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Frequently Asked Questions

Car leasing is similar to car rental, in that you're using a particular vehicle, for an agreed length of time (usually between 2 - 5 years), for a set fee.

With leasing you have complete freedom of choice over your vehicle's make, model and specs (colour, trim etc.) and your contract is tailored to you in terms of your estimated annual mileage, the length of contract you'd prefer and how you'd like your payments to be structured.

At the end of the lease, the vehicle is simply returned, checked over, and your payments cease, leaving you free to lease again, should you wish.

There are many benefits to leasing, including cost effectiveness, smart use of your money, peace of mind and hassle-free enjoyment. The main benefits are:

  1. Drive a brand-new car every 2 to 3 years... enjoy all the benefits of the latest makes, models, technology and safety features
  2. Avoid the problems and expenses associated with ageing cars...
  3. Cost effectiveness... leasing usually offers both the lowest upfront and lowest monthly instalment options for driving a new car
  4. More choice and maybe drive a better car... people often find they have a much bigger choice of models available to them and can often afford a better car than they expected
  5. Easy on your savings... a much smaller deposit/initial payment is required compared with other options, leaving your hard-earned savings relatively untouched
  6. All in one fixed-cost motoring and no big bills... pre-set monthly instalments, all-inclusive manufacturer warranty, road tax and Road Fund Licence plus maintenance options means you always know exactly what you'll be paying out every month
  7. No depreciating asset... most cars lose 50-60% of value in the first three years, but with leasing, you avoid this financial loss because you don't own the car, you just borrow it
  8. No selling concerns at the end... with leasing you don't have the problem and concern of selling the car, you simply hand the keys back

More and more people every year are choosing to lease rather than buy their new vehicle and the growth in popularity has been phenomenal, with personal leasing now accounting for 1.6 million vehicles in the UK.

Yes, the two are the same thing. Leasing/Personal Contract Hire (such as Select Car Leasing) is a long-term rental arrangement where you lease a vehicle of your choosing for an agreed period (usually 2-5 years).

You make an initial payment or deposit followed by fixed, monthly payments. At the end of the lease term you simply hand back the keys.

For a more detailed explanation of leasing and PCH click here.

Yes, Personal Contract Hire (PCH) is quite different to Personal Contract Purchase (PCP).

Click here to read a comparison of the different forms of finance available

There are many benefits to leasing a vehicle, including cost effectiveness, smart use of your money, peace of mind and hassle-free enjoyment. The main benefits are:

  1. Drive a brand-new car every 2 to 3 years... enjoy all the benefits of the latest makes, models, technology and safety features
  2. Avoid the problems and expenses associated with ageing cars...
  3. Cost effectiveness... leasing usually offers both the lowest upfront and lowest monthly instalment options for driving a new car
  4. More choice and maybe drive a better car... people often find they have a much bigger choice of models available to them and can often afford a better car than they expected
  5. Easy on your savings... a much smaller deposit/initial payment is required compared with other options, leaving your hard-earned savings relatively untouched
  6. All in one fixed-cost motoring and no big bills... pre-set monthly instalments, all-inclusive manufacturer warranty, road tax and Road Fund Licence plus maintenance options means you always know exactly what you'll be paying out every month
  7. No depreciating asset... most cars lose 50-60% of value in the first three years, but with leasing, you avoid this financial loss because you don't own the car, you just borrow it
  8. No selling concerns at the end... with leasing you don't have the problem and concern of selling the car, you simply hand the keys back

We lease all makes and models of vehicle. If for some reason you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for, then please contact us on: 0118 920 5130 or alternatively email: enquiries@selectcarleasing.co.uk and we’ll be able to help you.

Yes, we lease all leading makes and models, and offer all manner of options including over 16,000 trim options to choose from.

Yes, all the vehicles we supply are brand new, unless stated otherwise. Sometimes we have particularly strong offers on what is known as a pre-registered vehicle, these are vehicles that, in order to qualify for a certain deal, must be registered by a certain date, however these vehicles are also brand new.

There are 6 main steps to our leasing process:

Step 1: Choose your car… We have every leading make and model, along with many optional extras, enabling you to tailor your vehicle to your individual needs

Step 2: Place order… Once your credit is approved, your vehicle will be ordered for you by our sales team

Step 3: Sign documents… You'll then be sent several important documents which you’ll need to sign and return to us, all done through our easy to use customer portal.

