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Guide to Car Leasing

Hello and welcome to our car leasing information portal which is jam packed full of information to help you to get your head around car leasing. If you're not sure what type of leasing contract you want or don't really know where to start don't stress out! Using our no nonsense guides you will be able to pinpoint which contract will suit you and be the most beneficial to yourself or your business.

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Business Contract Purchase Car Leasing and Insurance Car Leasing and Vehicle Excise Duty
Car Leasing and Warranty Car Leasing Glossary Car Subscription
Do You Need Good Credit to Lease a Car Do you pay for maintenance on a leased car Does Car Leasing Include Insurance
Driving an Electric Vehicle Efficiently Electric Commercial Vehicle Suitability Tool Electric Vehicle Driver Suitability Tool
EV Fuel cost calculator Everything you need to know about charging How Do I Maintain My Leased Car?
How Does Car Leasing Work? Leasing a Diesel Vehicle AdBlue and DPF Personal Car Leasing Is It Right for You
Personal Contract Hire Seasonal safety checks Switching to an Electric Car
The best lease van for your trade The Complete Guide to Car Depreciation The Complete Guide to Maintenance
The driving laws you need to be clear on The safest cars to own Ultimate Guide to Car Leasing
Useful Information What Car Should I Lease? What is CO2 and Why Does it Matter?
What is Finance Lease? What to do if you cant afford your car lease anymore Who Can Lease a Car?
Why Should I Lease My Next Car? Why you shouldnt be scared of leasing Will Wear and Tear Effect My Lease?
A guide to electric cars
Business Car Leasing Is It Right for You
Business Contract Hire
Business Contract Purchase
Car Leasing and Insurance
Car Leasing and Vehicle Excise Duty
Car Leasing and Warranty
Car Leasing Glossary
Car Subscription
Do You Need Good Credit to Lease a Car
Do you pay for maintenance on a leased car
Does Car Leasing Include Insurance
Driving an Electric Vehicle Efficiently
Electric Commercial Vehicle Suitability Tool
Electric Vehicle Driver Suitability Tool
EV Fuel cost calculator
Everything you need to know about charging
How Do I Maintain My Leased Car?
How Does Car Leasing Work?
Leasing a Diesel Vehicle AdBlue and DPF
Personal Car Leasing Is It Right for You
Personal Contract Hire
Seasonal safety checks
Switching to an Electric Car
The best lease van for your trade
The Complete Guide to Car Depreciation
The Complete Guide to Maintenance
The driving laws you need to be clear on
The safest cars to own
Ultimate Guide to Car Leasing
Useful Information
What Car Should I Lease?
What is CO2 and Why Does it Matter?
What is Finance Lease?
What to do if you cant afford your car lease anymore
Who Can Lease a Car?
Why Should I Lease My Next Car?
Why you shouldnt be scared of leasing
Will Wear and Tear Effect My Lease?

So, you're looking for a car leasing agreement for your next vehicle?

Well you're in the right place - LeaseCar is the UK's leading car lease provider. There's a vehicle out there for everyone, and we're here to help you find yours - no matter your specific needs or price range.

With LeaseCar, the car leasing journey is kept simple. You don't need to decide between lots of different types of car finance deals, nor do you have to spend time trying to find a finance provider. Simply browse our catalogue, let us know which cars have caught your eye, and we'll sort the rest.

It's never been easier to get your hands on a new set of wheels.

Whether you need one vehicle or a fleet, get in touch with our team today to lease your next car.

But first, you might be thinking…

How will the LeaseCar team benefit me?

With over 25 years in the industry, we've become the UK's go-to car leasing company. Our experience helps us to cut through the noise and find you the best available deal for your requirements. No hassle. No fuss. Just a simple, enjoyable experience that ends with you driving away in the perfect car.

If you're still wondering whether leasing is the right choice for you, don't worry - we've put together this comprehensive guide to car leasing to help you decide.

In this guide, we'll cover:

  • A bit about the LeaseCar team

  • Our insights into leasing vs other finance options

  • The different types of cars that you can lease

  • Electric cars and their rise in popularity

  • Our top picks in each car category

  • Business contract hire and the benefits for your company

  • Car leasing FAQs

Who is LeaseCar?

We'll kick things off by giving you a little bit of information about us and our experience in the car leasing industry.

LeaseCar is one of the UK's largest and most popular car leasing companies, helping drivers to find the best car leasing deals for their budgets. We know the process of finding a new car can be a frustrating one, with lots of things to consider before making your decision, so we try to make things as simple as possible for you.

And it's this simple, effective system that our customers love.

Gone are the days of strolling around showrooms staring at cars that don't suit you - with LeaseCar, you can find all of our vehicles right here on our website, and you can customise each deal in just a few clicks!

The LeaseCar calculator - Find the best deal in seconds

Getting a quote is simple. The LeaseCar calculator will run the numbers for you. You'll just need to input your preferred:

  • Lease type

  • Lease length

  • Expected mileage

  • Initial rental cost

  • Maintenance plan

Once you've input these details, our online calculator will do the rest - from there, you'll have your final monthly costs and breakdown displayed clearly. That way, you can assess the deal and decide whether it matches your budget.

If you're happy with the price, all you need to do is click the ‘order now' button and follow the steps until you receive your confirmation. In just a few easy clicks, you could have your new lease car arranged and on its way to you!

If you've got any specific questions about our available cars and deals, give us a call on 0344 745 1818 today. Our friendly team is available between 8:45 am and 5:30 pm Monday to Friday and will be on hand to answer any questions that you might have.

Car Leasing Deals: Personal Contract Hire

Leasing a car is often the cheapest way to get your hands on a new vehicle.

There's no hassle, you can choose from a huge range of lease cars, and you'll never have to worry about depreciation, as you'll be handing the car back to the dealership at the end of your contract. What more could you ask for?

When shopping for a new car leasing deal, it might feel like there are so many different options to pick from that you just don't know where to start. You'll hear about PCP, PCH, HP, and lots more, but at LeaseCar, we try to keep things easy. That's why we only choose to offer standard car leasing deals, known as Personal Contract Hire or PCH, to our customers.

