As a credit broker, not a supplier or lender, we do not hold vehicles on our premises for customers to test drive and review. Where a customer needs to test-drive a vehicle, they must either visit their local dealership or organise a demo via one of our trusted suppliers. When a customer, personal or business, is looking to lease a vehicle they need to understand that they cannot visit the broker to see an actual vehicle; the images/videos on our websites are the only facet we can offer.
In practice, when a customer orders a vehicle with us, whether this be stock, allocation or factory order, we will order the vehicle with a franchised dealership.
For many leasing brokers, they will have tried and tested relationships with specific dealers which means that the customer cannot often dictate where the car is ordered from.
Using the right supplier is important to us, as we need to ensure that we procure vehicles at a competitive price, the car is ordered accurately and the vehicle is delivered in the appropriate manner (with good after-sales advice to follow). Take BMW Park Lane for example, customers local to the London area have the opportunity to visit their world-class showroom and potentially test drive a vehicle (or benefit from a door to door demo).
Unlike many dealerships, they deliver the car on a transported delivery, rather than a driven delivery and the customer is always provided with a detailed handover. Most of our “complaints” from customers arises at the delivery stage.
This is principally because the car can arrive dirty if it is driven to them (an unavoidable consequence) and some logistics drivers lack the knowledge to supply a detailed handover.
When a lease car is delivered to you, please do not presume that it will be transported. While BMW Park Lane offer this as standard in their service, many dealerships will only allow this at an additional cost.
How much does a transported car delivery cost? Depending on the delivery distance, you can expect to pay between £200 and £500 plus Vat. This is no small cost to the end user. This is not to say that a customer should be alarmed by a “driven delivery”, this is a perfectly normal and acceptable way to deliver cars; around 80-90% of our new cars are delivered in this way every year. So long as the customer is informed about this and they know what to do then the car arrives, there is no real issue. We have produced some basic guides on how to manage a new car delivery so that customers can use our pictures/videos to ensure no issues arise. This is very much about ensuring the car has no visible damage, the handbook/service book is present in the vehicle, the specification is accurate and you receive both sets of keys.
What customers have to understand is that good service does cost; if you want something specific speak to the credit broker/finance company you are working with.
So, the new BMW 8 Series, is this a contender for the car of the year in 2019? A true luxury sports car, BMW have described this a combination of racing heritage coupled with luxury design. Currently available in either a petrol coupe (the 850i) and the diesel coupe (the 840d), BMW have hinted at the introduction of both a convertible option and an “M” option. So what is the 8 series looking to compete with? With a sizeable price-tag, think Mercedes S Class Coupe, Jaguar F-Type and Porsche 911 as its competition. This is where BMW face a tough proposition, can this car really convince customers to turn away from the other luxury options?
2019 will prove whether the 8 series is a resounding success or not.
In terms of the car shown here, the BMW 8 SERIES DIESEL COUPE 840d xDrive 2dr Auto, this is based on the following configuration:
· Solid – Alpine white
· Premium Extended Individual Merino leather – Fiona red/black
· 20″ Y spoke M light alloy wheels with mixed tyres in bicolour – style 728M
· CraftedClarity glass application for interior elements
· Sun protection glass
· Technology pack – 8 Series
As standard the car includes heated windscreen washer jets, rain sensor with automatic headlight activation, CBC, DSC, hill start assist, velour floormats, Apple CarPlay, adaptive M suspension Professional, enhanced Bluetooth, front/rear park distance control, rear view camera, BMW display key, BMW live cockpit, head up display, real time traffic information, DAB radio, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, Wi-Fi, high beam assistant, welcome lights, automatic air conditioning, multi-function controls for steering wheel, Thatcham cat 1 alarm, keyless start, comfort access system, heated front seats, electric front seats and driver memory, ambient interior lighting, ark assist system, parking assistant plus and laser headlights. In terms of additional factory options, consider – sun protection glass, m sport technic pack and premium extended individual merino leather.
In terms of the technical info, company car and business users can note the P11d at £79,180.00 and CO2 at 160g/km. The 2993CC 8 speed auto engine delivers an EC combined MPG of 46.3, 320ps and 0-62 times of 4.9 seconds. Service intervals are set at every 24 months or 15,500 miles, whichever lands sooner.
So is the BMW 8 Series your selected luxury leasing option? Or would you head elsewhere for your dream car?
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