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Friday, 19 December 2014

Car Leasing in London: Why does it make sense?

So you live in London, you drive and you want a new car. But you work hard for your money and you’re therefore keen to ensure that you get the most out of it, presenting the great debate: “I live in London and I use a car, should I lease or should I buy?”

There are arguments for both leasing and buying but at Concept Vehicle Leasing we think a leasing contract provides a number of financial benefits, and it provides convenience as well as peace of mind to make both your driving and owning experience easier.

·         Avoid Depreciation Costs

If you lease your vehicle then you will avoid any unnecessary depreciation costs. It is estimated that many new cars lose over half their initial value after the first three years of ownership.  The drop in value varies depending on the make and model but typically it’s expected to be between 15 – 35%.

·         Low Monthly Payments

By leasing a vehicle you can take advantage of splitting the cost of the vehicle between manageable monthly payments. This is ideal if you have a guaranteed monthly income but would struggle to find the initial capital to purchase a new vehicle outright.

·         No Huge Initial Outlay

London is an expensive place to live and everyone knows that buying a car can be expensive but when leasing a vehicle it doesn’t have to be. The financial commitments of leasing a car are not the same as they are when buying a car outright, meaning you’ll have more money safely in your bank at the point of sale.

·         Fixed Priced Motoring

Leasing is a great way for someone to have the car that they have always wanted at a fixed price, making luxury vehicles more accessible when previously they may have been out of your price range.

·         Additional Leasing Benefits

Many lease offers come with additional benefits such as including Road Tax and Warranty cover which is convenient and more appealing financially.

·         No Worries about the Car’s Future

When your lease is over you can simply return the vehicle. This means that you don’t have to worry about selling it on or depreciation - that’s the leasing company’s concern - although with PCP, there is an opportunity to buy the vehicle in the end.

·         Drive a Brand New Car

Look good and feel great by driving a car that is brand spanking new.  You will also benefit from the Safety, Fuel economy and Performance advancements found on newer models.

·         Freedom to Change Vehicle Regularly

Change your vehicle make and model regularly by taking advantage of a series of short lease deals. That way you will keep up to date with the latest technologies and be able to experience a number of different manufacturers.

Whatever your decision, choosing a new car is a really exciting time, but it’s a big decision so don’t rush things. Make sure you’re happy with your decision and enjoy the experience.

For more information on leasing in London or if you have any queries contact us online or call us on 0800 043 2050.


Wednesday, 17 December 2014

6 Cars That Didn’t Quite Make the Mark

Car Manufacturers don't always get it right...

Renault Vel Satis

This was supposed to be Renault’s Executive car and they built over 60,000 from 2002-09. The name Vel Satis is derived from the words Velocity and Satisfaction. Renault’s intended demographic were modern consumers who were identified as "distancing themselves from the conventional saloon." However, this strange looking car didn't appeal to the proposed consumers. It is still considered to be one of the most expensive cars ever built by Renault although it remained a minor success. After poor sales of this over sized saloon, Renault cancelled the Vel Satis production in August 2009

Renault Clio
If the Renault range is something that appeals to you, why not lease this fantastic Renault Clio for only £133.99+VAT p/m! Metallic Paint is included in the price and Satellite Navigation comes as standard.



Suzuki X-90

Suzuki Jimny
The X-90 was on sale between 1995 and 1997, it was a totally impractical, odd looking 2-Door, 2-Seater SUV-Style vehicle featuring a T-section Removable roof. Despite the praise and mostly positive reviews, only 8,000 were sold. By mid-1997 retail pricing had been dropped by 25%. The fact that it was on sale for only two years confirmed there was no real place in the market for such a niche vehicle.

Thankfully, Suzuki now manufacture more refined looking vehicles, such as this great Suzuki Jimny, which is available to lease for just £187.16+VAT p/m. 

Mercedes-Benz R-Class

Mercedes R-Class
Launched in 2005, this large luxury Mercedes, seemly went through an identity crisis, was it an MPV, 4x4, or Estate? The R Class didn’t know and neither did we. Sales didn’t meet with the manufacturer's expectations, yet it continued to be made until 2013.