Personal Contract Hire: What is it?

PCH is a type of vehicle finance that is used to rent or lease an automobile for a specific length of time, after which the car is returned to the dealership.

These plans are popular among people who would prefer to swap their car for a more recent model every couple of years, rather than be tied to the same vehicle for an extended amount of time. PCH gives you a fresher approach to driving, with a new vehicle on the driveway every couple of years! Now, it's no secret that cars drop in value as soon as you drive them off the lot. In fact, at the end of its first year, a new car will likely depreciate by up to 40%.

With a PCH lease deal, losing this amount of money is nothing to worry about.

As you don't own the vehicle, you won't have to think about whether it will retain its value or not - you just have to drive it for the duration of your lease, take good care of it, then hand it back at the end of the contract and find your next car! It really is that easy.

How does a Personal Contract Hire lease deal work?

PCH is a pay-monthly type of automotive lease that is offered to customers as a low-cost, easy-to-manage car leasing solution that helps them to get behind the wheel of a fantastic new car.

Personal contract hire is exactly what it sounds like: you will rent a car for a set period, allowing you to use it only for the duration of the contract. This is a relatively no-strings-attached alternative to purchasing or financing a car.

At the end of your PCH agreement, you simply hand the car back to us (you don't have to worry about selling it). If you then want an upgrade, you can choose a newer car that meets your current demands, rather than your needs from when you first took up the contract.

What are the benefits of leasing your car using Personal Contract Hire?

The advantages of a PCH contract are very easy to identify. The terms are straightforward, simple to manage, and allow you to keep things fresh and updated every few years.

The main disadvantage to a Personal Contract Hire lease is that you won't own your car, but if you don't care about this(and don't want to be stuck with the pain of selling it), the decision is a no-brainer. Using a PCH car lease plan has several benefits for you as a driver, which you can find detailed below:

Say goodbye to pricey balloon payments

PCH plans allow you to completely avoid balloon payments in their entirety. Many drivers do not wish to pay the large settlement payment to own the car, and with Personal Contract Hire agreements, you'll never have to.

With PCH, there's no option to purchase the vehicle you've been driving, alleviating stress on both your mind and your wallet.

Your monthly costs will be significantly lower

If you're looking for the cheapest way to drive, leasing is the choice for you.

PCH costs are calculated based on a rental cost for the duration of your lease, rather than the total cost of the car - this differs from other plans such as Hire Purchase or PCP car finance. This means that PCH is a much cheaper solution that's more affordable as a long-term option.

Everyone loves that new car feeling

Personal contract hire car leasing is the best choice if you're the kind of person who's looking to drive the latest and most technologically advanced vehicle. Depending on how long your contract is, you'll be able to do a total vehicle refresh every couple of years, with the option to select a completely different car to lease at the end of each term.

This is a very popular choice for driving enthusiasts who love to get a taste of driving different types of cars at a relatively low cost, with no hassle!

In a more practical sense, leasing your car over just a few years means you can easily upgrade to a more suitable model if your circumstances have changed by the end of the lease period. A good example of this might be after the birth of a child when you'll probably be looking for a car that's more spacious, safer, and more economical than a trendy sports car.

Get all-in-one coverage with a comprehensive maintenance plan

During a PCH plan, the driver assumes responsibility for the condition of the vehicle, but that doesn't mean it has to be costly.

As the car will be returned to the dealership at the end of the lease, the lender will look to keep the vehicle in the best shape possible. A low-cost maintenance plan will be helpful here, keeping your car ticking over smoothly for the duration of your lease.

If you want to learn more about the maintenance packages available here at LeaseCar, be sure to check out our Maintenance section below!

Who can lease a car?

Car leasing is incredibly inclusive and is available to most individuals and businesses that meet the required criteria set out by the lender.

As with any finance agreement, one of the main criteria that a leasing company will look for is positive credit history. This is to ensure that the monthly price of the car is affordable for the driver, protecting the lender and dealership for the duration of the process.

Credit checks are also in place to ensure that the deal is affordable for the driver - if a driver cannot afford to keep up with the rental costs on their lease car, they run the risk of losing their vehicle through repossession. Passing a credit check shows that the driver can feasibly afford to keep up the rental costs on the car and avoid these financial troubles.

Leasing a car doesn't just have to be for the price point - leasing also allows you to keep your car fresh and up to date every couple of years, rather than having to keep hold of an ageing motor for longer than you'd ideally want to.

Newer cars also tend to require less maintenance and fewer fixes, which helps you to further minimise your motoring spending.

Why would you lease a car rather than buying?

Leasing a car makes things so much easier for you.

Having a car is, for most people, essential. Whether it's for the daily commute, running errands such as the weekly shop, or for taking the family on fun-packed trips, having your own personal vehicle makes every aspect of travel simpler to tackle.

But with so much demand placed on your car, you need to ensure that it's one you can rely on. The higher the usage, the higher the chances are of damage and faults occurring. This increases the chance of a breakdown, and in turn the cost of repairs or replacement depending on the extent of the damage.

By utilising car leasing deals, you'll be able to ensure that you're never putting too much demand on your vehicle or racking up high mileage - you'll be able to exchange your car for a newer, improved model at the end of each lease term, keeping your car in top shape year after year.

And of course, car leasing is one of the cheapest ways to get your hands on a brand-new vehicle that you can rely on. You'll only need to pay a fixed monthly amount for the rental of the car, rather than spreading the entire cost of the car over your monthly costs, which helps to keep more of your cash in your wallet for the things that matter most.

Initial costs on lease deals are also much lower on average than with other types of car finance. What's more, you can also adjust this initial rental amount before signing your lease, with your monthly costs adjusting to suit.


No matter whether you've bought a car outright, financed it through a lender, or leased your vehicle, maintenance is something that you'll need to consider when searching for a new car.

From faulty parts and worn tires to busted bulbs and general wear, you can never plan for car problems. With LeaseCar's maintenance package, you'll be protected from the unexpected for the entirety of your lease deal, giving you peace of mind no matter where you drive.

