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Five reasons to get a new van

Our Commercial Specialist Neil Barlow gives us five good reasons why you should invest in a new van and how this can benefit your business:

  1. Avoid expensive maintenance costs
    If you are currently driving an older vehicle chances are you’re likely going to experience expensive maintenance. When you lease a brand-new van you will have low maintenance costs and even have options to include maintenance within your lease agreement.
  2. Reduce your running costs
    Over recent years manufacturers have improved fuel efficiency radically. Save money at the pump by changing your van today.
  3. Removing depreciating assets from your books
    If you own your current vehicle you will remove a depreciating asset from your balance sheet.
  4. Leasing is easy and cost effective
    Leasing often works out cheaper than buying an old van on hire purchase.
  5. Business image
    Your van is your business image. By driving a new van you will come across as a professional tradesman and thus improve the reputation of your business.

Drive your business forward with a new van; get in touch with Neil Barlow today for all the latest offers.

Everything you need to know before taking your vehicle abroad.

As the summer holidays have started millions of British motorists will take their vehicles abroad. In this blog post we will give you all the essentials you need to know before setting off.

Take a valid driving licence.
A full UK licence is valid in all EU or European Economic Area countries and Switzerland.

Passport
When travelling abroad you are required to travel with a valid passport or national identity card.

Bring your motor insurance certificate and insurance contact details
Check with your insurer if you are covered abroad. If this is not the case, you will have to get a minimum of third party cover which is the minimum legal in EU countries.

The vehicle registration document (V5)
It is a legal requirement to have your vehicle registration document V5 as you may be fined if you can’t produce this. Allow plenty of time, to obtain this document if you are driving a company car as you might need to ask your employer to get a certified copy or to contact the leasing company.

Authorisation
If you don’t own the vehicle and it is company car you will need to take a form from your employer stating that you are allowed to take the vehicle abroad. If your vehicle is leased or hired you will need a ‘vehicle on hire’ certificate, also known as form VE103 from the leasing or hire company. This rule has been brought into place to reduce the number of stolen vehicles crossing borders.

Specific laws and requirements abroad
Most countries will have different requirements. We have listed some interesting information to help you when travelling in or through the countries listed below:

Austria – to travel through this Alp country you will need a ‘vignette’ which are available at the border and service stations.

Belgium – it is illegal to leave a dog alone in a parked car.

Czech Republic – zero tolerance of drinking alcohol and driving. To drive in this country you will need a vignette. It also good know that daytime the light rule applies from end October until end of March.

Denmark – it is illegal to park against the flow of traffic.

France – you are required to carry a breathalyser kit in your vehicle. These can be purchased in UK ports and pharmacies in France.

Germany – some stretches of the Autobahn don’t have a speed limit, so beware of fast cars.

Greece – some petrol stations close at the weekend and credit cards are not always accepted.

Hungary – the alcohol limit is zero

Italy – petrol stations often don’t accept credit cards, so make sure to travel with cash. Outside towns daytime lights are required.

Netherlands – yellow diamond signs signal who has priority.

Norway – very strict parking and speeding laws.

Poland –  car crime is problem in this country; make sure to lock-up your vehicle and don’t leave valuables in your car.

Spain – if you wear spectacles, you must carry a spare pair in your car.

Sweden – very strict on speeding laws, if you break the law by over 30km/h your licence may be confiscated.

Switzerland – spare spectacles are required in Switzerland. You must also have an annual vignette for driving on motorways (CHF40).

Display a GB sticker
You are also required to have a GB sticker or modern-style number plates showing the GB euro-symbol.

Break down
In the case of a break down abroad use an authorised dealer and if possible a franchised dealer.
For more information:

www.fco.gov.uk
www.drivingabroad.co.uk
www.theaa.com

If you have any other queries please don’t hesitate us here at CVSL.

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Could leasing be right for your family?

Leasing and contract hire are not just for businesses. Personal lease has been in demand this year.  For families, leasing a car is an option that is often overlooked, but there actually many benefits:

Safety
When you are driving your children from school to football and back home you will value the importance of having a car that is safe to drive and will protect your children in the case of an accident. Newer cars are a lot safer as safety regulations are stricter and materials used in the car are a lot stronger. Car manufacturers spend millions of pounds on improving car safety.

More efficient
New cars are all about more efficient driving and being better for the environment. This will result in you filling up less and saving money on petrol costs. That’s not the only saving you will make – new car have lower emissions which means that you will pay less road tax. You will also be helping the planet with cleaner air.

More space
In recent years cars have become more spacious, and especially as a parent you know how much stuff you need to take if you are going somewhere.  If your children are growing up they will also  be grateful of the extra leg and elbow room.

Fixed prices
When you own a car you sometimes end up with unplanned outgoings such as expensive car repairs. With car leasing you can prevent this as you are paying a fixed amount and you can even include maintenance costs in your lease agreement.  Knowing your outgoings each month will help planning your finances.

Take a look at all our special offers at the moment.

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Mobile phones and driving

Mobile phones are an important part of our lives, however driving and using a mobile phone is something which is not only highly dangerous but also forbidden by law since 2007. If you do use a mobile phone whilst driving (even when your vehicle is stationary – so this also when you have stopped at traffic lights or are queuing in traffic) you can risk a fine up to £100, with the addition of 3 penalty points to your licence. Penalty points on your licence can result in higher insurance costs.
Even if you use a hands-free kit in your car you are distracted and not in control of your vehicle, and police could fine you and add points to your licence.

Why not use your mobile phone whilst driving?
You are four times more likely to get in accident if you are using a mobile phone as you are slower in recognizing hazards. A split second lapse in concentration could result in a crash.
When are you allowed to use a mobile phone?
– If you need to speak to the emergency services (999 or 112)
– If you are safely parked

For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/using-mobile-phones-when-driving-the-law

All you need to know about child seats

This time of the year people are taking their children out for day trips and holidays.  In order to keep your children safe whilst you are on the road, we are looking at what the law says about child car seats and the requirements you need to meet.

When do you need to use a child car seat or booster seater?
Children must normally us a child car seat until they are 12 years old or 135 cm tall, whichever comes first.  Only EU-approved child car seats can be used in the UK, they will have a label showing a capital E in a circle.

There is a variety of child car seats available dependent on your child’s height or weight.

Height-based car seats
Also known as ‘i-Size’ seat. When placing those they must be rear-facing until your child is over 15 months old after that a forward-facing car seat can be used.  Make sure that the seat is suitable for the height of your

Weight-based car
Weight-based car seats must be rear facing until your child weighs more than 9kg.

After that it depends on weight:

9kg to 18kg  – rear or forward-facing baby seat
15kg to 25kg – rear or forward-facing child seat (booster seat)
Over 22kg – booster  cushion

How to fit a child car seat?
Only use a child car seat if your car’s seat belt has a diagonal strap – unless the car seat is specifically designed for use with a lap seat belt. It is also important to deactivate any front airbags before fitting a rear-facing baby seat in a front seat.

Looking for spacious cars? Have a look at our latest car leasing offers.