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Wednesday, 29 October 2014

10 Top Tips For Keeping Your Car Clean

So you have just leased the car of your dreams and you want it to stay in tip-top shiny condition so when you are driving down the road you turn heads for the right reasons! Autumn can be a particularly bad time for keeping your car clean, what with all those pesky leaves, so follow our tips to keep your car fresh inside and out.





Keeping Your Car Clean and Sparkling on the Outside.

1. Wash the Car....Yourself.

Yes, it might be a nuisance but nothing beats a manual car wash for removing excess dirt and grime, you will also save money by doing it yourself and it will entitle you great sense of achievement when it is done.

2. Hose it down.

It's vital to hose off the vehicle before you start to clean otherwise you are just spreading the dirt around your car.

3. Wash one half first.

Starting from the top, wash one half of the car first, so that you can rinse it off before it dries to avoid streaks.

4. Protect and Polish.

Polishing the car will help it keep that sparkling look for longer. Not only will it protect the car from tree sap but also bird droppings and those annoying dead insects that seem to gather on the front. So it's worth spending some time and money on a decent polishing kit or buy a Car shampoo with a wax formula in to save time.

5. Clean Your Windows.

Using a glass cleaner will not only bring your windows up to a shine but will also help to remove any fine scratches, help prevent streaks and cut down on glare from the sun.

Tips on Keeping Your Car Clean on the Inside.

1. Get a Car Bin

Even if you just hang plastic bags from the back of the seats it encourages passengers, i.e. children, to put their rubbish in the conveniently placed bin rather than dropping it on the floor. Just don't forget to empty the bins every now and then.

2. Don't Eat in the Car

Stop somewhere if you have to, otherwise you'll find squashed food items everywhere plus food will stink the car out.

3. Take it out

Make it a rule that every time you get out of the car you take an item of rubbish or clutter out with you.

4. Clean it Now not Later

What do you do if you spill red wine on your carpet? You clean it straight away, so start doing that with your car or that stain will quickly become a permanent feature.

5. Freshen Up

A clean car smells clean and the best way to achieve this is with fabric fresheners not those artificial car smellies.

Make washing your car a part of your routine and soon you won’t see it as a chore, and if you do it little and often it will guarantee that it doesn’t become a mammoth task.

At Concept we have all makes and models available, take advantage of our Special Offers and lease the car of your dreams, and with these tips, ensure that it doesn’t become a nightmare!



Monday, 27 October 2014

YOUR GUIDE TO THE NEW BMW 2-SERIES ACTIVE TOURER

The brand new BMW 2-Series combines sporty design with practicality which makes it great for both business and pleasure. A great range of extras, making it fully customisable, ensuring you’re able to inject your personality or business brand into the car. With three models available, Sport, Luxury or M Sport, you are sure to find the perfect BMW which suits your every requirement.

The new BMW, not only has Split folding rear seats and a folding floor, meaning generous luggage space, it has impressively low CO2 Emissions, starting at 109g/km meaning 17% BIK (2014/15). All models come with Two zone Automatic Air-conditioning as standard to guarantee the utmost comfort for both driver and passengers.

Enhance the 2-Series’ already sporty exterior by selecting the Sport model, with its 17in Light alloys, and unique High Gloss Black Air inlets, Sport seats with model-specific Race cloth upholstery with contrasting stitching, and detailing in Pearl Chrome on the glove compartment and air vents in the interior increase the Sports theme even more.

The Luxury model adds an additional touch of elegance with its high quality equipment. High Gloss Chrome, Fineline Stream wood and Dakota leather are used in abundance, exuding sophistication and comfort. Imagine pulling up to an important event in this!

The M Sport model benefits from M Sport Suspension and exclusive 18in M Sport alloys, a Dynamic Chassis and M Aerodynamics exterior, it also offers Individual colours for both exterior and interior.

The new 2-Series has a Long Wheel Base and High roof line, which creates a spacious and comfortable cabin.

