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Friday, 28 November 2014

Black Friday Special! Lease a Mitsubishi Outlander from Only £199.99 + VAT p/m!

At Concept Vehicle Leasing we’re celebrating Black Friday with a very Special Deal on the Mitsubishi Outlander 2.0 PHEV GX3h 5-Door Auto which is available to lease at the amazing price of £199.99 +VAT p/m (based on a 6 + 23, 6,000 miles per annum Contract Hire agreement).

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is the world’s first Plug-in Hybrid 4WD SUV and is a synergy of innovation, technology and environmental awareness.

This pioneering car can achieve up to 148 MPG and produces ultra-low CO2 emissions of 44 g/km and as a result is exempt from Road tax and the London Congestion Charge, helping to reduce London’s Carbon footprint while making your drive more comfortable and convenient.

The Outlander PHEV is the only 4WD SUV that is exempt from the London Congestion Charge.

With its twin electric motors and a highly efficient 2.0 litre petrol engine, the PHEV instinctively knows which to choose to match your driving, achieving superior fuel efficiency and optimised performance.

The PHEV has Regenerative Braking - Electric motors generate power when the accelerator pedal is released, helping recharge the drive battery and increase the range of the vehicle.

Capable of 32.5 miles Electric Range in EV mode, the average commute can be driven solely on electricity reducing the cost on you and the environment. The Outlander has a combined range of over 500 miles.

Company Car drivers choosing the Outlander PHEV will pay just 5% tax as Benefit In Kind compared to the 25% or more that most business users will pay.

The PHEV gives significant benefits to companies as well as individual employees with 100% Capital allowance and reduced National Insurance contributions.

Charge your Outlander PHEV at home with a low cost charge-point installation available from British Gas, Mitsubishi’s official charging partner.

The 16 Amp data-enabled charge-point comes with a 4.5 metre cable and gives you faster, safer and more convenient charging.

This impressive car is not only kind to the environment and to your bank balance, it also come as standard with an abundance of kit to ensure you the utmost comfort. The extensive standard specification list includes;

Rear Privacy glass, Mitsubishi Bluetooth, Keyless Entry, Dual Zone Climate control, Cruise control, Electric windows/heated folding mirrors, Active Stability, Traction control, Hill Start Assist, Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) body safety system, 3x three point rear seat belts, ISOFIX Child seat preparation, Switchable front passenger airbag, which enables a child seat to be used in the front, Cd/Mp3/USB, Multi function steering wheel, Centre armrests, Split folding rear seats, Load cover, Auto Rain sensing wipers, Chrome Light surrounds and Front Grille, Roof rails, Rear spoiler, Daytime Running Lights, Front fogs, Rear Park Distance Control, 18in Mitsubishi alloys.

The Mitsubishi has a 5 Star NCAP Safety Rating, achieves 0 to 62 mph in 11 seconds, and has a top speed of 106 mph and 119 Bhp!

I think you will agree that this is a very impressive vehicle!

Take advantage of our Black Friday Special and order your new Mitsubishi Outlander 2.0 PHEV GX3h 5dr Auto at the low price of £199.99 + VAT today based on a Business or Personal Contract Hire!

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

NCAP Vehicle Safety Ratings- What are they all about?

By law, all new car models must pass certain safety tests before they are sold. Legislation only provides a MINIMUM statutory standard of safety for new cars, Euro NCAP’s aim is to encourage manufacturers to exceed these minimum requirements. 

Euro NCAP were established in 1997. They organise crash-tests and provide motoring consumers with a Realistic and Independent assessment of the Safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. NCAP Safety Ratings are internationally recognisable as a reliable indicator of independent consumer information about car safety and over the years have acted as a catalyst in the improved safety of new cars.

Because it is impossible to test every new make and model that comes onto the market each year, a selection is made of the most popular and interesting models to provide the broadest range of consumer information. 