Step 4: Take delivery… Whether you've chosen a car that's in stock (ready to go) or a factory order (built to your specification), we'll keep you informed with regular updates every step of the way between your order and delivery

Step 5: Enjoy your car… Enjoy your car, knowing we’ll be on hand if you need help with anything.

Step 6: Choose your next car… Before the end of your lease, we’ll be in touch with plenty of time to spare, giving you ample opportunity to select and order your next new vehicle should you wish.

A lease is a financial agreement and you are required to be at least 18-years-old (in some cases 17 years old) when you sign up for the agreement.

This requirement is the same whether you are applying for PCH (Personal Contract Hire such as Select Car Leasing), PCP (Personal Contract Purchase), HP (Hire Purchase) or a Personal Loan agreement.

Yes, you are eligible to apply for a lease car, however you will need to be at least 18 years old in order to sign the financial agreement, possess a full UK driver's licence and prove credit worthy.

The ID documents you will need to provide as part of the processing of your contract will depend upon your credit score. Most people are required to provide proof of residency, proof of income or benefits and a proof of identity, such as passport or driving licence.

Our lease contracts generally range anywhere from a minimum length of 24 months through to 60 months.

If you need a vehicle for a shorter length of time, then we also offer short term rental agreements which range anywhere from between 3 and 24 months.

Click here for more detailed information on our short-term leasing options.

When drawing up your lease contract, you will need to estimate your annual mileage. It is important that you estimate this as correctly as possible to help you avoid any excess mileage fees at the end of your lease. Many people know their average yearly mileage, however if you are unsure, you can refer to any recent MOT certificates and these will detail for each year how far you regularly drive in a year.

This refers to how the lease payments for a contract are going to be structured. These 'payment profiles' are adjusted to suit your personal preference, however the initial payment is usually either 3, 6 or 9 months' worth of lease payments.

In the first example above (9 + 23), we have a 24-month contract where the initial payment/ deposit amount is equivalent to 9 months' lease payments, once this one-off deposit fee is paid, it is followed by 23 x monthly payments. In the second example (6 + 35), we have a 36-month contract where the initial payment/deposit amount is equivalent to 6 months' lease payments, followed by 35 x monthly payments.

The rule of thumb is the higher the upfront payment, the lower the on-going monthly payments and vice versa. Either way, the total amount payable over the term of the lease will be virtually the same.

Depending on the type of vehicle you need, we can have a vehicle to you as fast as 10-14 days, these will usually be 'stock' vehicles - vehicles that have been built and are available for quick delivery.

If you have specific requirements for your vehicle (e.g. colour, spec) however and we are unable to source this vehicle from a manufacturer or dealer, then it may be necessary to place a factory order. As a rough guide, delivery of a factory order (a vehicle that is 'made for you') usually takes somewhere between 6 to 14 weeks depending on the manufacturer.

There is no catch. Select has been leasing vehicles for over 10 years and our reputation has helped us develop extremely strong relationships with manufacturers, motor groups and some of the most prominent finance companies in the UK. As a result, we're able to negotiate some of the best vehicle discount terms for our customers.

In addition, we offer a price match promise to always ensure we have the most competitive leasing rates in the industry.

The difference in our business versus personal leasing rates is because businesses are obliged to pay VAT, and this is reflected in the price shown. Aside from this, in most cases, there is no difference. Where there are exceptions, this is usually because one of the finance companies we work with is offering a special business rate on a specific vehicle.

Yes! We work hard to offer customers the best deals on the market. However, if you happen to see a better price for the exact same deal, then we will aim to price match it.

One of the key factors that affects how the finance companies calculate their prices, is the vehicle's predicted future value. The more miles you cover during your contract, the less your vehicle will be worth when you hand the keys back. If you do more than your estimated mileage during your contract period, then the vehicle will be less than if you had kept within your mileage estimate, leaving the car worth less to the finance company than originally calculated.

All our vehicles are distributed either directly through the manufacturers, via franchised main dealers or through vehicle holding and preparation centres.

No, our lease contracts are designed for the return of your car at the end of your contract, there are no options to buy or part exchange. If owning the vehicle at the end is important to you, we can offer you a Personal Contract Purchase (PCP) which gives you the option to buy. However, the finances on a PCP agreement are not usually as good value as a lease or Personal Contract Hire (PCH) agreement.