At Concept Vehicle Leasing we have the BMW 2-Series available to lease from only *£269.49 + VAT p/m, enquire today to find your perfect match!
 
*Price based on a BMW 218 D SE Active Tourer 5-Door 4 Year Contract. Terms and Conditions apply. 

Monday, 20 October 2014

Concept plans for growth with new Head of Marketing


Surrey based leasing and fleet management firm, Concept Vehicle Leasing, have appointed Criena L Davies as their new Head of Marketing.

Criena, who is passionate about all things car and automotive, joins the Concept team having spent seven years as Advertising and Social Media Manager within the automotive retail / dealer sector.

“Throughout the interview process, I was instantly made to feel welcome and at ease, and after a few days of being here, I really feel like I am going to enjoy my new role”, comments Criena.

“Concept seems to really value and appreciate their staff, a real plus point for me, the team seems really close and communication is great, I can see why Concept is so successful.”

Criena will assume responsibility for all marketing channels for Concept, including a proposed refresh of the Concept brand planned for 2015.  It’s all part of a wider growth strategy, and Criena is one of three new additions planned to expand the Concept team before the end of the year.



“Customer Experience” vital to Concept’s success at Small Fleet Leasing Awards

Concept Vehicle Leasing has a proven track record for success at various high profile business awards – most recently having been “Highly Commended in the London Business Awards 2014 in categories for Best Small Business and Best Business for Customer Service.

Looking back through the leasing and fleet management firms awards history, there has been one clear theme – and that’s delivering a truly excellent Customer Experience – and now for the second time in as many years, Concept are up for the Best Business for Customer Excellence award in the 2014 Small Fleet Leasing awards run by BusinessCarManager.co.uk and Business Vans.
This year’s Small Fleet Leasing Awards were tougher than ever, with 55 entries across seven categories, with a total of 13 businesses having entered the competitive category for Customer Service – and Concept are one of just 4 companies to have been shortlisted.

Paul Bulloch - Concept
and Ralph Morton -
BusinessCarManager (Right)
at the 2013 Awards.
“Having been one of the very first winners of the Small Fleet Leasing Awards, I’m thrilled to have been shortlisted for a second year running” comments Paul Bulloch, Managing Director at Concept.
“I know that all of the companies picked for the shortlist are businesses who deliver a fantastic level of service, so I think we’ve got some tough competition – and we can’t wait to find out the result”.
The Small Fleet Leasing Awards are judged by key industry figures, including representatives from LEX Autolease, Alphabet and Arval.  The winners will be announced at an awards luncheon on 23rd October 2014.  Wish us luck!

Concept Vehicle Leasing Awards

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

LEAKED PHOTO - The new Fiat 500X!

Here is a rather official looking image of the new and upcoming Fiat 500X SUV, which were leaked online recently, ahead of the official debut at next months Paris Motor Show. 
From what we can see, there is a resemblance to the popular Fiat 500, which includes a nice chrome bar-mounted badge, rounded headlights and matching fog lights. However this isn’t just a beefed up supermini, evident by the longer, flatter bonnet, rugged body cladding and gaping lower grille. 
As you can imagine, Fiat are not giving too much away just yet but what we do know is the 500X will be built alongside (and share underpinnings with) the Jeep Renegade, with both using the ‘Small Wide’ platform found on the current Fiat 500L.
Contact Concept Vehicle leasing for all your Fiat needs, call us on 0800 043 2050 and visit our vehicle leasing website

Monday, 15 September 2014

The New 2014 Ford S-MAX 7-Seater has been revealed!

A New Seven Seater 2014 Ford S-MAX has been revealed ahead of its Paris Motor Show debut
Ford has revealed their brand new seven-seat S-MAX. The new face-lift version now features updates to engines variants and comes complete with premium features, a sportier design, chrome trapezoidal grille and sculpted headlights.
It will be the same size as the current Ford S-MAX, however it now boasts more practical features including power-folding seats for rows two and three, new airbags placed in the back rows of the car and a hands-free tailgate - allowing owners to wave their foot underneath the bumper to open the boot.
Safety has been boosted thanks to an increase in technology, including a new-generation active parking system, which can now drive in to perpendicular and parallel parking spots. This system can also help with reversing back out again by warning the driver of any crossing traffic. Other helpful safety options include: lane-keeping assist, blind spot monitoring and automatic braking.

