cost. However gadget envy can be very real when it comes to comparing vehicles. Don’t pass up a something you really want as you may regret not having it. A high quality and reliable navigation can save time and energy when traveling. There are often things you may not ‘need’ but that will actually make life and commuting a lot easier. 

What 7 seater should I choose?

So you have an idea of what you want, but you’re unsure on what is the best on the market? Here are a few vehicles we would recommend:

SEAT Alhambra – This magnificent MPV (Multi-Purpose Vehicle) provides everything you want out of a 7-seater vehicle. Its spacious inside, provides easy access in and out of the vehicle, lowering the rear seats to give that extra boot space is no hassle and it handles well on the road. Although it may not appeal to everyone being a MPV, this vehicles price will make you think twice before you look at others.

We have the Seat Alhambra available for Business or Personal Contract Hire here: Lease the Seat Alhambra Estate 1.4 Tsi S 5Dr for £295.49 + vat per month (6 + 47) 10k mpa. 

Volvo XC90 – The almighty XC90 is what dreams are made of. Style, comfort, safety are all top priorities for this luxurious vehicle. If vehicles were a fashion show, the Volvo XC90 would be the grand finale. At this current point in time it would be hard to beat this vehicle as it offers so much and you know whoever is in your vehicle or whatever you are carrying will be safe in any scenario. Be careful though, luxury comes at a cost. 

We currently have the Volvo XC90 on special offer for:  Volvo Xc90 Diesel Estate 2.0 D5 Powerpulse Momentum 5Dr Awd Geartronic £509.99 +vat p/m (6+47) 10k MPA, if you are after a 7 seater then this is the time to take advantage of this vehicle.

7 Seater vs MPV/Van for your Business

A lot of the time the decision can come down to Tax differences, even though a Volvo XC90 might be the perfect vehicle for you, tax wise it may be more beneficial to choose the SEAT Alhambra. Vans are also more favoured by businesses for tax reasons as when a Van is used for commercial use only there is no Benefit in Kind tax. If your company is VAT registered, you can also claim back 100% of the VAT and there is also a flat rate for Road Fund Licence on Vans. 

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Ahoy Charity Meridian Pull Challenge

Ahoy Charity Meridian Pull Challenge

The good news is, we didn’t sink.

With the storm clouds and rain pelting up and down the country it looked a dire day to be rowing up the mighty Thames river, especially with a boat full of amateur - at best, sea men and women tasked with the gruelling 8.5 mile Meridian Pull Challenge from Chelsea to Greenwich. But as we made our way to the start line the heavens decided to shine on our charitable endeavours and the sun came out to lead our way. The weather actually turned out so well for us we could only take this as a sign that the fates had deemed us worthy to meet this challenge head on and that nothing could stand in our way of glory!

But then we started rowing.

There were 11 boats in total and our starts were staggered with the winning boat determined by time. We were the 10th boat to take off and I must say that our training served us well. We matched our strokes to one another and pulled out a great start to the race, although we never managed to pass the boat ahead of us, we were never passed by the boat behind either.
The pace we set made us optimistic in the first half of the race and a fantastic sense of comradery came over our crew. I must say that the best part of the actual row has to be down the people in our boat, it was tough going but the banter and laughter that ensued really kept us going. So a massive thank you to our team mates for their commitment and passion to the challenge.
Then we hit the wall.

Just past half way I started to get the ‘fear’, the limbs were starting to ache and the initial adrenalin of being on the Thames had died off. During our training sessions we had only rowed in short lengths at a time, what we faced now was a race of endurance and the ability to push on through the tiredness. This is where what we were doing this for really came to the fore - raising money for the Ahoy Charity, so they could give disadvantaged children the skills they would need for their future.
Then a shout from the shore rang out over the river “Row, Row, Row, you can do it!” The support we got from families, friends and co-workers was phenomenal. We even had words of encouragement from complete strangers, shouting out to keep us going. Some of these words we were grateful for but did hinder our row as they came from passengers on board the Thames ferries, encouraging through they were, they were quickly followed by waves that required careful manoeuvring in order to stay afloat.

In the end we completed our row in approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes. In our boat we called that a great success. The good news was we didn’t sink, but the even better news is, we raised a total of £1,739.82 for the Ahoy Charity. Thank you to everyone who donated, we really could not have done it without you.

