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Monday, 20 June 2016

Calling all petrol heads!

Calling all Petrol Heads!

Are you busy this Thursday?

If so change your plans - because we are sending you to the Goodwood Moving Motor Show! We have two tickets to give away to one lucky person, just answer our question below correctly to go into the draw.

Q: What will #PaulsNewCar be?

For a hint see the Pauls New Car blog here.

Leave your answer as a comment to this blog or on one of our social media pages; Twitter or Facebook

The winner will be drawn on Tuesday 21st June 2016 at 5pm. Tickets need to be picked up from the Concept Vehicle Leasing office (126- 130 Ewell Road, Surbiton, Surrey KT6 6HA) or we’ll post via Special Delivery for Next Day (this would need to be signed for) and are for Thursday 23rd June 2016 Moving Motor Show admission only.

See more about the festival on their website here: Goodwood Festival of Speed

No cash or alternative product will be permitted.
We reserve the right to withdraw this offer without notice.
Tickets must be collected from the Concept Vehicle Leasing Office at 126 – 130 Ewell Road, Surbiton, Surrey  KT6 6HA
E & OE.

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Concept find the missing piece of the jigsaw for Contract Hire

Concept find the missing piece of the jigsaw for Contract Hire

With over 2.5 million cars and commercial vehicles currently on lease in the UK, businesses are well versed with the benefits of funding their new vehicles on Contract Hire. Providing an employee with a brand new vehicle not only enhances the companies brand image, but it also ensures drivers are using safe and reliable vehicles, which reduces the risk of accidents, damage or downtime.

However, whilst there are many benefits to Contract Hire, it doesn't always tick every box. The minimum term of a contract is normally 24 months. This means that in some cases Contract Hire fails to provide the flexibility needed for daily business. 

In the world of business today, there are a number of variables to consider – particularly when it comes to employing new staff. The ‘company car’ is still viewed as one of the best ‘perks’ when considering a new job. Although from an employer perspective, the last thing you want to do is sign up for a 2 year car lease, for the new employee to last just a few months.

Another scenario might be a construction company who has been awarded a 6 month contract and needs to recruit extra staff on a temporary contract basis. They need a vehicle, but only for a short period of 6 months. Traditionally, the only option to overcome such circumstances would either to be to bite the bullet and commit to a 24 month agreement anyway, or to hire with a daily rental firm who charge a much higher premium to provide the kind of flexibility you require.  

Once your business has made the decision to take on a new vehicle with Contract Hire there is another issue – the manufacturer has to build it!  It could be 3 months or more before the new vehicle comes through and now you need something in the interim. 

This is the piece of the vehicle leasing/contract hire package that isn't available, the missing part of the jigsaw – but fortunately, Concept Vehicle Leasing have found the piece!

As an accredited Alphabet Partner, Concept Vehicle Leasing are able to offer a comprehensive and exceptionally competitive range of short-term lease vehicles with contracts starting from just 30+ days.

Customers can choose from a range of popular models, such as the Mini Cooper, Peugeot 308, through to a BMW 5-Series and even the all-electric BMW i3 with pricing starting at just £350 + VAT per 30 day period.

We've had a fantastic response from our customers in relation to our Short-Term leasing service – it’s just what we've been looking for as it fills a gap that a lot of businesses are looking for. There is a great choice of vehicles available, all with Low CO2, Bluetooth and we can generally arrange delivery to a customer within 2-3 days.

Paul Bulloch, Managing Director at Concept is currently using our short term leasing service. He is waiting for a new Contract Hire BMW i3 to be built but his previous car had to be returned to the leasing company. “Having experienced the service first hand, I have to say it’s been a delight and I’m currently driving around in a brand new VW CC 2.0 TDi GT which is providing the perfect stop-gap whilst I wait for my car to come through”.

Our new service is proving very popular to cover factory order lead-times or to cater for new employee probationary periods. It’s the missing piece of the jigsaw that customers have been looking for and it keeps everything in house with us here at Concept.