Maintenance packages are a popular accompaniment to any lease plan, giving drivers an all-in-one solution when it comes to their monthly car costs. But the benefits don't just start and end with convenience, there's so much more to get excited about…

What are the benefits of LeaseCar's Worry-Free Maintenance Plan?

  1. It's one fixed monthly cost- This means the cost of your vehicle and maintenance are fixed for your entire contract, removing the looming worry of unexpected bills.

  1. You're protected against inflation - Our maintenance package protects you against the ever-increasing costs of servicing and vehicle maintenance.

  1. We work with approved garages- All of the work carried out on your car will be conducted by a qualified technician and an accredited garage, guaranteeing high levels of service during every visit.

  1. VAT is 100% recoverable- You can recover full VAT on the maintenance element of your contract, which is perfect for customers utilising our Business Hire Contract solutions.

What does our maintenance package include?

Our Worry-Free Maintenance Plan is designed to keep you mobile 365 days a year. You can expect:

  • Scheduled servicing for all manufacturers

  • Repairs and replacements for any mechanical or electrical parts, including the parts and labour for wear and tear repairs

  • Replacements and repairs for bulbs, batteries, exhausts, cam belts, wiper blades, alternators, and starter motors

  • MOT tests as required

  • A simple, efficient one-call booking and management service

  • Tyre replacements using premium branded tyres, including valve and balance

  • A free mobile tyre-fitting appointment service, available at a time and place that suits you

Is there anything that's excluded from our maintenance package?

  • Repairs or replacements required due to driver error or driver-induced faults

  • Repairs required due to damage suffered in an accident

  • Items that are missing or broken, such as bent aerials, missing hubcaps, etc.

  • Vandalised and stolen wheels and/or tyres

  • MIsfuelling

  • Lubricant and fluid top-ups between service intervals, such as oil top-ups, screenwash top-ups, and AdBlue top-ups

LeaseCar's breakdown cover is also available, which includes all of the following:

  • At home and roadside assistance, giving you convenient assistance wherever it's required

  • A speedy 45-minute average attendance time, with an impressive 825 roadside fix rate

  • You'll either receive repair or recovery to your onward destination

  • Onward travel is provided - taxi, train, and airfares are covered, including accommodation

  • Repatriation back to the UK, if you break down abroad

LeaseCar's comprehensive roadside assistance cover is available 24/7 365 days a year, and includes free European travel breakdown assistance. This way, you're covered even when you're on holiday or travelling abroad for work.

If you'd like to learn more about our maintenance packages, or would like to get a quote for cover, get in touch with the LeaseCar team today by calling 0344 745 1818 orcontact us online by clicking here!

Will your car have a warranty?

Most vehicles will have a warranty provided by the manufacturer that covers the car for a set number of years and a set level of mileage. If your car is still within this warranty, your car will be covered for non-driver-related faults that have impacted the vehicle.

The length of the warranty that you receive from the manufacturer will vary between manufacturers and can even vary on a model-by-model basis, so be sure to keep that in mind when you're browsing through our comprehensive range of cars here at LeaseCar.

If you'd like to find more details regarding car warranties, how they can be voided, and more, be sure to check out the BVRLA Fair Wear & Tear Guide for Cars!

Electric cars: Are they a good lease option?

You're probably already aware of some of the advantages of driving an electric vehicle, but if you're still trying to decide whether to opt for an environmentally friendly EV, this portion of our leasing guide is just what you need.

We'll cover everything you need to know about driving an electric vehicle, and we're even debunking myths that you might have encountered about EVs too!

Driving an electric car is so much cheaper than a combustion engine vehicle

The main difference you'll likely see is in the fuel prices that you'll pay. With a combustion engine car, you'll pay outrageous prices for fuel while also negatively impacting the environment, but this is not the case with an EV. The cost to refuel, or recharge, an EV is significantly lower because electric cars simply require an electrical source to power up.

The cost per mile you'll be paying to recharge your electric car can be up to 10 times less than with a combustion fuel equivalent, so the money you save throughout your lease will more than account for the expense of installing a charger at your house, should you wish to do so. Charging an electric car at home is the most cost-effective way to recharge, as you may be able to take advantage of specialist energy packages that offer lower tariffs at off-peak times, allowing you to charge your car for even less!

When you drive an electric vehicle, you won't have to pay nearly as many fees, which is the second way you'll save money when you switch to an EV. Congestion charges for the majority of combustion engine vehicles are already in place in many major UK cities during peak hours, which can make trips like the morning commute much more expensive. However, if you drive a low-emission vehicle like an electric car, this won't be an issue for you, as your vehicle is exempt from clean air zone charges.

This essentially means that your travel costs will be substantially lower with electric cars because they have free access to these types of zones at all times of the day, giving leaseholders a major advantage over those driving petrol or diesel cars.

Driving an electric car will reduce your carbon footprint

Electric vehicles are a huge step forward for the environment because they have much lower emissions and design/manufacturing processes that are much more considerate of environmental factors. This results in an outcome that is much better for the planet overall and lowers the carbon footprints of both the driver and the manufacturers, creating a greener automotive market in the process.

If you are unable to alter your emissions in any other manner, changing the vehicle you use for commuting and socialising could be the simplest method to cut your carbon footprint by over 30%. You can be confident that, by making this change, you have aided the large, ongoing green movement, which tries to clean up our cities and towns and improve the air quality that surrounds us continually.

Common electric vehicle misconceptions

We've seen several electric vehicle misconceptions in the media, many of which create a negative opinion of these cars and suggest that they're not a good choice for the typical driver. As far as we can tell, these tales are nothing more than myths.

Electric vehicles are more than capable of offering a greener alternative to your combustion engine vehicle, without having to sacrifice practicality in any way.

Here are some of the most prominent misunderstandings regarding electric vehicles and the real facts that could open your eyes to the benefits of electric cars:

Myth 1: Carbon dioxide emissions from electric vehicles are comparable to those from petrol/diesel engines

This tabloid headline myth has appeared frequently in a wide range of newspapers, but it is completely false. Government research completed in 2017 found that an electric automobile produced just 73g of carbon dioxide over the same distance that a gasoline-powered vehicle produced roughly 211g.

