Thank you to our personal leasing customer, from Hemel Hemptead (London), for sending through pictures of their latest addition – the Mercedes A Class Sport! This is an interim model while we await the brand-new A-Class, which has also just been released.
The “new new” A-Class is available in limited supply BUT as the existing model is still in stock, Mercedes are in a slightly precarious position where they are effectively trying to sell both models. For customers this presents an interesting choice – should I go for the old model or new model?
Making the right decision for your next car is very much a personal decision for you or the business. You should make a decision on what best suits your individual needs and requirements as opposed to what is simply the cheapest monthly option. In the example above, the “existing” model offered significantly better value than the new model (circa £100 per month). Also, the customer had identified that the specification and aesthetics of the A-Class were exactly what they required; in particular the addition of the automatic transmission created a perfect solution. While the new vehicle is available to order, in theory, the issue is with lead times.
For some customers they have been saying that the internal and external improvements are such, that they would pay more for the vehicle; notwithstanding some of the deals available to them.
However, as the vehicles are likely to become a factory order, the question falls on whether or not they will arrive before the WLTP changes on 1 September 2018. Any vehicle registered on or after his date will be subject to new criteria on vehicle testing – CO2 emissions and MPG. Therefore, for any customer who needs a car in and around September, they have a conundrum. Should they take an “old” model for guaranteed delivery or risk a factory order on her “new” model. This is not a question we can answer directly – it is very much down to the customer!
Another query which arose during this transaction, which commonly arises, is whether or not a young person can lease a vehicle? The short answer is that any person aged 18 or more is legally able to enter into a credit agreement and, as contract hire is a credit agreement, this means that a younger person can lease a car. That being said “credit” is a key part of leasing a vehicle; this is not a product which you should undertake if you have poor or bad credit.
Before researching deals online, a younger person should get an online credit report to understand their current credit position.
This will review some personal details on the individual which is an integral part of how they are assessed. Our advice is to ensure you are registered on the electoral register at your home address, ensure you have a history of some basic credit agreements (credit cards for example) so that you can demonstrate your ability to take (and pay for) credit and to ensure your income/expenditure is up to date and accurate.
Before conducting research and getting quotations, if you are a younger person looking to lease, make sure you carry out the practical steps above first.
If you are in doubt, contact the credit broker or leasing company you want to use and ask their advice on the best way forwards. Starting your adult life off with positive credit is hugely important so do make sure you make the right decision for you.
In terms of the car shown here, the Mercedes-Benz A Class Diesel Hatchback A180d Sport Edition 5 Door Automatic, this is based on the following configuration:
· Mountain Grey Metallic Paint
· Artico Leather/Maringa Cloth Upholstery
· Checked Pattern Trim
· 17″ 5 Twin Spoke Alloy Wheels Painted in Black with High Sheen Finish
· Dealer Fitted Mats
As standard the car includes privacy glass, rain sensing wipers, adaptive brake system, hill start assist, comfort suspension, Bluetooth, attention assist, collision prevention assist, reversing camera, cruise control, 8” colour screen, Garmin map pilot, Apple car play, electric folding and heated door mirrors, media interface, body coloured externals, LED headlights and tail lights, climate control, artico leather, footwell lights, seat comfort pack, tyre pressure system, 17” alloys, keyless ignition, alarm and immobiliser. As an interim model, you cannot add any more specification to the vehicle apart from DAB radio.
On the technical-side, company car and business drivers can note the P11d at £26,185.00 and CO2 at 101g/km. The 1461CC 7 speed auto engine delivers 74.3 combined MPG, 109ps and 0-62 times of 11.3 seconds. Service intervals are set at every 12 months or 15,500 miles whichever lands sooner.
So would the “old or “new” A-Class be your select leasing option? Or would you have the VW Golf, BMW 1 Series or Audi A3?
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