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Car Leasing Summary


Leasing, PCP’s, call it what you will but the fact is car leasing of all favours in the UK is growing at an exponential rate. Still in its infancy in the UK in comparison to some areas of Europe, and certainly some areas of The USA where leasing accounts for almost 50% of vehicles sold, the attractions of leasing a new or used vehicle are obvious.

Most cars are unfortunately a depreciating asset. Leasing is a way to enjoy the car of your dreams at a fixed monthly cost and then simply hand it back at the end of the term. Conversely, buying a car outright comes with maintenance, repair and renovation costs along with the headache of disposal, determined by market conditions that include supply and demand.

Leasing is available for both business and for personal users. Indeed whilst business car leasing grew year on year just over 7%, Personal Contract Hire has grown by over 35%.

Why take the risk? Leasing offers smaller or no deposits along with usually lower monthly payments. They are good for cash flow and forecasting as well as being able to comfortably afford something that may normally be out of your perceived budget. Warranties generally cover the period of the lease agreement and maintenance is often included also. Genuine fixed fee monthly motoring pleasure.

Choosing a car is usually an enjoyable experience, choosing an executive or sports model even more so. Selecting the right finance product can make the whole journey even more satisfying.



Christmas Opening Hours


  • Saturday 23th. Open: 9am – 5pm
  • Sunday 24th. Closed
  • Wednesday 27th. Open as usual: 8.30am-5.30pm
  • Saturday 30th. Open as usual: 8.30am-5.30pm
  • Sunday 31st. Showroom open as usual: 11am-4pm
  • First day back in 2018 Tuesday 2nd January

Merry Christmas from us all.

We would like to express our sincerest appreciation for your custom, and best wishes for the holidays.



Introducing The Top 10 Bestselling Cars Of 2017 So Far


We are half way through the year and you have been busy treating yourselves to new cars. We have seen the list of the best-selling cars for the first six months of this year and unsurprisingly, it matches almost exactly with the bestselling cars from last year and the year before that.

The exciting truth is that we lease all the cars on the list, so if you are one of those who has yet to treat themselves to a new car, best consider getting one over the next six months. 2017 is your year.

Ford Fiesta – 50,779 registrations

Blue Ford Fiesta

Despite this generation of Ford Fiesta being nine years old and with a new one being launched later this year, the Ford Fiesta is still the most popular car on the market. We can imagine Ford constantly reconsidering whether to launch that new Fiesta generation considering the continued success of the current model.

For those of you interested in getting a Ford Fiesta this year, we have great deals on the current model. This affordable supermini is great fun to drive, handles itself well on the road, doesn’t damage the bank account and is comfortable for the long haul. We offer great car leasing deals that suit your needs on all our Fiestas.

Ford Focus – 31,762 registrations

Blue Ford Focus

Ford has claimed the top two spots with the Ford Focus coming in second place, more than 20,000 registrations behind. The Fiesta’s big brother whilst less popular than the Fiesta has been the staple choice for families since 1999, remaining in the top ten most popular cars for years now.

If you are a family looking for a new hatchback, the Ford Focus has proven its excellence and we have great car leasing deals ready to suit your needs. Enquire with us about a Ford Focus and you could be driving away in one in no time.

Nissan Qashqai – 28,471 registrations

The Nissan Qashqai is again the most popular SUV sold this year as it was last year and the year before that. This year it took third place, but that could change over the next six months where it could rise passed the Ford Focus. With only three thousand registrations between them, it is all to play for.

Volkswagen Golf – 27,895 registrations

Volkswagen Golf

In fourth place, we have the amazing Volkswagen Golf. This car has been one of Britain’s favourite cars, regularly in the top ten of the most bought cars. It is always well reviewed and well rated by both critics and customers. It is unsurprising that this excellent car and all its variants have put it in fourth place so far this year.

Vauxhall Corsa – 27,821 registrations

White Vauxhall Corsa

The gap is closing down here in the middle of the table. Any of these cars could overtake any of the others. This means that the Vauxhall Corsa could rise from its fifth position. This car is the closest direct rival of the Ford Fiesta on this list being from the same supermini class.

Vauxhall Astra – 25,431 registrations

Red Vauxhall Astra

You will be beginning to notice a pattern with the best selling cars so far this year. They are almost all cars that have been staple vehicles on Britain’s roads for decades and number six is no different. The Vauxhall Astra is the family car in direct competition with the Ford Focus. It is also a true product of Britain being built in Cheshire.

Mercedes C-Class – 23,284 registrations

White Mercedes C-Class

The Mercedes C-Class is the first premium saloon on the list and has long been the most popular one in Britain. This is likely down to the positive ratings it receives. It looks as if this car is rising in popularity because last year it ended up being the 9th bestselling car of the year and at the current rate could end up in 7th position or higher.

Volkswagen Polo – 22,500 registrations

Red Volkswagen Polo

The Golf’s younger brother has entered the list at number eight. It did have a slow start to the year but has quickly caught up. This could mean that the Volkswagen Polo could finish much higher and much closer to its main rivals, the Vauxhall Corsa and the Ford Fiesta. Like its rivals, it looks great, has bundles of style, drives great and has a higher quality cabin.

Mercedes A-Class – 19,222 registrations

Blue Mercedes A-class

The resurrected A-Class that completely redefined itself after its boxier history, hits the top ten list at number nine. This is the premium hatchback of the list and the second Mercedes too. It offers a sleek design, quick performance and incredibly comfortable ride.

Mini Hatchback – 18,952 registrations

Yellow Mini Hatchback

The Mini Hatchback has replaced the Audi A3 that took the 10th position last year. The Mini offers the iconic shape and design, as well as the drive and the ride. Like the Nissan Qashqai, it is the only car that doesn’t share the top ten slot with any of its siblings.

These are the top ten bestselling cars of the year so far. How will this list look when 2017 comes to a close?

Will any of these cars have moved up or down in positions and will any of them get closer to that Ford Fiesta to knock it off that top spot after all these years?

If you are interested in the cars mentioned on the list, we have a selection ready for your consideration. You can get them through cheap car leasing today.



Most Popular Cars of April 2017


April saw a drop in the number of new cars being registered for the first time in a long time. This was down to the changes in vehicle tax that came in on 1st April and because March saw a huge rise instead. That being said, April was still a successful month and here are the most popular cars registered in the month.

Three of the top five most popular cars registered in the UK in April are available to lease through Cheap Car Leasing. We specialise in offering great cheap lease deals, with additional deals for those with poor or bad credit and no deposit car leasing. If you like any of the following cars, we do have them ready to drive away in.

Vauxhall Corsa

The Vauxhall Corsa is one of the most popular small cars on the market and regularly wrestles with the Ford Fiesta for that top spot. The current model was redesigned three years ago in 2014 and has been a massive hit. The new look is unique, sleek and modern.

The inside is just as smart and stylish, in fact, it trumps many of its rivals in how good it looks. In comparison, the Ford Fiesta interior feels a little dated. There is more space inside this model of Corsa compared with previous models, easily fitting in four adults comfortably. You have the choice of a practical five-door or a sporty three-door. In the boot, you get a capacity of 285-litres of space.

Depending on the model of Corsa you choose, you can go from being sparsely equipped to fully equipped. Basic models only have central locking, electric door mirrors and a stereo. Higher models get air-conditioning, leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel and an infotainment system with a seven-inch colour touchscreen.

Nissan Qashqai

Nissan Qashqai is the leader in the affordable SUV market, being the original crossover, combining the looks of an SUV with the price and running costs of a hatchback. The current model has been upgraded to feature a higher-quality cabin, which delivers on more practical space and handles much better than previous editions.