As of 2009, Euro NCAP formulated the Star Rating, where each car tested receives 1 star for each aspect of the test with a maximum of 5 stars.
 This overall rating is composed of scores in these areas: Adult Protection, Child Protection, Pedestrian Protection and Safety Assist. The overall score is calculated by weighing the four scores with respect to each other, while making sure that not one area is underachieving. An additional test for Whiplash neck injury protection in rear impact was added in correlation with the Star rating. Seatbelt reminders, Speed Limiters and Electronic Stability Control are rewarded.  We have some amazing deals on some great cars, all of which have been awarded a 5 Star NCAP Safety rating and come as standard with Seatbelt warning, ESC and Speed Limiters, below is a light selection.
 Mercedes C220 Coupe

The Renault Clio achieved 99% in the Safety Assist section of the test and Vauxhall’s Mokka scored 100%. The Prestigious Mercedes C-Class Coupe scored 90% in the Adult Protection area.

 Vauxhall Mokka  Renault Clio

Monday, 24 November 2014

Best of British: Ten of the Best cars made in Britain

Although most of the companies that make cars in Britain are foreign-owned, those motors are still built on these shores and the world has a huge appetite for them.

So what top cars are made in the UK – and what makes them so great? Let’s take a look at some of the best everyday and luxury cars currently being assembled in Britain...

5 of the Best Everyday Cars

Built: Swindon, Wiltshire

Owned: Japan

It is a great-looking small family car which is sturdily built. The Honda handles well, is known for its reliability and the boot is one of the largest in its class. Standard equipment on the Honda Civic include 16in alloys, USB Connector and LED Daytime Running Lights. 

Toyota Auris 

Built: Burnaston, Derbyshire

Owned: Japan

The Toyota Auris is the fifth most reliable family car, according to Warranty Direct, while the Toyota brand is the second most reliable manufacturer to buy a motor from, according to WhatCar? 

Built: Sunderland, Tyne & Wear

Owned: Japan

The Nissan Qashqai, built in Sunderland and launched in 2007, is an extremely popular crossover vehicle on British roads. Funky and comfortable to drive, the Qashqai is competitively priced for a large vehicle. The Sunderland plant also makes the Micra and the Note models.

Built: Ellesmere Port, Cheshire

Owned: General Motors - US

The Vauxhall Astra has been a staple part of the diet for British drivers for decades and are still as popular as ever. 

The Astra looks great inside and out, its cabin is built from high-quality materials, and it’s brilliant at shutting out road noise and the ride is superb.

Built: Oxford, Oxfordshire

Owned: Germany

The new generation of BMW’s Mini have really captured British motorists’ attention. The Mini has  a smooth engine, is stylish and great fun to drive. 
 5 of the Best Luxury Cars

Built: Hethel, Norfolk

Owned: Malaysia

WhatCar? is full of praise for the Lotus Elise, describing it as ‘all you’ll ever want in a sports car: fantastic to drive, with jaw-dropping pace, delicious steering and stunning grip.’ 

Built: Halewood, Merseyside 

Owned: India

The Evoque has all the desirability of a Range Rover, with a beautiful interior and stylish look on the outside but at a more affordable price. The Evoque’s Standard Spec list is extensive and includes an 8in Touchscreen, Heated seats and 18in alloys.

Built: Castle Bromwich, Birmingham

Owned: India

The  Jaguar XF is a brilliant combination of sporting saloon and luxury limo - it is refined, classy and well equipped. The XF model has proved popular worldwide, with high demand and it is one of the reasons why the British car industry is currently booming. 

Built: Solihull, Birmingham

Owned: India

The Range Rover has a fabulous on-road ride and refinement for such a big car, together with immense capability in the mud. It is also truly luxurious and has a beautifully built cabin. They are expensive to run, but drivers know that when they buy a Range Rover, with prices much higher than its Evoque and Range Rover Sport siblings. Standard spec includes; a Reversing Camera, Bi-Xenons and a Full leather interior.

Built: Castle Bromwich, Birmingham

Owned: India

The F-type is a focussed sports car, intended to do battle with Porsche’s 911 and Cayman models. It goes and sounds like a sports car should, and it's an absolute stunner.

Friday, 21 November 2014

Staying Safe whilst Driving in Fog

A few weeks ago, I was on my way home, when my Sat Nav lovingly guided me through a patch of thick fog. I panicked. I was the first in a line of traffic and had no idea where I was. I pulled over to let other vehicles passed and so I’d have something to follow, and they sped off and left me! So you don’t end up in the flap I did (I have since revised my route home!) follow these simple (but hard to forget, as I did!) rules!

