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Thursday, 19 May 2016
Friday, 13 May 2016
Fleet World Show 2016
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Tuesday, 12 April 2016
Join Pauls New Car Adventure and you could Win an Apple WatchThe 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
Interested in Joining Pauls New Car?
Win an Apple Watch when you order an i3!
Thursday, 17 March 2016
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.’
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.
– Chris Bangle TED Talk.
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
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: PaulsNewCar@conceptvehicleleasing.co.uk
The Three Choices:
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Thursday, 25 February 2016
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
So why a Skoda?
Wednesday, 13 January 2016
Plug-In Vehicle Grant Drop & Price Cap Introduced
20% of the cost of a van up to a maximum of £8,000
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
Tuesday, 12 January 2016
What's in store for 2016
Tuesday, 1 December 2015
Concept Vehicle Leasing is Best Small Fleet Leasing Company!
We are very proud to announce that we have won the Best Small Fleet Leasing Company Award - 250 to 1,000 vehicles sales category, in the 2015 Business Car Manager Small Fleet Leasing Awards.The awards are hosted by motoring magazine, Business Car Manager and are supported by the key industry funders, Alphabet, LEX Autolease, Arval and Network. Now in their third year, the Small Fleet Leasing Awards are designed to recognise the breadth and diversity of Leasing Broker offerings to the SME sector. We were originally short-listed from over 40 entries, the judges said;
“Concept Vehicle Leasing offer great customer care and are developing good products in a substantial package for continued growth.”
We were also short-listed for the Best Small Fleet Leasing Marketing Award for our innovative sponsorship of Team GB Hockey Athlete, Georgie Twigg, and narrowly missed out on the Best Small Fleet Leasing Company Customer Service Award.
Here at Concept we provide fully outsourced fleet management and maintenance, offering the full package to small businesses that do not have the resources for a dedicated fleet manager, so that our clients can concentrate on their business and not worry about the details of running their vehicles, from servicing right through to accident management. Behind our success this year is a new company framework with two new account managers to offer a fresh perspective, an experienced sales director and a new fleet and rental controller who has 10 years’ experience as a mechanic.
“It is clear that regardless of whether the client operates a fleet of 50 vehicles or is a private individual with a cash allowance, every single customer benefits from exactly the same experience with Concept.
Concept's approach to technological advances is also commendable, both in the vehicle fleet - such as exploring the potential for major expansion of electric vehicles for the London area - and in company administration.”
Winning a Small Fleet Leasing Award is something truly special for us as it means Concept have been independently recognised as “Best in Class” in our sector by key industry funders. Having now scooped 3 awards as many years, it demonstrates that we are consistent in our approach to business and our dedication to providing exceptional Customer Service.
We are really proud of what our team have achieved – it’s fantastic!
Winter Tyres: Revenue Stream or Safety Necessity?
In Germany and many other continental countries winter tyres are a legal requirement. However those countries are guaranteed a good slathering of snow, unlike the UK where some parts of the country won’t experience weather necessary of winter tyres at all. A large factor of this decision relies on where you live and how often you drive.
The advice goes that when the temperatures drops below 7 degrees you need to pop on your winter tyres as your breaking ability will drastically decrease and the car will have difficulty griping the road. Considering the predictability of UK weather this shouldn't be a problem right?
Winter tyres are made up of a special rubber tread compound with a high silica content which means they are still soft in low temperatures. They mould well to the cold and at times frozen road with a special tread pattern designed to assist breaking and traction. They do not however do well on the hot dry summer roads so although they have a thicker tread than normal tyres it isn't recommended to keep them on all year, even though legally they may be road worthy you should not use winter tyres without at least a 3mm tread.
A set of winter tyres will set you back upwards of £500 according to the AA estimates, however for those driving a new model this could be more around the £1000 mark. This will include the fitting and storage costs, as let’s not forget you will need to store this additional set of tyres whilst the other set is on if you don’t have a garage. This is a big sum to put down before the festive season, however most winter tyres will last roughly 2 to 3 winters depending on your mileage. We do not suggest winter tyres as a replacement Christmas present for the spouse however as that will definitely be detrimental to your health.
When it comes to safety the big issue is breaking distance. The continental breaking chart below explains how each tyre type reacts on different conditions.
Winter tyres are proven to be safer in winter conditions. They break and handle better in frozen and snowy conditions. Just because there isn't snow, it doesn't mean the road is safe, as ice can be very dangerous and is a lot harder to notice. There is the option of All-Season tyres, as you will see on the chart above, they are reasonably good all year around but are not the best performers in any season. Therefore we don’t consider them much of an option.
The AA advises; "winter tyres make sense if you live in a remote area where winter conditions are likely to be worse for longer. Elsewhere, it may be harder to justify the cost – though this has to be a personal decision. Lots of people decide simply not to drive in bad weather. Those living in urban or built-up areas may be able to use public transport instead."
Our consensus is that if you live remotely, get them, they will last a few years and they are worth it. However if you live urbanely, or in an area that very rarely sees the temperature drop below 7 degrees then they may not be necessary, we would however strongly advise you to check your tyre tread, if you are nearing the 1.6mm depth mark then it may be time to get a new set of tyres. Even if it’s not legally required, driving with tread at least 2mm should provide you with greater handling and breaking ability this winter season.
But most importantly if you are a nervous driver or you find the changing winter elements quite tricky then bite the bullet and get winter tyres, piece of mind goes a long way to driving confidently and knowing you and your passengers are safe.