With so many great models available, this one little mishap hasn’t dented the popularity of the Mercedes brand, and here at Concept we have handpicked 4 great models at fantastic rates, all available to lease today. Lease this Limited Stock Mercedes B180 CDi Sport 5dr for just £246.49+VAT p/m, or this Executive SE CDi C220 Coupe, which can achieve over 68 MPG. This Stylish CLA 220 CDi Sport comes with Daytime Running Lights and 18in Mercedes alloys as standard. If you are someone who likes to make the most of the times when it isn’t raining, i.e everyone, then this beautiful Mercedes SLK200 AMG Sport Roadster is for you. 

Peugeot 1007

Peugeot 5008
The 1007 was launched in 2004 as a compact MPV, not the prettiest car, yet it was distinguishable from its rivals as it had two electrically operated 'Van style' sliding doors. This was not simply a cheap gimmick: it made accessing the vehicle far easier when you were parked in a space the size of a postage stamp, and for easier access when parked on a hill. The 1007 was dropped from Peugeot's UK model line up in 2008 after disappointing sales figures.


If you fancy a Peugeot MPV, check out this excellent Peugeot 5008 1.6 e-Hdi Access.

Rover CityRover

The Rover CityRover was introduced in 2003 as Rover’s Supermini. The spacious interior and performance were considered good for a small car but its lack of quality, below average road handling and high price tag were not received very well. Sales fell well short of Rover's targets, so the CityRover was upgraded for the 2005 model year, with additional standard equipment. Prices were reduced by £900, this confirmed that the car's previous prices had not been competitive.

Along with the rest of the MG Rover range, production of the CityRover ended in April 2005 when the company ceased to exist.
Ford Fiesta

Unfortunately, at Concept we cannot offer Rover leasing but if you would like an equivalent (sort of), why not consider the gorgeous Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost Zetec 3-Door Hatchback, available for only £129.99+VAT p/m
                                                              
Citroen Pluriel

Citroen DS3
Launched in 2003 with its fabric roof, detachable roof pillars and sliding roof, this could be configured as a full or partial convertible or a closed car. However the downside was once the roof side rails had been removed, there was nowhere to put them. The Pluriel was withdrawn in early 2010. Top Gear once said "All in all it’s a car that was as useful as a chocolate teapot."


If you’re a Citroen Connoisseur why not lease this highly sought after Citroen DS3 1.6 e-Hdi Airdream DStyle Plus for only £149.49+VAT p/m

Monday, 15 December 2014

Driving Home for Christmas? Take the Stress out of Commuting by Car


Very few people truly look forward to a long commute. After all, it takes a big chunk out of your day that you could be using to do something else like relaxing at home, getting a little extra sleep or getting much needed work done. It doesn't have to be an entirely bad thing, however. Below are some tips and tricks will help you cut down on costs, make the most of your time driving, and lower the stress that commuting can sometimes create. 


Millions of people commute to work every day on congested motorways and roads. These tips offer some general tips on making your drive faster, safer and generally more pleasant.

Why is it that the lane you aren’t in always seems to be moving faster than the one you are currently stuck in? This is in fact a widely believed misconception. Don't bother changing lanes. Studies have shown that while another lane might seem like a faster option, it generally won't make much of a difference and could put you at a greater risk of accidents. So, pick a lane and stick to it until you need to exit.

Look ahead down the road. Don't just look at the bumper of the car in front of you when you're driving. Safety guidelines suggest you should always be looking at least 12 seconds ahead of you when driving.

Get mounts for all your important gadgets. Using your phone or other electronics in your car can be dangerous if done improperly. To make it safer, get mounts that allow you to see your gadgets without having to dig around for them, so you can change songs, track your GPS and answer calls safely.

Stay organised. Keeping your car clutter free will ensure that it's a nice place to spend a few hours every day, and it will help you find what you need, when you need it whether for work or to keep you occupied while driving.

Keep your car well maintained. Whether your commute is 30 minutes or 2 hours, the fact is that you're putting a lot of wear and tear on your car. Help make sure it stays safe and reliable by taking it in for regular oil changes and basic maintenance. You'll thank yourself for it later.