The sense of completeness that came with passing the finishing line is something I won’t soon forget. Making the time to support a charity like the Ahoy Centre is a priority that working for Concept Vehicle Leasing makes possible. Paul and I thoroughly enjoyed the Ahoy Meridian Pull Challenge, the feeling you get for helping out those in need makes all of the hard work worthwhile.
Once again, from Paul and myself, thank you for your support.

John Henares
Sales Director – Concept Vehicle Leasing

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

A first-hand account of not a sailor

A first-hand account of not a sailor.

I wouldn’t exactly call myself an avid boatman. My interest in such activities stretches as far as enjoying fish, but only when it comes with some chips and a pint down at the local. So it’s safe to say that putting me in charge of any activities on a large body of water would be hazardous at best.

So I sit here asking myself, how on earth did I end up as the captain of a 6-person boat with the challenge to row 8.5 miles up the Thames river?

The answer is charity of course, the Ahoy charity to be more precise. They are a fantastic organisation who work with disadvantaged children, young vulnerable people and those with disabilities. They need help raising funds, they actually need so much help in fact that they have had to scrape the bottom of the barrel in way of captains.

The Ahoy charity offer the children the opportunity to learn new skills through courses and programmes training them to gain qualifications and life skills needed for employment. Feeling a little burdened with the undertaking of such a great cause relying on my meagre skills I roped in my athletically tuned Sales Director John Henares. Johns lineage hails from the Irish, and as we know, Ireland is an Island, therefore everyone there must be fantastic sailor, so then must John.
I put this theory to the test and enlisted John as first mate and we underwent our Ahoy training in preparation for the big day. After some group stretches our 6-person team strapped on our life vests and headed up the river for the first time.

As captain my position was at the bow of the boat, fortunately we all face backwards whilst rowing so I was able to follow the example of everyone else, including that of my first mate. Turns out however my theory about my half Irish Sales Director was completely unfounded, his boating know how was as useful as a sun roof in December.

My worries of drifting aimlessly down the Thames and out to sea then started to rise as the 6 of us slapped at the water with our paddles in an attempt at rowing. Then a strong voice cried out from the stern of our boat “in and pull, in and glide, nice and easy.” We had what those in the trade call her, a coxswain, or what I like to refer as the lady with the ‘easy job.’ Under her firm direction our motley crew managed to row smoothly up the Thames and for once our goal to row 8.5 miles started to look achievable. We may just be able to pull this off! 

As this was simply our training we didn’t row the full distance. The full Meridian Pull Challenge takes place this Sunday the 9th of October at 8am. The big challenge we face now is not to let the Ahoy Charity down, we are poised to row our hearts out but what we need from you is a small donation to help us achieve our fundraising goal before we fulfil our pledge to row the Thames. The work the Ahoy charity does helps to provide a future for those who never thought such outcomes were possible. 

With a crew of land lubbers at the helm we need all the help we can get. Please donate here: The Ahoy Centre Charity

Thank you all for your donation, every bit helps us towards our fundraising goal. 

From a nervous Captain and definitely not a sailor, 

Thank you. 

Paul Bulloch 
Managing Director, Concept Vehicle Leasing.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Attention: We have had an upgrade!

Attention: We have had an upgrade!

A great car that has a reputation for quality, a strong following and a history of reliability is often struck with a hard question, how do we move forward?

Customers love the car, they don’t want it to change, but if it doesn’t move forward then it will fall into the past and eventually be forgotten. So what happens is the manufacturer gives it an upgrade. A bit of body work here and a few added tech bits there and you have the same reliable machine, but with an upgrade that brings it into the present.

Concept were struck with the same problem. We have customer base of clients who return to us year upon year and a solid reputation for quality service and customer satisfaction. So how do we retain the reputation that Concept Vehicle Leasing has gained over its many years of successful trading, but still compete in an ever moving market? We upgrade.

We tweaked the body work and moved things around to give Concept Vehicle Leasing a fresh new look.

We also gave a few of our specialist products an update too, giving each one a strong identity under the Concept Vehicle Leasing banner. 

So keep an eye out for our new look. From today we will have all our documents rolling out with our sleek new upgrade. As for the tech upgrade, well that parts still to come, so keep your eye out in a few months’ time for big changes to our website.

What does this mean for you?