With leasing (as with owning), you are responsible for servicing, maintaining and the MOT for your vehicle (if the vehicle is older than 3 years). You will also need to stay within your estimated annual mileage allowance as well as care for your car so that when it is returned at the end of the lease, any damage incurred does not exceed Fair Wear and Tear Guidelines.

If you'd like to know more about our peace of mind maintenance packages, please give one of our expert Leasing Consultants a call on: 01189205130 or alternatively email: enquiries@selectcarleasing.co.uk

Yes, this is possible, however you will need to request the permission of the finance company as they remain the registered owner of the vehicle throughout your lease. If they agree, you will need to follow their stated procedure and pay the necessary fee. All of this should be done after (not prior to) delivery of your vehicle and you will need to liaise directly with the finance company.

Towards the end of your lease, you will need to arrange for the number plate to be removed from the lease vehicle. Again, you will need to liaise with the finance company directly, follow their instructions and pay a fee. Note that the number plate must be removed, and the original number plate affixed before the vehicle is retuned at the end of the lease.

For more details, please contact your finance company directly.

6 months and then again 3 months before the end of your lease, your Select consultant will either email or call you to take you through the process and explain your options should you wish to lease with us again (which we hope you do!).

If you would like to lease again, 6 months prior to the end of your lease is a good amount of time to start to start thinking about and ordering your next vehicle. If you would like to discuss your options before then, please give one of our expert Leasing Consultant’s a call on: 0118 920 5130 or alternatively email: enquiries@selectcarleasing.co.uk.

In terms of preparing your vehicle to be returned, we recommend you start the process at least 12 weeks before the return date of your vehicle. Click here to view our step by step guide to getting your vehicle ready to be returned in the best condition possible.

Yes, you should start to think about what you need to do at least 12 weeks prior to the end of your lease date, so make sure you give yourself plenty of time. To help you, we’ve put together a step by step End of Lease Guide, click here to read this Guide

We recommend that you both clean and valet your vehicle prior to returning it. Whilst the vehicle will still undergo a full assessment to determine whether it meets the Fair Wear and Tear Guidelines, a clean vehicle will certainly help to present your vehicle in the best light.

Most of our customers do not incur penalty charges at the end of their lease, however you should be aware of the potential for these.

The first form of charge relates to exceeding the estimated annual mileage allowance. As with owning a car, the more miles a vehicle has done, the less it is worth, so if a customer exceeds their estimated annual mileage they will need to pay an excess charge to the finance company at the end of the contract to reset the balance.

The second form of charge relates to where there is vehicle damage that exceeds the finance company’s Fair Wear and Tear Guidelines. We recommend that you become familiar with these guidelines, both at the start of your lease, as well as refamiliarizing yourself with them when preparing your vehicle to be returned at the end of the lease.

For more detailed information, we recommend that you read and follow our End of Lease Guide click here

In this situation you should consult your finance company's Fair Wear and Tear Guidelines to gauge whether the damage will be considered as acceptable Fair Wear and Tear or not.

If the damage exceeds the accepted guidelines, the finance company can apply a charge, so any damage should ideally be repaired prior to the vehicle's return.

For more detailed information, we recommend that you carefully read our End of Lease Guide

As with owning a car, the more miles the vehicle has done, the less it will ultimately be worth. Therefore, if the customer has exceeded their estimated annual mileage they will need to pay an excess charge at the end of the contract.

For a fixed monthly cost, you can take out one of our maintenance packages. This covers you for the cost of all scheduled servicing and MOT’s (if required), along with replacement/ repair of tyres, batteries, wipers, bulbs and other perishable items needed as a result of Fair Wear and Tear. The package also provides additional breakdown cover along with an easy one call / click booking process and pick up and return of vehicle to your home / work.

To find out more about our maintenance packages, visit our dedicated maintenance page here or give one of our expert Leasing Consultants a call on: 0118 920 5130 or alternatively email: enquiries@selectcarleasing.co.uk.