Learn alternate routes. While you might have a favourite way to work, knowing how to take an alternate route can be a lifesaver if there is an accident, inclement weather or just a huge traffic jam. Learn different routes by heart or have them marked on a map just in case your Satellite Navigation fails.

Use the restroom before you leave. There are few things worse than being stuck in a traffic jam and desperately needing to use the restroom. Be safe instead of sorry and make a beeline for the bathroom before you go.

Have respect for others on the road. You might be right that another driver is acting rudely but getting upset about it only puts your safety at risk. Have respect for others and be polite, and you'll have a much more enjoyable commute.

Value safety over time. While of course you want to arrive at work on time, in the long run, being a few minutes late isn't worth risking your life. Keep that in mind on your way to work.

Above all else, your driving safety when commuting should be paramount. Here are tips to help keep your commute safe.

Try to drive the speed limit. While you might find it a pain, and it might be tempting to speed when you hit a clear stretch of road, especially if most of your journey is spent bumper to bumper, the speed limit is there for a reason. Obeying it could mean a safer commute and fewer traffic tickets which can be more than worth the few extra minutes speeding buys you.

Listen to your vehicle. If you're hearing sounds that don't sound quite right, chances are pretty good you need to take your car in for maintenance to ensure it stays safe to drive.

Use your common sense. Will driving on the shoulder really get you there faster? Should you change back and forth between lanes rapidly? Obviously you shouldn't do either of these things, and your common sense will generally tell you when to avoid other potentially dangerous situations as well.

Give yourself time so you won't feel rushed. Drivers tend to speed more and drive less safely when they feel rushed. Give yourself extra time in the morning to get to work so you won't feel the need to speed.

This one is a no-brainer. Always wear your seatbelt. It's not only the law, but it could also help save your life.

Leave early in adverse weather. Whether you're heading to work or heading home, high winds, snow and pouring rain can make driving very dangerous. Leave home early or check with your boss about staying later another day to get some lead time in these situations.

Making it Interesting

Commuting can be extremely boring if you don't keep yourself occupied. These tips will help you make the most of your commuting time.

Try a new route. Taking the same way to work every day can get old. Try out a new drive to see new scenery and to shake things up a little bit.

Invest in some Audiobooks. Since you can't read a book while driving why not listen to one? You can download them online or even get them for free at your local library, use the time to learn a new skill or keep up with the latest Dan Brown novel.

Talk to yourself. It might look strange to other drivers but sometimes talking to yourself can help you work out ideas and problems better than just thinking about them, nowadays if people saw you muttering to yourself, alone in your car, they would more often than not, assume you were talking to someone via Bluetooth anyway.

Don't forget music. Even if you decide to forego it, having music on hand is a must when driving. It can help boost your mood, alleviate stress and even make your mind work faster.

Enjoy the time alone. Spending time alone isn't always a bad thing. It can give you time to reflect, think and get your mind straight.

These hacks will help you to lower the amount of money and gas you use on your commute.

Use sites like PetrolPrices to seek out the best prices. There's no reason to pay more for fuel if there are cheaper options that are convenient to your route.

Make use of Cruise control when you can. This will help you maintain a constant speed and will save you petrol and wear and tear on your car.

Drive the speed limit. Driving the speed limit isn't just a safety concern but can also reduce the amount of fuel you need to get to and from work.

Don't slam on the breaks. Stopping and starting rapidly eats up the fuel, so keep speeds moderated when you can.

Cut out a few minutes from your commute each day by following these tips.

Check the traffic before you leave. Whether you check Google Maps, Your Sat Nav or simply watch the News, they will help you see what routes to avoid and what shouldn't be too bad.

Shift your driving times. Sometimes leaving 10 minutes earlier or later can make the difference between it taking 30 minutes or two hours to get home.

Have a routine. Having a morning or afternoon routine can speed things up when it comes to getting out the door and in the car.

Watch accident reports. Like construction, accidents can seriously extend your drive home. Check to see if there are any major blockages before leaving.