  1. Before setting off, clean your windows and windscreen and ensure all your lights are working. Wait until both the front and rear screens have demisted and never attempt to clear them as you’re driving
  2. Ensure you have a coat in the car and at least one piece of hi-vis clothing. Winter breakdowns are all too common and it’s important to be prepared.
  3. Switch on the Traffic Alert function on your car radio. It could prove invaluable when it comes to avoiding winter congestion.
  4. Switch on the dipped headlights and only use front and rear fog lights where visibility is less than 100 metres. Never use full beam: the light will reflect off the fog and decrease your visibility.
  5. Use your windscreen wipers on an intermittent setting to clear the fine mist that collects and use the windscreen washers to clear any build up of winter road grime.
  6. Keep a close eye on your speedometer. Without reference points like buildings or trees, fog can cause a visual illusion and make you think you’re travelling slower than you actually are.
  7. If you do hit a patch of fog, do not hit the brakes hard. Simply ease off the throttle and gradually slow your speed. Braking hard could cause other drivers behind you to panic and brake even harder - pile-ups have been caused this way.
  8. Don’t fall into the trap of using the car in front as a reference point. It may feel comforting to be close to another car in thick fog but it’s a false sense of security. Keep your distance and mind your surroundings.
  9. Equally, if someone if following closely behind you, don’t give in to the temptation to speed up. Stay at a constant speed and drive as fast as the conditions legally allow.
  10. At junctions, wind the window down and listen for traffic. Pull out when you think it’s safe to do so and never hesitate in a position that will put you in the path of oncoming vehicles.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Guest Blog: Carl Starbuck- Carl's Car Cleaning Customs

Carl is a favourite Client of Concept Vehicle Leasing, and one that we have had a fantastic relationship with over the years. Carl leased a Vauxhall Insignia 2.0 CDTi SR VX-Line from us, back in 2011, and is now awaiting delivery of a stunning, new Jaguar XF 2.2D R-Sport Auto. We are honoured to have him write a guest blog on his car washing regime. Thanks Carl for this comprehensive account, and we hope your new Jag serves you well. 

Meguiar’s Gold Class Car Shampoo
Meguiar’s Ultimate Wash & Wax
Astonish Black Shine Restorer
Astonish Wheel Cleaner
Astonish Carpet & Upholstery Target Spray
A pack of your favourite bacon and some soft white rolls

Meguiar’s lambswool mitt
Autoglym synthetic chamois
Meguiar’s lambswool wheel cleaner brush
Grit-guard bucket
Stiff nylon bristle brush

Vauxhall Insignia - Before
We’ve all been there… We started out life cleaning our cars with Fairy Liquid, our mum’s bucket, and a large bath-sponge! Then someone pointed out that household detergents are a bit caustic and not the best thing to wash a car with. So after a trip to the local car shop, we wised up and started giving our cherished vehicle a bit more TLC. For some of us it became a Sunday-morning ritual – updated via discoveries or recommendations of new products or kit. Here’s mine, and I credit my brother, Ian, with introducing me to Meguiar’s car care products. Thanks Bro!

Our personal “fleet” are my Vauxhall Insignia SRi-VX Line and my wife’s Mercedes SLK 250 CDi. Both cars have lovely bodywork and paint and they’re both metallic black. Nothing looks quite as impressive as a shined-up black motor. My other half’s previous car was silver – which looked ok when it was dirty and not a whole lot different when it was clean! If it’s your thing (and am assuming it must be if you’re reading a blog post about car washing), then there’s nothing quite so satisfying as standing back and admiring a shiny motor.

I start out spraying the car wheels with Astonish Wheel Cleaner. A liberal spray loosens up the grime and brake dust, and I leave this to do its stuff while I crack on with the bodywork shampoo. Astonish products are remarkably cheap. Pound stores and places like Home Bargains have these at around a pound a bottle. When you consider they are 750ml spray bottles, that’s great value for the job they do. Astonish also make a “tar and bug remover” – but on reading the label I found that its chemical formulation was the same as the wheel cleaner, so I use the wheel cleaner for both jobs – but do test this in an inconspicuous location before you take my word for it and always read the labels on any cleaning products before use.