For a fixed monthly fee, our maintenance package takes the headache out of getting your new vehicle serviced and maintained. The package covers:

  1. Manufacturers' scheduled servicing
  2. Approved, accredited garages and qualified technicians
  3. Mechanical and electrical repairs and/or replacements including labour
  4. All repairable and replacement parts required as a result of fair wear and tear, including
  5. brake pads, disks, bulbs, batteries, exhausts, belts, wiper blades, alternators, starter motors, and (depending upon the cause) cases tyres*3 MOTs (if required)
  6. Additional breakdown cover benefits (in addition to standard manufacturer breakdown cover offered on your lease), including free European breakdown assistance
  7. Easy one call / click booking and management process
  8. Free pick up and return of vehicle to your home / work
  9. Cost savings (the package is tailored to individual's mileage and contract length)
  10. Lower overall vehicle running costs

To answer this, you will need to consult your service book, as in some vehicles service will be due when the service light appears on the dashboard, in other cases, service will be due annually or when a specific mileage has been reached. You will then need to book your vehicle in for a service with one of the manufacturer's approved UK-based dealership service centres.

You can take your vehicle to any of the manufacturer's approved UK-based dealerships, booking-in using the dedicated phone number given to you.

Yes, you will need to undergo a credit check to assess your past and present financial circumstances, your credit strength and risk status. This is a relatively quick and easy process.

Once this has been done, our team of underwriters will decide which finance company suits you best. If there are several that might suit you, we choose the company offering the best deal.

It is much easier to lease a car if you have a healthy credit status and most insurers will ask for a good to excellent rating. However, if you have a poor credit rating, you may still be able to lease with us using a finance company who specialises in helping people with poorer credit scores.  You can check your credit status here.

It is easier to lease a car if you have a healthy credit status and most insurers will ask for a good to excellent rating before they will provide finance. However, if you do have a poor or bad credit rating, you may well still be able to lease with us using a finance company who specialises in helping those with poorer credit scores.

Your consultant can explain in more detail the difference between a standard leasing agreement and an agreement for those with poor credit status.

If you’d like to chat through your credit status, then please give one of our expert Leasing Consultant’s a call on: 0118 920 5130 or alternatively email: enquiries@selectcarleasing.co.uk.

You do not need to be employed to lease a car, however you must be receiving a regular form of income or benefit (such as a pension or disability allowance) and must be able to prove you can afford the monthly payments.

Most finance companies will respond with an answer to a credit application within 24 to 48 hours. This can take longer however if additional information is required.

The amount you can borrow will depend upon your credit score, the size of the deposit you wish to put down and your ability to afford the repayments.

If you’d like to know in more detail how much you can borrow, then please give one of our expert Leasing Consultant’s a call on: 0118 920 5130 or alternatively email: enquiries@selectcarleasing.co.uk.

The exact initial/deposit payment you pay will be tailored to you. The higher the upfront /deposit payment, the lower your on-going monthly amounts will be and vice versa. Most of our deals are structured with an initial/deposit payment equal to 3, 6 or 9 months' worth of monthly payments, however our website (and our consultants) will allow you to adjust this up and down so that you can find the rate that works best for you.

Whilst the majority of customers make a deposit (also termed an 'initial' or 'upfront' payment) as it helps to lower their monthly payments, it is not an absolute requirement. If you do not wish to pay a deposit, this is possible, however, your monthly payments will be higher as a result.

We have established partnerships with some of the biggest finance names in the UK including Lex, Network (the broker division of Lease Plan), Alphabet, Arval, Santander, ALD and Hitachi. However, we do have relationships with other well-known finance companies.

Occasionally a guarantor and/or joint application will be accepted but this is entirely dependent upon the finance company and decisions are made on a case-by-case basis.

If you’d like to know more then please give one of our expert Leasing Consultant’s a call on: 0118 920 5130 or alternatively email: enquiries@selectcarleasing.co.uk.

When you sign the documents for your vehicle, your bank details will be taken, and your payments will later be drawn from this account.

Your initial payment will usually be taken 7-14 days after you have taken delivery of your new vehicle (this can differ however depending upon the finance company).

Your on-going monthly payments will usually commence a month after you have taken delivery of your vehicle, however, the exact timing may differ by finance company. Your finance company will inform you with plenty of notice about both the amounts payable and the payment dates.

Your lease contract is all-inclusive of the following:

  • Free UK mainland delivery*
  • Full Manufacturer’s Warranty
  • Breakdown Cover
  • Road Tax

 

Your contract does not include:

  • Motor insurance
  • Fuel
  • Servicing and maintenance (unless you have a maintenance package)
  • Repairs (unless you have a maintenance package or additional insurance e.g. GAP/Select Protect, when repairs may be covered, depending of the nature of the damage.)