Inside that new, stylish cabin, you get well-used space that easily fits four adults inside it without worry. The materials used inside are of a much higher quality than previously used thanks to the use of shiny black plastics and polished aluminium trim. Whoever designed the dashboard knows where everything needed to be placed to ensure the driver isn’t fiddling around when on the move. The boot of the Qashqai originally delivers 430-litres of space and if you drop those rear seats flat, that increases to 1,585-litres of boot space.

When it comes to driving this SUV, you get beautifully controlled body control and the steering is both light and accurate, making it perfect for city and motorway drivers. The ride is impressively smooth, soaking up the bumps of the road. The Chassis Control System uses electronics to adjust the handling and ride comfort. This is a responsive and refined vehicle.

Ford Focus

Blue Ford Focus

Ford enters the list at number three with the Ford Focus. The Ford Focus is the best-selling compact family car of all time, beating out its rivals. This is an extremely recognisable car thanks to the smart, sharp exterior design, ensuring it stands out on the road. But as other reviewers have said, the true potential of this car is behind the wheel.

Inside the Focus, you get a well put together dashboard that is slightly behind its rivals due to the use of older materials. However, it does have plenty of space for adults in terms of headroom and legroom in front and rear. There are also plenty of cubby holes available to store items in. The boot provides 316-litres of boot capacity with the seats up as standard. If you drop those rear seats, that increases to 1,215-litres of space.

But the place where the Focus truly shines is in the performance. Ford has a talent. They can take normal everyday cars like the Focus and sprinkle a little magic into their performances. With the focus that magic delivers fun. The steering is sharp and in the corners, you cannot feel the body roll. The ride is slightly firmer than its rivals, but you barely notice, unless you go on very long journeys. This is the family hatchback for those who enjoy the fun.

Volkswagen Golf

The Golf was always going to be present in the top five. This car has been a staple of British roads for decades and for good reason. It is one of the best cars ever delivered, constantly hitting the top ratings. It is a direct rival to the Ford Focus and is currently a more updated model than Ford’s offering.

Volkswagen ensures all their cars are closer to the standard of a premium hatchback rather than an ordinary one. Everything in the Golf is quality built, with the use of excellent materials putting you in a gorgeous place. If you go for a higher model, you get a tartan seat design. The dashboard is simple and minimalist, ensuring you aren’t bombarded with buttons. There is a 9.20inch centre console screen for the infotainment system and behind the wheel is a 12.3-inch display screen behind the steering wheel to replace the usual binnacle.

The passenger space in the Golf is brilliant. Even six-foot adults can easily fit comfortable inside with lots of headroom and legroom. In the boot, you get 380-litres of boot space, which is great. There also plenty of cubby holes and other storage space spread throughout the cabin.

Where the Golf dominates is the road. This car is the best hatchback to drive on the motorway and is well balanced in overall terms. There is minimal body roll and the ride is perfectly judged to remove all long distance discomfort. Inside, the cabin is quiet thanks to the overall refinement. This car is the best ride in the hatchback market.

Ford Fiesta

Ford is back in at number one with the Ford Fiesta. This car is no surprise. You see them on almost every road and in every car park. It is the best small hatchback available, beating its rivals the Corsa and the Fabia and a new model is coming out later this year. Will it be able to hold its place?

It received an exterior design update in 2013, that gave it a more aggressive-looking grille and a boot-mounted spoiler. This gave it a fresh updated look. However, the age of the Fiesta is beginning to show after nine years in service. The dashboard is simple and smart with a collection of buttons and small infotainment screen. It is smaller on the inside than its rivals but still, offers legroom and headroom aplenty. The Fiesta boot also offers 290-litres of space with those seats up. When you drop those seats, it does increase to 974-litres, which isn’t bad.

In terms of performance, Ford adds that sprinkle of magic again. The Ford Fiesta is amazing fun to drive. The gearbox is smooth and the acceleration with it. The steering is light and accurate and thanks to the excellent visibility and small dimensions of the car, the Fiesta is excellent in small spots. The suspension is excellent, even absorbing many of the cobbles and potholes that make up many of our town roads. On the motorway, this car cruises with comfort in mind. It is a brilliant little car and deserves its place as the most popular car registered in April.

If you want these cars or others car, we have a great selection of cars available for you to consider. We offer great cheap lease deals that allow you to drive away with a car on affordable monthly payments. Enquire with us and our team will work to get you the best possible deal.



How To Get More For Your Budget


Getting the most for your money is a natural human aspiration. It is directly linked to us getting a car because you want to save money on the expensive items in life. Cars are one of the most expensive investments many of us will pour money into. That means you have to get it right and get your money’s worth.

This is why it is so important to get more with your budget. You can just stick with getting the basic car that costs your entire budget or you can plan it differently. You can either save money on your budget by lowering those monthly payments and spending it somewhere else in your life. Or you can make the choice to stretch your budget to a premium vehicle and enjoy a real taste of driving.

The larger the deposit, the lower the payments

Your monthly payments for your car under a cheap car leasing agreement are fixed. However, that doesn’t mean you cannot lower them right from the start. There are a variety of different ways to achieve that and one of them is by paying a deposit.

By paying a deposit, you are choosing to pay a certain amount of money up front. For most leasing and finance agreements, this comes in three different forms.

  • A deposit worth three months of payments
  • A deposit worth six months of payments
  • A deposit worth nine months of payments

The amount you choose to deposit is always under negotiation, so take note that the higher the deposit you pay, the lower your monthly payments will be. This is because, with a deposit, you are paying off a chunk of the overall value of the deal, thereby lowering how much you have to pay over the remaining agreement period.

Longer agreements lower the monthly costs

One way of getting more for your monthly budget is by going for a longer agreement. This is an obvious technique because the value of the agreement is set. Therefore, the longer the agreement is, the more that cost is spread out across the months.

The average length of a leasing or finance agreement is 48 months. However, they do increase up to 60 months. There is an obvious downside in that you cannot change your car for the length of the agreement unless you choose to pay a settlement fee. However, if you enjoy your car, then you have nothing to worry about.

Better credit means lower payments

With every finance and leasing agreement, lenders conduct credit checks on all customers. This is to give them an idea of the credit rating of the customer. The better your credit rating, the lower your interest will be. This results in your monthly payments also being lower.

If you have poor or bad credit, the interest rates on your agreement will be higher and that means the monthly payments will be higher. By ensuring you have good credit, you will be able to get more for your money by lowering those monthly payments further.

We offer bad credit car leasing for those of you with poor or bad credit ratings.

Different cars are available

There are times when you want a specific car. You have dreamed about it and decided that you need that one car. However, at times, wanting a specific car can mean reaching outside your budget. If instead, you consider what you need from a car, you may find another car (within your budget) meets the same needs.

Volkswagen Golf

Instead, you can get a cheaper car that achieves similar things and has your desired monthly payments. This is one way of getting more for your budget.

Cheap car leasing gives you the opportunity to get great cars on lease through affordable prices. With Cheap Car Leasing, we help you get the most out of your budget on our selection of cheap cars. Enquire with us and our team will find you the right deal for your budget.



What Are The Cheapest Cars To Run?


In times of financial tightening, we all struggle with our monthly budgets. For most of us, a car is essential to commuting to work, getting the weekly shop in and so much more. You could be one of those people who now needs a car and is looking for the cheapest possible one.

Here at Cheap Car Leasing, our aim is to get you the cheapest possible deal on the most affordable cars on the market. But keeping running costs low is just as important and the following cars are the cheapest cars to lease and to run dependent upon your needs.

City Car: Volkswagen UP

For those of you looking for a small city car to bustle around in that is cheap to run, the Germans will deliver. The Volkswagen UP is a great small car that is perfect for driving around your town or city and delivers excellent fuel efficiently.