The energy needed to develop, manufacture, and distribute both the car and the fuel that powers it are all taken into consideration when calculating total emissions for a vehicle and its fuel using the "well to wheel" method.

Myth 2: Electric car batteries need to be recharged too often

The latest electric vehicles are well-equipped to handle long distances, just like a combustion engine car would be. As of the latest statistics found in 2022, the average range of an EV is 257 miles, and the average commute in the UK is 23 miles, so you'll be able to drive to work 10 times before you need to recharge.

You'll only need to charge your car twice a week to handle your entire weekly commute. To save money, you'll be able to do this during the night, at which time you'll be able to make use of lower energy tariffs that reduce the cost of recharging your car even further.

Myth 3: Charging points aren't widely available

In 2022, electric vehicle charging points are available in more places than you could imagine, helping you to keep your car topped up whenever you require a little extra boost to finish your journey.

From supermarket car parks, railway stations, office blocks, and even service stations, you're sure to find an available electric car charging station wherever you are.

If you're struggling to identify these stations, there are plenty of charger map apps that you can use to find your nearest electric vehicle charging point in no time!

The benefits of driving a brand-new car

New vs used. It's a debate that's surrounded the automotive industry for quite some time, with many big benefits falling on both sides of the argument.

Many people think that a brand new car will be way outside of their budget. With car leasing though, it doesn't have to be.

Here are some of the benefits that you'll have when choosing to drive a brand new car:

You'll get the latest technology

We all love using the latest technology. It makes our lives so much easier and, at this point, there's no way that we could live without it.

If you're the type of driver that needs a flashy control hub to manage all of your applications, such as your navigation, music, messages, and calls, leasing a brand-new car is a great option for you.

It's not just the media technology that these new cars have in their favour, new cars also feature the latest parts and component designs to give you the smoothest ride available, as well as an economical output that maximises your fuel efficiency whilst you're out on the road.

Newer cars have fewer faults from wear and tear

With a car that's straight from the manufacturer, you can guarantee that you're getting a car that's in pristine condition.

Fresh tyres, clean interior, perfect engine. Everything is exactly as it should be from the start of your lease. This means that you won't have to worry about the quality of care that previous owners may have given to your new car, which could lead to costly repairs as you start driving the vehicle for yourself.

With no blemishes or faults to deal with, all you need to do is regularly maintain your car and you should face no problems throughout your lease!

A fresh warranty keeps you protected for longer

Manufacturers give you a warranty on any car for a set number of miles and a specific number of years, but if your car is used rather than new, it'll mean that the car is closer to being out of warranty from the very beginning.

Ideally, you'd want your car's warranty to cover the entire duration of your lease - this means that if any problems do arise, you're covered by the manufacturer's guarantee. Leasing a new car means that most initial lease terms will be covered entirely by the manufacturer's warranty, but be sure to check the details for your exact model before committing to an agreement to ensure you're clear on the length of your warranty.

Driving a used car can be a cost-effective choice

There are many alternatives available when you're shopping for a new vehicle: outright purchase, financing, new or used vehicles - all excellent choices, but how do you decide which is best for you? It's a question that only you can have the answer to, with factors such as pricing, function, style, and personal preference all coming into play as you make your decision.

Used cars are an alternative to brand new cars that can be a solid option for drivers looking for a low-cost day-to-day car, but you do run the risk of encountering additional issues with the vehicle due to the age and level of wear that it may have been subject to with previous owners.

It is reasonable that many individuals continue to have concerns about buying a second-hand car. They are more susceptible to damage or underlying problems, which is why it's crucial to only lease a used car from a reputable leasing company.

Types of cars you can lease with LeaseCar

At LeaseCar, we pride ourselves on both the quantity and quality of our car catalogue. As well as our flexibility in contract hire packages, you can choose from our comprehensive range of high-end cars.


The hatchback is one of the most popular types of car in the world.

They combine compact design with ample space and a comfortable ride to create a driving experience that's hard to replicate at a price you simply can't beat.

The modern hatchback features more than enough room for up to 5 passengers and comes complete with a handy amount of boot storage that's perfect for the weekly shop!

Due to the popularity of the hatchback, it's no surprise to see that most major car manufacturers are now looking to release their own models - this is great for drivers as it means there's more choice than ever and the quality is superb.

Volkswagen Golf

The VW Golf is perhaps the most well-loved hatchback on the planet, and it's not hard to understand why: it successfully mixes design, interior space, and functionality to provide what is essentially the ideal modern vehicle for practically any need. The Volkswagen Golf offers something for everyone and it comes in 5 different models, allowing you to select the level of technology and price range that's best suited to your preferences.

The Golf has always been one of the heavy hitters in the hatchbacks category. It offers performance, speed, handling, and appearance that few cars in this class can equal, making it a highly popular choice for drivers in the UK. Whether you're taking the morning commute, carrying luggage, or departing on a long trip, the Golf is the perfect travel companion that's well-equipped for every circumstance.

Ford Focus

The Ford Focus, a long-time favourite that always ranks towards the top of the heap amongst hatchbacks each year, is another outstanding vehicle. It's an absolute dream to drive, has a sleek, stylish chassis, and handles with immense delicacy, providing some of the best performance in the hatchback division.

When you take a closer look at the Ford Focus, you're met with a wealth of features that vastly enhance your driving experience. Easy-to-use on-board computers, a top-tier B&O sound system, ample space for 4 adults and a boot big enough to carry all of your belongings make this vehicle a real force to be reckoned with when comparing hatchbacks.

Estate cars

The estate car offers the best of both the hatchback and the saloon car designs for a genuinely amazing experience. In Britain, people frequently choose estate cars for long-distance travel due to their superior degree of comfort and economy or as family vehicles because of their generous room and storage. Additionally, due to their broader shape, estate cars are among the best models for utilising a roof storage box, which makes this the perfect lease car for those who enjoy heading off to festivals or camping in the wilderness.

