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Monday, 26 January 2015

Weekly Checks on Your Vehicle

To ensure your newly leased vehicle achieves its optimum performance, fuel efficiency and safety, you should try to create a weekly routine of checking these three key areas.

Tyre Pressure

Make sure you know what the recommended PSI should be for your vehicle and then check the pressure weekly, so that it stays at this level. If the tyre pressure is too low, this causes more drag, which leads to higher fuel consumption. 

Tyre Tread

This is hugely important for safety, you should always check the tread of the tyre and ensure it at least meets the minimum requirements. You should also look to see if your tyres are wearing evenly and, if not, get the tracking checked. Finally, check the tyres for any nails or other damage which could be causing you a slow puncture.

Clean Your Vehicle

You may think that washing your vehicle’s exterior and cleaning the inside, is purely for cosmetic purposes. However, this is far from the truth. Allowing pollen and dust to build up can block your air filter or damage electronics. So clean your vehicle weekly if possible.

We hope, with these tips, your car will be running at 100% performance and safety. Are there any more tips you would like to share with us?

Friday, 23 January 2015

How Van Leasing Can Help Your Business

Business owners have a lot to coordinate in their day to day life in order to keep their business running. 

With so much to monitor, why not make life easier by leasing a van?

Here at Concept Vehicle Leasing, we believe that leasing a van can take the hassle out of buying and owning a van, as well as being financially beneficial for the business itself. Here are our top 6 reasons to lease a van.

1.    Choose a financial solution to suit your business needs.

We provide several different financial solutions to suit your requirements, ensuring that your van lease is flexible according to the specific needs of your business.

You take on the van for a fixed period of time and simply return the vehicle back to the leasing company at the end of the fixed term.

You take on the van for a fixed period of time and then decide to either continue leasing the van or sell it on to a third party.

You purchase the van with fixed monthly repayments. At the end of the agreement, you can either keep the vehicle or return it.

2.    Your cash is not tied up in a depreciating asset.

Over time, the value of a van will decrease. Leasing a van is a great way to save your business money in the long term as it will not be left with a large financial hit for a depreciating asset. Van leasing also ensures you save money on maintenance costs throughout your lease term.

3.    Our van leasing team can help you with any specialist requirements your van may need.

Depending on the nature of your business, you may need to lease a van with specialist requirements. We can provide you with specialist vehicles to suit the needs of your business. Whether you need to lease a refrigerated van or you need a Luton box conversion, our team are here to help.

4.    Our van leasing team can help with customising your van with accessories to fit your businesses brand.

When you lease a van with us, we are there to help you customise your van to reflect your businesses brand guidelines. We can help source racking, beacons and even sign writing where required.

5.    Free essential accident assist.

If you get into an accident that was not your fault, we provide a free essential accident assist service to help you. We have a driver helpline open 24 hours a day which will assist you in the process of getting a replacement vehicle, considering the accident was not your fault. 

6.    Van leasing makes budgeting a lot easier.

Paying a fixed monthly cost for your van lease makes it a lot easier for your business when it comes to budgeting. You know exactly what is coming out and when. These fixed monthly payments will free up vital capital by lowering your business outgoings as you only need to pay a low initial outlay, typically 3 months in advance.

To find out more about our van leasing deals, click here.

Alternatively, if you would like to contact us to discuss your specific needs, please fill in an online enquiry form or find our contact details here.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

10 Ways To A More Efficient Fleet

Whether you have a vehicle fleet at your disposal or are embarking upon starting your own operation, then it’s likely that you’re well aware of the expenses that can be incurred by the fleet. At Concept Vehicle Leasing we want to help and that’s why we’ve put together a guide outlining 10 ways to a more efficient vehicle fleet.

Reduce Fuel Costs

Fuel cost is a universal hurdle to overcome in attaining an efficient vehicle fleet.

Some fleet managers may cut back on the amount of vehicles used in the hope of running a tighter operation but at the same time this may potentially stunt the long-term growth of your business.

We certainly don’t want you to take that course of action but instead take a more methodical approach.