If you are half way through an application with Concept and some of your documents still hold the old logo, then don’t worry there will be no issue.  You can continue using the documents you have and if you end up with both logos across your contract it will still be valid.

If you have any further questions regarding your current or proposed contract, or any questions at all please contact your dedicated account manager 0800 043 2050.

Monday, 19 September 2016

Creating a Company Vehicle Policy – What You Need & Why

Creating a Company Vehicle Policy – What You Need & Why

A company vehicle is still one of the top perks as voted by employees, but to make sure the new Johnny hot shot in the office doesn’t wrap your investment around a tree at the first chance he gets – you need to have a firm company vehicle policy in place. You will need to have clear rules which cover the key aspects of running a vehicle for business, along with full details of what you expect from your employees.

Sometimes a new business start-up will incorporate a company vehicle as a bonus for a loyal employee, not putting in place the proper policy’s as at this stage there is only 1 vehicle in your fleet – more than likely you don’t even think of it as a fleet. This is however when your policies need to be in place, to ensure your business is covered and to maintain a consistent image within the business as you grow. 

Things to Consider:

You should open the policy by setting the scene – a brief summary outline as to what the policy includes, and why it’s important that your employee reads through the policy. Keep it simple, easy to understand and concise.

Ensure you ask your employee to sign to say that they have read and understood the contents of your company vehicle policy, to avoid any future confusion. Review your policy regularly, invite feedback and revise as necessary.
  • ·         Time Ensure your employees take regular breaks between appointments and long drives.
  • ·         Mobile Devices It is against the law for a driver to use a mobile phone or device whilst driving, unless operated through a hands free / bluetooth system.  This offence could result in 3 penalty points and a fine of £100.  Some companies may choose to ban the use of mobile devices whilst driving because of this. 
  • ·         Smoking The company vehicle is classed as an extension of the “workplace” and as such the law prohibits smoking of any kind.  This offence could result in a fine of £200, so your company vehicle policy should have a complete ban of smoking in its vehicles.
  • ·         Driving Licences It goes without saying that any driver who will be using a company vehicle must have a full UK driving licence, but it’s also important to state that they must have the correct category to drive a particular vehicle too (such as a Minibus or Large Van).

    We recommend that you adopt a process of electronic licence verification, at least annually on all drivers, to check for new convictions / ban from driving, to ensure you have valid insurance and that your drivers are operating legally. 
    Concept Vehicle Leasing are able to provide this service as part of our Risk Management proposition.
  • ·         Fines Your policy should also confirm that any changes / endorsements / points or convictions must be reported to your company to ensure your drivers are correctly insured.
  • ·         Risk Assessments & Training Under Health & Safety regulations, it’s vital that you carry out appropriate risk assessments within your business, and this includes driving at work. Concept Vehicle Leasing are able to provide online risk assessments and training at very competitive rates.
  • ·         Alcohol and Drugs It’s worth mentioning in your policy that the operation of a company vehicle whilst under the influence of alcohol (above legal limits) and any non-prescription drugs, or drugs which might otherwise impair their ability to drive, is strictly prohibited.

Employee requirements to include:

It’s important that you are clear about what you expect from employees in terms of the way they look after their company vehicle, to ensure you mitigate associated safety and financial risks. 
  • ·         Tyre Tread Depths Ensuring tyres are safe and legal and tyre pressure is regularly checked.  
  •  ·         Fluids (Oil), Brakes & Lights Ensuring Oil, Fluid Levels and Braking is OK, and all lights are operational.
  • ·         Service & Maintenance It is usually the employee’s responsibility to ensure that a vehicle is serviced in accordance with the recommended service intervals.
  • ·         Weight and Towing Employees must observe vehicle weight limits as stipulated in the vehicle’s handbook, and to observe towing limits.  It might be advisable for you to request that employees seek permission before using a company vehicle for towing due to the potential for increased wear & tear.
  • ·         Fair Wear & Tear Regardless of whether you opt to Lease or Buy your company vehicles, you’ll want to ensure the future resale value is protected.  As such, drivers need to be aware of the requirements to ensure their vehicle is kept in a condition which is a fair reflection of its age and mileage.  Drivers should report any damage, and some policies may ask employees to contribute to minor damage which they have caused to a vehicle, and which falls outside of Fair Wear & Tear guidelines.