I use 2 different shampoos – both Meguiar’s products – and I use them in alternate weeks. My thinking here is that one week I give the cars a good wash with the Gold Class Shampoo, and the next week I add wax with the Ultimate Wash & Wax Shampoo. Twice a year I’ll polish the car with Colour Magic polish, but for me, the washing regime is protecting the bodywork without too much effort. Waxing / polishing is donkey-work and the ideal weather to do it hardly ever happens! I add a squirt of shampoo to the grit-guard bucket, fill with warm water and then soap up the bodywork using the lambswool mitt, coming back to the bucket and loading up with suds for each panel – or half panel in the case of the bonnet and roof.

The lambswool mitt is superb – it makes your hand twice the surface area it would be with a leather, and holds a load of suds. The wool pad glides over the bodywork a treat. The grit-guard bucket is a simple but brilliant idea: A plastic mesh is lifted a couple of inches above the bottom of the bucket. After each panel I rub the mitt on the grit-guard to remove any grit and detritus – particularly after reaching under the sills. This makes the mitt clean again for the next panel and can help to reduce the swirls caused by grit caught in the pile – it also means that the grit settles to the bottom of the bucket and you can’t pick it back up.

When you’ve had a car for a while, you settle into the most efficient way round it after a few washes. Generally for me, its bonnet, wing, door, roof, door, rear wing, tailgate / boot, back, then repeat in reverse on the other side and finish with the nose. Find out what works best for you and your car. It’ll save you 10-15 minutes.

With the bodywork soaped up, I put the mitt to one side, pull out the grit guard, and use the last of the soapy water to clean the wheels and tyres with the Meguiar’s wheel brush, dipping the brush and rinsing in the water 3-4 times per wheel. The brush comes with an extension handle for the “older gent” – but I’m a few years from that and I find that the brush head fits nicely in my hand. The soft wool-tipped bristles do a great job on my alloys. This is the part of the job when the choice of an Insignia SRi VX really makes me smile: 5-spoke alloys with big open spaces between the spokes. The wheels on my next car are going be a pig to clean! Don’t forget the tyres – dip the brush and scrub the sidewalls. 

Now its time to scrub my foot-well mats. I do this with the hard bristle brush, which removes grit and dirt and lifts the pile. If there’s anything ground in I add a spray of the Astonish Carpet Cleaner, which lifts out anything stubborn and also has an added bonus effect: The fragrance of this stuff will freshen the car interior - handy if you picked up a takeaway last night!

While the mats were getting a scrub the bodywork will have drained down nicely, so it’s time to leather it off using the synthetic chamois. I have a bucket of clean, warm water for this, and return to the bucket to clean the leather before wringing it almost dry and buffing up each panel in turn, following the same route as above. If the weather is warm and dry I keep the chamois a little damp to stop it dragging on the paintwork. Don’t forget to open the doors and wipe the surrounds, pillars, and sills, and wipe the interior trim in foot-wells and on seat backs if you’ve had passengers – as well as being a bit more thorough at the driver’s side. Every 3 or 4 weeks, I’ll vacuum the foot-wells.

With the bodywork leathered off, its time for a liberal spray of Astonish Black Shine Restorer on the tyres. 6-7 overlapping squirts on each of my 19” Goodyear Eagles and we’re done. Just let it dry and the rubber will be shiny and black. Grubby tyres let down your efforts on the bodywork, and this stuff is so cheap you don’t need to skimp.

Final job is a wipe of the wheels with the chamois, then a walk-around inspection looking for any “runs” – all cars have spots that hold water and this will now be running down your lovely paintwork! Insignia takes about 40 minutes, under 30 for the wife’s SLK. Job Done.

Now the last bit – fire up the frying pan and crack that pack of bacon – the perfect end to a Sunday morning’s car washing. 

Vauxhall Insignia - After

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

No Time like the Present

Here, at Concept Vehicle Leasing, we're often asked the question "When is the best time to lease a new car?" or "When should I place an order for my new vehicle to get the best deal?"