We suggest that you remain aware of potential fuel price fluctuations and keep a proactive fuel management program in place at all times.

Additionally, you should strive to incorporate fuel-efficient technologies, weight reduction of your vehicles and add additional transmission gears for optimum fuel efficiency.

Use the Tax Laws to Your Advantage

Vehicles with the lowest CO2 emissions get the benefit of tax breaks; therefore, it’s important you have an associate that understands the tax laws inside and out and can predict the future in this particular field.

Currently, the pertinent authorities utilise vehicle excise duty, company car benefit-in-kind tax and capital allowances as a means to incentivise organisations to operate lower emission vehicles.

Moreover, it’s worth conducting an analysis to see how a particular vehicle will be affected a few years into its duty.

Reduce Lifecycle Costs

It’s been common practice for fleet managers to excessively operate vehicles far past their optimum economic life.

Naturally, fleet managers may think that prolonging the usage of fleet vehicles is a sound strategy to reduce the overall fleet budget. However, this often results in significant maintenance costs and increased fuel costs as the vehicles mileage decreases fuel economy.

In fact, optimising replacement cycles by utilising economic-based replacement planning tools often proves to be an efficient long-term strategy that can save you money in the long run.

So get underway and start thinking ahead!

Assess the Way You Buy and Sell Vehicles

Most organisations that haven’t accessed the way it purchases and sells vehicles for a while could have the potential to save money.

We suggest investigating the manufacturers you work with in order to see whether you can gain any further discount that may be available.

If you need support you should seek out a specialist fleet management organisation to ensure you secure the best deals.

Could a Grey Fleet be Costing You More Than You Thought?

Since grey fleet drivers drive their own cars it can be often difficult to manage vehicle maintenance and gain accurate mileage for various reasons as well as factoring in approved mileage allowance.

Additionally, you need to consider duty of care legislation, where the company will be responsible for grey fleet drivers if an accident occurs.

Unless your drivers drive short distances, it may be worth looking at questioning the efficiency of employing a grey fleet model; you could save a significant amount of money.

Don’t be a Scrooge but be Sensible

When it comes to drivers deciding on their next company car most want a variety to choose from; however, with choice, quite often comes cost.

By instilling a sensible business strategy that limits the choice of vehicle availability, you could be well on your way to a resourceful vehicle fleet.

In fact, GE Capital UK has calculated that by removing choice altogether by adopting just one "job need" car and one management model, it would be possible to save £300,000 based on a 500-vehicle fleet covering an average 10,000 business miles a year.

To Buy or Not to Buy, That is the Question

A decision that often leads to fleet managers banging their heads against a wall numerous times but a decision that needs to be made none the less.

Should the vehicles be leased, purchased or hired outright? Many businesses make the decision based on what they’ve previously done; however, with changing external factors such as taxation and duty of care to take into account it’s vital to explore all possible options in great detail.

As a result, it’s recommended to consult with a specialist fleet management organisation to ensure you make the right decision in securing a competent and effective vehicle fleet operation and that’s where we can step in…

At Concept Vehicle leasing, we understand the current and changing climate and our award winning team will create a truly bespoke solution to your quandary, ensuring that it meets all of your needs as a stakeholder in the vehicle fleet industry.

Are you getting the Best Service, Maintenance and Repair deals 

The majority of vehicle leasing contracts come with service agreements and although unexpected charges are unlikely to occur it may be worth exploring alternatives methods of managing and paying for these needs.

One such idea is pay-as-you-go deals. As the name suggests, you only pay for what you need when you require it and with the improved reliability of modern vehicles, longer warranties and more, it’s a viable and appealing option that is becoming increasingly popular. Why not find out more by reading about our Serviceplan on Demand option.

Telematics Can be your Best Friend

An important addition to any organisation with a fleet, fleet telematics allow an organisation to run their vehicle fleets to the optimum efficiency.

Essentially, telematics refers to the integration of telecommunication and information processing systems that gather and then make sense of data concerning the way that vehicles are used such as an analysis of CO2 emission.

Additionally, telematics provides information that ensures that fleet vehicles are maintained to requisite standards.