Safety Checks and Inspections

It’s worth pointing out that drivers should carry out regular Safety Checks / Inspections and are prepared in advance for any long journey’s – particularly where there might be adverse weather conditions.  Accountability is important here and you may choose to ask the driver to complete a Safety Check form and submit these to you on a regular basis, or you may have a dedicated member of staff who carries out all inspections. 

If you would like a copy of our Driver Safety Checklist Form, please contact Concept on 0800 043 2050.

Charges and Fines

Congestion charges, fines and penalty notices are all potential additional costs to your business, and your employees should have a clear understanding of the company vehicle policy, so as to try and avoid these incidents.

It’s unlikely you’ll want to shoulder the additional expense of paying for parking tickets etc, so most organisations would ask employees to pay for any fines and penalty charges incurred whilst using a company vehicle. Either way, you should have a detailed policy as to who will be responsible for the payment of fines and penalty notices.

Remember – if a vehicle is being shared, such as the use of a pool vehicle – ensure you keep a log, so that you know who to blame if a ticket comes through the post!

Concept vehicle Leasing are experts in small fleet leasing, and we are here to help with any questions you may have about implementing a company vehicle policy for your team. Concept offer an outsourced small fleet leasing service to handle all the complications of running a company vehicle system so that you can focus on what really matters, running your business.

Contact us on 0800 043 2050 to see how we can make company vehicles work for you.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

I think my car is Super, so I should use Super Unleaded petrol…right?

I think my car is Super, so I should use Super Unleaded petrol…right? 

All these fancy petrol ratings at the service centre can be pretty confusing, we have broken down the basics of fuel for you so you can have a better understanding of which one to use and how it works.

First things first, we need to understand what petrol is and where it comes from so:

Petrol (or gasoline) comes from a product known as Petroleum and enhanced with a range of additives. Petroleum in its natural form before processing is referred to as crude oil. On average a 159 litre barrel of Crude oil will create around 72 litres of petrol (gasoline).

Petrol is measured by its octane rating which is a measure of resistance to igniting too early in the combustion stage within the engine and creating a knocking sound (this sound is an unregulated explosion). Many additives are used within petrol to improve chemical stability, control corrosiveness, determine performance and provide a clean fuel system.

Now that we have an idea of what petrol is we need to understand how it makes your engine run.

With a standard 4-cylinder engine, there are 4 cycles needed to create power for your engine to run and provide the driving force created to move a mass of metal along the roads smoothly.
The 4 cycles are Intake, Compression, Power, Exhaust (or as I like to call it Suck, Squeeze, Bang, Blow).

Within the first stage (Intake), the piston is drawn downwards sucking in the air and fuel mixture into the cylinder.

From there the piston moves up and Squeezes the air and fuel mixture (Compression) which makes the mixture more flammable.

At the final stage of the compression stroke a spark plug ignites the fuel and air mixture creating the Power stroke (Bang) and pushes the piston downwards.

On the final upwards stroke, the burnt gasses are Blown out of the cylinder and the cycle restarts again. (these burnt gasses are commonly known as Exhaust fumes)

Now that we have a small understanding on fuel and engine operation let’s look into the difference in types of petrol.

As we mentioned before, petrol (gasoline) is rated on its octane level. The Octane rating is created by finding the average of 2 tests producing a Road Octane Number (RON) which is the value used for advertising on our Petrol (Gasoline) pumps.

From these ratings we can create different types of fuels e.g. Unleaded, Super Unleaded, Mega Ultra Unleaded (the last one is made up but you get the gist). These different fuels will display their RON (Road Octane Number) allowing us to make a choice in which fuel we put in our vehicle.

So with all that knowledge what is the best fuel for your vehicle? Well you would think with all the discussion regarding octane levels the higher is better, however this is not always the case. Remember essentially the octane rating is simply a measure of resistance to igniting and creating a knock (an unregulated explosion) which would mean that the higher the octane level is (Road Octane Number) the least likely the petrol is to create a knock.

So this means you should always chuck in the most expensive and highest octane fuel right? Well that all depends on you. Modern vehicles are equipped with the technology needed to create the best air to fuel ratio for your engine to run smoothly. Obviously all makes and models run differently and use different fuels. As a general rule the more powerful your vehicle, a higher octane fuel will be needed. Your best choice is to use the fuel that your manufacturer recommends and DO NOT go below that fuel. Going below the recommended octane level may cause lack in performance, excess fuel consumption and even faults within the engine causing engine warning lights to illuminate and an appointment with the mechanic needed.