To find out more about our maintenance packages, either click here, or if you’d prefer to chat it over, give one of our expert Leasing Consultant’s a call on: 0118 920 5130 or alternatively email: enquiries@selectcarleasing.co.uk.

No, car insurance is not included in your lease contract, you will need to make arrangements for motor insurance for your lease vehicle.

Yes, all our vehicles come with a full UK manufacturer's warranty which is valid for a minimum of 36 months (and potentially longer).

If you would like exact details on what your manufacturer's warranty covers, then please contact your vehicle manufacturer directly.

Responsibility for the regular servicing and MOT of the lease vehicle lies with the customer. If you decide to make your own arrangements for servicing and MOTs, you will need to consult the manufacturer’s guidelines to find out when your vehicle needs to be serviced and in terms of MOT, only vehicles older than three years need undergo an annual MOT check.

At Select we offer a number of cost effective maintenance packages that can be easily added to your contract to provide a peace of mind solution for servicing and MOT.

Click here to find out more about our maintenance packages or if you’d rather speak to one of our expert Leasing Consultant’s a call on: 0118 920 5130 or alternatively email: enquiries@selectcarleasing.co.uk.

Unless there is a manufacturer fault, most manufacturer warranties do not cover items such as tyres and brakes.

Cover for these can be obtained through one of our maintenance packages (so long as any damage incurred is due to fair wear and tear). To view ‘Fair Wear and Tear’ requirements and your end of contract guide, simply click here. To find out more about our maintenance packages, please click here. If you’d like to speak with one of our expert Leasing Consultant’s then please give us a call on: 0118 920 5130 or alternatively email: enquiries@selectcarleasing.co.uk.

All customers have the right to change their mind, however, depending upon the specific situation, some cancellation charges may apply.

If on delivery, the vehicle is not to your satisfaction in terms of its condition and the specifications agreed, you then also have the right to not accept the vehicle (however this is very rare).

Terminating early is not an a readily available option. If you do find you need to terminate early then please give one of our expert Leasing Consultant's a call on: 01189205130.

The finance company is the registered owner of the vehicle during the term of the lease.

No, vehicle delivery is free on the UK mainland. The only real exceptions to free delivery are if you are not on the UK mainland or if you request to have your vehicle delivered on a transporter.

Vehicles are usually driven to customers' home/place of work by a delivery agent.

In some cases, the vehicle may be transported on a 'low loader' truck but this is not usually the case. If your vehicle is being delivered via a transporter at your request, this will usually incur an additional charge.

Most dealerships and manufacturers do not provide the option for customer collection of their vehicle. If you would like to check on whether this is available for your vehicle, then please give one of our expert Leasing Consultant’s a call on: 0118 920 5130 or alternatively email: enquiries@selectcarleasing.co.uk.

Yes. Customers usually have their vehicle delivered to their home or their place of work, however if you’d like your vehicle to be delivered elsewhere, then this is fine. You simply need to let us know at least two weeks in advance of providing both the preferred delivery address and any contact details.

You will simply need to have proof of ID such as a passport or drivers licence.

Yes, we will simply need written confirmation at least two weeks in advance, advising who will be signing for the delivery, along with a clear scanned copy of their driving licence.

Please be aware that the vehicle must be thoroughly checked over by the recipient (i.e. you or the nominated person) before it is signed for however.

Unfortunately, we are not allocated specific time delivery slots, however the driver responsible should least call you one hour before they arrive.

In some (but not all) instances, drivers are able to provide their customers with an app that provides real time updates on the vehicle's whereabouts and the vehicle's ETA.

No, delivery mileage will not count towards your annual mileage (the only exception being VW Finance Services)

The vehicle is usually delivered with at least a quarter of a tank of petrol (however this is not a contractual obligation).

In most cases, the driver will provide at the very least a basic handover service when they deliver the vehicle. For full details on the vehicle however, please refer to your manufacturer's vehicle handbook.

You will be given two full sets of vehicle keys by your delivery driver.

Yes, we do deliver to Northern Ireland.

Yes, delivery is available for customers in the Isle of Man.