There is an electric model, but that is more expensive overall to lease, but the greenest fuel-powered VW UP in the 1.0 BlueMotion Tech Take Up. This model has a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine producing 60 bhp. this gives the car 100 mph top speed and an acceleration speed from 0-60 mph in 14.4 seconds. More importantly, it has a combined fuel economy of 68.9 mpg making it very effective to run. However, the UP will primarily be driven around urban areas and therefore has an urban fuel economy of 57 mpg, which will save you money on your monthly budget.

Supermini: Ford Fiesta

Blue Ford Fiesta

Ford deliver well on the supermini front with their all-round highly rates Fiesta. The Ford Fiesta is excellent in performance, handling, comfort and of course, fuel economy. The cheapest Fiesta model is the 1.5 TDCi Style. This one comes with a 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine producing 85 bhp. From that power, this Fiesta has a top speed of 108 mph and accelerates from 0-60 mph in 12.5 seconds.

Thanks to it being a diesel engine, the fuel economy is better with a combined economy of 88.3 mpg. The Ford Fiesta will be likely used on both the motorways and the urban streets so it has an extra-urban economy of 94 mpg and an urban economy of 81 mpg. This one is particularly good at saving you money on the budget.

Big hatchback: Skoda Octavia

Silver Skoda Octavia

Skoda has been on top of the market for years now and their Octavia delivers on those high standards. Skoda has focused on ensuring their models are efficient to ensure their customers don’t waste money on their budgets when they don’t need to.

The cheapest Octavia to run is the 1.6 TDI 110 SE Technology model. It has a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine. It produced 110 bhp, which allows it to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 10.70 seconds. It also tops out at a speed of 122 mph.

So when it comes to fuel efficiency and saving you money on that monthly budget, this Octavia delivers a combined fuel economy of 76.4 mpg. For those of you who travel far on the motorway, you will find an extra-urban fuel economy of 81 mpg and for the city drivers, there is an urban economy of 67 mpg.

SUV: Kia Sportage

SUVs aren’t necessarily the most economical when we think about them. However, thanks to their continued development, SUVs are now greener and more economical. The cheapest SUV to run is the Kia Sportage on a cheap car lease. The most economic model is the 1.7 CRDi ISG 1.

This model has a 1.7-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine producing 114 bhp. Because of its size, the Sportage isn’t the fastest or quickest of cars. It has a top speed of 109 mph and accelerates from 0-60 mph in 11.1 seconds. But it delivers on fuel efficiency. It has a combined fuel economy of 61.4 mpg, an urban economy of 52 mpg and an extra-urban fuel economy of 67mpg.

Leasing a cheap car that is also cheap to run is great for our bank balances. It means we save money on our monthly budgets, which is never a complaint. If you are interested in leasing a cheap car, check out what we have on offer for you.



What Are The Cheapest Cars To Lease?


We all want cars that are good and affordable. For those of you looking for a cheap car to drive away with, you have come to the right place. At Cheap Car Leasing, we have a great selection of cheap cars for you to lease.

The cheapest cars we have available for you to lease are also the smallest. Our city car range offers you a great, nippy car for a brilliant cheap price that delivers practicality and fuel efficiency. The initial deposit and resulting monthly payments will be lower on these cars that any other model available on the market.

Skoda Citigo

Our Skoda Citigo is the cheap city car that doesn’t feel cheap at all. This is one of the best city cars on the market with a simple but stark exterior and a minimalistic interior. Inside, there is also plenty of space for six-foot tall adults and can come with both three door and five door models. It has the basic essentials when it comes to technology such as CD player, four airbags and stability controls.

There are a variety of engines on offer with the Citigo, each offering different solutions to your needs. The cheapest model is the 1.0-litre 60 S petrol engine whilst the cheapest to run is the 1.0-litre 670 SE Greentech petrol engine. If speed is a priority for you, the fastest Citigo is the 1.0-litre 75 SE-L Greentech petrol engine.

Volkswagen UP

The closest rival to the Citigo is the Volkswagen Up and they are similarly priced. After the 2016 upgrade, the UP has a revised exterior design and an updated dashboard. The interior is the best in its class due to the quality of the material and the build with plenty of space for passengers and storage in the boot.

The main engine in the UP is a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine. It produces either 59 bhp, 74 bhp or 89 bhp (thanks to a turbocharger). There is a variety of engines for each power output. The cheaper models have 59 bhp, whilst the greenest models range between the 59 bhp and the 74 bhp models. The fastest models are obviously in the 89 bhp range. The Up is quick that that is fun to drive and nippy in the corners.

Toyota Aygo

For those of you looking for a funky cheap car to drive, you have to look at the Toyota Aygo. It has a funky exterior design that makes it stand out from the rest of its rivals who go for a more minimalist, sleek design. Inside the Aygo, you get a durable build with decent materials but are not as high quality as the ones used in the UP or the Citigo. There is enough space inside the Aygo for six-foot-tall passengers to sit comfortable with plenty of headroom and legroom.

Toyota has given their Aygo the same 1.0-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine, which produces 68 mph. That is an excellent fuel economy, which will save you money on your fuel bills monthly. It also offers a relaxed drive thanks to its acceleration time of 13.9 seconds.

If you are looking to lease cheap cars like the three mentioned above, you can enquire with us. We will offer you the best cheap deal on our cars. All you need to do is know your budget. Check out our great collection of cheap cars ready for leasing now.



Harsher Penalties For Speeding Introduced


The majority of people will never have been caught speeding and will likely never have to worry about it. But, it is worth knowing what punishments would befall you if you did decide to speed. Some of us make mistakes and others do it deliberately, but we all need to know.

How penalties work from April 24th

The range of sentencing for speeding is defined by the Sentencing Council. There are three bands of sentencing, Band A, Band B and Band C. Each comes with its own punishment, getting more severe the worse the perceived offence.

 Band A

Speed Limit Recorded Speed
20 MPH 21-30 MPH
30 MPH 31-40 MPH
40 MPH 41-55 MPH
50 MPH 51-65 MPH
60 MPH 61-80 MPH
70 MPH 71-90 MPH

 

If you are caught speeding in the Band A category, you will receive 3 points on your licence. You will also receive a monetary fine that ranges from 25-75% of your relevant weekly income. Whilst you do have that range, the majority of fines for a Band A offence will be 50% of your weekly income. That sounds bad enough and yet that is the lowest Band.

Band B

Speed Limit Recorded Speed
20 MPH 31-40 MPH
30 MPH 41-50 MPH
40 MPH 56-65 MPH
50 MPH 66-76 MPH
60 MPH 81-90 MPH
70 MPH 91-100 MPH

 

In Band B offences, you either receive 4-6 points on your licence or you must endorse and may be disqualified for 7-28 days. One cancels out the other so you can either take the points or you can be disqualified from driving for a set number of days. On top of that, the monetary fine ranged from 75-125% of your weekly income. However, it is usually set at 100% of your weekly earnings.

Band C

Speed Limit Recorded Speed
20 MPH 41+ MPH
30 MPH 51+ MPH
40 MPH 66+ MPH
50 MPH 76+ MPH
60 MPH 91+ MPH
70 MPH 101+ MPH

 

Band C is the harshest sentence and to be in this band, you have to be excessively speeding. If you are caught in a Band C offence, You will either receive 6 points on your licence or you will be disqualified for 7-56 days. You will also receive a fine of 125-175% of your weekly income. This will likely be a fine of 150% of your weekly income.

For those offenders who will drive grossly in excess of the speed limit can expect even harsher punishments. These will likely come in the form of being disqualified for longer than the stated 56 days. All these punishments are easily avoidable by sticking to the speed limit.

Aggravating factors

There are aggravating factors that will ensure you get a harsher sentence than would normally be applied to you if you were caught speeding. There are a few factors that will reduce the seriousness of the crime, but they are few where the aggravating factors are many.