See more on our Short Term Leasing Here

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Fleet World Show 2016

The best of the 2016 Fleet World Show

It's show season for the automotive industry and we've picked out the best and brightest coming your way this year. For more on our trip to the Fleet World Show, please Click Here

The Infiniti Q30

The most surprising vehicle from the Fleet World Show was the Infiniti Q30. Infiniti is the luxury vehicle division of Japanese automaker Nissan. So take a well-established automotive brand with a reliable reputation, and then pour on the height of technological advancement that only the Japanese do best. Then build this vehicle in the one place that knows true luxury and pure quality, our very own British shores, and you will have the Infiniti Q30.

It's no secret that Infiniti are muscling in on the premium automotive sector, what was surprising however is how much of a contender we think it is. Now is the time to lease an Infiniti while the brand is still pushing for their share of the market, in our opinion this is the perfect corporate vehicle, and for under £200 + vat (see below), it’s a no brainer.    

We've put together a special offer for you straight off back of the Fleet World Show as we truly believe the Infiniti Q30 would be an asset to you and your business. 

Infiniti Q30 1.5D SE 5dr Business Pack for £189.99 + vat p/m

Lease a Infiniti Q30 1.5D SE 5dr Business Pack for £189.99 + vat per month on Business Contract Hire. Initial rental of £1,139.94 + vat, followed by 23 rentals. 10,000 Miles Per Annum. 

Lease an Infiniti Q30 Today, Limited Stock Available!

The Mini Cooper S

Mini's are small. We know this, it is their name sake. 

They are Mini.

But when was the last time you actually got inside a Mini, if it was quite a while ago then you will be in for quite a shock. If you have never been in a Cooper S then we would bet you would be very pleasantly surprised by just how much space there is. 

When we test drove the Mini Cooper S at the Fleet Show we realised, that like most of you, we hadn't been in one for a while. There is a lot of space in there, more so than we were giving the mini credit for. We mentioned this to the ‘Mini guy’ and he just sighed and said, yes I know, he had been hearing the same thing all day. 

We have put together a special offer for you straight off back of the Fleet show so you to can experience the full size Mini Cooper S. 

Mini Cooper S 2.0 5dr Chili Pack Auto for £189.49 + vat p/m 

Lease a Mini Cooper S 2.0 5dr Chili Pack Auto for £189.49 + vatper month on Business Contract Hire. Initial rental of £1,136.94 + vat, followed by 23 rentals. 10,000 Miles Per Annum.

Click Here To Lease A Mini Today!

Friday, 13 May 2016

Fleet World Show 2016

Fleet World Show 2016

The Fleet Show is a regular event in the leasing industry calendar. It brings together leading fleet suppliers and manufacturers at the iconic Silverstone Circuit. We are able to test drive all the latest cars and vans on the world-famous Silverstone Circuits, and view new technology and services by other industry exhibitors.

This year we trialled a wide range of vehicles and brands, giving our team first-hand knowledge of the products we offer. We were also able to take a few hot laps in certain vehicles with a pro driver on the national track to see how the vehicles handled when pushed to their limit. It is a hard job but someone has to do it. 

See our car reviews here: 

Seen a car you are interested in? Then please give us a ring – 0800 043 2050

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Join Pauls New Car Adventure and you could Win an Apple Watch

Join Pauls New Car Adventure and you could Win an Apple Watch 

The decision has been made and there is no backing out - Paul Bulloch, Managing Director of Concept Vehicle Leasing will spend the next two years driving a BMW i3!

Thank you to everyone who voted and helped Paul choose his next car. The journey doesn’t end here however, this is just the beginning. We will be following Paul over the next two years to see what it really is like living with an electric car. We will track the power bill, the driving range and other aspects of living in the green lane - we suggested a holistic green lifestyle trial as well, but for some reason Paul wasn’t interested.

Paul has been in the automotive industry for a long time so naturally he has ‘spec’d’ out his i3 as much as he can. Usually used to the larger and faster Audi A6 type of vehicle it is safe to say he is trying to make it as fierce as he can and we have to say, it looks pretty slick, see below.

Pauls New Car i3 Spec’s

BMW i3 eDrive Auto with Range Extender

“The BMW i3 is a pure electric car and on a single charge, the i3 will travel up to 100 miles.  The ‘Range Extender’ model includes a small petrol engine, which works to ‘charge’ the battery and provides an extended total range of up to 186 miles and effectively means that you cannot run out of fuel.