You can simply plug your electric car lead into any standard 3-pin socket at home, just as you would the vacuum cleaner or TV. However, it's worth bearing in mind that this method of charging can be slow.

If you have suitable space in your garage or driveway however, you can purchase (and get an electrician to install) a fast-charging point, which will deliver more power to your battery and charge your car more quickly.

There are several car charger options, however the charger you choose will depend upon the size of your car's battery. For example, each electric car has a battery capacity that allows it to be charged at a certain kW per hour, making it compatible with specific speeds of charger.

You can charge your car by plugging it into any standard 3-pin socket, however this is by far the slower charge option. Dedicated electric car chargers are on average anywhere between 30-60% faster at charging and fall into 3 broad types, based upon speed:

  1. 3.6kW Solo Charger... this is around 1.6x faster than your standard 3-pin plug. Its capable of providing an Electric Vehicle (EV) with around 15 miles of range per hour (RPH)
  2. 7kW Solo Charger... this is around 3x faster than a 3-pin plug, giving an EV 30 miles of range per hour (RPH). Most modern green cars are compatible with upto 7kW of charge, including the Audi A3 E-Tron, BMW i3 and Nissan LEAF
  3. 22kW Rapid Charger... this is up to 10x faster than a 3-pin plug, providing an EV with up to 50 miles of range per hour (RPH). At the moment, only a handful of cars are compatible with 'Rapid Chargers', including the Tesla Model X & Model S and the Renault Zoe

Tesla cars have the capability to benefit from the 22kW rapid charger, while an entry-level Nissan Leaf is better suited to 3.6kW. This is because the LEAF is equipped with only a 40kwh battery, while the Model S has a much larger 85 kWh battery.

The typical cost of purchase and installation of an electric car charger into your home is £1,000, however funding of up to 75% of this cost is currently available from the UK Government, making this a highly affordable task.

What does this mean in practical terms? With the grant taken into account, the current median prices (as of 01/03/18) are as follows: 3.6kW Solo Charger (£279), 7kW Solo Charger (£359), 22kW Solo Charger (£999). For full details of this scheme, visit the 'Grant schemes for electric vehicle charging infrastructure' section of the Gov.UK website.

You can charge your electric car anywhere you have access to a standard 3-pin socket, the exact same way you'd charge your phone or laptop.

It's worth bearing in mind that charging via a standard plug is usually quite slow, so many electric car drivers will opt for a dedicated EV charge point installed in their garage or driveaway. If you're concerned about the cost of this, the UK Government will currently subsidise the cost of a fast-charging point by up to 75% (or up to a maximum of £500). For full details of this scheme, go to the 'Grant schemes for electric vehicle charging infrastructure' section of the Gov.UK website

There are also a growing number of public EV charging points across the UK. These are run by a variety of national networks including 'Polar', 'Ecotricity', 'Pod Point' and 'Charge your Car'. Most of these points can be accessed, used and paid for via the company's official app which you can download to your smartphone from the Apple Store or Google Play.

You can find your nearest public charging point via this helpful map: https://www.zap-map.com/live/.

The cost of charging your car will depend upon how and where you're charging it. Here's a simple guide however to help you work out how much charging your vehicle will cost:

  1. Charging your car at home… charging at home is best done through a dedicated, installed electric vehicle home charger rather than via a standard 3-pin plug (see Where can I charge my electric car? for more on this). However, if you do still want to charge your car through a standard socket at home, PodPoint - a leading manufacturer of charging stations - have concluded that fully charging for example a 30kW Nissan LEAF will cost on average £3.64 and give you around 115 miles of range.
  2. Charging your car at work…can be very cost-effective for drivers, with an increasing number of companies offering free-charging stations. As demand grows, there's also been an increase in time-based charging tariffs, which encourages employees to vacate charging stations within a certain amount of time so that others may use it to charge their vehicle.
  3. Charging your car in public…if you're often on the go, or charging at home or work isn't a viable solution for you, then there are a growing number of public charging points across the UK. Some of these are free of charge, while others operate on a tariff basis, usually charging p/kW of charge. Most charge points that require a fee are app-enabled, and allow you to pay for your charge by downloading the company's official smartphone app. In this case its often worth getting a membership to your local station, where 3-months membership could cost as little as £7.85
  4. Charging your car at a rapid charging station… as yet, only a select few cars can be rapidly-charged, almost all of which are manufactured by Tesla. The brand run their own Supercharger Network of charge stations at select locations up and down the UK, which are free for Tesla drivers to use. There is also a network of superchargers run by private providers such as Ecotricity, which cost roughly around £7.20 for 30 minutes of use.