  • Previous conviction (The nature of which are taken into account)
  • Offence committed whilst on bail
  • Offence committed on licence or post-sentence supervision
  • Poor weather & road conditions
  • Towing caravan or trailer
  • Driving LGV, HGV, PSV etc
  • Carrying passengers
  • Carrying a heavy load
  • Driving for hire or reward
  • Evidence of unacceptable standard of driving over and above the speed limit
  • Location such as near a school
  • High levels of traffic or pedestrians

Mitigating factors

  • No previous convictions or relevant convictions
  • A person of good characters and exemplary conducts
  • Genuine emergency established

These new sentences come into effect from the 24th April 2017. They aim to deter people from speeding and to keep our roads safer for all. You can avoid becoming a victim and possibly creating more victims by driving safely at all times.

For those of you looking for a safe, secure vehicle to drive in the future, we have a variety of excellent cars available for you. You can consider cheap car leasing as an affordable option for any of the cars you choose. Check out our selection now.



How To Lower My Lease Payments


We are always looking for cheaper ways to purchase a car. If you are looking at leasing a car, but aren’t sure if you could afford the monthly payments, we have a few suggestions as to how you can lower those lease payments.

When it comes to leasing a car, the payments are likely to be cheaper than car finance payments, but there is nothing wrong with wanting them to be cheaper. This is especially helpful for those of you considering bad credit car leasing.

Choose a car with high residual value

Depreciation is one of the biggest obstacles car owners face when it comes to selling or part exchanging their current car for a new one. With leasing, it shouldn’t be a problem because you are handing the car back to the leasing company at the end of the agreement. However, because the leasing company has to sell the car after it has been returned, they ensure the cost is levelled across your monthly payments. In fact, most of your leasing payments go towards paying off the depreciation on your car over the lease period.

If you choose a car that doesn’t dramatically depreciate and keeps a high residual value, then your monthly payments will be lower. It will hold its value better and therefore you are not paying off a large amount of depreciation.

Choose a used car

Carrying on with that train of thought, if the cost of leasing is based on how much a car will depreciate, why not consider getting a car that has already depreciated. A used car will have lower monthly costs because, after three years, the depreciation rate on cars slows down.

There are obvious risks that with an older, used car, there will be an increased cost in maintenance and repair costs. However, if you have zero issues for the agreed period, you will simply be paying low monthly costs. This could be well worth the risk when compared to the monthly amounts on newer cars.

Blue Ford Fiesta

Find that special lease deal

As with many things in life, the best time to get them is on a special deal. The same goes for a car lease deal. If you want to get the lowest lease payments, get a car whilst it is on offer. These offers can pop up at multiple times.

If a car is about to be put out of production or a new model is being launched, the current model will usually be offered up on a special deal by most dealerships for its final few months. Dealerships also offer monthly deals on a selection of cars that change every month, so if you are tempted by a certain car, keep an eye out and it may be available on special offer. Dealerships also have excess stock of certain cars that need clearing. They aim to do this by offering these cars on special offer for a limited time.

If you have a chance, take advantage of any of these possibilities and find your car on a special offer. It will dramatically lower your monthly payments, allowing you to, in some circumstances, to afford a car that you may have otherwise thought was beyond your budget.

Lower your mileage allowance

When dealerships total up how much you will pay on your monthly payments for your lease, your mileage allowance is a major factor. The higher your allowance, the higher your payments. This is because the more miles you drive, the more value depreciates off your car. The less you drive, the higher your car’s residual value with remain.

The majority of leasing deals begin with mileage allowances as low as 5,000 miles a year. This gives you plenty of flexibility when it comes to deciding how many miles you will need to drive annually. The average for most people is between 10-12,000 miles a year. Work out how many miles you will drive a year so you are getting value for money. There is no point taking out a lease deal with more mileage than you are likely to travel and spend more money than you would otherwise need to pay.

We already offer great cheap car lease deals on a variety of great cars. But you can still get those payments lower by following these tips and tricks. If you are interested in any of the cars we offer and know your budget, then contact us and out staff will do the rest.



Take A Road Trip In 2017


2016 was tumultuous for a variety of reasons and in 2017, we think you need to relax on a gorgeous holiday. In fact, we suggest you go off on an adventure and forget about the rest of the World. Why not head off on the road trip of a lifetime?

You have the chance to go to a variety of places like a road trip through the United States of America, which should be interesting, to say the least right now. You could head to continental Europe and explore the beautiful countries there. Or you could get a cheap lease deal with a new car and head off on a road trip around England and Wales. The choice is entirely up to you for where you wish to go on your road trip.

Staying at home

If you fancy a nice, calm relaxing road trip around the British Isles, we have a few beautiful suggestions for you.

First place is in Derbyshire, England. Pack up your car and head to the Peak District for the weekend and search for Snake Pass. This trip will cross the Pennines and Ladybower Reservoir and along the A57, which connects Manchester to Sheffield.  The first thing you will notice on this trip will be the glorious views that the National Trust’s High Peak Estate offers you. The second thing you will notice is how fun the Pass is to drive down.  It has snug corners and twisted roads, giving you an exhilarating drive. Unfortunately, Snake Pass is only 42 miles long, so we suggest you save it for a weekend holiday.

Road trip in Wales

Legends of Wales

Another road trip you could go on is in Wales. Welsh tourist board has chosen to make 2017 a Year of Legends and you have two options to choose from for a road trip. These two tours can be done by bike or by car (car is best) and allow you to explore Wales and all its beautiful sights and mythological sites.

The South West Wales Legends Cycle Route takes you through the four counties of Neath Port Talbot, Carmarthenshire, Swansea Bay and Pembrokeshire. The route is 118-miles long and you get to see the ancient, mythological and historical locations that have inspired and been home to figures like St David, King Arthur and Merlin. The route is a combination of legendary stories and gorgeous sights to behold.

The second route is the Legends Tombstone Trail. This route tells the story of those legends like King Arthur through the tombstones and cemeteries that litter the South West of Wales. This may sound like a morbid trip, but on the trip you will explore ancient abbeys, the resting place of Merlin in Carmarthenshire, and incredible scenery that is the bases of so many road trips.

The place where road trips became famous

If you really want to treat yourself to a proper road trip, jump on a plane, rent a car and take to the open roads of America. California will be the place to go this year. There are a few ways to do it, but it you wish to be a traditionalist, then go in the hot summer months and rent yourself a convertible Mustang (damn cheap over there). But if you want an even cheaper holiday with plenty more storage space, get yourself a Jeep Wrangler from Turo for a very cheap price per day. To make both trips cheaper, aim to do a circle and return the cars back to the city you rented them from originally.

Road Trip In America

So, you have landed in Los Angeles and you have rented your car, what do you do next? Hit the Highway 101 for Santa Barbara. This is around 75 miles and should take you close to 1 hour and 25 minutes. If you have gone in the summer months, you will be driving under clear, bright blue skies, along the coast with the seat on your left and wide open fields on your right. When you reach Santa Barbara, make sure you head to the Longboards Grill and treat yourself to burgers and beers before taking a spin along Downtown.

When you are ready to leave Santa Barbara, head to San Luis Obispo, again along the 101. This is another 94 miles and should take you around 1 hour and 35 minutes. This is more of a stop off point on the journey, but it is a gorgeous place to explore, so spend the night, maybe at the Madonna Inn.

Hearst Castle

Next on the trip, you will want to head to the architectural and literary landmark known as Hearst Castle or La Cuesta Encantada. You jump back onto the 101 again, but this time you eventually split off and head onto the Highway 1. This is 44 miles from San Luis Obispo and will take you 50 minutes to drive there. This castle was donated to the California state by the children of visionary and newspaper publisher, William Randolph Hearst. The castle has 165-rooms and 127 acres of gardens, pools and fountains. In its day, it had famous guests like Winston Churchill and Charlie Chaplin.