Don't let the stress of the commute eat away at you. Use these tips to relax and put your mind at ease while travelling. Kill the road rage. Most people who've ever commuted know how easy it is to get frustrated with those around you on the road. Yet this anger could put your life and the lives of others at risk and really earns you nothing in the end. When you feel yourself getting angry, take a deep breath and let go instead.




Above all, we shouldn’t forget, that being able to get into a nice, warm car is a luxury not all of us can afford, so stay safe, drive carefully and enjoy the journey.

Friday, 12 December 2014

Five Fun Facts about the Famous Ford Fiesta

Here, at Concept Vehicle Leasing, we have some fantastic car leasing deals, including the Ford Fiesta1.0 EcoBoost Zetec 3dr for only £129.99+VAT p/m 

Whilst we have the spec and technical information on our site, here are some lesser known facts about the popular hatchback to tempt you even further.


Ford originally planned to name the Ford, the Bobcat, before deciding on the name ‘Fiesta’  Which do you prefer?

Back in 1976 the base price for the Ford Fiesta was just £1,856, a lot less than the £9,995 it is now!

Black is the favoured colour amongst Fiesta owners, with 17% of buyers choosing the shade, with Silver coming in at a close second at 15%

An open top Fiesta was once built by Convertible Conversion Company ‘Crayford’


Do you have any fun facts about the Fiesta of your own to add to this list? 

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Drive safely this winter - are you ready?

As the days get colder and the evenings get darker, driving can become more and more difficult. Of all the seasons, winter requires you to take the most care and attention in order to stay safe when out on the road.

With average British weather consisting of rain, frost, snow and sleet – the best advice for extreme conditions is to not drive at all if you can avoid it – try not to hit the roads until the snow ploughs and gritting trucks have done their job and allow yourself that extra time to reach your destination.

If you must drive however, make sure that you and your car are fully prepared and that you know how to handle the road and the conditions in order to drive safely.

Carry out vehicle checks.

Carry out checks on those electrical features that put more demands on your battery. By checking lights, heaters and wipers regularly and replacing anything that appears faulty.

Visibility.

Make sure that all bulbs are working and that lights are clean. You should also ensure that number plates are visible as it is illegal if these aren’t able to be read.

Ensure that you use headlights during times of poor visibility and that fog lights are only used during appropriate times.

Vision.

After adverse weather conditions ensure that you keep your windscreen, windows and mirrors clear from dirt, snow, frost or rain. Make sure that snow is also cleared off the roof of your vehicle as this can fall onto your windscreen and obscure your view. This can also be a hazard for other road users.

Tyres.

It is recommended that you have at least 3mm of tread for winter motoring and certainly no less than 2mm.

Consider changing to winter tyres during the winter months. The tread compound to a winter tyre contains more natural rubber so it doesn’t harden when cold. This ensures that when temperatures go below 7 degrees centigrade it will help to reduce stopping distances and maintain grip on snow and ice as well as in the wet and cold conditions.

Before you set off.

Check the forecast and make sure you prepare accordingly. Make sure that you are not rushing and ensure that you have time to prepare your car before driving, clearing all windscreens.
When you are off on your way, plan your routes to favour major roads which will be more likely to have been cleared and gritted and put safety before punctuality.

Emergency kit.

During extreme weather keep an emergency kit in your car, especially if you are about to embark on a long journey. Plan to prepare for the worst, stranded in your car overnight, due to a snow storm or flood.

Make sure that you have the following with you during your journey:

·         Warm clothes including footwear such as Wellingtons or snow boots
·         A hazard warning triangle
·         De-icing equipment
·         First aid kit
·         A blanket
·         Emergency food rations (including a hot drink in a flask)
·         Mobile phone (fully charged)

Driving tips.

When it comes to driving ensure that you have everything you need in case of delay or if conditions get so bad that you have to stop.

Wear comfortable, dry shoes and carry out gentle manoeuvres while leaving plenty of room for the car in front as stopping distances will be up to 10 times longer. If you do need to break then break gently and immediately de-clutch if the car begins to skid.

If you get stuck in the snow, straighten the steering and clear the snow from the wheels. If you have an old rug, put it in front of the driving wheels to give the tyres some additional grip. Once on the move again, try not to stop until you reach firmer ground.