Put simply, Fleet Telematics provides a proven method of improving efficiency, reducing cost and environmental impact, and maintaining a safe and productive fleet. Telematics truly is your best friend.

Use the Right Software

Once you’ve devised a comprehensive fleet policy, it’s important to ensure you stick by it.
While spreadsheets have their place they shouldn’t be used as the main software tool to manage your fleet.

Instead, invest in specialist fleet management software, which has been around long enough to increase fleet efficiency by providing highly sophisticated solutions to problems that arise.

You can also integrate route-planning software, which can also help to reduce mileage and bring costs down even more.
With the right software you’ll keep ahead of the pack and stick by your fleet policy.

Monday, 19 January 2015

3 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Skoda

At Concept we have a Superb Special on a Skoda Octavia 2.0 TDi CR Elegance 5-Door Hatchback which is available to lease for only £199.49 + VAT p/m, here are some little known facts about the brand.

1. Skoda won their class in the RAC Rally for 17 years in a row using the 130LR Estelle, which was powered by a 130bhp, 1289cc engine.

2. The Skoda company began with two blokes, Laurin and Klement. Laurin wanted to begin a bike business because a German company was rude to him and wouldn’t fix his bike. They started making those, then motorbikes, then cars.

3. Bertone, the same styling house that designed the Lamborghini Miura and Countach also designed the Skoda Favorit – presumably in their lunch hour.

Friday, 16 January 2015

Top 5 Favourite Footballer Cars

It’s no secret that footballers and cars are a match made in heaven. The huge wage packets and the celebrity lifestyle mean that an amazing car isn’t far behind.

We have long been obsessed by celebrities and their lives. We aspire to their level. The cars they drive are a big part of that. It’s no surprise that the top footballer cars follow a trend. Your average footballer doesn’t stray far away from the SUV or the supercar. They may start off with a humble Hyundai or Toyota but they soon have a Ferrari on the drive. Here are the most popular footballer cars.

#1 Ferrari 458

The Ferrari 458 is the King of Superstars. Beautifully designed. It mixes elegance with sheer power and ferocity. You’ll find the Ferrari 458 in the garages of Frank Lampard, Nani and Theo Walcott among others. The Ferrari 458 Convertible Spider 2-Door Auto could be in your garage for a mere £2,818.99+VAT p/m!

#2 Range Rover Sport

The Range Rover Sport is simply the best 4X4 on the market. Many footballers use the Range Rover as their first car, their family car. They need something to drive down the country lanes to their mansions. The SUV is always a popular choice. Aside from the Range Rover, you’ll often spot footballers in the Porsche Cayenne or Audi Q7. Lease the Land Rover Range Rover Sport 3.0 SDV6 HSE Auto for just £667.99+VAT p/m! Which I think you will agree, is a great offer!

#3 Aston Martin DB9

The original footballer’s car is still as popular as ever. The classic British Sports car is the first choice for many English footballers. It was considered to the most beautiful car ever designed. Its drivers included Peter Crouch and Fernando Torres. The association with James Bond probably didn’t hurt either. Pick up your Aston Martin DB9 Coupe V12 2Dr Touchtronic Auto for just £2,066.99+VAT p/m. Bargain!

#4 Bentley Continental

This is the car of choice for true luxury. The perfect gentleman's car. It exudes success, power & money. Wayne Rooney & David Silva regularly get behind the wheel of a Bentley. Grab a slice of the high life with the Bentley Continental GT Coupe 4.0 V8 2Dr Auto for £1,849.99+VAT p/m

#5 Lamborghini Gallardo

The Lamborghini is another supercar that regularly finds itself at football training grounds. The iconic design is favoured the world over. You’ll find the Gallardo in the driveway of many a proud Italian footballer. With each car named after a bull that maimed its matador, it is truly fierce car to own.

The Lambo Hurracan is equally as enchanting and for a measly £2,691.99+VAT p/m you could be the proud driver of the Lamborghini Hurracan Coupe LP 610-4 2Dr Coupe LDF

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Fantastic News! The £1 Fuel Barrier Has Been Broken In The Midlands!