Once you have explored the Castle, Jump back on the Highway 1 and take yourself 91 miles along the coast to Carmel. One thing to note if you have never seen Seals up close before. Stop at Point Lobos just outside Carmel and you will be able to see dozens of seals burping on the beach. When you reach Carmel, this is a place to stay for a few days. You can explore the La Bicyclette for delicious Mediterranean recipes or the Ranch Hotel and Restaurant, which is situated 22 acres outside of Carmel. There are plenty of amazing gift shops and galleries for the art lovers amongst you.

To the Golden Gate

Finally, to reach San Francisco, jump back onto the Highway 101 for 122 miles. There is so much to do in San Francisco. There is the famous Dave Eggers ‘pirate shop’, 826 Valencia, which is an excellent little bookshop. You can take a trip on the Blue and Gold Fleet bout tour. It takes you from Pier 39, sails around Alcatraz island and heads under the Golden Gate Bridge. It is well advised that if you want to keep the weather on your side, then do this trip in those summer months of June to September. Outside of those months, you may as well stay in the UK because it is just as flippant.

You can extend your road trip for if you want, but that’s what we suggest you do if you fancy a proper American road trip. There are so many other places you can go on an amazing road trip, but this year, our recommendations are for a Californian road trip and a Welsh road trip. All you have to do is get yourself a car on the cheapest car leasing available and head off on an adventure.



Prestige Car Leasing Comparison: Mercedes A-Class VS BMW 1-Series


Sometimes we fancy treating ourselves to something more luxurious than normal. This can happen with everything from furniture to food to cars. Especially cars. You can choose a more popular hatchback like a Ford Focus or Vauxhall Corsa, but when you can get a premium model on a cheap car leasing agreement, why not treat yourself?

We have two premium hatchback suggestions for you: The BMW 1-Series and the Mercedes A-Class.

The engines

Let’s start with the Mercedes A-Class. With both cars, there is a variety of different engines you can choose from, so we will cover the cheapest, the fastest and the greenest engine available.

The cheapest A-Class engine is the A160 SE model. It is a 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine coupled with a manual gearbox. It produces 102 bhp, which allows it to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 10.6 seconds, making it an excellent motorway cruiser. It also has a top speed of 118 mph, which is always good to know. With regards to fuel efficiency, this A-Class model produces a combined fuel economy of 52.3 mpg. For those of you who usually drive in the city, you have an urban fuel economy of 39 mpg and for the motorway cruisers, you produce an extra-urban fuel economy of 66 mpg.

The cheapest model for the BMW 1-Series is the 118i [1.5] SE. The BMW 1-Series cheapest model is faster and more powerful than Mercedes’s model. The 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that produces 136 bhp. It has a higher top speed with 130 mph and is quicker from 0-60 mph in 8.5 seconds. It also has a better fuel efficiency than the A-Class on the cheapest model. It has a combined fuel economy of 56. mpg, an urban fuel economy of 46 mpg and extra-urban fuel economy of 66 mpg.

Lower running costs

The greener the car, the cheaper the car is the run. In theory, you should be spending the least amount of money on fuel and your road tax should be low. The Mercedes A-Class’s greenest model is the A180d SE model. This model comes with a 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine producing 109 bhp. It has a combined fuel economy of 80.7 mpg so you will not be filling up nearly as often. For the motorway cruisers amongst you, the extra-urban fuel economy is 88 mpg, ensuring you travel further for less. City drivers get a good deal too thanks to an urban fuel economy of 72 mpg. It also accelerates from 0-60 mph in 11.3 seconds and hits a top speed of 118 mph.

The BMW 1-Series equivalent is the 116d EfficientDynamics Plus model. This model is a 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine that produces 116 bhp, making it again more powerful than the A-Class. The BMW does also have better fuel economy across the board. Its combined fuel economy comes out at 83.1 mpg. For the extra-urban fuel economy, you get 91 mpg, so you will last longer than the Mercedes A-Class on the motorways. In the city, you get an urban fuel economy of 72 mpg, which is the same as the Mercedes A-Class. This model also comes out with a top speed of 121 mph, making it faster than the Mercedes and accelerates from 0-60 mph in 10.4 seconds, ensuring it is quicker than the Mercedes.

Speed and power

Finally, we have the fastest models available offers for the A-Class and the 1-Series. Both models have updated speed demons in the forms of the A-Class A45 and the BMW M140i. But for the fastest engines in the normal models, you have two excellent options.

The Mercedes model is the A250 4Matic AMG Premium that offers you a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine producing 218 bhp. With that power, you get a top speed of 149 mph, which is very good. It sprints from 0-60 mph in 6.3 seconds, making it an excellent motorway car for its ability to get to adequate speeds in a same and speedy manner. Whilst fuel economy might not be the biggest priority if you are looking for speed, you do get a combined fuel economy of 42.2 mpg, which obviously isn’t as good as some of the other models. It has an extra-urban fuel economy of 50 mpg and an urban fuel economy of 33 mpg.

Flipping over to the BMW 1-Series, you get the 125i [224] M Sport model. It has a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine. The BMW continues to be more powerful than the Mercedes, developing 224 bhp. With that, you get a top speed of 151 mph, again faster than the A-Class. It is also quicker from 0-60 mph, sprinting there in 6.1 seconds. It also wins on fuel economy, even on these fast models. It has a combined fuel economy of 47.9 mpg, an extra-urban economy of 57 mpg and an urban fuel economy of 38 mpg.

The interior

Inside the Mercedes A-Class, you get a plush, comfortable cabin, that is very classy higher up the range. The dashboard is made from high-quality plastics and materials. The seats are thickly bolstered with excellent support, whilst remaining comfortable. Both the seats and the steering wheel are full adjustable, ensuring you can get the right driving position for you.
The space in the front is brilliant with plenty of space. In the rear, it is tighter to get into for six-foot adults as the doors do not open as widely. However, the legroom and headroom is sufficient. In the boot, Mercedes have given the A-Class a boot capacity of 340-litres.

Inside the 1-Series

Over in the 1-Series, you get a driving position that is low, with plenty of legroom and headroom. However, the seats themselves are not as comfortable or supportive as the ones in the Mercedes. One of the best things about the interior of the 1-Series is that the dashboard is directed towards the driver, ensuring all the controls are easily laid out and within easy reach.
The car will comfortably fit four adults. Add a fifth in and the back seats can feel tight, especially with regards to legroom thanks to the transmission tunnel down the middle. The 1-Series has a larger boot than the A-Class with a capacity of 360-litres.

Driving performance

The Mercedes A-Class handles well. There is a little body roll and the steering wheel does feel weighted, however, you can easily remain in control. You get plenty of grip to ensure you stay in place as you hit those corners. In fact, with the fastest model, you get more grip and it corners far flatter than some of the lower models. It is comfy enough on most the roads, especially the smoother roads.

In comparison, the BMW 1-Series is a better car. The ride quality is top notch, with comfortable seats and you barely feel the bumps and potholes in the road as you head over them. Motorway driving is also extremely comfortable, making it an excellent cruiser. The BMW is also a rear-wheel drive car, so you may expect it to swing its backend out more. For the most part, the handling feels balanced with plenty of grip. If you do throw it too hard into a corner, you may expect it to become loose on the handling, but that is easily correctable.

Out of these two prestige hatchback heavyweights, the BMW 1-Series comes out on top. It dominated the engines. And it is just a far better drive on the road. Both are available on cheap monthly payments through car leasing.



Worst Cars on Sale Today


2016 has been a fantastic year in terms of cars, but with the good, comes the bad. There’s been some truly poor attempts from the likes of Fiat, Honda and even SEAT when it comes to the models they’ve produced – but what makes them so ‘bad’?

