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Top tips for maintaining and cleaning your car if it is absolutely necessary to drive

Essential car care and maintenance during Coronavirus should be applied right now to protect your car, to keep it in a safe and roadworthy condition. CVSL are here to address customers concerns surrounding your vehicle.

The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced that it will grant a six-month MOT exemption to all cars, vans and motorcycles from March 30, meaning that your car will automatically be exempt for a period of 6 months.

If you do need to head out when absolutely necessary here are some tips and checks for ensuring that your car is safe and sound, plus CLEAN and decontaminated. 

Essential Coronavirus car care

  • Ensure tyres are above legal tread depth and correct pressure, 1.6mm is the legal requirement, so check all of the tyre grooves to ensure that they meet this. Don’t forget to check your pressures too – these will either be in the handbook or inside the fuel filler cap.
  • Check your brakes – When safe to do so move at a slow speed, press down on the brake pedal and ensure that there is a sufficient amount of return pressure.  If the pedal feels overly light or doesn’t effectively ‘bite’, it could be worth getting them checked out – garages are still open for key maintenance!
  • Check your oil – Necessary for ensuring that the engine operates smoothly, so keep it topped up and in good condition. To check simply open the bonnet, locate the dipstick, which usually has a bright yellow cap. Remove the dipstick, use a tissue to clear the oil on it and locate the indicator markings. Place the dipstick back in, remove again and see where the oil levels up to – it should be between the two indicators!
  • Test all your lights are working – If and when you do eventually have to drive test all your lights are working, as road visibility is key for your own safety and other drivers.
  • Keep washer fluid levels topped up – Make sure that your windscreen washer fluids are kept topped up so you can effectively clear the screen. Also assess the wipers!

Wash Your Car – this is vital

A clean exterior will help protect the paint. Hand-washing the car is the safest choice right now, using a dedicated car wash soap and sponge – try to use a separate sponge for the wheels and tyres or else you will just transfer the sand, brake dust.

Clean and disinfect the interior too! We recommend using automotive-specific cleansers, Isopropyl alcohol will kill the virus – vigorous washing with soap and water can destroy the coronavirus!

Other essential car care and maintenance…

Remember, cars don’t like to stay idle risks include; the battery losing charge, the tyres gaining flat spots and belts or wipers drying out. So try to run the engine once a week.

It is vital that your car is adequately sanitised or else you risk it carrying germs and bacteria, germs are easily transported from your hand to vital car parts – which can in fact cause the Coronavirus to spread.

All of the above are easy to action tips and simple ways to protect you and your vehicle during a troubled time. Stay safe everyone, please get in touch with us if you have any car queries!

Tony Poole of CVSL – home to car and van leasing, reviews the Spring Budget and its impact on drivers.

As the Spring Budget was mainly focussed on funds made available to tackle the fear of a recession, there were some positive announcements for motorists, as Chancellor Rishi Sunak announces extra budget to improve the UK’s road infrastructure.

What does the Spring Budget mean for motorists?

Fuel Duty frozen
The duty on fuel remains frozen for a decade, bringing an annual £1200 saving on average.

Improving infrastructure
The Chancellor has announced £27bn to fund 4000 miles of road including new junctions and better connections to airports and ports.  An initiative welcomed by motorists around the country is the Government’s commitment to filling 50 million potholes by the end of the current parliament; £2.5bn has been set aside for this.

Electric Vehicles
In the electric market, the Government has promised to continue its commitment to support motorists choosing to switch to an electric vehicle by extending the plug-in grant until 2022/23 and being exempt from Vehicle Excise Duty.  The Chancellor announced an increase in charging points across the country; EV drivers should never be further away than 30 miles from a charging point.

Tony Poole, Managing Director at CVSL comments on the Spring Budget 2020 ‘’ We welcome the extra budget made available to improve the UK’s road network. Many motorists are fed up with delays on our road network as well as the vast amount of potholes. We are also pleased that the Chancellor has announced to extend the plug-in grant until 2022/23 as this will encourage motorists to choose an electric vehicle.”

For more information about leasing an electric vehicle, visit our dedicated Electric Car Van Leasing website.

Customer Corner

We love feedback. And we want to let you know.

Why did you choose CVSL?
Word of mouth! They were highly recommended by a third party.
However, I looked at a few companies and CVSL had some great special offers on a few cars I was interested in. I also did some research on company reviews and found a lot of great reviews about CVSL’s overall customer service.  