I’m going for ‘Mineral Grey’ with BMWi Blue Highlight which is a Metallic, along with upgraded 19” BMWi ‘Turbine’ Alloy Wheels Style 428

The BMW i3 offers a range of modern and contemporary Interior World’s and I’ve selected the Suite which boasts full leather interior.”

Additional features: 

BMW Professional Media Package – an upgrade from the standard Business Navigation, which provides 3D Mapping and Real Time Traffic Information.  

“Real Time Traffic is essential for me – having had this on my Mercedes C-Class previously, it saved me from the worst traffic hotspots a number of times and proved invaluable.  I’m sure the BMW system is just as good.”

Sun Protection Glass provides darkened glass in the rear, providing additional privacy.
Electric Glass Sunroof provides a light and airy feel, and the added benefit of fresh air when the weather is warmer.

DC Rapid Charge Preparation enables the battery to be charged in under an hour via the public charging network.

Internet provides access to the internet whilst on the road

DAB Digital Radio

Remote Services you can lock and unlock the car from a smartphone or smart watch. See further details on this fantastic app below. 

LED Light Elements

Multi-Function Steering Wheel

Velour Floor Mats

Front Seat Heating

Extended Storage

Rain Sensing Wipers and Headlight Activation

Cruise Control

“I generally travel 18 miles each way from home to office every day, which means I’ll be able to do my daily commute without any petrol costs.  Plus the added benefit of the car falling into one of the lowest tax bandings for Company Cars at 7%, I’m looking forward to a significant tax saving in the next tax year.  

A 20% Tax Payer would pay just £531 per annum in Benefit in Kind tax for my car.”

- Paul Bulloch

Interested in Joining Pauls New Car?

If, like Paul, you would like to give electric transportation a trial then let us know. We can offer contracts from 30 days to 5 years on the BMW i3. If after a few years at the end of your contract you feel electric leasing isn’t for you, then simply go with another vehicle the next time around. 

With all the benefits of lower emissions, tax breaks and the savings on fuel that come with going electric, you really would be missing out by not giving one a go. Vehicle Leasing is your best answer to trialling this new trend, without a long term commitment, as electric is bound to become the transportation of our future. 

Win an Apple Watch when you order an i3!

For all our customers that want to join the Pauls New Car journey and place an order on a BMW i3 by the end of June 2016, you will go into the draw to win a brand new Apple Watch Sport! The apple watch is the only smart watch currently compatible with the BMW i Remote software. 

The BMW i Remote app enables you to have direct communication with your i3 at anytime, anywhere. Here’s what it does: 
• Displays the battery charge status and the available vehicle range
• Start charging, stop charging or program charging based on departure times
• Search for points of interest (POI) and locate charging stations
• Send address information including charging stations to the vehicle
• Access the Dynamic Range Map to check if locations can be reached based on charge status
• Remote Services for vehicle lock, unlock or pre-conditioning of interior temperature
• Measure the efficiency of previous journeys and share with the BMW i community
• Check on vehicle condition and servicing requirements

Why wait, the future of transportation is already here, you simply need to embrace it. The apple watch combined with the technologically advanced BMW i3 will give you a taste of what a life in the high-tech lane can be like. Don’t just move forward, move toward the future. 

Get your BMW i3 here, or call 0800 043 2050.

Competition Conditions: 
1. To be entered into our Prize Draw, you must place an order for a BMW i3 on either a Business or Personal Contract Hire agreement with a Contract Term of 24 months as a minimum by 30th June 2016. 
2. All qualifying Customers will be put into the draw and one customer name will be drawn at random on 1st July 2016.  The Apple Watch will be despatched within 28 days of the Draw.
3. Terms and Conditions for the provision of our service will apply to orders placed, which include a fee for Cancellation of Order once agreed.
4. Lease Agreements are subject to Status and Credit Approval.  Guarantees or Indemnities may be required.
5. Offer is subject to availability, and may be withdrawn without notice and entirely at the discretion of Concept Vehicle Leasing.
6. There is no cash or prize substitute.  
7. Prize Draw applies to the Apple Watch Sport, 38mm Space Grey Aluminium Case with Black Sport Band. Seen Here 
8. E & OE

Thursday, 17 March 2016

BMW, the ultimate driving machine, or the ultimate automobile design?