BMW 5 Series Touring

The BMW 5 Series Touring is a serious contender for one of the best all-around family vehicles money can buy. It builds on the 5 Series saloon as a base and enlarges the boot to make the interior roomy and adaptable for family life. The 5 Series might be the ideal choice if you have a family of four or five, but you're not looking for anything as bulky as an SUV.

The 5 Series has the greatest steering in its class. It doesn't provide much feedback, but it is precise, and when combined with its more secure chassis, it makes for the most exciting driving experience among its competitors. This makes every trip in the 5 Series feel like a real treat, even if it is just the school run.

Skoda Superb Estate

The largest non-SUV car in the Skoda lineup is the Superb. The hatchback variant is already fairly spacious, and this estate type is one of the most practical and versatile cars on the market today. It's a big family car with a stylish interior, unrivalled comfort, a massive boot, and plenty of room for multiple passengers.

With a focus on high ride quality, the Superb is incredibly quiet on the road. Even at 70 mph, there is very little wind noise and very little suspension noise either, which further adds to the fantastic ride that this brilliant estate car provides to both the driver and their passengers.

MPVs (multi-purpose vehicles)

There aren't many vehicles that can compete with the MPV in terms of practicality and utility.

The multi-purpose vehicle is made to give the driver exactly what they need when they need it. If you're looking to embark on big group trips, you have plenty of seating, but if you need to move large items from one place to another without hiring a moving van, you have plenty of accessible space thanks to removable rear seats and flush-folding seating that retreats right into the floor to maximise space.

Volkswagen Touran

The modest MPV may be a more sensible, stereotypically boring option than an estate car or a hatchback, but if you need one, it can be a far more practical option than any car from either of those categories. Multi-purpose vehicles, or MPVs, are created to provide as much space as possible in a layout that can be modified and manoeuvred to meet your needs at any time, in any place.

The VW Touran is one of the most popular models in this class. It goes beyond the level of comfort offered by Volkswagen's flagship Golf model by featuring extra interior room - making it possible to fit 7 adults inside without breaking a sweat.

The Volkswagen Touran also offers an enjoyable driving experience, making it one of the most exciting MPVs to be behind the wheel of. For such a large vehicle, it is surprisingly nimble, agile, and quick - something you'd be surprised to learn about a vehicle this big!

SEAT Ateca

Thatcham Research gave the Ateca high scores for its resistance to break-ins and theft, and it received the full five stars in Euro NCAP crash tests.

If you're looking for a car that prioritises safety, look no further.

Every SEAT car features tyre pressure monitoring, seven airbags, an alarm, and an engine immobiliser as standard. However, newer models such as the Alhambra also provide the option for features such as lane assist, road sign recognition, and blindspot monitoring.

The SEAT Ateca is the perfect car for the modern family. It's an MPV in every sense of the term. It's exactly what it was designed to be - it's big, it's spacious, it's comfortable, it's safe, and it's even pretty fun to drive, as far as MPV performance goes!

SUV models

The SUV is the perfect vehicle for anyone with an adventurous streak. They're tough, well-built, a joy to drive, and they take you anywhere you want to go, even if that takes you off the beaten track.

For families who enjoy the outdoors and going on camping excursions in the wilderness, a sports utility vehicle is a terrific option. Your SUV will make the most of its four-wheel-drive system to take on slopes or slick terrain with ease - there's nothing that an SUV can't handle. Along with their tough, durable build, you also get a surprising level of comfort, style, and utility in a sports utility vehicle. They really are the complete package!

The cabin is roomy, the boot is big enough to hold all of your possessions for a long trip, and there are several wonderfully stylish designs to choose from so you don't have to sacrifice style by opting for substance.

Land Rover Defender

The original Land Rover Defender, which has been around since 1990, was a glacial progression of the first Land Rover, which was launched in 1948. It was always going to be difficult to replace what is likely the most well-known off-road vehicle in the world, but now we finally have that replacement.

The 110 is a comfortable five-seater, but it can be ordered with an extra pair of rear seats to accommodate up to seven people. To accommodate six people in a pinch, you could also substitute a fold-out jump seat for the centre console up front. Due to its exceptional adaptability, the Defender 110 is regarded as the car to beat in the SUV category.

A plug-in hybrid and a potent V8 combine to ensure that the Land Rover Defender 110 packs a serious punch. The Defender features a turbo-charged, mild hybrid six-cylinder engine - when you factor in the electric hybrid design, this makes for a fairly efficient engine setup.

When driving on more conservative terrain, it boasts excellent steering and handling. The Defender remains a popular choice for its comfortable - and surprisingly nimble - drive for a vehicle of its size.

Nissan Qashqai

There is little need to introduce the Nissan Qashqai. Despite a wide choice of competitors, the Qashqai is still one of the best-selling cars in the UK - you'll find one on every street across the country, almost without exception. It practically single-handedly popularised the family SUV to the general public and has been a huge favourite ever since. It appeals to customers who want a little bit more space and a higher ride height than a conventional hatchback and has filled that gap in the automotive market perfectly.

Besides the odd pothole and speed bump, the Qashqai provides a relatively comfortable ride and is sure to make for a pleasant journey, no matter what your final destination is. With more than enough under the bonnet to handle both short and long-haul trips, you can't go wrong with the trusty Nissan Qashqai.

It's a great all-rounder at a fantastic price!

Saloon cars

The saloon car offers passengers extra room and a smooth ride that's sure to add a touch of elegance and class to any journey.

Since the boot is completely separate from the passenger compartment and the wheelbase is longer, there is significantly more room inside for passengers in both the front and rear seating. This design's only flaw is that the boot tends to be on the smaller side, but you'll find that there's still more than enough space in your saloon to bring back your shopping or pack your golf clubs at the weekend.

Tesla Model 3

The Tesla Model 3 is one of the most distinctive cars on the roads right now. By blending modern technology with the latest automotive advancements, the Model 3 is perhaps the best saloon car available to drivers today.