You can find the network of Tesla Rapid charger stations here: https://www.tesla.com/en_GB/supercharger

Or alternatively, view a map of all Rapid chargers: https://www.zap-map.com/live/

How long your electric car takes to charge will be dependent not only upon the car you choose, but also its battery capacity and the charging point you are using. It's important to check what your car's battery type is before you charge it, as using the wrong charge point or overloading could cause lasting damage. Your manufacturers will be able to recommend which charging point is most suitable for your car.

As with all vehicles, electric cars required regular servicing, usually every 6 or 12 months (dependent upon mileage).

However, initial estimations suggest that maintaining an electric car will only cost about one-third that of maintaining a petrol-powered car . This is because there is less that can go wrong in an electric car - there's no oil, pistons, gears, etc. Moreover, the service should be a lot faster and will also often include upgrades to the infotainment or technology systems.

Make sure you check that you are getting a fair price when you service your electric car or alternatively, consider taking out one of our optional maintenance packages which offer a cost-effective solution and cover servicing, replacement tyres and other consumables. Find more about this on our Maintenance Packages

page.

The only serious problems that electric cars can run into is if the battery needs replacing, but this is usually after approximately 8-10 years of regular use. Given this is much longer than the standard lease contract, the opportunity to avoid the cost of a replacement battery is a significant benefit of leasing (rather than buying) a brand-new electric car.

Most electric vehicle manufacturers have however taken into account how costly replacing a battery can be, so offer extended warranties on their new cars to cover drivers should this event prematurely occur. Given all our contracts include full manufacturer's warranty, even if you're driving a Nissan LEAF for 8 years and the battery needs replacing, this would be covered under your manufacturer's warranty and be replaced free of charge.

Maintenance and service for a hybrid car is similar to that of a conventional petrol or diesel vehicle. Most manufacturers recommend that you have your hybrid car checked and serviced every 12 months or 10-12000 miles, whichever comes first. Drivers who do heavier mileage however, should aim for a service every six month.

You might find that your regular garage is unable to service your new hybrid as it requires special training. If this is the case, your local dealership should be able to conduct the service.

While there is no fixed cost, Nissan estimate that servicing their Leaf costs around £11 a month, so £21 cheaper than say a Ford Focus .

Thanks to continuing improvements in green technology, the average range (or distance that can be travelled before needing re-charging) across all electric cars on the market increased to 114 miles in model year 2017. This range is improving fast, with a growth from an average of just 73 miles in 2007.

In general, Green Cars are initially more expensive, both to lease and to buy. However, many green car drivers make this money back over time, due to the vehicle's low or no energy costs. The government has also committed to at least another five years of the electric car grant, which will subsidise the cost of many green cars (Up to £4,500) to help make them more affordable. The grant also applies to leasing a green car and works to shave a significant amount of the cost off of your initial payments.

In order for your vehicle to qualify for the grant, it needs to meet the latest criteria set out by the government. This was updated in 2018 to reflect the improving statistics of green cars, placing them in 3 separate categories based on their comparative environmental benefits. Those with the lowest carbon print and cleanest engines are eligible from the maximum subsidy. Check out the categories below:

Category 1 cars
Vehicles will have CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km and can travel at least 112km (70 miles) without any CO2 emissions at all:

Category 2 cars
Vehicles will have CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km and can travel at least 16km (10 miles) without any CO2 emissions at all.

Category 3 cars
Vehicles will have CO2 emissions of 50 to 75g/km and can travel at least 32km (20 miles) without any CO2 emissions at all:

To see how much you can save, you can check which band your green car or van fits into here: https://www.gov.uk/plug-in-car-van-grants

In comparison to a standard petrol or diesel car, whether purchasing or leasing, many green cars are slightly more expensive in terms of actual vehicle cost. For example, the list price for a hybrid E-Tron version of Audi's A3 is around £4,500 more than the diesel model.