BMW, the ultimate driving machine, or the ultimate automobile design? 

To understand the modern day BMW in its current form you need to understand the man named Chris Bangle. Yes BMW has a rich history in airplanes and motorbikes but the modern day BMW owes its shape to the corruption of its traditional boxy and functional BMW shape by Bangle with his flame surfacing design.

Bangle has been ridiculed in the past for this radical change in BMW’s shape in the 90’s but over the past few years the box and the flame have merged into what in our opinion is some of BMW’s best looking vehicles.

Bangle of course was't the only great BMW designer but his philosophy on automobile design really resonates with us.

‘Cars are an avatar, they are an extension of yourself, if you feel sexy, the car is sexy.’
– Chris Bangle TED Talk. 

Bangle saw himself as a sculptor, only his medium was different to the typical artist. In this day and age the automobile is a sculpture, the effect that a new radical design has on the world is increasingly dominant as vehicles are widely available and used as a statement of class, style and culture.

The statement you make with a vehicle is often a subconscious decision, when you think of the car you want, the brand, the size and the engine are all based on the image you want to project, the extension of your style and culture.

The BMW i3 for instance is the ultimate electric vehicle for projecting the chic, sustainable and technologically advanced image of inner city prosperity. With a computer savvy and technology dependant generation on the rise, just the look of the BMWi range extends the impression of future progression and contemporary style.

The BMW X4 however cuts a completely different form of a dominant and striking figure with an undercurrent of impulsive performance. The sleek lines of this luxury SUV attract the eye with its unique aesthetics poured over a powerful engine that slips through the urban jungle with efficiency and boundless energy.

You have the ability to customise your BMW’s appearance, technology and multitude of comforts to enhance your avatar to just the right degree.  As Bangles philosophy above states, the car you choose to drive is an extension of you, or your companies, persona.

In an era of fast moving culture and technology it’s no wonder that vehicle leasing is on the rise. Keeping ahead of the game means keeping up with the current trend, being flexible and moving with the times. The typical vehicle life span of 10 years simply doesn't fit into this formula.

BMW are a prestige automobile who are always forerunners in the latest style trend and technology, call us today and we will can help you achieve whichever persona you desire, 0800 043 2050.

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Paul's New Car

The Boss needs a New Car.

Actually he needed to order a new car several months ago, but he’s been dragging his heels and hasn’t made a decision yet.

So we decided to make the decision for him, with your help!

We have chosen 3 cars, for very different reasons. Now you all get the chance to vote on which car you think Paul Bulloch, Managing Director of Concept Vehicle Leasing should drive for the next 2 years!

We need to get the order in by Monday 14th March 2016 so you have until then to get your vote in. Vote via one of our social media pages, Facebook or Twitter using the tag #PaulsNewCar followed by your car of choice; Yeti, X4 or i3.

Or simply send us an email with your vote to:

The Three Choices: 

 The BMW i3 5dr Auto for £229.49 +VAT p/m

Lease a BMW i3 5dr Auto for £229.49 +VAT per month on a Business Contract Hire. Initial rental of £1,376.94 + VAT, followed by 23 rentals. 10,000 Miles Per Annum.
Enquire about this offer here

BMW X4 xDrive 30d M Sport 5dr Step Auto for £369.99 +VAT p/m

Lease a BMW X4 xDrive 30d M Sport 5dr Step Auto for £369.99 +VAT per month on a Business​ Contract Hire. Initial rental of £2,219.94 + VAT, followed by 23 rentals. 10,000 Miles Per Annum.
Enquire about this offer here

SKODA Yeti Outdoor 2.0 TDi CR SE L 5dr for £138.99 +VAT p/m

Lease a SKODA Yeti Outdoor 2.0 TDi CR SE L 5dr for £138.99 +VAT per month on a Business Contract Hire. Initial rental of £833.94 + VAT, followed by 23 rentals. 10,000 Miles Per Annum.

How do I Vote?