If the Worst Happens.

If the worst happens and you get stranded, don't panic. Stay with your vehicle and call the Emergency services on your mobile phone who will assist.

Enjoy your winter driving, it can be a beautiful time to be out on the roads, but please stay safe.

Monday, 8 December 2014

Hybrid Technology- What the Novice should know

If you are considering leasing a hybrid vehicle and may be confused by what it means, we'd like to offer a few words of explanation.



Electricity is the cleanest and most efficient energy source. That's why, since the turn of the century, engineers and entrepreneurs have attempted to develop a practical electric automobile. Getting the power on the road is not the problem, however, to date, no one has created a lightweight, compact battery capable of covering average driving distances without recharging from a stationary source. In plainer words an electric car can do the job but it won't get you far. BMW have made headway with its i3 and i8 models, and Audi plans to launch an Electric R8 in 2015.
                                                                
If there's one great hope for the future, it is the fuel cell, which combines hydrogen and oxygen to create electricity. The only exhaust a fuel cell produces is water. Every car manufacturer is working on fuel cell concepts; several prototype vehicles have already been demonstrated. But the problems of hydrogen distribution plus onboard storage are huge.

Demands for clean air plus a need for reduced oil consumption have caused some manufacturers, particularly in Japan, to look for an interim solution. That solution is the Hybrid. In simplest terms, a hybrid combines a petrol engine and an electric motor to provide adequate power with minimal fuel usage and low emissions. 

Hybrids do not need to be plugged into an electric outlet in order to be recharged. They charge themselves by using energy normally lost during coasting and braking, and can also be charged by the car's petrol engine.

The advantage is that the engine can then be quite small, since power is obtained from not one but two sources. When you consider that at motorway speeds the average car requires only 20 Bhp to keep it running, a large petrol engine makes little sense except for pulling heavy loads.
Driving a hybrid is like any other car except for one thing. When the car is stopped for more than a few seconds, the petrol engine is shut down automatically. This can be a little eerie at first, as you find yourself sitting in silence but step on the accelerator and the electric motor gets the car underway until the gas engine cuts in.

The most renown hybrid vehicle out there today is probably the Toyota Prius which can achieve over 72 Miles per gallon.

We hope we have helped you understand about Hybrid vehicles a bit more, and now that you are ready to make an informed decision about which car you would like, why not give Concept a call. We have some amazing deals on not just Hybrid vehicles but Petrol and Diesel as well.

Friday, 5 December 2014

Little known facts about Horsepower

The greater the Bhp the greater we perceive the car to be, but here are some facts about horsepower that you might not know.

- The Peak power of an actual Horse has been measured at 14.9 bhp but the average horse, surprisingly, delivers less than one horsepower.

- Many European Manufacturers use PS instead of Bhp for quoting power, which is German for Pferdstarke or ‘Horse Strength’

- The least powerful production cars in the UK are from the Aixam range.


We have some amazing deals on some high performing cars, including the Skoda Octavia CR vRS, available in either Hatchback or Estate, both achieving 184 Brake horse power, the Mercedes SLK200 AMG Sport Roadster (184 Bhp) and the Lexus IS300h Executive Edition, a hybrid which produces an impressive 223 Bhp. 


At Concept Vehicle Leasing all Makes and Models are available so contact us today for all your vehicle leasing needs.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Sat Nav blunders from around the Globe


Satellite Navigation Systems have revolutionised the driving experience, enabling us to find our way around unfamiliar places with minimum effort – but just occasionally, a little common sense wouldn't go amiss.

Here are some prime examples of where motorists would have been well advised to ignore the little voice in their TomTom or Garmin (other Sat Navs available!) and look out of the window.

Capri, Italy

Two Swedish holidaymakers were attempting to reach the island of Capri but ended up 400 miles away in an industrial town at the other end of the country after mistakenly typing "Carpi" into their Sat Nav.

A spokesman for the Carpi regional government said: "It's hard to understand how they managed it. I mean, Capri is an island.”