The main query that most people have regarding Tesla cars is that they are electric, which brings concerns about battery range, charging points, and more. Thankfully, the Tesla performs fantastically across the board, with excellent range, plenty of available Tesla charging points, and a truly immersive driving experience that rivals that of any combustion engine car.

Stepping inside a Tesla seems strangely familiar yet radically different in equal measures if you have only ever driven the standard cars you would find on the road, such as conventional hatchbacks and SUVs. The wheel, seats, dashboard, and door handles are - as you'd expect - all still present, but they all seem to be of greater quality and are more interactive and intuitive than you might think.

Driving a Tesla is one of the most unique driving experiences you could ever have, and you can now find Tesla lease deals right here on the LeaseCar website!

Skoda Superb

But not everyone likes flashy cars - some of us prefer practicality and affordable prices over all else. It's difficult to look past the Skoda Superb if you're looking for the most affordable car in the saloon category.

Now, we know what you're thinking: "A Skoda? Aren't they boring?". Certainly, the Czech manufacturer has a history of producing some less than exhilarating cars, but lately, they've had more winners than losers, especially when it comes to saloons. In fact, in this category, they're a force to be reckoned with!

The Skoda Superb truly is excellent. This car is among the best in its class and can easily compete with heavy hitters like the Mercedes A-Class and Audi A4 if you're prepared to look past the stylish, though relatively subdued, exterior.

If you judge the car simply on its merits, which are the outstanding comfort levels, the high-quality build, the fantastic onboard media centre, and the level of economy that you'll receive, there are very few cars that could lay a glove on the Skoda Superb.

Coupe cars

The coupe transforms the saloon car into one of the most elegant and trendy cars on the road. From the French “to cut”, the classic two-door coupe features a slimmer design and is very much considered a luxury car. Its design is a subtle change, but one that can make all the difference if you're looking for something a little more compact, with a sportier feel.

These vehicles may not be the most practical for larger families or for carting around lots of shopping, but they look amazing and offer a level of style that is unmatched by the majority of the cars that you'll find on the roads today.

Audi TT Coupe

If you enjoy coupes, you've undoubtedly thought about getting an Audi TT already. The TT Coupe looks beautiful, feels perfect, and is, as far as we can tell, the ideal coupe for any driver to lease. The Audi TT may be the most consistently brilliant car to come out of the division in the last ten years and has faced very little competition for the crown since its release.

The Audi TT Coupe crosses the gap between style and practicality seamlessly, offering a surprisingly large boot and comfortable seating for such a compact build.

When you're behind the wheel of the TT, you know you're in for a good time - the car is quick, nimble, and responsive, creating a driving experience that you'll never want to end.

Whether you're heading to work, off to the shops, or going for a leisurely drive, the Audi TT Coupe is the perfect travel companion.

With a variety of Audi TT Coupe models to choose from at LeaseCar, we can help you get on the road in a chic, contemporary coupe with a flexible monthly rental schedule that keeps the costs low and manageable each month.

Check out our Audi TT Coupe lease deals today!

BMW 4 Series Coupe

The front seats of the 4 Series have enough room to comfortably fit four passengers. The driver has adequate adjustment options, and there's even an option to add lumbar support if you opt for one of the premium versions of the BMW 4 Series.

The in-car infotainment is just fantastic. All models come with a 10.3-inch touchscreen display that can also be used by turning and pushing a rotary controller located between the front seats. One of the primary reasons we love the infotainment in the 4 Series is this handy controller, which is significantly less distracting when you're driving and, paired with a super-intuitive operating system, makes all the difference to your driving experience.

Convertible cars

Up next, we have the classic convertible - these cars feature a retractable roof that can be folded down, either manually or automatically depending on your choice. Naturally designed for sunnier locations, the convertible boasts better visibility for both passengers and drivers.

Often considered to be the most show stopping and desirable vehicles on the road, they provide a driving experience unlike any other. You'll feel the wind in your hair as you ride through stunning landscapes under the daytime sun - just be sure to return the roof to its original closed position before the rain starts to fall!

Audi R8 Spyder

The Audi R8 has been around since 2006 (hard to imagine), but the 2022 Audi R8 Spyder may just be one of the most approachable and capable sports cars available in today's automotive market.

This German car successfully competes with well-known manufacturers like Ferrari and McLaren, not just in terms of visual flair but also its acoustics when the engine is running, earning the car praise as one of the best supercars in the world today - not to mention one of the most enjoyable to drive!

Without an incredibly powerful engine, a supercar is nothing, so it's just as well that the Audi R8 Spyder boasts a huge 5.2-litre V10 engine with naturally aspirated fuel that delivers superior power every time your foot touches the pedal. This engine not only sounds amazing, but it also delivers on performance too, producing 562 horsepower that is directed to the rear axle for lightning-fast acceleration.

There's even the option to upgrade to the AWD version of the R8 Spyder, which increases the total horsepower to a monumental 602hp - it's not for the faint-hearted!

Lexus LC Convertible

If you love the sound of a huge engine roaring, you're going to adore the Lexus LC Convertible. From the moment you press the accelerator, you hear the engine hit that 7000rpm sweet spot and the purring becomes a scream - it's one of the best sounds you can ever wish to hear from a car, and it feels like you're soaring around a race track even when you're cruising down the motorway.

What's more, the LC Convertible reacts quicker than any of its competitors when it comes to steering and handling, making it a thrill to drive in any setting, from country roads to the urban city landscape.

Adding to this car's stunning appearance, the roof can be removed, allowing you to feel the beaming rays of the sun beating down into the Lexus as you cruise around in bliss.

Sports cars

Sports cars are engineered for speed and, on that front, they'll never let you down - when you're behind the wheel of your sports car, you're sure to feel a thrill like no other. Sports cars are all about the excitement of feeling like the coolest person on the road, and you're sure to love being able to leave the other cars in the rear view mirror as you zip across the roads.

These cars more than atone for what they lack in space and functionality with the sheer adrenaline and gorgeous aesthetic they provide, making them an ideal choice for those who want to steal the limelight and feel all eyes on them.

