Our personal leasing customer from Barnsley (South Yorkshire) kindly sent our CarLease team pictures of their brand-new lease vehicle (the BMW 2 series cabrio) being delivered earlier this week.
As an existing customer, they were already familiar with most of the process.
Having previously leased a 2 series coupe for three years, they wanted to make some slightly changes and upgrades (their last vehicle was the SE).
Our allocation offer on the convertible BMW just fitted their requirements as they were already happy with the BMW product and operation. However, the SE was perhaps a little tame for their liking and so the sportier “M” model provided something a little different.
As the convertible was not much more per month than the coupe, the customer decided to upgrade a little further and enjoy a soft-top just in time for winter! However, with heated seats, the car should keep our customer warm enough until spring!
So how are lease cars delivered? Do I collect them from the dealership? Are they going to arrive on a trailer?
When you order a car with a leasing broker they will place the order with a franchised dealership. Depending upon the vehicle, it will either be stock (in the UK or at a European port), an allocation vehicle (being built or built and on route) or a factory order vehicle (built to your specification).
The status of the vehicle determines how long it take to be delivered to you; do not presume all vehicle are in stock or that we offer some Amazon Prime delivery service! We generally don’t.
Added to that is the fact that regulated consumers have a cooling-off period under distance selling rules; we confirm to customers they have 14 days beginning on the day after they sign an order form with us. We deliver our vehicles outside of this cooling-off period.
When a vehicle does arrive with the dealership, delivery to your home or business address will be offered. Just bear in mind that some finance companies state that any personal contract hire must be delivered to home address and any business contract hire to the business address.
As part of the arrangement, the cost of delivery will be included so that the vehicle will be delivered to you. This means you are not obligated to collect the vehicle from a dealership.
As we use different dealers up and down the country, we cannot always use one which is local to you or the business. This just isn’t practical. However, in cases where a customer is willing to travel and the dealership can arrange it, we will allow a dealership collection process to take place. For many bulk deals, the vehicle will arrive at a UK port and these can be PDI’d and delivered from here to the customer.
In these instances, a collection service will not be available as these are not public facing premises.
For those instances where a car will be delivered, the standard position is that the vehicles will be “driven” meaning that a driver would physically drive the car from the PDI centre to the customer. This is not a transported delivery. Some customers are concerned by this but this is very much a standard position across most of the leasing industry. The drivers are representatives of the dealership or will work for a logistics company and are well versed in vehicle delivery. The cars will incur mileage (which is not included within your contract allowances) and they may get dirty (the car should be cleaned before handover).
Do consider that you will be asked to inspect the vehicle before accepting this – check the paintwork, alloys, handbook, both sets of keys and all the specification are present and correct.
We encourage customers to re-visit the order we asked them to sign before order to ensure everything matches up.
If you do have any issues, just let us know and we will be happy to advise on the situation. Until you sign for the vehicle, you have not accepted the goods.
For those customers wanting a transported delivery, as per the one shown, you do need to let us know In most cases there will be an additional cost of between £250 to £500 plus Vat for carrying this out. The cost will depend on the both the vehicle and the delivery location; the further from the dealer/port, the more expensive this will be.
The advantage to a transporter delivery will be that the car does not incur as much road “dirt” nor will it incur mileage.
For any looking for a prestige/luxury lease vehicle, consider a transported delivery to complete the process properly.
In terms of the car shown, the BMW 2 SERIES CONVERTIBLE 218i M Sport 2dr [Nav] Petrol Manual, this is based on the following configuration:
Metallic – Mineral white
Hexagon cloth/Alcantara – Anthracite/Blue hexagonal highlight
High gloss black interior with pearl chrome finish includes instrument panel, door pull handle and centre console
18″ light alloy wheels – M Double spoke style 719M in Bicolour Jet Black with run flat tyres
Driver and front passenger seat heating
As standard the car includes 18” alloys, rear parking distance controls, ambient interior lighting, M Sports suspension, air conditioning, BWM navigation pack, 6 speakers, Bluetooth, spots seats with manual adjustment, heat insulated glass, heated windscreen washer jets, rain sensors with automatic headlight activation, ASC, electronic differential lock, brake energy regeneration, dynamic traction control, hill start assist, anthracite front floor mats, auto start stop, BMW online and teleservices, real time traffic information, DAB radio, body coloured externals, LED light bars, LED headlights and welcome home lights, leather steering wheel (M Sport multifunction), welcome lighting, warning triangle and first aid kit, comfort go with keyless start, immobiliser and Thatcham Cat 1 alarm.
In terms of additional factory options consider – Apple Car Play, front parking distance control and driver/passenger seat heating.
On the technical-side company car and business users can note the P11s at £31,010.00 and CO2 at 148g/km. The 1499CC 6 speed manual petrol engine delivers 43.5 combined MPG (EC), 34.4 (WLTP), 136ps and 0-62 time of 9.4 seconds. Service intervals on a petrol 2 series are every 24 months or 18,000 miles.
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