Fiat 500L

With rivals as popular as the Citroen C3 Picasso and the Ford B-Max, it’s safe to say that the Fiat 500L has struggled with creating the perfect mini MPV. It’s not all bad with the 500L, due to its range of trim options which are a good value for money. Unfortunately for Fiat, the negatives outweigh the positives, with its noisy and uncomfortable drive, lack of engine power and it’s just not a practical car when you compare the 500L to its competition.

Fiat had the right idea, but the 500L just doesn’t make the cut.

Nissan Micra

The Nissan Micra may have a tempting price tag, but underneath all of the recent improvements, it’s still just not good enough. The overall drive is filled with unwanted bumps with too much wind and road noise, especially on the motorway. As well as this, the Nissan Micra is far from confident when travelling at high speeds, as the suspension lacks along with the handling. Try and avoid the Nissan Micra, it’s not worth the little money it costs.

If you’re looking to lease the perfect supermini, check out the very popular Volkswagen Polo, Skoda Fabia and the luxury Audi A1. If these don’t offer what you’re looking for, there are a wide variety of other lease cars available.

Honda Insight

When you think of a ‘hybrid’, cars such as the Toyota Prius and Toyota Yaris Hybrid come to mind, not the Insight. It’s lack of performance is enough to put anyone off, due to it being too slow on the motorway, only just being able to reach the national speed limit. Overall, it’s not refined and there are better alternatives on the market in order for you to stay clear of the Honda hybrid.

Hybrid cars have been increasingly popular since the 2000’s, as they aim to produce 90% less pollutants than the normal ‘everyday’ car.

Fiat Punto Pop

On the outside, the Fiat Punto may look like an all-round average supermini, but when taking it on a drive, there are a couple of areas it lacks. When travelling at low speeds, the Punto seems nervous along with its unresponsive steering. It’s not all bad though, especially not compared to the cars which have been previously mentioned in this list. The Fiat Punto does in fact offer low running costs and a spacious interior – ideal for a small family.

The Fiat Punto was first announced in the year 1993 as a replacement for the Fiat Uno. The Punto took over the market and happened to be a well-known first car choice and was voted the European Car of the Year in 1995.

SEAT Toledo

There are mixed opinions regarding the SEAT Toledo, as it’s an affordable, family-friendly saloon but it’s the drive which lets it down completely. Sit behind the wheel and feel no thrill at all, along with a shaky and weak performance. If you’re looking for a better option, the SEAT Altea offers an exciting drive with a handful of great engines, much better than the Toledo.

The cars which have been mentioned aren’t as bad as they seem, but due to their well-known names, they’re more of a disappointment than anything else. Cars from Fiat, Nissan, Honda aren’t all bad as they’ve produced some incredible models before, including the very popular Nissan Qashqai and the Honda Civic, which both have a range car leasing deals available.



Vauxhall Astra Review – The affordable family hatchback


Many of us don’t need expensive supercars that travel over 200 mph. We don’t need large 4X4 vehicles with over 500-litres of boot capacity and all-wheel drive systems that can cover any terrain. Two seater convertible sports cars aren’t necessary but are wicked fun to drive. These are cars we would love to own and drive, but for the practicality of every day, most of us would happily own an excellent hatchback.

The Vauxhall Astra is an excellent medium sized hatchback that we should all consider getting on the cheapest car leasing agreement and has rivals in the form of the Ford Focus, Volkswagen Golf and the Skoda Octavia.

Astra’s engine

When you choose an Astra, you have a selection of engines that match what you are looking for. If you want a greener, more economical car, there is an engine for that. There is an engine for those who wish to drive fast and there is an engine for those of you on the middle ground who wish to drive without worry of speed or efficiency.

The entry level engine for the Astra is the 16V Design engine. It is a 1.4-litre petrol engine that develops 100 bhp. This model delivered good food efficiency with a combined fuel economy of 52.3 mpg. It accelerates from 0-60 mph in 12.6 seconds making it fair decent for motorway driving, although there are better models for that. Not that you can legally use it on the road, the Astra has a top speed of 115 mph.

If fuel economy is a priority for you, then the CDTi 16VecoFlex Design engine is the one for you. The 1.6-litre diesel engine develops 110 bhp, has a top speed of 124 mph and an acceleration time from 0-60 mph of 10.2 seconds. It comes with a 48-litre fuel tank and has a combined fuel economy of 85.6 mpg. For you, motorway drivers, this model has an extra urban fuel economy of 91 mpg, whilst the city drivers will be pleased with an urban fuel economy of 74 mpg meaning running costs will be low with this diesel engine.

For those of you who enjoy a bit of speed, the 16V 200 Elite engine is the best choice. It is a 1.6-litre petrol engine developing 200 bhp. With that power, you have a top speed of 146 mph at your disposal. It is great for motorway driving as it accelerates from 0-60 mph in 6.6 seconds, meaning you pick up speed quickly. It has a combined fuel economy of 46.3 mpg, making it fast and still affordable to run.

Astra’s Interior

Vauxhall have given their Astra a well-built interior with a well-defined centre console and infotainment screen. Everything, for the most part, is made from quality materials, that match the Ford Focus and are a great competitor for Volkswagen Golf. Speaking of the infotainment system, you can choose between seven-inch screen or an eight-inch screen. It is very simple to use and very pleasing to look at.

For you and your passengers, you can expect plenty of space up front and both the driver’s and passenger’s seats are adjustable to ensure you get the right driving position for you. In the rear, Vauxhall have increased the space in the back compared with the previous generation of Astra. 6-foot tall adults have plenty of legroom and headroom in the back. Like many other cars in general, a fifth adult in the middle will be a little bit of a squeeze.

When you open the boot, you will discover 370-litres of boot capacity, which is 46-litres more than the Ford Focus. If you drop those back seats, the boot capacity rises to 1,210-litres or 1,235-litres depending upon the model you choose.

Astra’s drive

The Vauxhall Astra has a firm but comfortable ride and all the models have the same suspension set up. It takes in the many bumps and potholes on British roads and you barely feel them. Thanks to Vauxhall’s setup, the body control of the Astra is excellent and the steering is balanced and accurate, making it easy to place your car where you want on the road and to push it in the corners. Many reviewers claim that the Astra’s driving ability outclasses is main rival, the Ford Focus.

The six-speed manual gearbox is sleek and very easy to use, meaning you can put the power down and get up to your desired speed very easily. When you hit the sixth gear and pull onto the motorway, you will find that this car performs exceptionally well without much struggle.

This car is excellent for families and those looking for an affordable car. Chearcarleasing.co can offer you a great deal if you are considering leasing cars like the Vauxhall Astra. If you are interested, give us a call on 02036977526 or fill out an enquiry form and we will get in contact with you within 24 hours.



How To Avoid Car Accidents In Wetter Conditions


We are in the Autumn season now with Winter fast approaching. This means that we are likely to see more adverse weather conditions. Earlier dark nights, windier weather and much more rain with the possibility of snow and ice. It is times like these where taking care is essential. Not just for yourself, but also for all the other road users.

If you have a car through car leasing, be sure to be extra careful if your agreement states the company will only accept wear and tear damage, but any more damage will cost you.

What does the Highway Code say?

The Highway Code, which dictates the rules of the road has certain rules and advice for when driving in this more treacherous conditions. With regards to visibility, you must use your lights if it becomes severely impaired. This includes at night when darkness falls, but also if the falling snow is thick or is pouring with rain. This helps you but also makes you more visible to other drivers.

When it comes to stopping in wetter conditions, you must double the stopping distance between you and the car in front. There is little point being up close to them because your tyres will have less grip in the wet than the dry. If you are not well back from the car in front, there is a higher possibility you will crash.

In icy and snowy conditions, the Highway Code states you should only drive if your journey is essential. You must only drive in those conditions if you can see all around you and your lights and number plate are also visible. You must also make sure you keep well back from other road users as the stopping distance required increases with ice and snow.