How would you rate their service from sourcing the right car, getting the best deal for you to delivery?
CVSL got back to me quickly on all my requests. They completed multiple quotes for multiple vehicles allowing me to compare costs and find the right deal. 

Are you pleased with your vehicle choice?
Very pleased, it’s a higher than expected spec car and I’m really pleased with the costs and overall service.  

Do you have a name for your car?
No not yet! Since naming your car is a big decision you need to get it right!

Do you have any bad driving habits?
Nope, I’m a perfect driver 🙂 the best in fact

What is your car driving pet hate?
Sitting in traffic! I’d rather drive for longer to go around the traffic and keep moving rather than stay still. 

What was your first car? What car did you want when were younger?
My First car is my password reset question on a few websites, not a great idea to list it here!

Are there any road trips on your list?
We’ll be driving down to Cornwall in October, so I’m looking forward to some motorway driving specifically. 

What is your favourite tune whilst driving?
Any 90’s hip-hop will do me perfectly!

Do you want a brand-new lease like Luke that you will love? Get in touch with CVSL today and we will get you motoring – from personal to business, 4WD to electric cars and vans, we’ve got the right deal for you!

CVSL official car supplier to Sale Sharks for 2019/20 season

Are you excited for the start of the new season?

CVSL is not just driving businesses forward but also premiership rugby team Sale Sharks, as official car supplier during the 2019/20 season. Sale Sharks are Greater Manchester’s leading professional rugby union side and we are proud to continue to support the Sharks Family!

The Sale Sharks have recently received their new fleet of brand new C3s enabling key members of the team to go out and about in branded Sale Sharks vehicles.

Managing Director Tony Poole comments, “after being the official car supplier to the Sale Sharks last season, we are pleased to continue this partnership for another season, being the driving force behind the North West’s premier rugby team.

We are hoping for another successful season from the Sharks’ guys, the first game is on the 21 September as Sale Sharks VS. Northampton Saints – GOOD LUCK SHARKS FAMILY from everyone at CVSL.

Tesla Model 3 mania is sweeping the nation, is this what electric car dreams are made of?

Launched with the intention of being Tesla’s first mass-market electric car, which is making waves in the UK car market, the new saloon is being labelled as the “more affordable” option, part of creator Musk’s mission to rid our roads of fossil fuels

Named as one of the world’s most searched Electric vehicle, an influx of drivers are making the switch to this particular EV, taking the top spot as the most popular electric vehicle to lease.

A recent consumer report from Compare the Market, a UK-based price comparison company, has indicated a growing optimism and renewed consumer confidence directed at EVs, such as the Tesla Model 3, which are dominating the global EV market and receiving global recognition. The study has also determined that the Tesla Model 3 is currently the world’s most searched-for all-electric vehicle in the world. Following behind the Model 3 was long time EV veteran Nissan Leaf, as well as Tesla’s two other cars, the Model S and the Model X. 

WHAT IS DRIVING THE TESLA MODEL 3 HYPE – IS THIS THE FUTURE FAMILY CAR?

The Model 3’s popularity is down to several factors, with cost being one factor that it is winning against competitors is its sensible price, having entered the affordable car market.   

The cost of ownership is very low due to the fact that there is nothing to maintain – it’s all electric so all you need is an electric generator; savings are established in terms of petrol and maintenance that comes with going electric. It was the world’s first go-anywhere production electric car. It’s also a very good looking head turner, an aspirational product and accelerate quickly, making them pretty cool as well!

It may look great, but it is also being labelled as a better version of the Porsche, with 5 seats and a high charge range, the Tesla Model 3 was designed by Musk to be a sleek family car, a silent and vibration-free daily drive. Other bonus features, including seats that unfold to give you a huge 66 inches of boot space, you could even sleep or camp in your car overnight if required?

The Tesla 3 Model is also the first step to creating affordable electric cars, there is hope that this is the beginning of the electric car revolution. A great deal of the hype stems from the intention that the Tesla 3 Model will increase widespread change in customer purchasing habits, in the hope that they make the switch to electric cars.

The UK has been waiting patiently for their slice of the great Tesla adventure and now the wait is over! Please get in touch to register your interest for delivery when it lands and to find out more information, VERY high demand expected!