It has finally happened, the moment we have all been waiting for. We knew petrol prices were dropping significantly but now we have the first petrol station in five years to sell petrol for less than £1.

In the West Midlands three garages have cut their prices to 99.7p. 

An independent petrol station known as Harvest Energy has knocked 6p off of the price of his petrol today stating he was fed up with the supermarkets cheating customers with rip off costs. 

As expected more stations are to follow over the next coming weeks as oil prices continue to fall.

How far do you think they will fall? 

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Differences between the Fiat 500 & Abarth 500

At Concept, we are delighted to share a very special deal on the Racing Inspired Abarth 500 with you all! The 1.4 16V T-Jet 3-Door Hot Hatch is available to lease for only £216.99 + VAT p/m but what are main differences between the Fiat and the Abarth?

In general, the Abarth is much sportier. The biggest difference from a performance standpoint is that the Abarth comes with a bigger engine (60 Bhp more).

The Abarth features a low-ride suspension (.12in from the standard 500) which gives it a more road-hugging look. In addition, the car is longer from front to end. This extra length helps to elongate the vehicle, making it look a bit sportier and less round. 

The Abarth also has a sportier bumper, a rear spoiler and twin sports exhausts. A Scorpion logo is printed above the silencer, just as on the historical Abarth exhausts. Sports alloys are available in either 16in or 17in.

The Sports steering wheel, wrapped in leather, is three-spoked and incorporates molded thumb grips and a flat base to increase passenger leg room and space for seat adjustment. 
The gear knob is also leather trimmed and has a more ergonomic form for good grip during aggressive shifting. 

The pedals have been switched out from the standard Fiat 500 to ones made out of aluminium with rubber inserts. Another staple of sports car models, sport seats, have been added to the Fiat 500 Abarth. This vehicle produces only 155 g/km emissions, achieving 43 MPG.

Monday, 12 January 2015

Mercedes – Three things you probably didn’t know

Even people with limited knowledge of cars know two things about Mercedes – they’re German and they’re high quality. 

These on the other hand are three little known facts about Mercedes-Benz that you probably didn’t know.

In 1936 Mercedes-Benz made the first Diesel Passenger car: The 260D

The Massage Function in the S-Class was designed to mimic a Hot Stone Massage. Just what you need when stuck in Monday morning rush hour.

Land, sea and air are represented in the Iconic Mercedes 3-Star emblem.

At Concept Vehicle Leasing we can offer great rates on all Mercedes-Benz models, from C-Class to Viano, contact us today for all your car leasing needs and experience the thrill of driving a fantastic car, with a ton of history.

Friday, 9 January 2015

Top Ten 7-Seater Company Cars

If you have a family then it’s often more practical to have a 7-Seater as a family car. Choosing one as a company car could leave you exposed to high Benefit in Kind tax bills. Here are our 10 best 7 Seater Cars available to lease that will give you the most for your money.

1)      Toyota Prius+

Hybrid technology gives the Prius+ a significant BiK tax advantage over other seven-seater models. The Prius+ is longer, wider and taller, and uses a more compact Lithium-ion battery pack between the front seats to accommodate a third row of seats, and can run on its Electric motor alone at low speeds for short distances. The Prius+ also comes with a generous standard equipment list such as Bluetooth, Toyota Colour Touchscreen Satellite Navigation and Alloys.

2)      Peugeot 5008
Peugeot’s 5008 is one of the most fuel-efficient seven-seat people carriers, and good fuel efficiency translates into low CO2 emissions, which is good news for BiK tax liability. The 1.6-litre e-HDi Diesel comes with additional fuel-saving technology over the standard 1.6 HDi, the 115 PS 5008 also comes with an Electronic Sequential gearbox to optimise driving for fuel economy.

3)      Renault Grand Scenic
The Scenic is the car that defined the Compact People Carrier sector back in 1996, and a seven-seat Grand Scenic has been available since the second-generation model. Now in its third generation and with continuous improvements, the 130 Bhp Grand Scenic 1.6 dCi seems to provide a good balance of performance, fuel economy and low BIK tax liability. The Dynamique TomTom is a well-equipped with Bluetooth, Sat Nav and a Reversing Camera.      