Mazda MX-5

Any sports car lover will be a major fan of the Mazda MX-5, and it doesn't have to break the bank to drive on either! Although not typically associated with the traditionally showy sports car manufacturers in this category, Mazda has always staked a claim as being behind car releases that help you to find the fun in driving.

The rear-wheel-drive sets the MX-5 apart from most other vehicles in its class and contributes to its enormous popularity among enthusiasts - if there's one thing petrolheads love, it's the feeling of a powerful rear-wheel-drive car taking off on the road.

The Mazda's limited storage capacity detracts from its practicality, but the snappy handling and excellent manual transmission more than make up for it in terms of driving enjoyment - this is a car for driving enthusiasts operating on any budget.

The fabric convertible roof is simple to lift from the driver's side despite the absence of electronics, making it ideal for long drives in the hot summer sun. The Mazda MX-5 is the ideal sports car for any motoring purist; there are no frills, it's just a simple, fun, and incredibly affordable sports car that's sure to stand up as one of the most popular vehicles of all time.

Porsche 911

The Porsche 911 is one of the most exotic, iconic, and surprisingly usable sports cars on the market today. There's very little to dislike about the 911, making it a staple car for anyone getting behind the wheel of a sports car for the first time.

With a design that has remained instantly recognisable for decades, the Porsche 911 is a car that gives back to the driver every time they sit in the seat.

The compact sports car has more than enough in its locker to tackle any race track that's put in front of it, but it's on the roads where it comes into a league of its own. Built for everyday comfort and a sense of practicality, the 911 feels totally different to any other sports car on the market. It's not just for show. It's for driving.

Business vehicle leasing

Car leasing isn't just for individuals, either - it's a solution that is frequently adopted by businesses to provide their employees with vehicles at a low lease cost.

As with car leasing, payments are spread over longer periods of time, reducing high initial upfront costs, meaning cash flow can be better managed. Ultimately, it's an ideal solution that minimises risk whilst also providing your teams with safe, reliable vehicles.

Here at LeaseCar, we've been in the business for over 25 years, giving us great experience helping businesses of all sizes to find corporate car leasing deals that work for their needs and their budgets.

Get in touch with our team today if you'd like to find out how we can structure a car leasing arrangement for your business!

What is business leasing?

Business leasing is the process of leasing a car using a corporate entity, rather than through a single individual. This means that the lease agreement is tied to the company, not the person.

If you're a business that uses multiple vehicles for different members of staff, you might find that your transport costs are incredibly high; cars aren't cheap, and they can be a financial burden once their price starts to deteriorate. So, it's in the best interest of the business to minimise this risk by relinquishing ownership of the car and choosing a lease deal.

With a business leasing deal such as Business Contract Hire, the costs are much easier to track, and there's no risk of asset depreciation either. You'll just pay a fixed monthly fee that remains static over the course of your agreement and that covers your usage of the cars for the duration of the agreement.

The benefits of leasing your business vehicles

Costs are fixed

The first benefit of a Business Contract Hire (BHC) plan is that the costs for leasing your vehicles will be much lower than they would be when leasing privately.

When utilising BHC leasing services, the costs for leasing, maintenance, servicing, and road tax are all fixed. This takes all of the worries out of the process of acquiring company vehicles, giving you a straightforward overview of what your spending will be.

With this overview in mind, you'll be able to accurately budget your transport costs over a fixed period, helping you to stay prepared and avoid any unexpected bills.

The risk is lower, giving you peace of mind

Every business wants to limit risk wherever it's possible. It's a natural part of the corporate world and something that makes a lot of sense - risks result in danger, and danger can lead to losses.

So, how can a Business Contract Hire leasing plan help you to reduce risk?

It's simple: as you don't own the vehicles that your employees are driving, you won't be burdened with having to sell them, either!

New cars depreciate in value instantly - losing up to 40% in value within their first year. This guaranteed loss, especially spread across a fleet of cars, is critical for small businesses in particular. Business car leasing eliminates that concern - not your car, not your problem!

You'll have to conduct less admin, saving time

Admin is one of the biggest frustrations that any business has to face - it's time consuming, it's not cost effective, and it's a burden on your teams.

Business leasing cuts out a huge portion of the admin that needs to be actioned - your leasing partner can assist you with the administration that you need to execute and ensure that all paperwork and documentation is correct.

Examples of the admin that we can assist you with are:

  • Tax discs

  • Number plates

  • MOT certificates

  • Leasing agreements

The LeaseCar team will be on hand to assist you with any technical admin relating to your business leasing agreement, so you'll never have to worry about all of those tricky documents again.

You may be able to claim back your VAT

Most businesses don't realise this, but you may be able to claim back 100% of the VAT on any vehicle that's leased exclusively for commercial use - that's a huge saving on each rental that you take out. As you'd expect, claiming back VAT is advantageous, allowing you to reduce your business's outgoings and redistribute those funds toward business development and growth.

Even if the vehicles are being leased for private use, you'll still be able to reclaim 50% of the VAT associated with the lease, so there are seemingly no downsides to utilising BCH lease deals for your business!

Business leasing with LeaseCar

At LeaseCar, we've got a huge range of vehicles to choose from, so whether you're looking for snazzy executive cars that ooze professionalism for those big corporate meetings or simple, economical cars for your staff to use for their daily commute, there's sure to be an option in the LeaseCar catalogue.

To get the ball rolling with your new BCH leases, please give a member of our friendly team a call on 0344 745 1818, or head over to our online contact form, enter your contact details, and we'll get in touch with you right away to discuss the options and the benefits for your business.

Car leasing glossary - All the terms you'll need to know…

The LeaseCar team is always looking to put customer service at the forefront of what we do - if our customers feel happy, assured, and in the know regarding their leasing deals, we know we're doing something right.

From our handy order tracking system to our in-depth guides, we're looking to give you all of the information you need to confidently take your next steps and find the right car leasing package for you.