We will need to wait until 2015 for the vehicle but by the sounds of it, it will be well worth the wait! 
For all your Ford requirements contact us today on 0800 043 2050 and visit our vehicle leasing website

Friday, 12 September 2014

REMINDER - The new Tax disc system and what you NEED to know!

Did you know the tax disc was first introduced in 1921? Well they were! Did you also know that on the 1st of October 2014 the tax disc will cease to exist in its current paper form, with a new styled electronic system replacing it. 
Under the new rules, which were announced in the Autumn of last year, vehicle owners will now have to register their car online in order to pay their road tax. The process is simple and involves using your Direct Debit on the DVLA website or by physically visiting a Post Office branch.
As the process of the tax disc changes so do the ways in which drivers can be caught out for not having paid tax. Now drivers can be caught out through number recognition cameras, which will track all vehicles on the road. This makes for a much more effective and efficient way of checking which vehicles are taxed (or not) and will ensure all drivers conform to the law. 
Those who don't register for the tax, will be caught out by number plate recognition cameras which track each vehicle on the road.
As you can imagine, the change will largely affect those buying or selling a used vehicle, as anyone who gets a used vehicle will no longer benefit if there are any months left on the tax disc as it will no longer be transferred with the car. Buyers will now need to renew their tax disc right away. 
The responsibility is not just with the buyer but the seller also. The seller of the old car will now need to inform the DVLA of the change of ownership, or face the possibility of a £1,000 fine. Vehicle sellers will get an automatic refund for any full calendar months left on the vehicle tax.
Make sure you are aware of the changes and inform other drivers you are associated with to ensure all drivers are informed of the new changes which lie ahead. 
Of course if you lease a vehicle with Concept Vehicle Leasing on Contract Hire, road tax will be included for the full duration of your contract - so you won't need to worry about the new regime.
If you would like to find out more about the benefits of Contract Hire, then call our experienced team today on 03331 50 2050 today.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

CONFIRMED! The sub- £7k Vauxhall Viva

Recently Concept Vehicle Leasing brought the news that the Vauxhall 'Viva' name was set to return to the UK for the first time in 35 years!  
It has been confirmed that the Viva will be released as a new sub-£7,000 city car and here is the first teaser image that Vauxhall have revealed. It is likely that Vauxhall Viva will be officially unveiled at the March 2015’s Geneva Motor Show. We look forward to finding out more details soon.
While the Vauxhall Adam is primarily focused on excellent style and design, the Viva will have a focus on space and comfort and will boast soft suspension and a refined, well packaged cabin.
Keep an eye on our Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages for more news as and when we get it. 
**Come to Concept Vehicle Leasing for all your Vauxhall needs**

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Currently Leasing? You MUST read this!

Inspect and Repair

What Is It?


Whether you currently own or lease your vehicle(s), you'll know that when it comes to disposal or return, any damage can have a significant impact on the resale (residual) value.
However, by proactively inspecting and repairing a vehicle prior to disposal or return, you can protect you and your business from unnecessary or unexpected cost and administrative burden.
Inspect and Repair from Concept Vehicle Leasing provides a simple and efficient way of inspecting vehicles to Fair Wear & Tear standards, with any repairs carried out at a fixed cost.


How Does It Work?


The process for using our Inspect and Repair service is simple.

Initial inspections can be arranged by contacting our Customer Services team who will arrange an appointment for our agent to attend your premises and carry out a full BVRLA Fair Wear & Tear inspection.

If any damage is found which falls outside of BVRLA standards, we'll provide a fixed cost estimate for your approval. Then if required, we'll arrange for the vehicle to be uplifted, repaired and delivered back to you or the leasing company.