The Touran might not be the most exciting car in this collection, nor is it the cleverest or most practical but thanks to the desirability of the Volkswagen brand; it is one of the cheapest seven-seaters to run on a fleet. Volkswagen knows what’s important to company car drivers, too, and this 1.6 Diesel Touran provides low BiK tax bills as well as low running costs.

5)      Vauxhall Zafira

The Vauxhall Zafira was one of the newest seven-seater MPVs on the market and Vauxhall claimed to have invented the seven-seat format for the compact people carrier with the original Zafira. The Zafira Tourer is the third-generation model and is one of the most practical and competent cars in its class. Choosing the Ecoflex diesel Tech Line results in low company car tax with an extensive standard Spec list.

6)      Nissan Qashqai+2

The Nissan Qashqai started life as a 5-Seat crossover but around 18 months after its launch an elongated version was unveiled, with a couple of extra seats creating a third row. The Qashqai has become one of the most popular cars in the UK, and the Qashqai+2 has the advantage of not looking like a people carrier, for those who would rather not have the traditional MPV shape.

7)      Citroen C4 Grand Picasso

The Grand Picasso is now one of the oldest cars in this sector but it’s still pretty competent when it comes to company car tax. It is the largest Citroen model to wear the Picasso badge and it offers among the lowest CO2 emissions for diesel seven-seaters.

8)      Ford Grand C-MAX

Ford’s popular C-Max has been available as a 7-Seater Grand C-MAX since the current version was launched, joining the S-MAX and Galaxy in the Ford line-up of people carriers with three rows of seats. Although the compact Grand C-MAX, derived from the same platform as the Ford Focus, might not have the interior space of the larger Ford models, it’s the most tax efficient because of its lower P11D price and CO2 emissions.

9)      Chevrolet Orlando

The Orlando is similar to the Vauxhall Zafira but has a chunkier and less sophisticated look, and while its engines might not have the same level of efficiency, low P11D prices help make it more affordable.

10)   Mazda 5

Although Diesel engines offer the lowest CO2 emissions and are usually the best models to choose for low company car tax, it’s actually one of the mid-range petrol Mazda5 variants that give drivers the lowest BIK tax bills in the range. The 150 PS 2.0-litre Petrol results in BiK tax bills a few pounds a year lower than the more economical 1.6-litre diesel.

No matter which car you choose for your fleet, Concept Vehicle Leasing are here to help you every step of the way. All makes and models are available, and we also offer Fleet Management and Service plans to alleviate the stress from running a fleet.

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Lost Car Accessories

New cars these days no longer come as standard with a Spare tyre, with manufacturers opting towards the use of a Tyre Inflation kit in its replacement, here some other things New Car Manufacturers have dropped along the way.

The Choke

‘Pulling the choke’ probably means nothing to someone under 30, however, it wasn’t that long ago that cars came with a little lever that, when pulled, basically fed a free flow of fuel into the engine when the engine started. Fuel injection has pretty much killed the choke, and with it taken all the tension and excitement out of starting a car on a cold morning. Shame. 

Ashtrays and Cigarette lighter

The trend for frowning upon people that smoke in public places has seen the once ubiquitous car ashtray and cigarette lighter re-branded as the ‘oddments compartment’ and ‘charging socket’ respectively. So, now you have somewhere to both charge and store your e-cigarette. 

Twist-to-open key

Only base model cars use traditional keys now. Most use a central locking receiver. More use Keyless Go, so you can just walk up to the car, get in and go without having to take your keys from your pocket. While all the keyless stuff is clever it's really difficult to check your car is actually locked when you walk away from it...

Cassette deck

The compact disc left the tape pretty much in its wake over a decade ago, yet manufacturers still choose to install tape decks. Now you've got to be pretty hard-pressed to find a tape deck in a new car. With the advent of MP3 and USB, it won't be long till you have to work quite hard to find a CD player.

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