What about all the added performance and cleaning properties of expensive fuel.

Petrol companies will tell you a lot about what their fuel can do to your engine, they will overload you with information and statistics on how it works better. Whether or not you believe it comes down to the power of marketing.

The best thing to do is to test your vehicle on a Super fuel to see if it runs better. A test of at least 3 tanks worth should give you a good indication of whether it is making a difference or not, however a lot of this will come down to your driving style and what type of vehicle you have.  If you don’t notice a difference, then its probably not worth the extra pennies.

In our opinion when it comes to cleanliness the best you can do is stick to the manufacturer recommendations and get your vehicle regularly serviced, like most things, a bit of care can go a long way.

To summarise, use the fuel recommended by your manufacturer for your vehicle (these can sometimes be displayed on the inside of your fuel cap or in the manufacturers manual) You can use a fuel higher than this, but how it affects your vehicle will come down to multiple factors from driving style and vehicle performance so this choice is ultimately yours, but don’t expect more expensive fuel to make you go faster or run smoother. Finally, do not use a fuel that is lower than the recommended Octane level, doing so may cause damage to the engine and your wallet. 

Article by Ben Forman, Concept Vehicle Leasing. 

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

AdBlue... What is it?

AdBlue…..What is it?

AdBlue is a liquid that converts harmful NOx from your diesel vehicle exhaust into harmless nitrogen and steam, therefore considerably reducing the emissions of nitrogen oxides. AdBlue is very easy to use and is a harmless substance. It is not a fuel, nor a fuel additive but a high purity urea solution that must be used in a dedicated tank on your vehicle that should only be refilled as and when required.

Why are diesel vehicle exhaust systems such a big deal?

Diesel engines can be run with a lean burn air to fuel ratio, this is used to ensure that a correct combustion is carried out and to prevent unburnt fuel going out the exhaust. Unfortunately the excess air leads to harmful pollutants from the nitrogen in this excess air.

To reduce these harmful pollutants, a DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) system is used to reduce the amount of harmful pollutants that gets released into the atmosphere. Effectively it is a highly developed filter that catches soot and these harmful pollutants before they reach the atmosphere.

If the DPF filter catches these harmful pollutants, does it eventually get full?

As with all filters or ‘traps’ they will eventually fill and need to be emptied. The DPF does this with a process called ‘regeneration’ or as its also known, a ‘burn off’ where the collected soot is burnt off at an extremely high temperature (400-800 degrees Celsius) to leave only a tiny ash residue.

To achieve this your vehicle will need to be driven in a motorway type scenario for an extended length of time, check manufactures recommendations for specifics. If regular burn offs are not carried out it can lead to blocked filters and added costs if you need to get this cleared.

Interesting, so how does AdBlue work with a diesel vehicle exhaust system?

AdBlue is injected into the exhaust pipeline, it then vaporizes and decomposes to form ammonia and carbon dioxide. This breaks down the soot and harmful pollutants turning them into water and nitrogen (which are both harmless) and then releasing them through the exhaust.

It also reduces the temperature in which the DPF needs to perform its regeneration or burn off effectively extending the lifespan of the component and reducing unnecessary maintenance.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Concept 5 Star Guarantee

Concept 5 Star Guarantee

The Contract Hire and Leasing sector appears to be flourishing in the UK, with the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) recording a 16% increase in total fleet size in 2015 to 4,477.971 vehicles across its membership.

The largest growth area in the marketplace appears to be attributed to a 32% increase in the number of Personal Lease Contracts, as consumer trends seem to be shifting from a sense of ‘ownership’ to ‘user-ship’.

This impressive growth presents a real opportunity for Contract Hire and Leasing companies, but the marketplace is certainly crowded, with the BVRLA recording a massive surge in ‘Leasing Broker’ memberships to nearly 240 at the time of writing.

So in such a competitive marketplace with so many companies to choose from, how do you know who to pick?  How do you know you’re going to get value for money along with a good level of service?

After all, businesses can always ‘talk a good job’, and say that they offer the ‘best service’, but where’s the proof?

Well, at Concept we have put our ‘money where our mouth is’ and launched a new 5 Star Customer Satisfaction Guarantee!

We have based our entire business model on service delivery, with 75% of all our business from repeat and referral customers. But now were going one step further, by offering to send customers a £50 voucher in the event that we fail to keep any of the promises we make.