What to do

Some checks you need to do before you set off. Check your windscreen wiper blades. Ensure they are fully functional and if they do not look up to scratch, replace them as soon as possible. Try and fill up your fuel tank before you set off on any medium to long journey because if you get stuck in traffic, there is a risk you could run out due to an increase in fuel consumption.
Check your legal tyre tread depth as well to ensure you have plenty of grip to stay safe when driving in these conditions.

If it is icy or snowy and even if the roads have been treated, you must still drive with care. Drive sensible in the highest gear possible to ensure you do not accelerate aggressively and cause possible wheel spin on an icy surface. It could cause you to lose control and have an accident.

You could update your car through cheap car leasing to get a car more suitable for wetter or icier conditions such as SUVs or 4×4 cars. If you do not wish to update, these make sure you drive safely this winter.



Best Places to Watch Fireworks: Bonfire Night 2016


Guy Fawkes or Bonfire Night has come around again and there are some amazing events that you need to go see. If you are close by you will most likely be already heading there, but if not then consider jumping in your car and traveling because some of these events are not worth missing. If you are missing a car then consider getting one on cheap car leasing now.

Alexandra Palace, London

4th & 5th November
This event is possibly one of the most popular firework displays there is on Bonfire night. With it opening at 3/4pm depending on the day you choose to go, as well as the displays, there’s a Day of the Dead Parade, German Bier Festival, ice skating and a range of other attractions. Food and drink is widely available as many different companies set up their stands in order to keep the attendees food happy.

Lewes, Sussex

5th November
The Lewes Bonfire Night is the largest celebrated event on the 5th November in the world. It is nicknames the bonfire capital of the world. This is where a carnival/festival takes place to celebrate Guy Fawkes Night as well as commemorating the memory of seventeen Protestant martyrs from Lewes who were burned at the stake. This explains why there is a procession of seventeen martyrs crosses included in the festival.
During the festival. Seven societies take part in the event with 5 separate parades and firework displays. This means that around 3000 take part in the celebrations with near 80,000 spectators visiting the town to celebrate bonfire night.

Leeds Castle, Kent

8th November
If you live close by to Leeds Castle in Kent this bonfire weekend, then you be remised to not jump in your car and drive to see the amazing firework spectacular. Each year, the Castle lets of one of the most amazing firework display in the country and it is well worth the trip. Live music is also included in the event, making it an enjoyable, interactive event.

Blists Hill, Shropshire

7th November

In the Victorian town of Blists Hill in the Midlands, there is a beautiful display of fireworks that takes place on Guy Fawkes Night and is an event for all the family. If you are interested in going, we recommend that you should if you are in the area. The gates open at 6PM, which gives you plenty of time to explore the small market town before the big event kicks off. Make sure you have bought your tickets for the event before you arrive, because they will not be on sale on the night.

Midsummer Common, Cambridge

5th November
If you are in the area near Cambridge, then you must head to Midsummer Common for a magnificent firework display. The display itself is huge and attracts a lot of visitors so if you want a good spot, get there early. There is also a fun fair so you can take the family and have loads of fun. It opens at 6PM and the fireworks display starts at 7.30PM and should last around half an hour.

Seriously these events are not worth missing. But if you don’t have a car to get to them, then it may be work considering getting a car on car lease, even if you have bad credit. Bonfire night is one of those nights that just should be missed.



Safest Cars on the Market


The safety of the car should be the main priority when choosing a car – especially if you have a family. Every car on the road has been tested by the company Euro NCAP in terms of the safety of the adults, children, pedestrian and the safety assist technology available. All cars below are available for personal car leasing, so check out the ratings and find your safest match.

Volvo XC90

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Safety rating: 5/5
Safety assist: 100%

Volvo have really upped their game in terms of their SUV’s and have shocked with the impressive and stylish XC90. With no surprise the XC90 is in fact one of the safest cars on the road, due to the advanced systems and high-quality materials used when building this beauty. The XC90 has managed to bag rivals such as the Audi Q7 and the Range Rover Evoque in which they compete to be the best in terms of comfort, looks and safety.

The Volvo XC90 features safety systems such as:
– ESC
– Lane Assist System
– AEB Inter-urban
– Speed Assistance
– AEB City

Price: £46,850 – £64,555

Ford Galaxy

Safety rating: 5/5
Safety assist: 71%

The Ford Galaxy is the go-to car for when practicality and reliability is the main priority, especially for families and transportation services like taxi’s. Due to this, the Ford Galaxy is one of the most popular 7-seater MPV’s on the road today. With its low-running costs, range of impressive safety equipment and cheap engine options, it’s pretty hard to turn the Ford Galaxy down.

The Ford Galaxy features the following safety systems:
– ESC
– Belt Pretensioner
– Seat Belt Reminders (driver, passenger and rear)
– Speed Assistance
– Lane Assist System

Price: £27,045 – £37,245

Honda Jazz

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Safety rating: 5/5
Safety assist: 71%

After years of trying to reach that ‘perfect’ status, the Honda Jazz has made plenty of changes and upped their game completely. The older generation are still the main buyers of the hatchback as it offers a sophisticated yet simple drive with no surprises. Overall, the Honda Jazz offers a good drive with a stylish, original look with a good range of safety equipment. It really is a great little hatchback.

The Honda Jazz’s safety systems include:
– ESC
– AEB City
– Speed Assistance
– Lane Assist System
– Range of Airbags throughout

Price: £13,495 – £17,705

Toyota Prius

Safety rating: 5/5
Safety assist: 85%

Toyota’s best-selling hybrid features a range of the highest technology, including infotainment systems and the safety systems. The quirky looking Prius is in fact one of the best on the roads in terms of being environmentally friendly and offering high levels of comfort and space. With being cheap to run and offering the technology it does, it’s an overall great value for money.

The Toyota Prius features safety systems such as:
– AEB Pedestrian
– AEB City
– AEB Inter-urban
– Speed Assistance
– Lane Assist System

Price: £23,295 – £27,450

As shown, there are a range of different cars with various body types which are all capable of offering the maximum amount of protection. Whether you drive on a daily basis, long distances or just on occasions, the safety ratings of a car should always be taken into consideration as it’s the driver and passengers lives at risk each time you get into the car. Some of the best car leasing deals are available for the cars mentioned – the safer, the better.



Harrowing Halloween Destinations to Avoid


You hear about these kinds of places. Places where truly horrible and disturbing things have happened. Murder, human sacrifice, ghostly terrors and voodoo taking place in the halls of these harrowing locations. If you are a fan of the macabre and horror, then jump in your car this Halloween and be prepared for truly terrifying experiences.

Pluck up the courage to visit Pluckley, Kent

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This little village located in Ashton, Kent has been voted one of the most haunted villages in Great Britain, with around 16 different ghosts, who all have spooky stories behind their deaths. Listen to the locals tell the quivering tales of the ‘Highway man’, ‘Gypsy Woman’ and the ‘Hanging Schoolmaster’ and when you’re ready, visit their locations – but remember, you won’t be alone.

Highway Man: The tale of a man who was killed with a sword by either the law or criminals is incredibly popular in the village of Pluckley. When he got stabbed, the highway man got pinned to an oak tree and there’s been witnesses of the ghost reappearing.

Gypsy Woman: There used to be a gypsy lady who sold watercress that she found in the stream to fellow villagers. She spent her time sat on a bridge, smoking a pipe and drinking gin and one day was ‘accidentally’ burnt to death. Her death is thought to be down to the alcohol and flame from the pipe setting her alight.

Hanging Schoolmaster: This death was due to a suicide. After the first World War, the headmaster from Smarden went missing and was later found hanging from a tree after taking his own life, but there’s been no sightings of a ghost or the tree from which he hung.