Well, depending on the chosen manufacturer or model of vehicle, there may actually be little variance in the cost of leasing throughout the year.  However, if you're flexible in terms of your chosen car or van, then it's quite possible that NOW is the best time to secure a cheap lease deal!


As we head towards the end of a year, Vehicle manufacturers start to try and move stock in order to achieve year end registration targets, and therefore additional discount and support may be available on selected models.  At Concept, we've spotted this trend, and for 2014 this appears to be no different as we have some truly amazing offers available for Contract Hire from now, until the end of the year.

Don't need your new car until 2015?

Perhaps your current lease isn't due to expire until the next registration change in March 2015 - and you're looking to get a new "15" plate.

The time to confirm your new order could still be "now" as for some models there could be a factory order wait of 12 weeks or more.  Plus, with the volume of registrations in the UK continuing to rise year on year, we anticipate a drop in future residual values which is likely to have an impact on lease rates in 2015. 

So in summary, if you are waiting for the right time to secure the best lease deal either in 2014 or for 2015, there's no time like the present!  Contact the Concept Vehicle Leasing team and secure the best deal on your new Business Contract Hire or Personal Car Lease today.

Why wait? We have some great deals available to you today including the fantastic Citroen DS3 1.6 e-HDi Airdream DStyle Plus 3dr, available to lease for only £149.99+VAT p/m and the Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 2WD TDi BlueMotion Tech Match which can achieve over 52 MPG for just £234.99+VAT p/m. Lease for Less Today!

Monday, 17 November 2014

Concept’s Road Safety Week Giveaway!

Road Safety Week was set up in 1997 and has now become the UK's biggest road safety event, involving thousands of people every year. The event is coordinated annually by Road Safety Charity, Brake, each November, and aims to encourage extra diligence by both road users and pedestrians alike and to raise awareness about the part we can all play in preventing tragedies and making the roads a safer place to be.

The focus of this year’s Road Safety Week (17-23th November), is to 'look out for each other' on roads, because a small mistake can lead to big consequences. With a particular spotlight on drivers protecting people on foot and bike by slowing down to 20mph in communities, looking twice, taking it slow at junctions and bends, and giving people plenty of room. Brake are also imploring people on foot and bike to never take chances, and make sure they can be seen.

To promote Road Safety Week, each day Concept will be asking one question, relating to Road Safety, the Highway code, and essential driving knowledge, to refresh your skills and ensure that you, your beloved vehicle and other road users arrive at your destinations as safely as possible.

Provide us with the correct answer and you could have the chance to win our Executive Winter Driving Pack, worth £49.99. We will be announcing One Winner per Day! Good luck and stay safe!

Concept’s Executive Winter Driving Pack includes;

  • Wind Up Torch
  • Shoe Grippers
  • Hi Vis Vest
  • Travel Mug 
  • Scrapper / Brush
  • Traction Mats
  • 500ml Screen Wash
  • 300ml De-Icer
  • Beanie Hat
  • Hand Warmers
  • Gloves
  • Foil Blanket
  • De-Mist Pad
  • Bug Shifter

Friday, 14 November 2014

Find Your Perfect School Run Car.

The school run is one of those necessary evils that all families have to do. When you have a cargo as precious as your kids you need a reliable and safe car to ferry them around in. So which cars are best for the school run? Let's take a closer look at what you should be looking for.

Size Matters.

Unless you take part in a Car pool, or have a large family, you don't need a huge 4WD or Saloon car just to do the school run. Large 4x4s might be desirable but they are hardly economical, a smaller car is easier to park and much nippier for weaving around parked cars plus it uses less fuel. A smaller hatchback will fit the kids in and leave room for all their school paraphernalia.

The Ford Fiesta has been awarded What Car’s Small Car of the Year 2014 and is one of the main contenders for the school run car.

Most Economical.

Fuel can be costly for a family that has to drive to and from school each day so any car needs to be economical to run. Look for cars that achieve high Miles Per Gallon, such as the Citroen DS3 which can achieve over 78 MPG.

Safety Features.