To cast your vote simply leave a comment on our blog with your car of choice; Yeti, X4 or i3. Or email you vote to: 

If you have any problems feel free to call us on: 0800 043 2050

Voting closes Monday 14th March 2016.

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Why not a Skoda?

Why does no one want a Skoda? Last year Concept had on offer a Skoda Octavia 2.0 Diesel Hatch 5 door for £169.49 a month. The perfect company car for a business and a great sized car for a family. The price of this cars was a steal, there’s no other way to put it, a 2.0 diesel for under £170 a month! You would expect them to fly out the door, but they didn't. A few of our veteran fleet runners jumped at the opportunity seeing a good thing for what it was, but unfortunately they were the minority. So we asked our expert sales team, why aren't these selling?

The answer came with a slight smile and the simple answer, well it’s a Skoda.

It so happens that in the past Skoda had a pretty bad reputation as a car. It was unreliable and not very nice to look at. This old reputation seems to have clung to the brand like a bad smell, even though it was bought out by the VW group in 1991. The Skoda Octavia we see today was actually reinvented by VW in 1996 and built on a VW Golf chassis. The Octavia has gone from strength to strength under the VW brand but as a condition of the original contract the ‘Skoda’ name could not be changed and thus the smell still lingers to those who remember the sloppy image of the original brand.

The standard of the modern day Skoda Octavia is of a much higher quality than its predecessors, or so say the brochures and adverts. They are more reliable, made to the high VW/Audi group standard and they have a more pleasing visual appearance. But here at Concept we don’t take anything at face value, especially the shiny brochures, so over the holiday season we took one for a spin. We even tested it on some of the harshest conditions possible so we could be sure it really stood up to the test, we trialled it in Iceland.

Skoda in Iceland

In Iceland we had a Skoda Octavia Estate. The interior was fitted with all the latest gadgets, and as a must for travelling in a snow dusted country, seat warmers!

Space wise the vehicle is fantastic, but we've never met an estate that wasn't. Looks wise the Octavia has a bonnet that is slightly too sloped for our personal taste, otherwise the car is very generic looking. It doesn't have any distinguishing features and looks very similar to any other basic vehicle. This however isn't really a bad thing. Skoda’s are not made to stand out. The new brand focuses around quality and reliability. It is a nice car that looks practical and smart. 

Driving wise the car performed great, especially on the snowy, wet and icy roads. All vehicles in Iceland have winter tyres fitted as expected for the harsh weather. Being a rental car there were a lot of miles on the clock but the drive was smooth and consistent. It  was very responsive when driving under the 70k mark and had a lot of low level power, however when we opened her up on the odd clear strip of road the Octavia did take a few seconds to jump up to the higher gears. We also had a diesel manual that had a short shift gear box which some of our less experienced drivers found difficult.

Suspension and handling were good. They were neither outstanding nor poor, in our opinion the car was very reliable. We came across a few accidents during the trip but in our Skoda we never had any issues and always felt safe.

So why a Skoda?

There isn’t anything special about a Skoda, but there isn't anything wrong with it either. It is a good car. It runs well, it is reliable and you get what you expect. We believe it is the perfect car for a corporate fleet who don’t want to spend money on the big name brands. The car is classy and professional. It is a great sized car and offers every modern gadget you want to throw money at.
The high speed lack of power may look a bit of a draw back at first, but if you’re investing in a company car for an employee to drive then it’s probably best that they don’t have the ability to ‘hoon’ down the open road, as in the end its your investment their risking.

We don’t currently run the offer we had going last year, but Skoda’s really are a fantastic car so if you’re interested give us a call – 0800 043 2050 and we will see what we can sort out for you.
But next time a great Skoda deal comes along don’t let the brand put you off, as you could be missing out on the low cost corporate fleet you've always wanted. 

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Electric Vehicle Grant

Plug-In Vehicle Grant Drop & Price Cap Introduced

All good things must come to an end, and this is never more prominent than when the government is involved. The electric car incentive is changing and there will be three different grant levels based on the cars CO2 emission and battery range.

The new grant will come into effect from the 1st of March 2016 and stay in place until March 2017, or unless a prescribed number of each grant level has been met, whichever comes first. What this prescribed number of vehicles will be is a mystery much like the elusive night tube. In other words if you are considering a plug-in vehicle you better get in quick, or the best thing you may get by way of an electric incentive in the future is a polite ‘thank you.’  