Take a hike up Pendle Hill, Lancashire

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Pendle Hill is situated in the East of Lancashire, near well-known towns such as Clitheroe, Burnley, Nelson and Colne. If you ever find yourself in this county, be sure to take a hike to the top of the hills and take in the glorious view. But despite this view, Pendle Hill and Pendle Village holds a dark history of witches and sorcery. Pendle embraces its magical history, but if witches is your thing, then take a plunge into a horrors of Lancashire’s cursed village.

In the village of Barley, which is just underneath Pendle Hill, an old cottage has been found which belonged to a witch and her cat. The remains of the cat have been found in the walls and it’s rumoured that the cat was buried alive in order to protect the cottage from evil spirits.
As well as this, one of the most famous witches, Meg Shelton, apparently has been buried there, not once but three times. She died when she was being crushed to death between a barrel and a wall and this is after she dug herself out of the two graves previously. Because of this, they buried her vertical with her head at the bottom with a boulder on top, to stop her from digging out.

If you love a bit of history and something a little bit different to the ‘typical’ ghost stories, Pendle Hill is the ideal place to go – and it’s free of charge.

Stay at night at the Ancient Ram Inn, Gloucestershire

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The Ancient Ram Inn is known for being Britain’s current most haunted house/B&B with over 20 different twisted spirits haunting its grounds. The background of this old building is something you’d see in a horror film, but it’s believed that a range of creepy acts happened here, including child sacrifice and devil worship.

There are three main ghosts which constantly disturb the Ancient Ram Inn: a little girl who was murdered, a high priestess and a male sex demon. If you head over to the Inn and stay the night (£25-£30 per night), you’ll get to hear the children screaming, you’ll be touched by the invisible forces and witness other strange activities.

Previous guests have left during the middle of the night and even climbed out of the windows, due to furniture moving, being forced onto the bed by the demons and seeing the little girl wandering the hallways. If this isn’t enough to freak you out, stay there for a night and see for yourself this Halloween.

When it comes to driving to these locations, make sure you have the best car for a quick getaway when the ghosts and demons come for you. If you are looking for a new car to escape in, then car leasing is one of the best and quickest ways to get one. Also if your car does end up being haunted after visiting these terrifying places, you get to simply hand it back at the end of the contract hire agreement and get a different car.



Check Out The Worst Of Car Modifications


Most of when we buy a car are happy with how it looks and how it drives. We don’t see any need in changing in. There are some who do like to alter their cars and they come in three groups. You have those who succeed in making their cars look amazing (think Fast and Furious or Eleanor modifications). Then you have those who make a decent attempt and their car stands out and it’s down to personal choice whether it looks good or not.

Then you have the third group. Now this group make serious mistakes. They have a vision for their car and they hope it looks good when they finish it. We don’t understand what they are thinking because the modifications simply ruin their cars completely. Here are some of the worst modifications ever done to a car and most likely make them unsellable.

Bulldog Hummer

You may think that Hummers are already inconspicuous and don’t need any alterations. No one told that to this Hummer owner who decided to make his car a little bit more obvious with a few additions. These include a collection of metal birds, female silhouettes and a large gold bulldog sat on the front.

Bulldog on the front of a hummer

Smilers

Now we admit that some cars look rather miserable or just too angry. You may wish to make your car look a little happier. Please don’t. Here are a few examples of what happens when you force your car to smile against its will.

The smiler

demonic smiler

Wannabe Batman

If you have ever watched a batman film, you will acknowledge that the Batmobile looks cool and very impressive. So, you can imagine many people trying to replicate those cool designs. We wish they wouldn’t once you see the following wannabe Batmobiles.

bad batmobile

Even worse batmobile

Ginger Cat

We all love Garfield the ginger cat and we enjoy cuddling a good old ginger cat. That doesn’t mean you must turn the entire outside of your car into a ginger cat. It isn’t s clever and it certainly doesn’t look good as demonstrated here.

The Ginger camobile

Low Rider

There is a rumour going around that the lower your car is, the better aerodynamic is it. Let’s be honest this is true for most well-designed sports cars that can accelerate quickly and maintain their top speeds. It isn’t the case with cars that were never meant to be that low in the first place. Here are some of the worst examples of cars forced to go low.

low-rider-bmw

low-nissan

Gangster Art

Some people just wish they were gangsters in their large black SUVs. It is even worse when they try to make it even more obvious how wannabe gangster they are by painting gun art on the side of their Land Rovers. Would you feel threatened by a guy driving around with this on the side of their car?

Land Rover Discovery with gangster art on the side

Creep Mobile

Some car owners go the full way with transforming their cars. They try and personalise them to reflect what goes on inside their heads. Some people shouldn’t be allowed to do that because of what it reveals about them. When you start strapping dead baby dolls to the rear of your car with skulls and other macabre items, people will begin to question what is going on inside your mind.

creep-car

High Rise Rolls

You might want a Rolls Royce… we wouldn’t blame you if you did, they are beautiful cars. We wouldn’t even blame you for converting your car to look like a Roll Royce if you pulled it off well. However, we can never forgive rising the height of a Roll Royce through attaching massive wheels. It turns a car that should look beautiful and poised into a grotesque creature.

high-rise-rolls

If you are considering getting a private car leasing agreement on any of our cars, we beg that you don’t modify them this badly. Many of our cars already look great and should be kept that way. If you have seen a car you really like the look of, then consider checking out our best car leasing deals.



10 Things you Think as a Designated Driver


Becoming the designated driver for the night is something we all dread, but it happens a handful in our life. Whether you’re on some medication which results in you not being able to drink, or you’ve got an early get up in the morning or (the most common reason) you’re absolutely skint, there comes a time where you step forward and help out your fellow friends.
Whilst they’re out doing their thing, you’re waiting for that ‘set off’ text, which is the text basically telling you ‘your horrendous night starts now’. There are so many things that run through our mind when we have sloppy drunk passengers, read below and check out a handful of them:

1. Do I charge them petrol money?

This is the biggest question of the night. They’re your friends so technically you shouldn’t take their money – but on the other hand, you’re moody and are having to put up with their loud and irritating voices so you should really be getting paid for this.

2. I wish I could drink…

The worst thing about being the designated driver – seeing other people having the time of their lives whilst you’re stone cold sober. It’s not fun.

3. Why do I even hang out with these people?

All you can hear is conversations which make no sense, your best friend telling you how much you mean to them and well, there’s always one emotional one crying about their relationship from over 3 years ago. All you can think to yourself is ‘why on earth do I hang out with these people?’.

4. Stop messing with my music

You’re being a decent human being by doing this solid favour for them, but they repay you by messing with your music. You should never mess with someone’s music, especially if they’re sober and moody.

5. If you’re sick in my car, I’ll rub your face in it

Basically. What more is there to say on the matter?

6. Leave the windows alone and stop pressing unnecessary buttons

It’s about -5 degrees outside, they probably can’t feel it because all they can feel is the vodka – but you’re the driver, you’re cold and this is your car.

7. Stop touching me

You’re trying to drop them off in a very busy town centre, there are hundreds of people walking in front of the car without a care in the world – but instead they cover your face. Great.

8. I wish you wouldn’t kiss in my car – there’s a time and a place and my backseat definitely isn’t the time nor the place.

In every friendship group, there’s a couple. A couple who have never heard of the word ‘privacy’. They are your friends, so as a friend, they shouldn’t be putting you through this.

9. These people will be the reason I end up in prison

Every single move they make and every single word they say is more annoying than a constant itch. These people can’t even speak properly, simple words turn into the hardest words and by this point they need to get out of the car before you react in way you’ve never reacted before.

10. I’m never doing this again

There we have it. You’re never doing this again.

Have your friends ruined your upholstery from chundering and spilling? Check out the range of cars available for personal use. Whether you want a Toyota, Ford or maybe even a Mercedes, there are a range of personal use car leasing deals available for you.

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