We try to keep the jargon to a minimum, but sometimes it does naturally creep into the way that we speak, so if you've happened across a phrase that you're not too familiar with, don't worry - we have a solution for you!

Our car leasing glossary is your one-stop-shop for all of the confusing leasing jargon that you may have encountered on your journey to finding a gorgeous new set of wheels - it covers everything we think you need to know from beginner terms to the more technical jargon, so you'll be brushed up and ready to talk the talk in no time.

Car leasing FAQs - our experts answer all of your questions!

Is car leasing popular in the UK?

Car finance has always been a popular way to get behind the wheel of a new car, but in recent years, we've seen a huge increase in the number of people looking to move to the car leasing model.

It's estimated that over 1.6 million cars in the UK are currently secured on a lease agreement, and that number is expected to continue growing- in truth, it's never been more popular to lease a car!

Are car leasing and PCH the same thing?

Car leasing and PCH are different terms that relate to the same process.

Car leasing is a traditional term that has been used to describe the leasing process, but the more formal name for the agreement is PCH, which stands for Personal Contract Hire.

If you happen to see these two terms, just remember that they're interchangeable and both terms are relating to the same type of car finance.

Is PCH different to PCP car finance?

Personal Contract Hire and Personal Contract Purchase, or PCH and PCP for short, are two types of car finance that are popular in the UK, both of which offer different ownership processes to one another.

Personal Contract Hire is our speciality here at LeaseCar and relates to lease-only deals. This is a form of car finance where there is no formal ownership option at the end of your lease and the car will be returned to the lender upon completion of the contract.

On the other hand, Personal Contract Purchase is a form of car finance that does offer an ownership proposition at the end of the agreement, with the ownership of the car secured via a balloon payment.

A balloon payment is a one-off payment at a pre-agreed price - you are not obligated to make this payment and will have the option to either give the car back to the lender, as you would with a PCH deal, or make the purchase and own the vehicle outright.

How old do you need to be to lease a car?

You'll need to be 18 to enter a financial agreement to secure a lease.

Despite being able to drive from the age of 17, the option to lease a car will not be available at that age, so if you're looking to lease your first car once you pass your driving test, you'll need to wait until you are at least 18 years old to enter a car finance agreement.

What is the shortest lease term available?

Here at LeaseCar, we specialise in long-term leasing arrangements with our clients - our shortest lease term is 2 years (24 months), after which you will be able to return your car and take out a new agreement on your next vehicle.

What is the longest lease term available?

Our longest available lease term is 4 years (48 months).

This may seem a long time to keep hold of the same car if you're used to changing your vehicle frequently, but by locking in your fixed rental fee, you may find that these long-term deals are more cost effective in the long run when accounting for inflation over that time.

Why are the prices for leasing so low?

Leasing tends to be the cheapest car finance option when compared to Personal Contract Purchase (PCP), Hire Purchase (HP), and other types of finance. This is because the monthly rental costs that you'll make do not go towards paying off the overall value of the car, as they would with other types of finance, but instead are a fixed monthly car rental fee.

Personal Contract Hire (PCH) is structured without a purchase option, which means these deals do not need to account for a balloon payment or the vehicle's value - instead, it's a fixed fee charged for your hired use of the car.

Why does estimated mileage increase the monthly rental cost?

Your estimated mileage agreed at the start of the lease agreement is used as a guide for the level of use that the car will receive throughout your lease plan.

Cars that receive heavier usage tend to return to the dealership with more wear and tear repairs required, which in turn increases the cost for the owner when it comes to selling the car for a profit.

By estimating the expected mileage, the dealership can predict the condition that the car will return in, and the estimated resale price for a vehicle of that age in that condition.

What happens at the end of a PCH lease deal?

Once your PCH lease ends, you'll simply return your car to the owner and begin looking for your next car.

There are no final payments required (unless there is significant damage beyond fair wear and tear), and no other strings attached. Once the vehicle is returned, your existing agreement is over and you can enter a new lease agreement for a brand-new vehicle.

How can you avoid charges when returning your car?

If your car is returned in poor condition that's deemed to be beyond the scope of general wear and tear, you may be required to pay for the repairs.

To avoid these additional charges, it is important to take good care of the car during your lease agreement, follow any servicing and MOT instructions, and return the car in good condition.

If you want to learn more about how maintenance packages can help you to avoid additional charges at the end of your lease deal, click here!

How much is the initial rental?

With a car leasing agreement here at LeaseCar, you'll have the option to choose any of the following initial rental amounts:

  • 1 month

  • 3 months

  • 6 months

  • 9 months

  • 12 months

The initial rental will impact the overall monthly cost of your car leasing agreement, so try to find the amount that gives you the best balance between an affordable initial rental and an affordable monthly fee.

How do you arrange delivery for a car?

When you enter a lease agreement for one of our vehicles here at LeaseCar, you'll get free UK delivery direct to your door (certain delivery locations may incur an additional delivery charge) - there's no hassle and you'll get the keys to your shiny car right there and then.

Once your order has been processed and approved, we'll update your order tracker to show the status of your car - once it's ready to be delivered, you'll be notified and we'll try to find a time and date that suits you best.

Does car leasing require a credit check?

Yes, a PCH car leasing deal is a financial agreement that requires a credit check.

Our credit checks are in place to ensure that all parties involved in the agreement are protected from any potential financial risks. Personal customers will be required to complete a Personal Finance Application form, whereas businesses will be required to complete a Business Finance Application form.

Once your credit check is complete, you'll be able to proceed with your lease arrangement.

PCH car leasing with LeaseCar

Our main goal at LeaseCar is to give our customers the best leasing experience possible - from our quick and easy LeaseCar calculator, which will get you a quote on the best lease deals in seconds, through to our people-first customer service, we pride ourselves in helping you to get the right car at the right price.

If you're ready to start searching for your next car leasing deal, it's time to get in touch with a member of the LeaseCar team today online or by phone!

If you'd prefer to shop online, that's no problem - head over to our online car catalogue here! You'll find all of our available vehicles, along with their specs, details, and customisation options, so you can be sure you're getting a car that you love without all of the fuss.

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