“Plug-in Grants are only available on those vehicles which can be “plugged in” and charged by electricity. From March 2016 the Plug In Car Grant will break down as follows:

Category 1 - Published Emission figures of less than 50g/km with a zero emission range of 70 miles - £4,500

Category 2 - Published Emission figures of less than 50g/km with a zero emission range of 0-69 miles - £2,500

Category 3 - Published Emission figures of 50g/km to 75g/km with a zero emission range of at least 20 miles - £2,500

The monthly rental for a lease car over a typical 3 year period will then increase by roughly £15 per month for category 1, and approximately £70 per month for category 2 and 3! There is however a small portion of time before this change over takes place.

If you place an order by no later than the 29th of February 2016 you should still be eligible for the current grant structure, as free stuff from the government is generally few and far between we suggest you give us a call asap and order one now – 0800 043 2050
The current structure is as follows:

35% of the cost of a car up to a maximum of £5,000

20% of the cost of a van up to a maximum of £8,000

To encourage zero emission vehicles and maximise the number of everyday motorists who can benefit from the grant, a price cap for category 2 and 3 vehicles will come into effect from the 1st of March. Plug-In Vehicles in category 2 and 3 that cost upwards of £60,000 will no longer be eligible for the grant at all. Plug-In vehicles that fit into the cat 1 conditions – published Emission figures of less than 50g/km with a zero emission range of 70 miles – will NOT have a price cap.

Currently Eligible Vehicles

Category 1 Vehicles 

  • BMW i3
  • BYD e6
  • Citroen CZero
  • Ford Focus Electric
  • Kia Soul EV
  • Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive
  • Mitsubishi iMiEV
  • Nissan e-NV200 5-seater and 7-seater
  • Nissan LEAF
  • Peugeot iON
  • Renault Fluence
  • Renault ZOE
  • Smart fortwo electric drive
  • Tesla Model S • Toyota Mirai • Volkswagen e-up!
  • Volkswagen e-Golf

 Category 2 Vehicles 

  • Audi A3 e-tron
  • BMW i8
  • BMW 225xe
  • BMW 330e
  • Mercedes-Benz C350 e
  • Mitsubishi Outlander
  • Toyota Prius Plug-in
  • Vauxhall Ampera
  • Volkswagen Golf GTE
  • Volvo V60 D6 Twin Engine
  • Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine

Category 3 Vehicles

  • Mercedes-Benz S500 Hybrid
  • Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid

When the total number of cars receiving a grant reaches 40,000 in cat 1 and 45,000 cat 2 and 3 combined, another review of the grant structure will then go under way. This will include cars sold prior to March 2016. In December 2015 23,000 claims had been made in cat 1 and 28,000 claims had been made for cat 2 and 3.

Confused? This basically means that half of the grants have already been claimed since the scheme came into place in 2011. The number of Plug-In car sales have been growing rapidly over the past two years so do not expect it to take another 5 years until the second half of the grants are claimed. Once the combined 85,000 trigger point has been reached a new review will reveal whether this scheme will continue.

So get your plug-in order in before the grant runs out as the governments concern for our environment will only last as long as the coffers are full. 

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Concept 2016

What's in store for 2016

This year Concept will be getting some brand new shoes! Well figuratively - we are polishing up our logo and rolling out a new design that we will launch early this year. The Concept brand will retain the same fantastic reputation but now with an updated look and feel. Watch this space.

Our sponsorship of Team GB and local Surbiton Hockey player Georgie Twigg will be very exciting this year as we follow her on her Road to Rio 2016! Keep up to date with Georgie as she gears up for the Olympics at – The

There are a lot of new models coming out this year which will be on offer through Concept. Our sales managers will be up to date on all the latest vehicles and technology and with the London Motor Show returning after an 8 year absence we predict a fantastic year for the automotive industry.

With a lot of changes happening in 2015 we are looking forward to a good year with a strong and enthusiastic team who are geared up to find you the best deal and offer our award winning customer service to each and every one of our clients – we look forward to hearing from you!

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