Key Features

  • Inspection - we'll quickly arrange for a vehicle inspection to be carried out by a trained agent, to BVRLA Fair Wear & Tear standards.
  • Cost Effective - estimates for repair are provided in advance with all repair costs fixed regardless of time taken.
  • Transparent - all work carried out in a transparent way with digital imaging available.
  • Refurbish - combination of SMART repair and bodyshop repair available to help minimise cost.
  • Technology - all work is carried out using the very latest technology and to the highest possible standard.
  • Service - with Concept we'll deliver value along with service excellence.
Why Concept Vehicle Leasing?

  • Established, Experienced Leasing Provider with a reputation for impartial advice and Service Excellence.
  • All Makes & Models (Cars and Commercials)
  • Direct funding from major Banks and Leasing Companies, assuring you of the Best rates.
  • Dedicated Account Management.
  • UK Nationwide Service Provision.
  • BVRLA Accredited Member.

Friday, 5 September 2014

Company Car Choice of the Day - Lexus IS300h SE 4dr Saloon

There are a few things each company car could really benefit from having; Zero/ low emissions, an Automatic gearbox (obviously drivers preference but does make for a smoother driver with less effort required), Air-conditioning and good Fuel economy. These small points make for a more luxurious drive and offer some great money saving benefits. 

One such vehicle that offers the above, is the superb Lexus IS300h SE 4dr Saloon CVT Auto. Now available from only £329.49 +VAT (£395.39 inc VAT) p/m over 48m.  

Economy and Potential Savings
The IS300h features Lexus Hybrid Drive powertrain, enabling a fuel economy as strong as 65.7 MPG and emissions as low as 99g/km CO2. The hybrid drivetrain ensures maintenance costs are low, meaning savings for the driver/ company in the long run. 
There is no clutch on this vehicle; the Alternator and Starter motor have been integrated into the hybrid system, eliminating the need for servicing or replacement of these items during the vehicle’s lifetime. Instead of a Timing belt the IS300h uses a maintenance-free Timing chain. All of this, again, leads to reduced maintenance costs, saving you money. 
Another thing that will save you money through the Lexus' Hybrid Drive is a reduction in brake and tyre wear. This is due to the system’s regenerative braking which delivers the initial braking force, reducing the wear on pads and discs dramatically.
The tyre pressure on the IS is 20% higher, helping to reduce shoulder wear while weight distribution is balanced, meaning less wear on the front tyre treads.
Thanks to a sub 100g/km CO2 emissions the IS300h now has low BiK charges and no annual Road tax to be paid, which is brilliant. Also low benefit-in-kind company car tax rates mean a 40% tax payer will pay around £923 a year less than the driver of a new Audi A4 for example, over the first three years of their ownership. Not to mention savings in fuel, insurance and repairs. 
Performance 

Economy is fantastic and this really is an important factor for considering this vehicle. 
A four-cylinder 2.5-litre engine with an electric motor means it lacks the strong mid-range torque of turbocharged four-cylinder. This results in a slow feel unless you are heavy on the accelerator. 

Ride and Handling 

The IS300h gets conventional springs and dampers as a factory fit, helping to resists body roll and generally offers an overall comfortable ride. 

Quality and Reliability 

The first thing you will notice is the cabin and its materials look less than appealing, however it is still a well put together interior. Overall Lexus have managed to be consistent when it comes to customer satisfaction, so based on experience you shouldn’t need to make any unscheduled trips to the dealer, which is a bonus! 

Safety and Security

The IS300h has eight airbags, Stability Control and a safety bonnet, which pops up in the event of a collision with a pedestrian, which helps to cushion the impact and reduce injury. 
The Range-topping Premier models will also warn drivers if there is a vehicle in the blind spot, which is a brilliant feature. 

Equipment

Dual-zone Climate control, Cruise control, Bluetooth and a Digital radio are all present as well as having lower CO2 emissions than competitors.

Order your BRAND NEW Lexus IS300h SE from Concept Vehicle Leasing today by calling us on 0800 043 2050 and visit our Vehicle leasing website

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