Taking a little time out to do your research can be very worthwhile. Google the car you are thinking of leasing and check out its performance under the Euro NCAP criteria which awards cars stars for safety records, 5 stars being the highest rating.

Look out for Safety features on your vehicle such as Switchable front passenger airbag (which enables a child seat to be used in the front), ISOFIX Child preparation for Car seats and Seatbelt warning. All of which are available as standard on our Vauxhall Mokka, which was also given a 5 Star NCAP Rating.

All Makes & Models are available at Concept Vehicle Leasing, so contact us today for all your Leasing needs.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

8 Essential Mod-Cons for Your Car.

What mod-cons are essential to you when choosing a car? There's a huge difference between getting from A to B and enjoying a leisurely drive in full comfort. Whilst you are not able to modify your leased car, like the Volkswagen Beetle pictured, some cars come well-equipped as standard, so you won’t even have to spend extra money.

1. Metallic Paint

Ok it might not make any difference to your driving comfort but metallic paint has been a popular option for new cars for over 10 years and can add sophistication and sparkle to your new car. Many of our Special Offers come with Metallic Paint free of charge like this Vauxhall Mokka 1.7 CDTi Tech Line

2. Built-in Sat Nav

Purely for convenience you can't beat a built-in Satellite Navigation system. It's also a better security option as it's less vulnerable to theft and built-in sat navs tend to be more sophisticated than their portable counterparts. Never get lost again with our Renault Clio 1.2 16V Dynamique MediaNav 5-Door Hatchback

3. Heated windscreens

Forget the ice scraper on those cold winter mornings when you can no longer feel your fingers. A heated windscreen will not only melt the ice on the outside but clear up the condensation on the inside too, making it safer to drive. This Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost Zetec 3-Door Hatchback comes standard with Ford’s QuickClear heated windscreen.

4. Leather Interiors

A full leather interior isn't just comfortable but it looks the business too. Nothing says luxury and style more than leather seats and this Land Rover Range Rover Evoque 2.2 eD4 Pure 2WD comes with leather in a choice of colours as standard.

5. Bluetooth

Bluetooth has now transformed the car into a mobile office, allowing you to have a conversation without having to touch the keypad on your phone. Once you have Bluetooth you'll wonder how you ever managed without it. Our Mercedes C220 CDi Executive SE Coupe is equipped with Mercedes Bluetooth prep, so you will never miss a business call again, or be able to catch up with your friends and family on your commute.

6. Integrated TV/DVD Players

If you have kids, you'll know how vital in-car entertainment is for those long journeys. You can drive along listening to AC/DC whilst they watch the latest Disney offering in the back. Bliss.

7. Cruise Control

If you do a lot of motorway driving then Cruise control allows you to relax a little and maintain a constant speed. Obviously it's less useful for city driving but for long hauls it can take some of the strain out of those never-ending journeys. Among other great features this beautiful BMW 420d M Sport Coupe comes prepared with Cruise control.

8. Parking Sensors

Perfect for parking in tight spaces, Parking sensors are particularly useful on large cars like 4x4s and will ensure that you won’t cause damage to the car by reversing into others. This Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 TDi BlueMotion Tech Match 2WD 5dr comes with Parking sensors front and rear, so you are protected all around.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Remembrance Day

The First World War officially ended on the eleventh hour on the eleventh day on the eleventh month in 1918 - Armistice Day. The Two Minute Silence began on the anniversary of Armistice Day in 1919 by those who did not want to forget the millions killed, injured and affected.

Now, generally called Remembrance Day, millions of people stop what they are doing and observe a Two Minute Silence at 11am on 11th November each year in the memory of those who have been affected in all conflicts.

The Royal British Legion is the nation's custodian of Remembrance, ensuring that people remember those who have given their lives for the freedom we enjoy today.

There will be an extra poignancy to this year’s Remembrance Day in Kingston, as four services are held to remember the soldiers who gave their lives.

Services will take place on Tuesday as the country remembers not only the end of World War I on November 11th, 1918, but also marks 100 years since the conflict began in 1914.

The service at Surbiton will take place at the war memorial in Ewell Road from 10.45am to 11.30am, with the parade beginning at the Surbiton Royal British Legion.

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