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Green car leasing

green car leasing

Leasing can be a great way to drive the latest green and fuel-efficient vehicles available today – low running costs, reduced up-front costs, stable payments and peace of mind.

Latest green car leasing deals May 2020


HYUNDAI IONIQ Electric Premium Auto

  OTR £30,750
Business Lease
3+35 months 10k miles/year
£299 per month (ex VAT)

BMW 5 Series PHEV 530e SE Saloon Auto

  OTR £46,820
Business Lease
3+35 months 10k miles/year
£369 per month (ex VAT)

KIA Niro Plug-in Hybrid 1.6 GDi PHEV 139bhp DCT

  OTR £31,945
Business Lease
3+35 months 10k miles/year
£355 per month (ex VAT)

TOYOTA Corolla Hatch 1.8 VVT-i Icon Hybrid Auto

  OTR £24,185
Business Lease
3+35 months 10k miles/year
£229 per month (ex VAT)

FORD Focus 1.0T EcoBoost Zetec Edition 100PS

  OTR £20,145
Business Lease
3+35 months 10k miles/year
£229 per month (ex VAT)

Deals quoted are based on 10,000 miles per year and a 3 year contract term. Get a quote to change the model, annual mileage, contract term or add vehicle options. Personal Lease rates are quoted inclusive of VAT. Business Lease rates are quoted exclusive of VAT.

URA Ventures Limited (Trading as GKL Leasing, Westward Leasing, GKL Direct, GKL Car and Van Rental)
Registered in England and Wales with registered number: 03321083
Registered office: Centenary House, Bridge Business Centre, Chesterfield, Derbyshire S41 9FG
GKL Leasing is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority under registration number 314956 for credit-related regulated activities and also for insurance mediation.
Vat Number GB 690302944

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What is car leasing?

The process of car leasing is straightforward enough – you pay a monthly sum to drive a car around, usually over a two-five year period, but the car is never actually yours to own. At the end of the term you simply give the car back to the dealer, take out a new lease, or, in some cases, you might be given the option to buy.

Car leasing addresses arguably the biggest problem associated with buying a new car – the fact that the car immediately loses a large portion of its value as soon as you drive it away from the garage. Of course, the more you drive your vehicle the less it is worth but different makes and models have different depreciation rates.

Consequently, when you take out a car lease, a sum is worked out known as the ‘residual value’ – this is an estimate of what the car will be worth at the end of your lease period. Your monthly payments are then based on the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (or the price you negotiate with the dealer) minus the residual value. In other words, you pay the difference between what the car is worth when you take out the lease and what it is estimated to be worth at the end of this period.

This means that the higher the residual value of the car, the less you will pay on your car leasing deal.

Which is better – leasing or buying?

This all depends on your preference. If you want to own the vehicle, think your lifestyle may change in the near future, drive a lot of miles and don’t mind higher monthly payments then you should buy or contract purchase with an option to buy.

Alternatively, if you like to drive a new car every 3 years, want lower monthly payments, have a stable lifestyle and like having a car that is always under warranty then you should contract hire or lease a car.

Leasing vs. Buying: example comparison

Leasing can save you a good deal of money, as this example for the new Volkswagen Golf 5dr Hatchback 1.6TDi 105ps Bluemotion Tech Match Manual demonstrates:

New price £20,570
Typical dealer discount £1,000
Discounted dealer price £19,570
Deposit 10% £1,957
Road tax £20 pa (year 2&3) £40
Typical 3-year repayment * £12,992
Final balloon payment £9,425
Sale proceeds ** £8,559
Total cost of motoring £15,855
Initial rental ?£742
35 subsequent rentals ?£247
Total rentals ?£9,394
Total VAT payable (@ 20%) ?£1,879
Total cost of motoring ?£11,273
Saving £4,582

*“Typical 3-year repayment” rate includes acceptance fee and option to purchase fee: supplied by VW Financial Services
** “Sale proceeds” based on “expected” used trade in value (+or- 3% subject to physical condition at point of trade in) at 36 months old with 30,000 miles on the clock: supplied by VW.

In this case, would save you around £4,600 over a 3 year period – certainly worth looking at if you like driving new cars and want to change your vehicle every 2-3 years.

Can I lease an electric or hybrid car?

Hybrid and electric cars are excellent candidates for leasing as they typically have a relatively high purchase cost yet low running costs.

Many hybrid cars such as the Toyota Prius or the Honda Civic, have been available for several years and they have an established residual value - thus there is no issue in leasing these vehicles.

The majority of electric cars and plug-in hybrids which have come onto the market during the last few years, such as the Mitsubishi Outland PHEV, Renault Zoe, Citroen C-Zero and Nissan LEAF, are available to lease. Residual values have been calculated for their new technologies. For more information on what electric cars are currently available and what electric cars are coming soon, visit our dedicated electric cars area.

Green car leasing FAQs

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When is the best time to lease a green car?

This depends on the availability of promotional offers, which can crop up throughout the year if the leasing company is overstocked or has a special deal with a manufacturer. However, typically the best times to look for good leasing deals are towards the end of each quarter, at the end of the year and especially the month immediately prior to the introduction of new car registrations when a distributor/dealer is likely to want to move a lot of stock on to bring in the new models.

Who services the car?

This depends on your agreement with the supplier. Some will offer maintenance agreements, while others will not. Check the terms of your contract and ask before you order the car on a contract hire/purchase.

Who pays the road tax?

Again, this is dependent on the individual supplier and contract type. However, most contract hire/purchase/lease deals include the first year’s road tax as part of the agreement. Contract Hire and contract purchase often cover you for the entire term of the lease, but please do check.

What happens if I miss a payment?

Always inform the finance company before you miss a payment – they may be willing to give you a temporary reprieve if you let them know in advance. However, there are no guarantees and missing payments can lead to the car being repossessed.

What happens if I exceed the mileage limit or have excessive wear and tear?

You are likely to be charged if you do not meet the leasing company’s guidelines.

Can I change my mileage agreement during the term, for example, if I get a new job and have to travel further?

Most leasing companies will happily negotiate a new deal – but of course this will lead to higher payments as the residual value of the car will be reduced.

If I have a personal contract purchase agreement and my car is written-off, will I be liable for the shortfall?

That depends on the negotiations between your insurance company and your finance company. It is a good idea to take out gap insurance as this will cover you in case the worst happens during the term of your agreement.

Who arranges car insurance on the leased vehicle?

You must arrange your own car insurance and you must take out a comprehensive policy as you are effectively driving someone else’s vehicle.

What happens if I die during the term of the agreement?

The car will be returned to the leasing company.

How will my payments be collected?

Direct debits are the most popular form of payment with leasing companies.

Chris Lilly

Author:Chris Lilly
Date Updated:22nd May 2020

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