The new 5 Star Customer Satisfaction Guarantee includes promises designed to re-enforce our approach to business – which is to provide honest and impartial advice, dedicated account management, transparent pricing, a fast response and a high level of personal service.

Building a long-term Customer Relationship is at the core of everything we do, and we’re very proud to have been looking after some of our customers for over a decade now. But for companies and individuals who are new to leasing, there isn't much choice and it can be a bit overwhelming. That’s why we’ve launched our new 5 Star Customer Satisfaction Guarantee – to provide comfort that we’ll look after our customers during every step of their leasing journey. 

The new customer satisfaction guarantee is also aligned well with our rating on independent customer review site Trustpilot which boasts a 5 Star rating.

Every new and existing customer will receive details with every quote, and details can also be found on our website. View our 5 Star Customer Satisfaction Guarantee here: 

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Getting to know your new Diesel Vehicle

Getting to know your new Diesel Vehicle

In the 90’s, diesel engines were considered noisy, slow, brute strength vehicles that were bad for the environment and generally driven by tradesman. Fast forward to today and for the average person it would be hard to tell the difference between a diesel and petrol engine.

Since then, technology has been a blessing, it has provided us with the latest Android phone, the flying drone and many other gadgets that are thrown in our face each and every day. But if I was to ask you what the latest in diesel engine technology was, most people wouldn’t have a clue.

Modern diesel engines have progressed immensely. They have all sorts of new gadgets you probably haven’t heard of, for example; DPF, Common Rail, Start+Stop. But what does it all mean, what is the purpose? Well we are here to fill you in so you can better understand your diesel vehicle.


In vehicles, a start-stop system (may also be referred to a S/S) automatically shuts down and restarts the engine to reduce the amount of time it spends idling, thereby reducing fuel consumption and emissions. This is most advantageous for vehicles which spend significant amounts of time waiting at traffic lights or frequently come to a stop in traffic jams.
Many people believe that this is a modern technology and many sales reps will be stating their vehicles have the ‘latest Start-Stop technology’ well… they are wrong. The Start+Stop system has been developed since the 60’s and tested in vehicles since the 1970’s by Toyota.

Common Rail

Older diesel engines relied on a low-pressure fuel pump to feed injector units but modern engines have removed this technology and replaced it with the common rail system. This works by having a high pressure fuel rail connected to the electronic injectors. The injectors are controlled by the ECU (Electronic Control Unit, aka the cars computer) to release fuel at a specified time. The high pressure and electronic injectors allow the engine to run cleaner and become quieter. This is the reason that modern diesel vehicles can be hard to distinguish from petrol engines, it has also removed the infamous diesel knock. To give you an example of how pressure is used, the system is run on pressures around 18,000 psi+, enough to cut a finger clean off!

DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter)

This is one that can confuse many people but the system is actually quite simple. A diesel particulate filter (or DPF) is a device designed to remove diesel particulate matter or soot from the exhaust gas of a diesel engine.

When the filter has collected a certain amount of soot, the vehicle will carry out a burn off (or regeneration) which removes the captured particles. The burn off process occurs at road speeds higher than can generally be attained on city streets; vehicles driven exclusively at low speeds in city traffic can require periodic trips at higher speeds to clean out the DPF. If you were to ignore the warning light and wait too long to operate the vehicle above 40 miles per hour (64 km/h), the DPF may not operate properly, and continued operation may damage the DPF to a point that it must be replaced.

This is extremely important with any lease vehicle as damage occurred to the DPF from ignoring burn off warnings will not be covered by warranty or any maintenance agreement. Meaning that the driver could be up for a bill of around £1500! And that is just for the DPF unit itself!

With reading this you may be thinking, why am I getting a diesel then? 

Well we could talk about the many benefits of diesel engines, from lower Co2 to greater mpg (miles per gallon) and if you are running a business diesels are often better tax wise. At the end of the day, the decision comes down to you. If you are more inclined to do start stop city driving and have no intention of a weekly long trip, then a petrol or electric vehicle may be for you, however if you are more inclined to do the odd long drive and get out and about in the weekends with your vehicle, then a diesel engine may be just what you need.

In any case feel free to call the team at Concept Vehicle Leasing and they will be happy to answer any question you have regarding vehicle leasing.

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