However, there are strong signs that this is beginning to change, for example, the hybrid version of Toyota's Auris is considerably cheaper to lease than its petrol equivalent. In addition, the day-to-day running costs and servicing of these cars is invariably a lot lower and many drivers re-coup their initial higher outlay, showing its important to consider all costs over the vehicle's whole of lifetime when deciding which car type to choose.

If you want a green car, then Leasing can be both a significantly lower risk as well as lighter on the pocket option than buying one. This is primarily because the green car phenomenon has only taken hold in the last few years and, just how they'll hold their value remains an unknown. However, with leasing, this risk is removed because at the end of your contract the market value is not your concern, you simply hand back the keys and are free to select and drive your next new green car with all the very latest features on offer at that point.

Moreover, leasing green also means you benefit from a brand new battery, so the threat of any critical faults is highly unlikely because while in your possession, the car will still be in the best years of its life.

In addition, if you lease, this allows you to benefit from the sheer speed of innovation inherent in the green car market, meaning you won't be left with a model that has been far surpassed in its abilities and efficiencies.

The management of situations arising out of a motoring accident involving a company’s vehicle and its driver. The accident management solution will help for all faults, non-faults and split liability. Motor incident for clients is available for both business & personal drivers.

When leasing a vehicle, the deal is partially calculated based on how many miles the driver intends to travel yearly. The annual mileage normally agreed on your leasing contract can be from 5,000 miles to 50,000 miles.

The agreed mileage permitted each year without incurring additional charges, according to the terms of the contract.

An arrangement fee also referred to as an administration charge/set up fee is implemented to cover the cost of processing the finance application & dealing with the contract documentation.

Benefits-in-kind is a taxable benefit received by employees in addition to their salaries such as a company car and fuel allowance.

Business Contract Hire is eligible for those customers whose qualify as any of the following: self-employed, sole trader, LLP, partnership, limited company or business owner. Most Business Contract Hire customers are required to have been trading for at least a year if possible. On our website, business contract hire prices are stated as plus VAT.

In Contract hire, a company or individual hires and drives the car for a determined period of time. On our website, you can get the vehicle for an agreed period of time which is usually 24, 36, or 48 months with an agreed annual mileage. The customer pays regular monthly payments as well as a small initial rental payment. At the end of the contract term/period the vehicle is returned back to the company and you can negotiate delivery of a new replacement model.

The contract length determines the size of your monthly payments on the agreed 24, 36 and 48 months contract.

The reduction in value of the vehicle as it is used each year due to wear and tear and the annual mileage covered.

It is normally calculated as the difference between the purchase price and its worth at the end of the contract.

If you have exceeded the agreed contract mileage then you would normally be charged for any excess mileage you do. This normally comes in PPM (Pence Per mile).

Finance lease/leasing is a form of vehicle leasing contract which is normally offered to business persons. Compared to Contract Hire agreements, finance leases offer a 100% tax deduction to qualifying businesses. There is no option to purchase the vehicle but a possibility to continue paying to operate it.

Fleet is the term used to describe a group of vehicles and Fleet Management is a function which includes managing companies’ fleet of cars & vans, including vehicle financing, servicing & maintenance.

We offer free UK mainland delivery of your new vehicle to any address.

In the case of the car being stolen, a fire or any accidental damage; the GAP insurance covers any additional cost that your insurer won’t pay out for. GAP insurance covers the difference between the cash value of the vehicle and what you still owe on the lease contract.

Hire purchase combines elements of both a loan and a lease which allow you to own a vehicle at the end of the agreement with simple regular payments and no mileage restrictions.

This is the first payment which you pay as the first payment for your leased vehicle. It is normally calculated as 3, 6 or 9 months of your monthly rental. A higher initial payment will reduce the amount of monthly rental payments.

On our deal pages, it clearly states the Manufacturer’s on the road price for ease of comparison with a number of available leasing deals. The Manufacturer’s OTR includes the price of options, delivery charges, VAT, and Road Fund Licence.

The number of payments making up the initial rental payment followed by the number of remaining monthly payments for example: 3+35, 6+35, 9+35, 3+23, etc...

Personal contract hire also known as personal leasing works in the same way as business leasing but the prices are generally slightly more expensive and stated including VAT. It is designed specifically for personal customers.

Residual Value is the figure used to predict the vehicles value after a period of time.

At Select Car Leasing, it is easy to find good value deals at discounted price on our dedicated special offers page where you can get great pricing on agreed contract terms.

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