Hampton Court Palace, Surrey

A group of school children from Hampshire missed out on a school trip to see the palace of King Henry VIII in Surrey when their bus driver dropped them off in Islington, North London courtesy of his Sat Nav.

When the group noticed the error, they attempted to find the palace in South West London but became lost in traffic in Central London and eventually returned home after seven hours without having seen the palace. Great day out!

Lourdes, France

Pilgrims en route to the Catholic shrine in Lourdes were left disappointed after their Sat Navs directed them to the less celebrated village of Lourde in the foothills of the Pyrenees.

Aberdulais Falls, Wales

Tourists looking for the beautiful falls in Neath Valley often end up in a nearby Cul-de-Sac because the two locations share the same postcode.

One villager, Gareth Young, said: "There was one incident when a Chinese family actually parked in one of the driveways and walked up to the front door thinking it was the entrance of the falls.” A very anticlimactic experience indeed.


I am certainly guilty of using my Sat Nav far too reliantly, have you had any similar experiences using your Satellite Navigation?

Using your Satellite Navigation can be a lifesaver, or timesaver at least, Sat Navs in cars are so advanced these days, and some vehicles come with Sat Nav as Standard, such as our fantastic Renault Clio 1.2 16V Dynamique Media Nav 5dr Hatchback which comes with a 7in Touchscreen and Navteq Nav n Go.

Monday, 1 December 2014

No more Winter Worries. The Best Equipped Cars.

Normal winter driving tips usually talk about putting winter tyres on as soon as the temperature drops below seven degrees centigrade and leaving plenty of time for your journeys.
That is great advice, but what if you just fancy having a new car and the only way to justify it to the rest of your family is to tell them it’ll make for safer travel over the coming winter months? Don’t worry, we’re on your side. There’s always room for a new car on the drive…
Here are a few Winter-wise cars to help you stay safe and warm, and get you through the winter.
Best for People in a hurry: Ford Fiesta
One of the frustrating aspects of winter driving is having to scrape away the thick frost that builds up on the windows overnight. It takes ages to remove, and you’ll probably ruin another loyalty card – or worse still, your own knuckles – in the process. Thanks to Ford’s ‘Quickclear’ windscreen, much of the time-consuming hassle can be removed. Identical in principle to heated rear windows, you just flick a switch, and in a matter of seconds, the frost has gone, and you can be on your way far sooner than you would otherwise.
                                                                   
Best for remaining un-stuck: Skoda Citigo
Contrary to what many believe, one of the best ways to make it through the snow is in a car with a low kerb weight, skinny tyres, and a modest amount of power driving the front wheels. The excellent Skoda Citigo weighs in at a featherweight 929kg, and its narrow tyres help it to cut through the soft snow to the road below.

Best for keeping your neck warm: Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet
A Convertible for the winter? Mercedes ‘Airscarf’ comes to the rescue. An air vent neatly tucked into the seat back blows warm air around your shoulders and neck, keeping you nice and toasty even in the most bitter of British winters.


Best for affordable winter performance: Audi TT

The TT still features Audi’s renowned Quattro 4WD system on some models, and the LED headlights do a brilliant job of lighting the road ahead. 

  

Best for warmth: Kia Cee’d
Getting up for work on a freezing cold morning is sometimes an arduous task, forcing yourself to trudge outside when you’d rather just hibernate in a nice warm bed takes considerable willpower, so Kia’s Heated seats and Steering wheel that offers that feeling of warmth during your commute is always welcome.
                                                                                
Best for doing all of the Sensible stuff: Nissan Qashqai
The Qashqai has optional four-wheel drive, an elevated driving position, excellent reliability and top safety marks, Nissan’s popular crossover would be a perfect companion for the long, dark winter nights.

Best for everything else: Range Rover
The latest Range Rover is the perfect machine for winter driving. Not only is it staggeringly capable whether being driven on road, off road, in poor weather or while wading through up to 90cm of water, but it comes equipped as standard with a heap of winter-repelling goodies. The Steering wheel, Windscreen, Door mirrors, Windscreen wipers and seats are all heated.

All of these cars, and many more are available to lease at Concept Vehicle Leasing, contact us today for all of your Car Leasing needs. 

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